Oscar Predictions: Monster

If not for Roma, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s 2018 family drama Shoplifters likely would’ve been your International Feature Film winner at the Oscars. It started its potential run at the Cannes Film Festival where it took the Palme d’Or. The Japanese filmmaker is back in competition and there’s familial conflict to witness in Monster. The cast includes Sakura Andõ, Eita Nagayama, Soya Kurokawa, Hinata Hiiragi, and Mitsuki Takahata.

While the smattering of early reviews come with recommendations (evidenced by the 100% Rotten Tomatoes score), the reaction is not near Shoplifters territory. Kore-eda’s follow-ups to that acclaimed effort (The Truth and last year’s Broker) failed to gain much awards traction.

If Japan chooses to select Monster as their IFF competitor, I wouldn’t discount its chances to make the cut. Yet that’s nowhere near a guarantee like the inclusion of Shoplifters was. My Oscar Prediction posts will continue…

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