Oscar Predictions: The New Boy

If not for Michelle Yeoh and the Oscar juggernaut that was Everything Everywhere All at Once, Cate Blanchett likely would’ve taken home her third statue in lead Actress for Tár. That original home is Australia and Blanchett produces and stars in The New Boy, a 1940s set drama that takes place on the continent.

Directed by Warwick Thornton, it casts Aswan Reid as an Aboriginal orphan at a monastery run by Blanchett’s nun. Costars include Deborah Mailman and Wayne Blair. Slated to hit Australia in July with a domestic release TBD, Boy has premiered at Cannes to mostly decent reviews. The Rotten Tomatoes score is 80% based on the handful of reactions.

Yet I don’t see a real path for this to receive awards attention. While the small number of critics so far are positive, the write-ups aren’t exactly raves. Judging from the lead performer’s track record, she probably won’t have to wait too long until her next nomination. My Oscar Prediction posts will continue…

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