Awards Watch With Math Teacher Movies – August 30th, 2021: A Tale of Two Ridleys: House of Gucci And The Last Duel

Awards analysis is provided by Sean from @MathTeacherMovies.

Ridley Scott is no stranger to the Oscars. He has received four Academy Award nominations including three for Best Director for Thelma and Louise, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, and one Best Picture for The Martian. Yet, he has never won an Oscar. However, this year Scott has two large awards contenders coming out that are both grabbing attention from both audiences and awards predictors. Do they have a shot? 

House of Gucci has been drawing the most excitement for a star studded cast full of Oscar bait. The cast includes past Oscar-nominated and winners such as Adam Driver, Lady Gaga, Al Pacino, Jared Leto, Salma Hayek, and Jeremy Irons and they all look like they are doing the most with their performances in this film. These actors aren’t strangers to Academy praise and will most likely be contending for several different acting races this year.  

Based solely on the trailer, the movie itself seems to rely heavily on the cast, but there is the chance of several different technical awards including Costume Design and Production Design and is most likely a lock for Best Makeup. The trailer for Gucci did everything it could to demonstrate the amount of makeup it frosted on its stars, so this category might be a win for the film because the unspoken rule of the Oscars is to give the technical award to the film that does the MOST. 

The Last Duel is the other film that Scott will be releasing this year. Like Gucci, it is not lacking in star power. In fact, Adam Driver will also be in this film. This film also is going to be reuniting Ben Affleck and Matt Damon which always draws and excites audiences. The film will also star Jodie Comer, an up-and-coming actress known for her roles in Killing Eve and Free Guy. Her performance is getting the most buzz for a possible nomination among the cast. 

Duel is a return to Scott’s films of the early aughts that are sword and sandal epics like Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven which was a solid pocket for him, and therefore could lead to success in the technical categories. 

Duel is not without possible pitfalls as well. Much like House of Gucci, it also has ridiculous makeup that demands to be taken seriously yet is quite laughable, specifically Affleck’s long blonde goatee. Also, given the premise there is the potential of sexual in politics that might be problematic, in terms of an examination of a woman’s rape accusation.

There is no denying the legendary film making of Ridley Scott. His versatility and consistency should be celebrated as he makes films that move the soul and entertain. He has managed to stay relevant to audiences, critics, and award shows alike and even if these two films probably won’t be award heavy hitters, they will keep the movies in the conversation. 

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