10 Things I’m Thankful for This Oscar Season, From a Shorter Timetable to Joe Pesci

Steve Pond

It’s that time of year, as voters head off on a long weekend with stacks of newly arrived screeners and one big question: Which film should I share with the family over Thanksgiving weekend? The kids could go for “Frozen II,” the adults will get a kick out of “Dolemite Is My Name” and you might find some middle ground with “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” But then there’s “1917,” which actually arrived in the mail for some voters on Tuesday, three days after its first screenings and weeks before its theatrical release. Would you dare watch that epic on a TV set? While Academy and guild member ponder those questions, here are 10 things I’m thankful for this awards season. 1. The field is now set. It’s true we haven’t seen everything yet. Among big movies that could conceivably figure in the awards race, particularly in categories like music, visual effects and sound, we still have “Cats” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” But the last “Star Wars” movie to be nominated for Best Picture was the first one, and “Cats” is, well, “Cats.” So I’m going to figure that we’ve now seen everything that’s really in...

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