After Telluride and Venice, the Oscar Best Picture Race Remains Wide Open

Is this what normal looks like? A year after Telluride launched “King Richard,” “Belfast” and “Power of the Dog,” the festival was a quieter affair with fewer stars and more challenging movies.

It’s also the year that the Academy reinstated its theatrical requirement for Oscar eligibility — and in 2022, it’s harder than ever to bring theater audiences to challenging movies.Existential challenges aside, the festivals are already finding their favorites and several titles will continue to build their presence with stops in Toronto, New York, London, and more.

Here are some of the key narratives that will grow in the coming weeks.Best Picture Is Wide OpenA year ago, the one-two punch of Venice and Telluride launched “The Power of the Dog,” “The Lost Daughter,” “Belfast,” and “King Richard.” Eventual winner “Coda” lurked in the background as Apple prepared to reintroduce the movie that won Sundance earlier in the year.

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