There’s one film that has stood out from the field for a while now. While The Square may have won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and Loveless may be the most critically acclaimed of the bunch, A Fantastic Woman has been the foreign language film of note ever since reviews came out and especially because of the push for lead actress Daniela Vega that many made before nominations were announced. With its focus on a transgender woman and the difficulties she faces in the face of tragedy, the film could also be a very timely winner.
It’s tough to completely rule out The Square, and the film is certainly one that would be a passionate pick for many. It’s notoriety could’ve also helped it during voting.
What could win, however, based on word of mouth from the industry and from professional awards writers, is The Insult. The Lebanese film apparently picked up steam toward the end, but whether that could be enough to steal it from A Fantastic Woman is unclear.
A Fantastic Woman
On Body and Soul
Will win: A Fantastic Woman
Could win: The Insult
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