The competition: A Man Called Ove, Star Trek Beyond, Suicide Squad
Previous winners: Mad Max: Fury Road, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Dallas Buyers Club, Les Miserables, The Iron Lady, The Wolfman, Star Trek, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
My winner: To be announced soon
The facts: In the past, such non-Oscar films as “The Wolfman” and “The Nutty Professor” have won this award, as have Best Picture contenders. Love Larson and Eva von Bahr contended last year for foreign comedy and are here again for “A Man Called Ove” this year. Joel Harlow, half of the “Star Trek Beyond” team, has been nominated twice before, winning in 2009 for “Star Trek.” On that note, three “Star Trek” films have contended over the past twenty-five years, and the 2009 reboot is the only one that won. Only Batman and Superman films have won Oscars before, so this would be the first for a spinoff. The last foreign winners in this category were “La Vie en Rose” and “Pan’s Labyrinth,” in 2007 and 2006, respectively. Only “A Man Called Ove” is nominated in another category, for Best Foreign Film.
Who should win: These are three totally different feats, all impressive. The lead actor is unrecognizable as Ove, buried under an exaggerated forehead and wearing misery on his face. Aliens aplenty are outlined and outfitted in the final frontier, and a handful of crazed villains with superpowers were present in the DC universe. I was astounded by the work in “A Man Called Ove,” and I think I’d vote for that or “Star Trek Beyond.”
Who will win: After its franchise-rebooter won this award seven years ago, I think Star Trek Beyond will take it this time around.