A ‘Bombshell,’ ‘Parasite’ and Brutality Are Shaking Up the Oscar Race

AWARDS BEAT

From the premiere of “Bombshell” to the launch of the international race (can anything beat “Parasite”?) to the return of Elton John, here’s what we learned on the awards circuit this week

steve pond

It’s the time of year when the number of potential contenders has dwindled to a precious few, and Oscar watchers tick them off one by one: “The Irishman” at the New York Film Festival in late September, “Little Women” on Oct. 23, “Dark Waters” on Oct. 28, “Richard Jewell” at the AFI Fest in November, “1917” at some indeterminate time after that… This week saw one more box get checked — Jay Roach’s “Bombshell,” the story of the fall of Fox News’ Roger Ailes that shouldn’t be confused with the 2018 documentary “Divide and Conquer” or “The Loudest Voice,” the Showtime miniseries starring Russell Crowe as the influential but disgraced Fox maven.

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Steve Pond

Steve Pond

Awards Editor • steve@thewrap.com • Twitter: @stevepond