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Oscar’s Déjà Vu: Remakes Like ‘Dune’ and ‘CODA’ Spice Up Awards Race

Tim Gray Senior Vice PresidentWhen Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” screened for industry audiences in late November, Oscar pundits were rapturous but immediately worried: “It’s great, but could a remake win best picture?”The answer, of course, is yes. (Pundits like to either predict the Oscar outcome five months in advance or else predict dire scenarios, nothing in between.)This year, there are some terrific remakes.

They include, alphabetically, “CODA,” “Cyrano,” “Dune,” “Nightmare Alley,” “The Tragedy of Macbeth” and “West Side Story.” To my mind, all are as good as earlier versions and, in some cases, better.“The Eyes of Tammy Faye” is a remake of a documentary. Sandra Bullock’s Netflix hit “The Unforgivable” is based on the British TV series “Unforgiven.” The streamer’s “The Guilty” is a remake of the Norwegian film.

As for Oscar chances, best-picture-winning remakes include the 1935 “Mutiny on the Bounty” (after 1916 and 1933 films covered the same events); “Hamlet” in 1948; “Marty,” the 1955 remake of the TV play; and “Ben-Hur” in 1959.“The Departed” (2006) was the first best-picture winner adapted from a non-English-language film (Hong Kong’s great “Infernal Affairs”); and “12 Years a Slave” (2012) was a new version of TV’s 1984 “Solomon Northrup’s Odyssey.”Could “WSS” win Oscar’s top prize, matching the win for the 1961 version? That’s never happened before but, as you may have noticed, the 21st century is full of surprises.Pundits worried “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” couldn’t win because no fantasy film had ever taken the top Oscar; they fretted whether a non-English-language film could win, and then “Parasite” did. The point is things never happen — until they do.Oscar doesn’t seem to

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Tim Gray Senior Vice PresidentWhen Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” screened for industry audiences in late November, Oscar pundits were rapturous but immediately worried: “It’s great, but could a remake win best picture?”The answer, of course, is yes. (Pundits like to either predict the Oscar outcome five months in advance or else predict dire scenarios, nothing in between.)This year, there are some terrific remakes.
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