The category placements for many would-be Oscar contenders have been the topic of conversation for weeks.  Scott Feinberg at The Hollywood Reporter reported today that Olivia Colman will be the sole lead campaign in “The Favourite” from Yorgos Lanthimos.  Her co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz will try their hand in supporting, a category that has often found room for two actresses from the same film.  This has been a sentiment that was “known” for weeks without a confirmation.  It looks as though Fox Searchlight finally chimed in.

Another bit of news to report is Emily Blunt, who is a double threat this year with an upcoming performance in “Mary Poppins Returns” and an already acclaimed turn in “A Quiet Place” from real-life husband, John Krasinski.  It has been confirmed that her performance in the horror hit from the first half of the year will look for love in LEAD ACTRESS.  In a shocking twist to the awards race, Blunt has opted to not only compete with herself, but also go up against the likes of Glenn Close (“The Wife”), Lady Gaga (“A Star is Born”), and now the aforementioned Colman.

Blunt has been close to the Oscar stage before.  She was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2005 for her comedic turn in “The Devil Wears Prada” before she popped up again a few years later for “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.”  Since then, she’s delivered in mainstream films like “Into the Woods” and “Edge of Tomorrow” while having another close bout with Oscar for her turn in “The Young Victoria.”  Her road may be long, but one performance may compliment the other as seen with other past nominees like Kate Winslet (“The Reader” and “Revolutionary Road”).

Other bits that dropped over the past few days, and have been reflected in the site’s Oscar Prediction rankings: Michael Shannon will compete in Supporting Actor alongside co-star Robert Forster for “What They Had” and Paul Giamatti will try his hand in Supporting Actor while his co-star Kathryn Hahn has made her stance in Lead.

Paramount Pictures has a quiet slate this year (no pun intended).  The aforementioned “A Quiet Place” will be their focus but they also have Alex Garland‘s “Annihilation,” for which many are beating the drum.  Garland’s last film, “Ex Machina,” surprised with a Visual Effects win at the Oscars over “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Revenant.”  They’ll also attempt to get their animated film “Sherlock Gnomes” in the mix alongside Disney and Pixar while “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” will look for more besides a Stunt Ensemble nomination at SAG.

Paramount also has “Overlord” from J.J. Abrams‘ production company Bad Robot up in November while they’ve already begun screening the dramedy “Instant Family” with Mark Wahlberg.  Finally, they’ll close the year with “Bumblebee,” another chapter in the “Transformers” universe with Hailee Steinfeld, that will seek out a place in the sound and visual categories.

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