There can be no doubt that Adam McKay’s apocalyptic dark comedy, Don’t Look Up is regarded as one of the best films of the year but now we have proof. The Netflix Original was dominant during the Oscars nominations party, getting a nod in four different categories.
As well as taking up nominations for Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and the production also get their chance at the big one — Best Picture.
With a star-studded ensemble cast, namely Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Timothee Chalamet, Meryl Streep, Mark Rylance, Rob Morgan, Ron Pearlman, Tyler Perry, Kid Cudi, Ariana Grande and more, the filmmaker cleverly infuses dark humour in this allegorical take on the current climate change crisis that pervades the world.
In this film’s fatalistic premise, Michigan State professor Dr Randall Mindy and his PhD candidate student Kate Dibiasky chance upon a humongous meteor that is hurtling towards earth in six months and will ravage the planet, leading to mass extinction.
It serves as a commentary on the predicament of media and politics in the 21st century, surrounded by the burgeoning presence of social media, technology, influencers and more; the film continuously focuses on the banality of human existence and the imminent doom that awaits in this cataclysmic event.
The film shows how hopeless one feels at the lack of reaction and nonchalance on the part of the wealthy and privileged, even at the brink of complete destruction of humankind and other species.
The Oscars live event will take place on March, 27th, 2022 where we will see if McKay’s Don’t Look Up! will grab the evening’s biggest prize.