How the Omicron vacation will hit awards and the box office

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What impact will the Omicron wave have on awards season and the box office? “Spider-Man: No Way Home” breaks records, but is there room for adult films in Hollywood’s future plans?

With IndieWire’s Eric Kohn on paternity leave, in this week’s episode of Screen Talk (Issue 361), Editor-in-Chief Anne Thompson and her replacement guest, IndieWire Film Business Reporter Chris Lindahl, analyze postponements and cancellations of this week’s awards, from the popular AFI Awards to BAFTA Tea. The Critics Choice Awards, trying to capitalize on telecast absent from the Golden Globes, latch onto The CW and TBS on Jan. 9 – unless some scared celebrities refuse to show up.

Thankfully, January’s Sundance 2022 has already reverted to last year’s digital model if the in-person festival in Park City, Utah becomes unsafe. But many people in the industry are keeping their fingers crossed that they can still watch movies and network live.

This week, 10 Academy presets were also announced, including five craft categories as well as feature films and documentary shorts, animated and live action shorts, and international feature films. Who came out on top? Well, Billie Eilish appears in two categories, as well as in the Danish animated documentary “Flee”. We discuss surprises and agree that of all the movies we love, the Japanese Oscar entry and NY and LA film review winner “Drive My Car” is a must-see, even with a three-hour run.

Stay tuned for more guest IndieWire staff members over the next few weeks. Listen to the podcast below or watch above.

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