Ridley Scott’s “Napoleon,” an epic look at the French emperor and military leader’s rise to power, is one of the final potential awards hopefuls awaiting its first reactions from critics and pundits. As awards season approaches, Variety has learned exclusively which Oscar categories the film will be submitted for. Most notably, Vanessa Kirby will vie for best supporting actress.
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Joaquin Phoenix, who won best actor for the villain origin story “Joker” (2019) and has received three additional mentions during his career (“Gladiator,” “Walk the Line” and “The Master”), will submit for leading actor for his performance as Napoleon. Kirby, who picked up her inaugural nom for “Pieces of a Woman” (2020), will vie for supporting actress for her role as Josephine, Napoleon’s wife and one true love. Two supporting actors will be submitted — Tahar Rahim (“The Mauritanian”) and Rupert Everett (“My Best Friend’s Wedding”).
Scott has received nominations across his career — three for directing “Thelma & Louise” (1991), “Gladiator” (2000) and “Black Hawk Down” (2001) and a best picture nom for “The Martian” (2015). He will again be up for directing consideration, along with co-producing with Kevin J. Walsh and Mark Huffam.
The artisans behind “Napoleon” will angle for attention in cinematography (nominee Dariusz Wolski, “News of the World”), film editing (Sam Restivo and winner Claire Simpson, “Platoon”), production design (three-time nominee Arthur Max, “The Martian,” “American Gangster” and “Gladiator”; and set decorator Elli Griff), costume designer Janty Yates (“Gladiator”), makeup and hairstyling (Jana Carboni and nominee Francesco Pegoretti, “Pinocchio”), sound (five-time nominee Oliver Tarney, “No Time to Die,” “News of the World,” “1917,” “The Martian” and “Captain Phillips”; and winner Paul Massey, “Bohemian Rhapsody”), visual effects (Neil Corbould, Luc-ewen Martin-fenouillet, Simone Coco and nominee Charley Henley, “Prometheus”) and original score (Martin Phipps).
Distributed by Apple Original Films and Sony Pictures, “Napoleon” opens Nov. 22 in theaters.