Eyes were on the 2022 Cannes Film Festival this week as several star-studded movies premiered, including Elvis, the biographical film that follows the life of Elvis Presley. The film received a 12-minute standing ovation following its premiere at the French film festival, and the optimism surrounding Elvis at Cannes could indicate which movies and genres will sweep at next year’s Oscars ceremony.
However, sci-fi fans are still hopeful theirs will receive critical acclaim. After all, there are dozens of sci-fi movies coming out over the next few months, including the long-awaited sequel to Avatar. Because of this, we’re going to look at the science-fiction movies that will be released during the rest of 2022. We will also explore what critics and online bettors have predicted about their success.
Elvis: The King at the 75th Festival de #Cannes2022!
New world premiere with @ElvisMovie by the Australian director Baz Luhrmann will attend the Festival along with @TomHanks, @AustinButler and Olivia DeJonge. #ElvisMovie @wbpictures pic.twitter.com/zfqLGEKDsN
— Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes) April 5, 2022
Nope is an upcoming science-fiction horror film by Jordan Peele. Nope will star Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun, and it will be released at the end of July. Even though there’s still little known about the plot — many believe it’s about extraterrestrial life — critics and online bettors are optimistic about the movie’s success. For example, the online casino from Paddy Power, which is primarily known for offering live games, welcome bonuses, and reputable software providers, also has special betting odds for the 2023 Oscars. Ahead of the release of Nope, the science fiction horror film has odds of 20/1 to win Best Picture at the 95th Oscars, which will take place on March 12, 2023. Critics are also looking forward to the film, with many praising Nope’s promotional footage. According to Jordan Hoffman from Vanity Fair, the promotional footage of Nope has many similarities to the trailer for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.
Another sci-fi movie that critics and bettors are eyeing is Spaceman. The science-fiction drama has odds of 40/1 to win Best Picture at the Oscars, and it is based on a 2017 novel written by Jaroslav Kalfat. The movie will feature Adam Sandler, Paul Dano, and Carey Mulligan. Like Nope, the plot details for Spaceman are scarce. However, if the movie is anything like the book, the story will follow astronaut Jakub Procházka as he attempts an eight-month solo mission in space to inspect a cloud of intergalactic dust. Critics praised the book for turning the science-fiction genre on its head, and it will be interesting to see if the movie produces similar results.
Lastly, there’s the highly anticipated sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster hit Avatar. Avatar: The Way of Water, or Avatar 2, is expected to be released at the end of the year, and cast members such as Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldaña will reprise their roles in the film. There will also be several new cast members in Avatar 2, including Kate Winslet and Vin Diesel. According to 20th Century Studios, Avatar 2 will be set more than ten years after the first film’s events, and it will follow the Sully family as they navigate trouble and tragedy. Ahead of its release, Avatar 2 has betting odds of 80/1 to win Best Picture at the 2023 Oscars ceremony. Leading lady Zoe Saldaña also told fans to brace themselves for an emotional journey after she watched the first 20 minutes in December of last year.
There has been so much excitement surrounding the premieres at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival that it’s easy to assume these movies will sweep at next year’s Oscars. While this is a possibility, we have to remember there are still a lot of movies scheduled to be released this year, many of which are part of the science-fiction genre. Even critics and online bettors are expressing their optimism about movies like Nope and Avatar 2, so it’s fair to assume the Oscars winners list hasn’t been finalized yet.