Can Harry Styles follow in Lady Gaga’s Oscar footsteps?

When it comes to getting attention for your film during a very crowded fall festival season, two tactics rarely go wrong: casting a very famous pop star and winning an award. And in September, Prime Video will be released My policeman will try both. With Harry Styles in the ensemble cast in his biggest dramatic role to date, the film was always going to make a splash with its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. And now Styles and his co-stars – included Emma Corrin and Rupert Everett— is set to receive TIFF’s Tribute to Achievement Award, presented during a gala fundraiser on Sept. 11.

That means Styles is guaranteed to be in Toronto causing traffic jams just days after he’ll presumably do the same with the premiere of Don’t worry honey at the Venice Film Festival. But it also raises interesting questions about what a Harry Styles Oscar season might look like, assuming one of his films is well received. The latest model is a pretty tough act to follow: Lady Gaga made what was essentially her feature film debut in the 2018s A star is born, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, winning the award for Original Song and establishing herself as Hollywood royalty in the process. But Styles appears to be following a potentially quieter path. By all accounts, Florence Pugh is the leader of Don’t worry baby with Styles fitting in as part of the ensemble. And in My policeman, as discussed in our latest book club episode, he plays the frustratingly opaque center of a love triangle, suggesting it may be his co-stars Corrin and David Dawson doing the most flashy work. As we learned when his film debut was as a grunting soldier in the sprawl Dunkirk, Styles appears to be taking the slow and steady path to movie stardom—if, in fact, that’s what he has in mind at all.

On this week’s Little Gold Men podcast, the hosts discuss the potential for Styles’ big movie breakthrough and what the cost will be My policeman tells us about a very ambitious TIFF lineup. They also discuss a few of the latest pricing news, including Janet Yangs election as chairman of the Academy and Kenan Thompson being tapped to host the Emmys, as well as the continued confusion surrounding HBO Max and the future of Warner Bros.

The episode ends with the next edition of our book club series, with Vanity Fair Chief editor Radhika Jones join to discuss She said, the book off Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey about their landmarks Harvey Weinstein investigation. As an editor and newspaper veteran, Radhika is particularly fond of how the book describes the process of investigative reporting – but as the group discuss, the impact of their reporting was particularly seismic, and the book is a reminder of just how hard it was. to predict how the story would be received. Set to be adapted into a film directed by Maria Schrader and participates Zoe KazanMore and Carey Mulligan, She said could be a particularly interesting moment of truth for Hollywood, where the impact of Weinstein’s horrific behavior is still being felt today.


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