This event will undoubtedly remain in Taylor Swift’s memory all too well.
This week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave us a glimpse of the upcoming Academy Awards.
They have narrowed down an impressive list of applicants to create a shortlist of candidates for 2023.
After considering a wide variety of options, the Academy expertly selected its top picks in 10 categories.
Swift’s captivating music video for “All to Well” failed to earn an Oscar nomination despite clever campaign tactics. Unfortunately, it didn’t make it into the 15 live-action short film nominations at this year’s Academy Awards.
There were a wide variety of works competing in the same division, 81 to be precise, and the members of the four divisions had a hard time narrowing down the works.
From that pool emerged 15 qualified candidates who were considered by deserving names among both directors and producers.
Swift’s latest short film (All Too Well) invites us to explore the poignant story of a young couple experiencing both the joys and frustrations of an intense relationship.
In contrast to the powerful song “All Too Well” from her 2021 album Red (Taylor’s Version), this vivid story paints a vivid picture in our minds, and while love is a beautiful thing. And it reminds us that it can also bring us deep pain and suffering.
The directorial debut made a splash in pop culture, as she gave “All Too Well” the cinematic treatment. The star-studded cast included Dylan O’Brien of Teen Wolf, and Sadie Sink from popular series such as The Whale and Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things.
Swift bravely broke new ground with her directorial debut (“All Too Well”), filming the project and delighting fans at prestigious festivals such as Tribeca and Toronto.
Furthermore, she made history at the VMAs, becoming the first artist to win Video of the Year and Best Direction for self-directed work.
The captivating visual of “All Too Well” is also up for another accolade in this awards season – that’s right, it has been nominated as one of 2020’s Best Music Videos at the Grammys.
With multiple award nominations, festival appearances and a featured spot in Variety’s Directors on Directors series for her film-helming skills, it was no surprise when Swift set the sights of her ambition higher to secure an Oscar nod from the Hollywood elite.
But academy members didn’t share the same admiration, but Swift is still on track to potentially win an Oscar this year. Her song “Carolina” from Where The Crawdads Sing was shortlisted in Best Original Song contenders – with a chance of making history.
And the pop star is no stranger to making history, and it seems she’s determined to continue that streak with her feature film directorial debut. Swift recently announced an exciting new venture with Searchlight Pictures as both the scriptwriter and director of her very own movie.
“Taylor is a once-in-a-generation artist and storyteller,” Searchlight presidents David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield said. “It is a genuine joy and privilege to collaborate with her as she embarks on this exciting and new creative journey.”
With a newfound confidence and her sights set on the future, she’s decided to express herself through bold fashion choices – styling for success instead of sorrow.
All Too Well Act
From an early age, “All Too Well” star Sink has been determined to reach the top of Hollywood’s A-list. At just seven years old she leaped into regional theater in Texas and hasn’t looked back since – now a force at 20.
The past decade proved to be an extraordinary time, culminating in the remarkable year of 2022; a period few will ever forget.
Swift made 2022 a hallmark year for herself with the success of her album Midnights and multiple awards nods. Still, she also paid tribute to fellow entertainer Sink as one of Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainers of the Year.
Swift celebrated in style to show her admiration for “All Too Well” star Sink.
From the silver screen to live stages, Sink is an incredible talent. Watching her bring our characters to life in front of the camera was mesmerizing – she skillfully crafted a nuanced performance that felt both effortless and complex at once.
Sink Gives Acting
What initially seemed like a performance quickly became something much more powerful. Through her grief and loss, she conveyed an authentic emotion that could not be ignored.
“I often tell people that Sadie’s face is so transparent, you can even see the thoughts she almost has. After over a decade of work, as the internet would say, this year, ‘Sadie Sink’s rent was due,'” she said.
“She helped bring “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush back into the cultural spotlight with a harrowing performance as Max Mayfield on Stranger Things season 4.”
She pushed her incredible range to the limit while taking on a role of unparalleled complexity with The Whale. As Brendan Fraser’s challenging and determined daughter, Ellie, she moved audiences in Darren Aronofsky’s powerful film.
After years of being overlooked and misunderstood, Ellie’s frustration and hurt built up into a rage that demanded precise attention. This was where Sadie proved her mettle: by understanding exactly how to navigate through the chaos in an artful fashion.
“Sadie is as precise as a surgeon’s scalpel. She’s a firecracker of emotion and a complete professional,” Darren said of working with her.