The Zone of Interest could land surprise best picture win, say anonymous Oscar voters


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Interviews with ‘brutally honest’ voters reveal strong support for Holocaust drama, setting stage for a potential Oscars upset against bookies’ favourite Oppenheimer

The Zone of Interest, the Holocaust drama directed by Jonathan Glazer and adapted from the novel by Martin Amis, could pull off a shock upset in the best picture Oscar race and beat Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, as a series of interviews with anonymous Oscar voters appears to indicate a surge of support for the film.

After the voting window for the Academy Awards closed on Tuesday, the intervening period before the results are announced on Sunday week is filled with fevered speculation. Much of the fuel is provided by anonymised interviews with Oscar voters, known as the Brutally Honest Oscar Ballots, in which real-life Academy members talk through how they arrived at their particular choices, and in doing so shed much light on how individual films and performers benefit or are disadvantaged in the process.

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