British actor Tilda Swinton, who won an Oscar for her role in Michael Clayton back in 2007, could be in line for another nomination in 2019 with The Souvenir.
Directed by Joanna Hogg, who has won critical praise for her work on film and television, The Souvenir tells the story of a young film student who becomes involved with an enigmatic man. It stars the relatively unknown actor Honor Swinton Byrne in the lead role, with Swinton cast as her mother. The movie also features Richard Ayoade, Tom Burke and Tosin Cole.
It may not yet have enjoyed the publicity gained by some of the other early contenders for the Best Picture award at the 2020 Oscars, but it is among a number of lively outsiders in the early betting, at least, according to bookmakers Paddy Power, who have given the movie a 17/1 quote in this market, alongside The Lion King, The Farewell and Little Women.
Like many of the outsiders in the field, The Souvenir may struggle to get attention, given the high profile names at the top of the market, including the current 3/1 favourite The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorcese; Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (6/1) and the latest Tom Hanks contender for Oscars glory A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (9/1) among others.
But The Souvenir does have some advantages over those rivals, in that it has already hit the silver screen. Like another outsider in the betting, Clemency, the movie received its international premiere at this year’s Sundance Festival and received plenty of praise from critics. And though it may be light on top level Hollywood stars, it does feature a number of young, highly-regarded actors, not to mention being put together by a critically-acclaimed director. The Souvenir may be a slow burner in this market, but it could well be one to watch for Oscars punters in the weeks ahead.