By Francisco Salazar
Following a divisive response from the classical music world about the film “Tár,” the film has been nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture.
The film, which has provoked much discussion in the classical music world, received nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress for Cate Blanchett, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing.
The discussion over “Tár” first took light after Marin Alsop noted that she found the film offensive. Leonard Slatkin also wrote an essay about the film stating, “I was engrossed for the entire length of the film. It is certainly worth seeing, but viewers need more than a passing knowledge of classical music to appreciate many of the references made. I give the film three-and-a-half gold batons out of five.”
Danielle De Niese attended the London premiere and praised the film on social media writing, “GO AND SEE THIS FILM! It’s a brooding psychological drama that only a magnificent artist like Cate Blanchett could have brought to life.”
Dame Sarah Connolly also gave her opinion after the premiere stating, “The acting across the board is superb, screenplay fabulous but needed shortening during long-winded “old maestri “ dialogues. My stomach was clenched during the bullying / manipulative scenes esp in 1st half hr. A very familiar feeling, sadly. Stellar turn from Sophie Kauer. Just because we haven’t yet seen a female bully in conducting of this magnitude doesn’t mean it can’t happen and Lydia Tár‘s mannish traits, casually cruel were horribly recognizable. Brava Cate Blanchett. She’s not likable but bullies rarely are.”
The Oscars are set to air on ABC on March 12, 2023.