The Midnight Sky: A Competitive Contendant in Multiple Award Categories

George Clooney and Caoilinn Springall in The Midnight Sky (2020)

The ongoing lockdown has a different effect on everyone. For example, George Clooney couldn’t go back to Italy and he wound up with his family in his three-acre Laurel Canyon compound and with no domestic help. When he wasn’t busy with household duties or playing with his three-year-old twins, he was remotely finishing his seventh feature film as a director – The Midnight Sky.

The Midnight Sky on Netflix

Clooney shared that he had to take a six-month crash course in visual effects for the production which worked well enough for him, but it’s not “jam-packed with exploding things” the star also added.

The Midnight Sky premiered on Netflix on December 23rd and many believe it could return George Cloony to Oscar connection for the first time since 2013 Best Picture-winner Argo. This came at a rather busy moment for Clooney as he scored an acting nomination for The Descendants the year before. He was also nominated for the Adapted Screenplay award for The Ides of March.

George Clooney in The Midnight Sky (2020)

Unlike many scarce movie stars, Clooney is known to easily get movies financed and greenlit (this includes Hulu’s Catch-22) and has no issue with financing less-commercial productions such as The Monuments Men, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Suburbicon, and Leatherheads.

Will The Midnight Sky Get an Oscar?

Oscar Awards
The Midnight Sky is a serious competitive contender in multiple categories and the most notably best original score for Alexandre Desplat. The film is based on Lilu Brooks-Dalton’s book Good Morning, Midnight, and its structural bones are space and silence.

However, the spirit and heart of the production are fixed on the movie’s visual decorations and taut narrative, making The Midnight Sky Clooney’s finest hour in both direction and performance. Given the thought that Clooney is no stranger to the Academy’s affections and he’s one of the only three people nominated in six different categories, The Midnight Sky has a real chance of winning an Oscar.