Cats Will Be Eligible for the Golden Globes, But What About Oscars?

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How many awards will the movie Cats win? Well, first, it has to be eligible for them. And it is.

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Because of its December 20, 2019 release date, Cats will be available for the Hollywood Foreign Press to screen, hitting the organization’s December 4 deadline for potential Golden Globe nominees. According to Variety, those official nominations will publish December 9, allowing Cats to come in just under the wire. Give Cats a Golden Globe! But also, give Cats the Oscar.

As someone who is still unsure what Cats is about, other than cats, I assume it is an allegory T.S. Eliot wrote with the sole hope that it would one day become a misunderstood musical movie worthy of the Academy Awards. It’s not pretentious, per se, but Oscar bait doesn’t have to be—sometimes, it simply has to make people cry. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t really heard about the cat experience. Not in this much detail, anyway, and certainly not out of Jason Derulo’s mouth.

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If The Shape of Water, a horny and sad movie about being horny and sad for a fish can win Best Picture in 2018, surely the Oscars can embrace digital fur technology.

Senior Writer, Jezebel. My debut book, LARGER THAN LIFE: A History of Boy Bands, is out now.

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DISCUSSION

This is the creepiest movie ever.  A Sonic-style redo might be a good idea. Or like, using actual cats.