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After the pandemic-delayed, anticlimactic, rather disastrous 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday night, is it a bit premature to start looking forward to next year? Of course, not! After the pandemic-delayed, anticlimactic, rather disastrous 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday night, is it a bit premature to start looking forward to next year? Of course, not! COVID-19…

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After the pandemic-delayed, anticlimactic, rather disastrous 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday night, is it a bit premature to start looking forward to next year? Of course, not!

After the pandemic-delayed, anticlimactic, rather disastrous 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday night, is it a bit premature to start looking forward to next year? Of course, not!

COVID-19 still might play a role in the 94th edition of the Oscars (currently scheduled for Feb. 27, 2022), especially if major film festivals — which introduce many awards season regulars — go virtual again. However, the reopening of theatres (in some jurisdictions) for the summer is a good sign that Oscar bait will be back on the big screen before you know it.

And the race toward the 2022 Academy Awards could be a packed one, with projects punted out of last year because of the coronavirus and a fresh batch of newer films finished under COVID-19 protocols.

Ready or not, here’s a way-too-early look at what and who might compete in the major categories (with release dates for films that have them):

Best picture

How do you start your 2022 Oscar campaign? If you’re Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (in theaters Dec. 10), you boldly drop your first trailer at the ‘21 ceremony. The COVID-19-delayed redo of the beloved movie musical will definitely be a player. Along the same lines, an adaptation of the Tony-winning, teen-oriented Dear Evan Hansen (Sept. 24), could appeal to audiences and criticsthe same way it did to Broadway crowds. And the guy who created Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, makes his directing debut with Netflix’s adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick…BOOM!

Spielberg not the only A-list filmmaker who’s back. Clint Eastwood directs and stars as a horse trainer embroiled in a kidnapping plot in Cry Macho (in theatres and on HBO Max Oct. 22), and Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled coming-of-age film (Dec. 25) set in the 1970s. Martin Scorsese is currently filming Killers of the Flower Moon, an Apple TV+ crime drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro about serial murders in the oil-wealthy Osage Nation in 1920s Oklahoma. Wes Anderson’s latest ensemble film The French Dispatch, which premieres at Cannes after a COVID-19 delay, tells a tale of American reporters working in France, and Guillermo del Toro dives into the seedy world of carnival-set film noir with a remake of Nightmare Alley (Dec. 3).

The Oscars are also committing to a full 10-movie best picture slate starting next year, which bodes well for high-profile potential blockbusters like Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi adaptation Dune (in theaters and in HBO Max Oct. 1) and Marvel’s Eternals (Nov. 5), helmed by newly minted best director winner Chloé Zhao.

Best actor

DiCaprio has a couple of shots with Flower Moon and Don’t Look Up, in which he plays an astronomer trying to sound the alarm to mankind of an incoming comet. But Adam Driver has three: He joins Marion Cotillard in the musical Annette (in theatres late summer and on Amazon Prime); plays doomed Italian businessman Maurizio Gucci in Ridley Scott’s starry crime drama House of Gucci (Nov. 24); and also co-stars opposite Matt Damon as 14th-century best friends fighting to the death in Scott’s delayed The Last Duel (Oct. 15).

Bradley Cooper could be back in the mix as the carny con man of del Toro’s Nightmare Alley, while Majors might ride high into his first Oscar season as the Harder They Fall outlaw gunning for his rival. Oscar Isaac is a gambler going down a dark path in The Card Counter and Ben Platt reprises his Tony-winning Evan Hansen role in the movie adaptation.

Best actress

Fresh off a best actress win for Nomadland, Frances McDormand’s going for Oscar No. 4 with Tragedy of Macbeth, and her Lady Macbeth might be hard to beat. Although the same could be said of Jennifer Hudson, who won Oscar in 2007 for Dreamgirls and is definitely a threat at the 2022 Academy Awards playing the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, in the musical biopic Respect (Aug. 13). Another well-known singer is worth a watch, too: Lady Gaga, who impressed in A Star Is Born, stars in House of Gucci as Patrizia Reggiani, accused of murdering her ex-husband (Driver).

Also back in the game is Halle Berry, starring as an MMA fighter in Bruised (which she also directs), plus Cate Blanchett as a scamming psychiatrist in Nightmare Alley and J-Law as DiCaprio’s fellow scientist in Don’t Look Up. Kirsten Dunst is the target of Cumberbatch’s ire in Power of the Dog, Jessica Chastain plays a televangelist in The Eyes of Tammy Faye (Sept. 24) and Tessa Thompson impresses in Netflix’s black-and-white period film Passing, which premiered at Sundance.

Best supporting actor

House of Gucci is rich in terms of a deep cast, with Oscar winners such as Al Pacino and Jared Leto, as is The Harder They Fall, which boasts Elba and Lindo — both of whom are overdue for their first nominations. The same goes for French Dispatch with Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Benicio del Toro and Timothee Chalamet.

As James Bond’s newest villain, Rami Malek is a possibility for No Time to Die (Oct. 8) if the Oscars embrace blockbusters. Most dangerous this time around might be Jesse Plemons, who’s known for sinking his teeth into character roles (Judas and the Black Messiah, The Irishman) and plays good brother to Cumberbatch’s cruel rancher in Power of the Dog.

Best supporting actress

Rita Moreno won this category for the original West Side Story, and she’d be an emotional favourite here for her small role as Valentina, though Ariana DeBose, playing Moreno’s old role of Anita, is also a contender. So is Queen’s Gambit standout Anya Taylor-Joy, who has big-screen roles in Edgar Wright’s thriller Last Night in Soho (Oct. 22) and Viking revenge film The Northman opposite Nicole Kidman.

Rooney Mara and Toni Collette are possibilities for Nightmare Alley, Julianne Moore has a heartfelt role as the troubled title teen’s mom in Evan Hansen, King won the category two years ago for If Beale Street Could Talk and is back in consideration with Harder They Fall, Ruth Negga stands out as a Black woman posing as white in Passing, and Cotillard plays opera singer to Driver’s standup comedian in Annette.

So which of these movies are going to hit a high note and which might fall flat? Who knows, since few of these films have been screened for critics, but it’s going to be another wild year.

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Kahun back with McDavid: When it comes to the forward line blender, Tippett slices and dices with the best of them

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Author of the article: David Staples  •  Edmonton Journal Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid (97) gets knocked off the puck by Vancouver Canucks Quinn Hughes (43) during NHL action at Rogers Place in Edmonton, May 6, 2021. Photo by Ed Kaiser /Postmedia This in from the Edmonton Oilers, new line combinations, with the DYNamite Line of…

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Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid (97) gets knocked off the puck by Vancouver Canucks Quinn Hughes (43) during NHL action at Rogers Place in Edmonton, May 6, 2021. Photo by Ed Kaiser /Postmedia This in from the Edmonton Oilers, new line combinations, with the DYNamite Line of Leon Draisaitl, Kailer Yamamoto and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins reunited, William Lagesson paired with Adam Larsson, and Dominik Kahun on the same line as Connor McDavid and Jesse Puljujarvi.

This from Oilers play-by-play ace Jack Michaels:

Practice today (minus P. Russell & Kulikov)…

Kahun-McDavid-Puljujarvi

RNH-Draisaitl-Yamamoto

Ennis/Neal-McLeod-Chiasson

Shore-Khaira-Archibald

Nurse-Barrie

Lagesson-Larsson

Jones-Bear

Koekkoek-Bouchard

Oilers line combinations, on-ice numbers 5X5, from Natural Stat Trick My take 1.  When it comes to blendering up the forward lines, Edmonton Oilers coach Dave Tippett is now slicing and dicing with the best of them. Of course, this is garbage time for the Oilers’ season where they’re unlikely to move up or down the standings. They’re playing out the string until the playoffs, striving to remain both healthy but also sharp and competitive at the same time. They’re playing what amounts to Exhibition games-plus. It’s a good time to experiment with forward lines and Tippett is taking advantage of that fact, changing up the lines every few games.

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2. It’s hard to judge each line over a short amount of time but that’s all Tippett has to go on at this point, these small amounts of time each trio has been together. What we see is that this year the most productive line has been Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Kailer Yamamoto, which in 134 minutes together has scored 12 goals and given up just two. That’s out-of-this-world production, even better than what we saw from the DYNamite Line last year, when RNH, Draisaitl and Yamamoto scored 30 goals and gave up just nine.

3. The problem with the Oil’s most successful line is that it sees McDavid and Draisaitl combining well, but it’s likely that success in the playoffs will be predicated on having McDavid and Draisaitl leading their own lines, delivering that kind of one-two punch. Tippett has searched for an effective second line this year. He found it last year with the DYNamites, but that same line hasn’t done so well together so far this year, with three goals for and five against in 81 minutes. But, again, that’s a small sample size, and some of those minutes came when RNH was just back from a concussion. It’s a shrewd move to go back to the line now to see if it can again function at a high level.

4. I also like the line of McDavid, Puljujarvi and Kahun, a trio which has had some success in the smallest of samples, with three goals for and just one against in 35 minutes. Kahun loves to pass the puck and Puljujarvi is progressing as a shooter and passer. Both are solid enough defensively. I also like the line because it puts Puljujarvi in a more prominent spot, becoming the primary sniper. I have high hopes for this line.

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5. In recent games, Tippett tried out Kahun, RNH and Yamamoto. They played together 58 minutes and worked some tricky passing plays but didn’t score much, just one goal, while giving up two. The line did have some good moments against the Canucks, but I doubt that a trio of three smaller players will have much success in the heavy slogging of the playoffs.

6. It’s not a great bargaining point for RNH that each of the three top lines he’s been on here haven’t done so well.  But perhaps he can turn that around now with Drai and Yamo.

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Three to See Saturday: Paula walks, Mars approached and Root 107

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Author of the article: Fish Griwkowsky A slice of Edith and Heinrich A Eichner’s mosaic work in Coronation Park. Fish Griwkowsky Paula in the park: In case you’re missing Paula Simons’ sharp and curious mind here at the Journal, the senator’s brand-new, online Jane’s Walk is a simply fantastic way to catch up, and also…

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A slice of Edith and Heinrich A Eichner’s mosaic work in Coronation Park. Fish Griwkowsky Paula in the park: In case you’re missing Paula Simons’ sharp and curious mind here at the Journal, the senator’s brand-new, online Jane’s Walk is a simply fantastic way to catch up, and also learn all about one of Edmonton’s underrated, north-side treasures: Coronation Park — which contains three of our best buildings, two of them planetariums, hilariously. In her precise and enthusiastic way, Simons circles the gorgeous peaks of Hemingway Pool, shakes loose the history of the imported Ross Shep totem pole, and even points out little-known Long Burrow 6, a rare example of conceptual land art around here. The jewel in the park’s path-drawn Royal Scepter (check out the overhead map) is the old Queen Elizabeth Planetarium, which as a temple of science is rather coyly surrounded by the 12 Greek astrological symbols in sidewalk mosaic by Edith and Heinrich Eichner. South of Douglas Cardinal’s planetarium, keep an eye out for the old bricks representing distances within the solar system. The next step is to head to the park — but start here.

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Details: On Senator Paula Simons’ YouTube channel, no charge

Under the dome: Speaking of space, part of the ongoing, online NorthwestFest documentary film fest, Red Heaven (2020) is the story of six volunteers who take part in the ultimate dress rehearsal, living inside a year-long NASA simulation to understand the effects of isolation on the human mind. Filmed by the crew, sealed within a 1000-square foot dome on the red, rocky slope of a Hawaiian volcano, Red Heaven captures the mounting tension, blossoming romance, and intense feelings of isolation that the six strangers must face in the name of future space exploration. Directed by Lauren Defilippo and Katherine Gorringe, 84 mins.

Red Heaven is one of 80 documentaries playing NorthwestFest through May 16. Photo by supplied Details: Playing through May 16 at northwestfest.ca, $12.95

Street eats: And just a quick reminder, Downtown Spark’s Root 107, the pallet-walled pop-up park in the core, is ongoing. Basically, a spread-out place to sit and eat food truck grub while looking at tiny murals, a cappella’s Curbside will be serving this weekend, and the whole affair is very kid friendly. Chances are good you’ll run into one of our many grubber downtown hares (not for consumption).

The Root 107 pop-park. Photo by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia Details: 107 Street and 101 Avenue, no charge

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Edmonton doctor charged with fraudulently billing Alberta government more than $3.5 million

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Author of the article: Edmonton Journal An Edmonton doctor is facing two charges for fraudulently billing upwards of $3.5 million to the Alberta government. May 7, 2021 Dr. Yifei Shi (BMSc, MD, CCFP, Clinical Professor) graduated from the University of Alberta Doctor Of Medicine (MD) program with a specialty in General Practice with an interest…

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An Edmonton doctor is facing two charges for fraudulently billing upwards of $3.5 million to the Alberta government. May 7, 2021 Dr. Yifei Shi (BMSc, MD, CCFP, Clinical Professor) graduated from the University of Alberta Doctor Of Medicine (MD) program with a specialty in General Practice with an interest in cosmetic medicine. In 2017 when CosmeticMD was born. Screencapture jpg An Edmonton doctor is facing two charges for fraudulently billing upwards of $3.5 million to the Alberta government.

In a news release Friday morning, the Edmonton Police Service said its economic crimes section received a request from the Alberta Justice department in April to assist with the arrest of a physician in relation to an ongoing billing scheme dating back to 2013. It is alleged the doctor fraudulently billed the province between $3.5-$4.1 million in fees for service.

Dr. Yifei Shi, 33, was arrested on April 23. She faces charges of fraud and theft over $5,000.

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