The word abyss has appeared in 120 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on March 10 in the Opinion essay “Why ‘Everything Everywhere’ Will Probably Win Best Picture” by Ross Douthat:
And so maybe it will be fitting if the Academy — which already illustrated the multiverse’s forking paths the year it mistakenly announced first “La La Land” and then “Moonlight” as its best-picture winner — rewards an artistic embodiment of this vision, rather than the heavenward progress of Maverick or the unfinished purgatory of Lydia Tár.
Those are journey movies, traditional narrative arcs with high stakes attached to every personal choice, every artistic gesture and fighter-jet maneuver. “Everything Everywhere” is a movie for a society much more unsure about the fundamental meaning of its stories, the real significance of human choices — and stuck hoping that a feeling held in defiance of one’s reason, a vibe of hope and love, will be enough to keep us from the abyss.
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