The Los Angeles premiere for The Tragedy of Macbeth was last night. With a new COVID variant on the loose and new waves of outbreak spreading, it’s starting to feel like red carpets are going to go away again for a while. I was a little surprised to see Macbeth and The Matrix Resurrections out on the town last night, but everyone who has already committed money and resources to red carpets is probably just hoping to get through one last go round before the industry shuts down for the holidays. January premieres are 2022’s problem.
The premiere brought out stars Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington, along with Corey Hawkins in winter white, and writer/director Joel Coen, aka Mr. Franny McD—they’re SO cute together. Macbeth has been a lowkey presence in December so far, with Spider-Man and The Matrix Resurrections overshadowing it, but it’s hitting theaters next week on Christmas Day (it will be streaming on Apple TV+ in January). It will likely be more of a player in the new year, as awards season heats up. Denzel is a favorite for a Best Actor nomination—he’s already a Critics’ Choice nominee—and the film has already been recognized by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2021. Assuming people are still having red carpets in 2022, we’re going to see a lot more of Team Macbeth in the new year.