See the full list of 2023 Oscar nominations here, along with the best Oscar nominees.
For the first time in forever, many blockbusters are vying for the Best Picture Oscar. But first, they need to be nominated.
Black comedy “The Banshees of Inisherin” and Steven Spielberg’s biographical drama “The Fabelmans” both scored big at the Golden Globes, while the Screen Actors Guild’s sci-fi blockbuster “Everything Everywhere at Once” scored alongside Screen Actors Guild “Banshee.” “. However, when the field for the 95th Academy Awards (airing March 12 on ABC) was announced on Tuesday morning, the “Top Gun” and “Black Panther” sequels loomed as heavyweight contenders that could spice up the game. Awards season that is somewhat back to normal after a few years of the pandemic.
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While everything may seem to fall into place for potential candidates, it’s usually when chaos is just around the corner. Let’s separate the potential contenders from the contenders in the six main Oscar categories:
- Blockbusters will compete for the top spots in the best picture field.
- It’s a race for two in the Best Actress category and a talented trio for Best Actor.
- Supporting stars Angela Bassett and Ke Hui Kwan are the easiest bets of all.
Best: Producers and directors usually know what happens before the rest of us — the vast majority of nominees are the ones who make the Oscars. So expect the entries to be “Fabelmans,” “Banshees,” “Everything Everywhere,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” and “Tár,” all of which earned Producers Guild of America and Director Guild of America nods points. “Elvis,” which garnered Globe, PGA, and British Academy Film Awards nominations, also got a good shot, as did “Babylon,” garnering both Globe and Screen Actors Guild honors.
the rest: Notable PGA nominees like “Avatar: The Way of Water,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” seem more poised to take the final three spots than polarizing “The Whale” I Count on Brendan Fraser’s Love . Other possibilities include the iconic Indian action epic “RRR”, BAFTA-the groundbreaking “All Quiet on the Western Front” and the SAG-nominated “Women Talking” – they could all be vying for a slot if it’s “Babylon” (with its mixed reviews) or ” Top Gun stutters.
Best: It appears to be a three-way race between Golden Globe winners Austin Butler (“Elvis”) and Colin Farrell (“The Banshees”) plus “Pisces” star Fraser, who has just added momentum to the awards season with his heartfelt rhetoric after winning the Critics’ Choice Award. It’s Safe Saying these guys are locks, especially with the Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA nominations.
the rest: The previous two Oscars have seen the SAG and Oscar pools matched perfectly for Best Actor, which is a boon for SAG nominees Bill Nighy (“Living”) – who also got a BAFTA nod – and Adam Sandler (“Hustle”). Sandler still doesn’t have an Academy Award nomination, so the Academy could look at him as a career showrunner. But if they don’t, newcomers are waiting in the wings for a place, like BAFTA nominee Paul Mescal (“Aftersun”) as well as two Globe contenders Diego Calva (“Babylon”) and Jeremy Pope (“Inspection”). And then there’s Tom Cruise, the face of “Top Gun” who probably has a few voters rooting for him.
Best: Cate Blanchett (“Tar”) and Michelle Yeoh (“Everything Everywhere”) have made their way through award season with Globe wins and SAG nominations, and that inevitable Oscars showdown happens because, barring some multiverse mishap, they’re in it.
the rest: The other three points are less clear. Oscar winner Viola Davis (“The Woman King”) has put together an impressive resume, with SAG, Globe, and BAFTA nods, and fellow SAG nominees Danielle Didwiller (“Up”) and Ana de Armas (“Blonde”) are also in the mix. . Michelle Williams — who arguably would have done better this season as a supporting competitor — has a chance thanks to the momentum of the “Fabelmans.” Also out there are Globe nominees Margot Robbie (“Babylon”) and Olivia Colman (“Empire of Light”).
Best Supporting Actor
Best: No one in Hollywood is as beloved as Everything Everywhere star/Global Award winner/SAG nominee Ke Huy Quan these days for his comeback story and total Cinderella mojo. At least one actor usually turns the table each year and Quan is the best bet in this Oscar category. They’re likely to take three more top spots: “Banshees” duo Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan as well as “The Good Nurse” antagonist Eddie Redmayne, who each earned SAG, Globe, and BAFTA nominations.
the rest: For the last remaining spot — or maybe two, since “Good Nurse” isn’t a major player in the awards show — SAG nominee Paul Dano is in contention for “Fabelmans.” His co-star Judd Hirsch is a possibility, too: The longtime Emmy Award-winning actor has only been nominated for an Academy Award once, for 1980’s “Ordinary People.” Also nominated is Brian Tyree Henry (“Causeway”), who is nominated as Hirsch for a Critics Choice Award, and Michelle Ward is a BAFTA (“Empire of Light”) nominee.
Best Supporting Actress
Best:Wakanda is ruled by Angela Bassett and, thus far, leading to this class, which seems to be the most changed field of representation. The “Black Panther” star has earned gold from the Critics’ Choice and Globe Awards, as well as SAG and BAFTA nominations. Kerry Condon (“Banshees”) and Jamie Lee Curtis (“Everything Everywhere”)—still seeking her first Oscar nod after decades in the business—are also safe bets, each earning SAG, Globe, Critics Choice, and BAFTA nods. .
the rest: The rest is pretty much a free-for-all with a host of talented contenders. Curtis’ co-star, Stephanie Hsu, earned a SAG nomination for her Outstanding Role. Hong Chau (“Pisces”) impressed SAG and BAFTA teams, while Dolly de Leon (“Triangle of Sorrow”) and Carey Mulligan (“She’s Happy”) earned Globe and BAFTA nominations to their credit. And don’t overlook Janelle Monáe (“Glass Onion”) or Jessie Buckley (“Women Talking”), both Critics Choice nominees in celebrity ensembles.
Best: Each year, by a miraculous degree, four out of five DGA nominees enter this category. In other words, things are looking great for Globe Spielberg champs, Critics Choice-winning duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (“Everything Everywhere”), Todd Field (“Tár”), Martin McDonagh (“Banshees”) and Joseph Kosinski (“Banshees”). “Top Gun: Maverick”).
the rest: So who is the strange man out there? It might be Kosinski, since his best competitor is the only one who has yet to win a Grand Prix. Sarah Polley (“Women Talking”) managed to replace him and avoid the men’s entry only after two consecutive victories from female filmmakers. James Cameron has a chance to punch thanks to the success of the “Avatar” sequel at the box office. Baz Luhrmann (“Elvis”) or SS Rajamouli (“RRR”) could have ridden the wave of popularity for their films. But perhaps a surprising dark horse has emerged from the BAFTA roster, which includes Park Chan-wook (“The Decision to Leave”), Edward Berger (“All Quiet on the Western Front”) and Gina Prince-Bythewood (“The Woman King”).
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