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Academy Awards: 2023 Nominations Revealed

And here we are. Official news arrived this morning from Los Angeles, where the official nominations for the 95th edition of the Academy Awards were revealed. 

Are you surprised or not surprised? Well, most of the list was highly predictable by looking at the Golden Globes, BAFTA, and SAG Awards. However, a few unexpected nominations are enough to overturn the game.


First of all, let’s start from the foreseeable news: Everything Everywhere All at Once leads with an astonishing total of eleven nominations, among which we find Best Picture, Best Director, Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Actor, Best Original Song, Best Original Screenplay, and a lot more. Right behind the sci-fi movie directed by Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan, we have a tight. The Banshees of Inisherin and All Quiet on the Western Front follow with nine nominations each, also finding themselves competing for the prestigious Best Picture Award.

Furthermore, the highly anticipated Elvis, Spielberg’s The Fabelmans, Tár, and Triangle of Sadness place themselves in several crucial categories, like Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Acting. Crucially, Austin Butler and Cate Blanchett nominated respectively as Best Leading Actor and Actresses, remain the favorites in their categories.


Surprisingly, though, on March 12, the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood will welcome a few names that had not been taken for granted or even into consideration.

Firstly, Paul Mescal. The Irish actor who became famous thanks to Normal People, the Hulu series based on the novel by Sally Rooney, gained his first Oscar nomination for his interpretation of Aftersun. Even if Mescal is already considered by many as the “golden boy” of Hollywood this year, he will not be the only “new guy” around, as the actors in the Best Actor category are all first-time nominees (Austin Butler, Colin Farrell, Brendan Fraser, Bill Nighy, and Mescal).

Another surprise (not so positive, though) can be found in the Best Director category that is, once again, only dominated by men, stopping the dream of those who hoped for Sarah Polley and her  Women Talking.

Additionally, the 95th edition of the Oscars will present an unusual sequence of nominations for two films, Avatar: The Way of Water and Top Gun: Maverick, which are the highest-grossing films of the year. This choice brings the Academy towards a much more commercially-oriented landscape, which many think should drive more audience to the ceremony. This event has drastically decreased in popularity over the past years. 

However, it is not just who has been nominated to surprise, but also who has not. Being “snubbed” by the Academy happens often. This year, it was the time of Viola Davis, Brad Pitt, and Danielle Deadwyler, whose performances, respectively, in The Woman King, Babylon, and Till, failed to get them closer to the ambitious golden statue.


Therefore, now that the nominations have been revealed, the only thing that remains to do is arm yourself with patience, snacks, and coffee (if, like me, you will watch the ceremony from 2 a.m.) and wait for Jimmy Kimmel to call the beginning of the most important night of the year.


In the meantime, look at the complete list of nominees here.

Best Picture

All Quiet on the Western Front - Malte Grunert, Producer

Avatar: The Way of Water - James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers

The Banshees of Inisherin - Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh, Producers

Elvis - Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Gail Berman, Patrick McCormick and Schuyler Weiss, Producers

Everything Everywhere All at Once - Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert and Jonathan Wang, Producers

The Fabelmans - Kristie Macosko Krieger, Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner, Producers

Tár - Todd Field, Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert, Producers

Top Gun: Maverick - Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, David Ellison and Jerry Bruckheimer, Producers

Triangle of Sadness - Erik Hemmendorff and Philippe Bober, Producers

Women Talking - Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Frances McDormand, Producers


Best Director 

Martin McDonagh (The Banshees of Inisherin

Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (Everything Everywhere All at Once

Steven Spielberg (The Fabelmans

Todd Field (Tár

Ruben Östlund (Triangle of Sadness)


Best Lead Actor

Austin Butler (Elvis

Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin

Brendan Fraser (The Whale

Paul Mescal (Aftersun

Bill Nighy (Living


Best Lead Actress

Cate Blanchett (Tár

Ana de Armas (Blonde

Andrea Riseborough (To Leslie)

Michelle Williams (The Fabelmans

Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once)


Best Supporting Actor

Brendan Gleeson (The Banshees of Inisherin

Brian Tyree Henry (Causeway

Judd Hirsch (The Fabelmans)

Barry Keoghan (The Banshees of Inisherin

Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All at Once


Best Supporting Actress

Angela Bassett (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Hong Chau (The Whale

Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin

Jamie Lee Curtis (Everything Everywhere All at Once

Stephanie Hsu (Everything Everywhere All at Once)


Best Adapted Screenplay

All Quiet on the Western Front - Screenplay by Edward Berger, Lesley Paterson & Ian Stokell

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery - Written by Rian Johnson

Living -Written by Kazuo Ishiguro

Top Gun: Maverick - Screenplay by Ehren Kruger and Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie; Story by Peter Craig and Justin Marks

Women Talking - Screenplay by Sarah Polley


Best Original Screenplay

The Banshees of Inisherin - Written by Martin McDonagh

Everything Everywhere All at Once - Written by Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert

The Fabelmans - Written by Steven Spielberg & Tony Kushner

Tár - Written by Todd Field

Triangle of Sadness - Written by Ruben Östlund


Best Cinematography 

All Quiet on the Western Front - James Friend

Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths - Darius Khondji

Elvis - Mandy Walker

Empire of Light - Roger Deakins

Tár - Florian Hoffmeister


Best Documentary Feature Film 

All That Breathes - Shaunak Sen, Aman Mann and Teddy Leifer

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed - Laura Poitras, Howard Gertler, John Lyons, Nan Goldin and Yoni Golijov

Fire of Love - Sara Dosa, Shane Boris and Ina Fichman

A House Made of Splinters - Simon Lereng Wilmont and Monica Hellström

Navalny - Daniel Roher, Odessa Rae, Diane Becker, Melanie Miller and Shane Boris


Best Documentary Short Film 

The Elephant Whisperers - Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga

Haulout - Evgenia Arbugaeva and Maxim Arbugaev

How Do You Measure a Year? - Jay Rosenblatt

The Martha Mitchell Effect - Anne Alvergue and Beth Levison

Stranger at the Gate - Joshua Seftel and Conall Jones


Best Film Editing

The Banshees of Inisherin - Mikkel E.G. Nielsen

Elvis - Matt Villa and Jonathan Redmond

Everything Everywhere All at Once - Paul Rogers

Tár - Monika Willi

Top Gun: Maverick - Eddie Hamilton


Best International Feature Film 

All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany) 

Argentina, 1985 (Argentina) 

Close (Belgium)

EO (Poland) 

The Quiet Girl (Ireland) 


Best Original Song 

“Applause” from Tell It Like a Woman - Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

“Hold My Hand” from Top Gun: Maverick - Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga and BloodPop

“Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - Music by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Goransson; Lyric by Tems and Ryan Coogler

“Naatu Naatu” from RRR - Music by M.M. Keeravaani; Lyric by Chandrabose  

“This Is a Life” from Everything Everywhere All at Once - Music by Ryan Lott, David Byrne and Mitski; Lyric by Ryan Lott and David Byrne 


Best Production Design 

All Quiet on the Western Front - Production Design: Christian M. Goldbeck; Set Decoration: Ernestine Hipper

Avatar: The Way of Water - Production Design: Dylan Cole and Ben Procter; Set Decoration: Vanessa Cole

Babylon - Production Design: Florencia Martin; Set Decoration: Anthony Carlino

Elvis - Production Design: Catherine Martin and Karen Murphy; Set Decoration: Bev Dunn

The Fabelmans - Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara


Best Visual Effects

All Quiet on the Western Front - Frank Petzold, Viktor Müller, Markus Frank and Kamil Jafar

Avatar: The Way of Water - Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham, Eric Saindon and Daniel Barrett

The Batman - Dan Lemmon, Russell Earl, Anders Langlands and Dominic Tuohy

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - Geoffrey Baumann, Craig Hammack, R. Christopher White and Dan Sudick

Top Gun: Maverick - Ryan Tudhope, Seth Hill, Bryan Litson and Scott R. Fisher


Best Animated Feature Film 

Guillermo del Toros Pinocchio - Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson, Gary Ungar and Alex Bulkley

Marcel the Shell With Shoes On - Dean Fleischer Camp, Elisabeth Holm, Andrew Goldman, Caroline Kaplan and Paul Mezey

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish - Joel Crawford and Mark Swift

The Sea Beast - Chris Williams and Jed Schlanger

Turning Red - Domee Shi and Lindsey Collins


Best Animated Short Film

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse - Charlie Mackesy and Matthew Freud

The Flying Sailor - Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

Ice Merchants - João Gonzalez and Bruno Caetano

My Year of Dicks - Sara Gunnarsdóttir and Pamela Ribon

An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It - Lachlan Pendragon


Best Costume Design 

Babylon - Mary Zophres

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - Ruth Carter

Elvis - Catherine Martin

Everything Everywhere All at Once - Shirley Kurata

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris - Jenny Beavan


Best Live Action Short

An Irish Goodbye - Tom Berkeley and Ross White

Ivalu - Anders Walter and Rebecca Pruzan

Le Pupille - Alice Rohrwacher and Alfonso Cuarón

Night Ride - Eirik Tveiten and Gaute Lid Larssen

The Red Suitcase - Cyrus Neshvad


Best Makeup and Hairstyling 

All Quiet on the Western Front - Heike Merker and Linda Eisenhamerová

The Batman - Naomi Donne, Mike Marino and Mike Fontaine

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - Camille Friend and Joel Harlow

Elvis - Mark Coulier, Jason Baird and Aldo Signoretti

The Whale - Adrien Morot, Judy Chin and Anne Marie Bradley


Best Original Score 

All Quiet on the Western Front - Volker Bertelmann

Babylon - Justin Hurwitz

The Banshees of Inisherin - Carter Burwell

Everything Everywhere All at Once - Son Lux

The Fabelmans - John Williams


Best Sound

All Quiet on the Western Front  -Viktor Prášil, Frank Kruse, Markus Stemler, Lars Ginzel and Stefan Korte

Avatar: The Way of Water - Julian Howarth, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle, Dick Bernstein, Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers and Michael Hedges

The Batman - Stuart Wilson, William Files, Douglas Murray and Andy Nelson

Elvis - David Lee, Wayne Pashley, Andy Nelson and Michael Keller

Top Gun: Maverick - Mark Weingarten, James H. Mather, Al Nelson, Chris Burdon and Mark Taylor


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