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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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