It’s after so many years, that I am again excited to watch the Oscars live on television. And it’s not just because of all the glitz and glamour, but mostly because of the kind of films that have scored nominations this year. The 2023 Oscars nominations have excited me and how!
Two of my all-time favorite actresses have been nominated this year, and these nominations were long, long overdue – Angela Bassett and Michelle Yeoh. On the other hand, Brendan Fraser has made an outstanding and remarkable comeback. I have grown up watching his movies and seeing him finally get his due after everything he has been through makes my heart so happy (Brenaissance is probably going to be my favorite word of the year!).
Jimmy Kimmel returns to host the esteemed awards show again, which makes it his third Oscars hosting gig. The 95th Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre and will be broadcasted live on Sunday, March 12, 2023.
Now, let’s take a deep dive into the Oscar 2023 nominations and Oscar nominees 2023.
So, what films are nominated for Oscars 2023? Here they are!
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2023 Oscar Nominations List
1. The Banshees of Inisherin
Directed by Martin McDonagh
Produced by Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Martin McDonagh
The Banshees Of Inisherin is a black tragicomedy film, starring Colin Farrell and Brendon Gleeson, as two lifelong friends, who suddenly find themselves hanging off the edge when one of them abruptly breaks off the friendship. The ending of their friendship also leads to alarming consequences for both of them.
Barry Keoghan and Kerry Condon are outstanding, and you just can’t take your eye off them, whenever they are in the frame. This is the one movie everyone should watch.
2. Top Gun: Maverick
Directed by Joseph Kosinski
Produced by Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, David Ellison, Jerry Bruckheimer
Top Gun has always been a cult favorite for so many years, and even now whenever there are reruns on the television, it never fails to draw viewers. In the movie, Maverick is back in action where he is responsible for training a younger group of Top Gun graduates, including his dead best friend’s son for a dangerous mission.
It became the second highest-grossing film of 2022, and the highest-grossing film of Tom Cruise’s career, with many critics touting it to be even better than the original movie.
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3. Everything Everywhere All at Once
Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
Produced by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Mike Larocca, Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, Jonathan Wang, Peter Tam Lee
This movie revolves around a Chinese-American woman, Evelyn Quan Wang who while being audited by the IRS discovers that she must get in touch and connect with the other versions of herself in parallel universes and prevent a powerful entity from destroying the multiverse.
Whenever Michelle Yeoh comes on screen, she steals the show, and Ke Huy Quan is my childhood in a nutshell. The movie beautifully deals with subjects like generational trauma, nihilism, ADHD, Asian-American identity, existentialism, and absurdism. Go, give this a watch, and thank me later!
4. Avatar: The Way of Water
Directed by James Cameron
Produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau
“Avatar: The Way of Water” is the sequel to the 2009 film blockbuster “Avatar”. The film follows the main character, Jake Sully, as he returns to the alien world of Pandora and continues his journey among the native species, the Na’vi. The plot centers around a new threat to the Pandora ecosystem and the efforts of Jake and the Na’vi to protect their home.
The film showcases the breathtaking visuals and immersive world-building that the “Avatar” franchise is known for, as well as raising thought-provoking questions about humanity’s relationship with the natural world.
Directed by Todd Field
Produced by Todd Field, Alexandra Milchan, and Scott Lambert
A psychological drama, the movie revolves around fictional composer and conductor, Lydia Tár, who is just a few days away from recording THE symphony that will elevate her career to a different level altogether. However, she starts feeling as if she is a victim of a conspiracy, and it is during this time, that her daughter turns out to be her biggest emotional support.
Cate Blanchett’s talent is not something that we are seeing for the first time. She is an Oscar veteran in the truest sense, and no matter how many movies I watch of her, she always ends up surprising me with her immense talent.
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6. Women Talking
Directed by Sarah Polley
Produced by Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, and Frances McDormand
Based on a true story and set in a Mennonite colony in Bolivia where several women are sexually assaulted by a group of men over the course of several years. The film follows a group of women as they come together to discuss the assaults and decide on a course of action.
The movie beautifully explores themes of justice, community, and the power dynamics between men and women in a closed society. Unsurprisingly, it has been praised for its sensitive handling of a difficult subject and its strong performances, particularly by the female cast, especially Clair Foy, Rooney Mara, and Jessie Buckley.
7. All Quiet on the Western Front
Directed by Edward Berger
Produced by Malte Grunert, Daniel Dreifuss, and Edward Berger
A German epic anti-war film, it is based on the 1929 novel of the same name written by Erich Maria Remarque. This movie revolves around a young German soldier named Paul Baumer. After he enlists in the German army along with his friends during the First World War, he is forced to confront the realities of war; when he had enlisted, he had wanted to be a hero, but he ends up giving his best to just survive.
This war drama shows the brutal reality of war, and the ending leaves you heartbroken and shattered. Even though, this movie might be disturbing to watch in some parts, don’t miss out on a movie like this.
Directed by Baz Luhrmann
Produced by Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Gail Berman, Patrick McCormick, and Schuyler Weiss
“Elvis” is a movie about the legendary singer and icon Elvis Presley. The film covers the rise of Presley from a humble beginning in Tupelo, Mississippi to his status as the “King of Rock and Roll.” The movie highlights his musical achievements, including his historic appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and his contributions to the cultural revolution of the 1950s and 60s.
It also impressively explores his personal life, including his marriages, his struggles with fame and addiction, and his eventual death at the age of 42. Baz Luhrmann has beautifully given us an inside look at the life and legacy of one of the most influential musicians of all time.
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9. The Fabelmans
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by Kristie Macosko Krieger, Steven Spielberg, and Tony Kushner
“The Fabelmans” is a coming-of-age drama film directed by legendary filmmaker, Steven Spielberg. It’s a semi-autobiographical story loosely based on his own life and his years of adolescence and initial years of being a young, ambitious filmmaker.
He beautifully translates on screen the impact the world of movies had on his life and how movies helped him see and understand the truth about his dysfunctional family and everyone around him.
10. Triangle of Sadness
Directed by Ruben Östlund
Produced by Erik Hemmendorff and Philippe Bober
A satirical black comedy film, this piece of art revolves around a celebrity couple who are vacationing on a cruise with other wealthy guests. All the characters are equally memorable, and there are some genius moments that make you think and laugh out loud at the same time.
When this movie had its world premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, it received an eight-minute standing ovation and won the Palme d’Or. This is also the last film Charlbi Dean starred in before her sudden death in August 2022.
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1. Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert – “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
2. Ruben Östlund – “Triangle of Sadness”
3. Martin McDonagh – “The Banshees of Inisherin”
4. Steven Spielberg – “The Fabelmans”
5. Todd Field – “Tár”
Best Lead Actress
1. Cate Blanchett – “Tár”
2. Michelle Yeoh – “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
3. Andrea Riseborough – “To Leslie”
4. Ana de Armas – “Blonde”
5. Michelle Williams – “The Fabelmans”
Best Lead Actor
1. Colin Farrell – “The Banshees of Inisherin”
2. Bill Nighy – “Living”
3. Brendan Fraser – “The Whale”
4. Austin Butler – “Elvis”
5. Paul Mescal – “Aftersun”
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Best Supporting Actress
1. Jamie Lee Curtis – “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
2. Stephanie Hsu – “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
3. Angela Bassett – “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
4. Kerry Condon – “The Banshees of Inisherin”
5. Hong Chau – “The Whale”
Best Supporting Actor
1. Judd Hirsch – “The Fabelmans”
2. Brendan Gleeson – “The Banshees of Inisherin”
3. Ke Huy Quan – “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
4. Brian Tyree Henry – “Causeway”
5. Barry Keoghan – “The Banshees of Inisherin”
1. “Empire of Light” – Roger Deakins
2. “All Quiet on the Western Front” – James Friend
3. “Tár” – Florian Hoffmeister
4. “Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths” – Darius Khondji
5. “Elvis” – Mandy Walker
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Best Original Screenplay
1. “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, written by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
2. “The Banshees of Inisherin”, written by Martin McDonagh
3. “Tár”, written by Todd Field
4. “The Fabelmans”, written by Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner
5. “Triangle of Sadness”, written by Ruben Östlund
Best Adapted Screenplay
1. “Women Talking”, screenplay by Sarah Polley
2. “Top Gun: Maverick”, screenplay by Ehren Kruger and Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie; story by Peter Craig and Justin Marks
3. “Living”, written by Kazuo Ishiguro
4. “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”, written by Rian Johnson
5. “All Quiet on the Western Front”, screenplay by Edward Berger, Lesley Paterson, and Ian Stokell
Best Documentary Short Film
1. “Stranger at the Gate”, Joshua Seftel and Conall Jones
2. “The Martha Mitchell Effect”, Anne Alvergue and Beth Levison
3. “How Do You Measure a Year?”, Jay Rosenblatt
4. “Haulout”, Evgenia Arbugaeva and Maxim Arbugaev
5. “The Elephant Whisperers”, Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga
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Best Documentary Feature Film
1. “Navalny” Daniel Roher, Odessa Rae, Diane Becker, Melanie Miller, and Shane Boris
2. “A House Made of Splinters”, Simon Lereng Wilmont and Monica Hellström
3. “Fire of Love” Sara Dosa, Shane Boris, and Ina Fichman
4. “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” Laura Poitras, Howard Gertler, John Lyons, Nan Goldin, and Yoni Golijov
5. “All That Breathes”, Shaunak Sen, Aman Mann, and Teddy Leifer
Best International Feature Film
1. “The Quiet Girl” (Ireland)
2. “EO” (Poland)
3. “All Quiet on the Western Front” (Germany)
4. “Close” (Belgium)
5. “Argentina, 1985” (Argentina)
Best Film Editing
1. “Top Gun: Maverick” – Eddie Hamilton
2. “Everything Everywhere All at Once” – Paul Rogers
3. “The Banshees of Inisherin” – Mikkel E.G. Nielsen
4. “Tár” – Monika Willi
5. “Elvis” – Matt Villa and Jonathan Redmond
Best Production Design
1. “Elvis,” – Production Design: Catherine Martin and Karen Murphy; Set Decoration: Bev Dunn
2. “Babylon” – Production Design: Florencia Martin; Set Decoration: Anthony Carlino
3. “All Quiet on the Western Front” – Production Design: Christian M. Goldbeck; Set Decoration: Ernestine Hipper
4. “Avatar: The Way of Water” – Production Design: Dylan Cole and Ben Procter; Set Decoration: Vanessa Cole
5. “The Fabelmans” – Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara
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Best Makeup and Hairstyling
1. “Elvis” – Mark Coulier, Jason Baird, and Aldo Signoretti
2. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” – Camille Friend, and Joel Harlow
3. “All Quiet on the Western Front” – Heike Merker, and Linda Eisenhamerová
4. “The Whale” – Adrien Morot, Judy Chin, and Anne Marie Bradley
5. “The Batman” – Naomi Donne, Mike Marino, and Mike Fontaine
Best Visual Effects
1. “Top Gun: Maverick” – Ryan Tudhope, Seth Hill, Bryan Litson, and Scott R. Fisher
2. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” – Geoffrey Baumann, Craig Hammack, R. Christopher White, and Dan Sudick
3. “The Batman” – Dan Lemmon, Russell Earl, Anders Langlands, and Dominic Tuohy
4. “Avatar: The Way of Water” – Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham, Eric Saindon, and Daniel Barrett
5. “All Quiet on the Western Front” – Frank Petzold, Viktor Müller, Markus Frank, and Kamil Jafar
Best Costume Design
1. “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris” – Jenny Beavan
2. “Everything Everywhere All at Once” – Shirley Kurata
3. “Elvis” – Catherine Martin
4. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” – Ruth Carter
5. “Babylon” – Mary Zophres
Best Original Score
1. “The Fabelmans” – John Williams
2. “Everything Everywhere All at Once” – Son Lux
3. “The Banshees of Inisherin” – Carter Burwell
4. “Babylon” – Justin Hurwitz
5. “All Quiet on the Western Front” – Volker Bertelmann
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1. “Top Gun: Maverick” – Mark Weingarten, James H. Mather, Al Nelson, Chris Burdon, and Mark Taylor
2. “Elvis” – David Lee, Wayne Pashley, Andy Nelson, and Michael Keller
3. “The Batman” – Stuart Wilson, William Files, Douglas Murray, and Andy Nelson
4. “Avatar: The Way of Water” – Julian Howarth, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle, Dick Bernstein, Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, and Michael Hedges
5. “All Quiet on the Western Front” – Viktor Prásil, Frank Kruse, Markus Stemler, Lars Ginzel, and Stefan Korte
Best Original Song
1. “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
2. “Naatu Naatu” from RRR; Music by M.M. Keeravaani; Lyric by Chandrabose
3. “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever; Music by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler, and Ludwig Goransson; Lyric by Tems and Ryan Coogler
4. “Hold My Hand” from Top Gun: Maverick; Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga and BloodPop
5. “Applause” from Tell It Like a Woman; Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
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Best Live-Action Short Film
1. “The Red Suitcase” – Cyrus Neshvad
2. “Night Ride” – Eirik Tveiten and Gaute Lid Larssen
3. “Le Pupille” – Alice Rohrwacher and Alfonso Cuarón
4. “Ivalu” – Anders Walter and Rebecca Pruzan
5. “An Irish Goodbye” – Tom Berkeley and Ross White
Best Animated Film
1. “The Sea Beast” – Chris Williams and Jed Schlanger
2. “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On” – Dean Fleischer Camp, Elisabeth Holm, Andrew Goldman, Caroline Kaplan, and Paul Mezey
3. “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” – Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson, Gary Ungar, and Alex Bulkley
4. “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” – Joel Crawford, and Mark Swift
5. “Turning Red” – Domee Shi and Lindsey Collins
Best Animated Short Film
1. “An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It” – Lachlan Pendragon
2. “My Year of Dicks” – Sara Gunnarsdóttir and Pamela Ribon
3. “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse” – Charlie Mackesy and Matthew Freud
4. “Ice Merchants” – João Gonzalez and Bruno Caetano
5. “The Flying Sailor” – Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby
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So, these are all the oscar nominated films that are to be celebrated this year at the Academy Awards. How many of these oscar nominated movies have you watched? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!
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