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Oscars 2023: Everything Everywhere All At Once leads Academy Awards nominations as popular films shine | Ents & Arts News

Everything Everywhere All At Once leads the Oscar nominations, while blockbuster films triumph in the best picture category.

The sci-fi indie, which has become a word of mouth worldwide, garnered 11 nominations, followed closely by The Banshees Of Inisherin and All Quiet On The Western Front with nine nominations each.

Asian and Irish talent shone in all acting categories, and it was a particularly successful year for novices, with 16 of the 20 actor nominations being first-time nominees.

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Tom Cruise is back in Top Gun: Maverick. Photo: Paramount Pictures
Kate Winslet (L) in Avatar.  Photo: Studios from the 20th century
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Kate Winslet (L) in Avatar. Photo: Studios from the 20th century

Somewhat unusually, the prestigious Best Picture category includes films that were widely viewed by the public and performed brilliantly at the box office, with Avatar: The Way Of Water, Top Gun, and Elvis all making the cut.

In monetary terms, Avatar broke box office records with more than $2 billion (£1.6 billion) worldwide, Top Gun $1.5 billion (£1.2 billion) and Elvis more than $280 million (£230 million).

A common complaint about the Oscars is that films selected by critics and industry insiders don’t always align with public opinion – but things could be very different this year.

All about the sequels

In another first for the category, two sequels were nominated: Top Gun and Avatar. Only eight sequels have ever made Oscar history, and never before have two been chosen in one year.

Last year, in an effort to open it up to genres that might not typically be considered Oscars material, the best picture category expanded to 10 films.

Despite predictions that streaming giants could displace traditional theatrical releases, and last year’s winner – Coda – coming from Apple TV+, this year’s top category had only one streamer in the mix – Netflix (for All Quiet).

The other films eligible for best picture are The Fabelmans, Tar, Women Talking and Triangle Of Sadness.

Which actors got a wink?

While new talent and Asian and Irish stars shone, it wasn’t the best year for British talent with only Bill Nighy and Andrea Riseborough making the cut.

The best actor category saw five nominees for the first time, with Nighy, 73, receiving his first nomination for his portrayal of a button-down businessman learning to enjoy life.

Irish stars Colin Farrell and Paul Mescal also made the cut, nominated for The Banshees Of Inisherin and Aftersun respectively. They compete against American stars Brendan Fraser, for The Whale, and Austin Butler, for Elvis.

Brendan Fraser at The Whale.  Photo: A24
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Brendan Fraser at The Whale. Photo: A24

There were high expectations for Fraser prior to the announcement, with his return to the big screen after a nearly 20-year absence dubbed the “Brenaissance”.

Ahead of the nominations, Fraser told Sky News: “The awards thing, it’s new to me but we’re all frothy and happy and giddy and happy for this with fingers crossed and best hopes of success. But who knows what the result will be But I’m very confident, I think we have a chance to finish early.

In the Best Actress race, five-time nominee Michelle Williams will hope this year is her time, especially after pushing to be considered for Best Actress instead of Best Supporting Actress for her role of Mitzi Fabelman, the fictional mother of Spielberg, in his very personal film.

Michelle Williams in Steven Spielberg's The Fabelmans.  Photo: Universal Pictures
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Michelle Williams in Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans. Photo: Universal Pictures

Ahead of the nominations, Williams told Sky News: “I’m doing this for myself, a sense of accomplishment, purpose, self-worth, I want to feel a certain way internally about my contribution to this work that I’ve been doing for 30 years, that’s the only thing I’ve ever done. And it’s always about doing something new, doing something I haven’t been able to do before. Expanding, pushing a little bit of what I’m capable of and that’s the kick I get.”

In the best actress category, Williams is up against Cate Blanchett for Tar, and first-time nominees Michelle Yeoh for Everything Everywhere, Ana de Armas for Blonde and Andrea Riseborough for To Leslie.

Bill Nighy in Life.  Photo: Sony Pictures
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Bill Nighy in Life. Photo: Sony Pictures
Cast member Andrea Riseborough arrives at the 'Matilda the Musical' premiere in London, UK, November 21, 2022.
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Andrea Riseborough

Riseborough’s nomination comes as a shock to many, with her film – about an alcoholic seeking redemption after she squandered her lottery winnings and abandoned her son – made on a modest budget and filmed in just 19 days.

Endorsed by a host of Hollywood stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Aniston and Amy Adams in recent weeks – the last-minute push has clearly paid off.

Barry Keoghan also stars in the film.  Photo: Studios from the 20th century
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(RL) Colin Farrell and Barry Keoghan. Photo: Studios from the 20th century

Banshees continue to impress

Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees – a comedy about a man left stunned after his best friend kicked him to the curb – continued its success in the supporting actor categories, with Brendan Gleeson, Barry Keoghan and Kerry Condon all receiving critical acclaim.

In the Best Supporting Actor category, Glesson and Keoghan compete against former child star Ke Huy Quan in Everything Everywhere, Brian Tyree Henry in Causeway and Judd Hirsch (the only previously nominated actor in the category) for The Fabelmans.

Angela Bassett as Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.  Photo: Annette Brown/Marvel Studios
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Angela Bassett as Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Photo: Annette Brown/Marvel Studios
Brian Tyree Henry and Jennifer Lawrence at Causeway.  Photo: Apple TV+
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Brian Tyree Henry and Jennifer Lawrence at Causeway. Photo: Apple TV+

In the Best Supporting Actress category, Condon takes on Angela Bassett — whose nod to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever marks the first acting nomination for a Marvel film — barring Chadwick Boseman’s 2021 posthumous nod.

The other nominations for best actress in a supporting role are Hong Chau for The Whale, and Jamie Lee Curtis and and Stephanie Hsu for Everything Everywhere – again, all nominated for the first time.

Women directors snapped

An all-male Best Director list means that despite women winning the category two years in a row (Chloe Zhao in 2021 and Jane Campion 2022), no woman will take home the gong this year.

Both previous Oscar winners, Spielberg and McDonagh, will continue their rivalry for the Best Director honors, both having received nominations in the parallel categories at other awards shows.

Charlbi Dean in Triangle of Sorrow.  Photo: Lionsgate
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Charlbi Dean in Triangle of Sorrow. Photo: Lionsgate

The other men up for the Oscar for Best Director are Todd Field for Tar, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (collectively known as “The Daniels”) for Everything Everywhere and Ruben Ostlund for Triangle Of Sadness.

Nominations in 23 categories were announced by Oscar winner actor and producer Riz Ahmed and Girls star Allison Williams.

When and where can I watch the actual Oscars?

Three hundred and one films were considered for this year’s awards, which will take place in March at a star-studded ceremony hosted by American talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.

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All nominated films must have premiered in a commercial theater between January 1 and December 31 last year in at least one of the six U.S. metropolitan areas.

They must also have completed a minimum of seven consecutive days at the same location and have a running time of more than 40 minutes.

The Oscars can be seen exclusively on Sky Showcase on Sunday, March 12 from midnight.

Sky News will be live on the red carpet at the ceremony in Hollywood on Sunday March 12 and live with the winners at the Vanity Fair party at Breakfast with Kay Burley, Monday March 13.

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