Everything You Need To Know About The Oscar Nominations

By Rufus Punt | 25th January 2023
Oscar Nominations 2023

It’s that time of year again: the Oscars are rolling into town. There are still a few weeks before the full ceremony, but the speculation can really begin now that the Academy has revealed all its nominations. As ever, there have been a few surprises and a few snubs added to the mix of the Oscar nominations 2023.

The headline grabber is that sci-fi comedy-drama Everything Everywhere All At Once is leading the pack with 11 nominations, followed by All Quiet on the Western Front and The Banshees of Inisherin with 9 nominations each. Everything Everywhere star Michelle Yeoh scored an acting nom, as did Colin Farrell, Brendan Fraser, Cate Blanchett and Austin Butler.

Find out all of the Oscar nomination news…

Everything Everywhere All At Once scores big

Everything Everywhere All At Once - Oscar nominations 2023

The Oscars field is wide open, but one film, in particular, has the awards buzz: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s Everything Everywhere All At Once scored the most noms with 11, including Best Picture and Best Director, as well as acting noms for Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan. It tells the story of a Chinese-American immigrant who finds herself having to connect to parallel universe incarnations of herself to prevent the destruction of the multi-verse.

The film was released in the earlier half of last year (traditionally not when Oscar-y films are released) and has comedy and sci-fi elements, which the Academy tends to be allergic to, but it received critical acclaim and did well at the box office. The film’s nominations have been received warmly, in part due to the film’s indie nature and Asian-American representation.

A war movie and an Irish dark comedy get plenty of attention

All Quiet On The Western Front - Oscar nominations 2023

All Quiet on the Western Front, a WWI film and adaptation of the 1929 novel, scored 9 nominations and is a big win for Netflix, who’ve been vying for Oscar glory for several years. The classic novel and its adaptation focus on a young German soldier fighting in the First World War, and while initially idealistic and excited, finds himself facing the harrowing realities of warfare. The film is the only non-English language film on the Best Picture list and is directed by Edward Berger.

Meanwhile, The Banshees of Inisherin also received 9 nominations- the dark comedy is set in the 1920s off the west coast of Ireland, and centres around the failing friendship between Pádraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson) after Colm decides that Pádraic is simply “too dull.” Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, it reunited the director and his two main stars after they worked together on 2007’s In Bruges.

Blockbusters received some love

Top Gun: Maverick - Oscar nominations 2023

Conventional wisdom dictates that the most prestigious Oscars are usually given to quieter, more drama-focused films rather than big loud blockbusters, though occasionally the Academy decides otherwise. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King triumphed in 2004, Heath Ledger won a posthumous Oscar for The Dark Knight in 2009 and Titanic made James Cameron the king of the world in 1998.

This year, several big money makers that are usually shut out scored noms: the aforementioned James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of the Water scored a Best Picture nod, as did Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to the 1986 original. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has produced its first Oscar-nominated performance, with Angela Bassett’s role as Queen Ramonda getting a Best Supporting Actress nod. This year also beats the record for sequel nominations, with Avatar and Top Gun being enough. Only two sequels have ever won the award though: Return of the King and The Godfather Part II.

Comebacks galore

The Whale - Oscar nominations 2023

This year has seen several Hollywood comebacks that have now been rewarded with Oscar nominations. The first and perhaps most notable is Brendan Fraser, who had a string of big films in the 90s and 00s with The Mummy, George of the Jungle, Gods and Monsters and Journey to the Centre of the Earth. He had a more low-key career in the 2010s, but his turn last year in Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale has scored him his first Oscar nom.

Ke Huy Quan, best known for playing Short Round in Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom and Data in The Goonies, has also picked up an Oscar nomination for Everything Everywhere after years of few film roles. He recently won a Golden Globe Award for Everything Everywhere, paying tribute to Indiana Jones director Steven Spielberg. Michelle Yeoh, who’s had more high-profile work recently, is also getting her due with her nomination for Best Actress.

There have been a few major snubs

Till - Oscar nominations 2023

With any Oscars (and awards shows in general), there’s always talk of snubs. Sometimes this is due to controversial winners (Crash, Shakespeare in Love and Green Book been criticised for winning Best Picture in previous years), but the nominations themselves often leave out favourites. This year, the snubs that are being talked about include both Danielle Deadwyler for Till, Viola Davis for The Women King and Tom Cruise for Top Gun Maverick.

There’s also criticism aimed at the nods for Best Director: no women have been listed this year, despite a few possible contenders like Charlotte Wells for Aftersun. Katherine Bigelow and Chole Zhao remain the only two women to have won the award.

Plus, as always, there’s been a few surprises

Women Talking - Oscar nominations 2023

The biggest surprise inclusions are definitely Angela Bassett for Black Panther since the MCU is usually ignored by the Academy, as well as a Women Talking’s Best Picture nom, since it seemed to have gone under the critical radar.

Brian Tyree Henry also scored an Oscar nomination for his low-key performance in Causeway, alongside two-time winner Olivia Colman for Empire of Light and Paul Mescal for Best Actor, only a few years after he made a name for himself on Normal People.

Here’s a list of some of the biggest Oscar nominations…

Best Actor

Austin Butler, Elvis
Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin
Brendan Fraser, The Whale
Paul Mescal, Aftersun
Bill Nighy, Living

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 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 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 Director

Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans
Todd Field, Tár
Ruben Östlund, Triangle of Sadness

Best Original Song

Applause, Tell It Like a Woman
Hold My Hand, Top Gun: Maverick
Lift Me Up, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Naatu Naatu, RRR
This Is a Life, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Adapted Screenplay

All Quiet on the Western Front
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Top Gun: Maverick
Women Talking

Best Original Screenplay

The Banshees of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All at Once
The Fabelmans
Triangle of Sadness

Best Costume Design

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Mrs Harris Goes to Paris

Find all of the nominations at oscars.org

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