2023 Oscars Ceremony Boasts Diverse Nominees

On Jan. 4, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled the highly-anticipated list of nominees for the 2023 Academy Awards, commonly known as the Oscars. This year marks the 95th anniversary of the ceremony, which is set to air on March 12 with Jimmy Kimmel as the host.

The 2023 Oscars ceremony boasts many groundbreaking nominations, with “Everything Everywhere All At Once” securing 11 nominations over nine separate categories, Angela Bassett becoming Marvel’s first supporting actress to be considered for an accolade and a record-breaking number of Asian actors receiving nominations. This year’s lineup of nominees is one of the most diverse and unexpected the Academy Awards has ever seen — only three major blockbusters made the final cut for Best Picture, and 16 of the 20 nominees for acting awards were first-time candidates.

“Elvis” producer Gail Berman said in an interview with the New York Times that the diversified mix of nominees is “thrilling and evidence of a changing academy.”

Though critics’ predictions change daily, movies such as “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” “The Banshees of Inisherin” and “All Quiet on the Western Front” lead with the top three most nominations.

The 95th Academy Awards saw 10 nominees for Best Picture: “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Avatar: The Way of the Water,” “The Banshees of Inisherin,” “Elvis,” “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” “The Fabelmans,” “TÁR,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Triangle of Sadness” and “Women Talking.” Predictions, however, heavily lean in favor of Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” with Variety ranking it as the most likely choice. Close behind are “The Banshees of Inisherin” and “Top Gun: Maverick,” ranked second and third, respectively.

Also highly anticipated are the awards for Best Actor and Actress. Many critics agree that Brendan Fraser’s comeback role as Charlie in “The Whale” trumps the other performances, with Entertainment Weekly also noting that his role “tick[s] tried-and-true boxes that the Academy tends to favor.” According to Variety, Colin Farrell for “The Banshees of Inisherin” and Austin Butler for “Elvis” follow behind as second and third. Butler, who had initially gained internet acclaim for undergoing months-long vocal training to perfect his imitation of Presley, triumphed over Fraser at the Golden Globes for the top spot, though critics argue the tide will turn in Fraser’s favor due to the strenuous nature of his role and its historical appeal to Academy voters.

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” continues to dominate the conversation around the ceremony. Michelle Yeoh delivered a stunning performance as Evelyn, a laundromat owner who finds herself with interdimensional powers, hailed as “the best of her career” by Movieweb. If Yeoh, the favorite for Best Actress, were to win, she would receive her first Oscar and become the first Asian woman to win Best Actress.

For Best Director, Steven Spielberg for “The Fabelmans” and Sheinert and Kwan for “Everything Everywhere All At Once” are favored by critics. In their rankings, Variety and Entertainment Weekly both come to a careful conclusion: although Spielberg displays his signature masterful, consummate directing style in “The Fabelmans,” Scheinert and Kwan are slated to take the prize, thanks to their “expertly calibrated assault on the senses”.

According to a poll conducted by The New York Times, 63% of Americans expect to tune in to this year’s Oscars ceremony. The 95th Annual Academy Awards will air at 8 p.m. on ABC, with the red carpet beginning at 6:30 p.m.