The nominees for the 95th Academy Awards have been revealed, and the film “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once” has received the most recognition, with 11 nominations. The next two films that earned the most nominations were “All Quiet on the Western Front” and “The Banshees of Inisherin,” both of which received nine.
In addition to “Avatar: The Way of Water,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Elvis,” “Tár,” “Women Talking,” and “Triangle of Sorrow,” all three movies have been entered into the running for the award for Best Film.
The announcement of the nominees comes at a difficult time for both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the film industry.
Viewership of the Oscars has been on the decline over the past few years, and adult-oriented films have been having trouble performing well at the box office since the pandemic began.
Ruben Ostlund, the Swedish director behind “Triangle of Sorrow,” is vying against Steven Spielberg, Todd Field, Martin McDonagh, and the filmmaking tandem of Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert for the award for Best Director. The field is dominated exclusively by males.
Several people had high hopes that Sarah Polley would be nominated for her film “Women Talking,” considering the last two winners of the award for Best Director were both women: Jane Campion and Chloe Zhao.
While Brendan Fraser, whose career was derailed by health issues and personal struggles, earned a nomination for Best Actor for his role in “The Whale,” Ke Huy Quan, a former child actor known for his work in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” Ke Huy Quan is known for his work in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” Unfortunately, several of the most lauded performances of the year did not make it into the running for the award.
They include Viola Davis’s turn in “The Woman King,” Brad Pitt’s turn in “Babylon,” and Danielle Deadwyler’s performance in “Till.”
There were also some unexpected nominations, such as Andrea Riseborough’s work as an alcoholic lady in the independent film “To Leslie,” for which she received a nomination for Best Actress. This performance earned her the nomination.
An advocacy effort that included A-list backers like Edward Norton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, and Cate Blanchett, who was also nominated for her role in “Tár,” aided her candidacy. Cate Blanchett was also nominated for her portrayal in “Tár.” The competition for the role of Best Actress now includes Ana de Armas, Michelle Williams, and Michelle Yeoh in addition to Riseborough and Blanchett.
In addition to Fraser, the competition for the role of Best Actor also features Austin Butler, Colin Farrell, Bill Nighy, and Paul Mescal.
Jimmy Kimmel will serve as the host of the 95th Academy Awards, which will take place on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood. Kimmel previously served in this capacity for the award presentation in 2017 and 2018.
After going without a host for two consecutive years, the Academy Awards resumed their usual structure with Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and Regina Hall serving in that capacity for the 2018 ceremony.
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