Review the Oscar Nominations 2023: ‘Everything Everywhere,’ ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ Showed Up Strong

12 March 2023

Behold the Oscar nominees who will be competing tonight to take home little gold statuettes. Anne Thompson has revealed her final predictions for who will win, but it’s worth remembering how it is we got here.

The nominations for the 95th Academy Awards were officially announced Tuesday, January 24 via livestream by Oscar winner Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal,” “The Night Of”) and Allison Williams (“M3GAN,” “Get Out,” “Girls”).

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” led the pack with 11 nominations, including for Best Picture, as well as Director for Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, and acting nominees for Stephanie Hsu, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ke Huy Quan, and Michelle Yeoh.

In the month and a half since the nominees were unveiled, “Everything Everywhere” has become the unquestioned frontrunner for Best Picture, with also a lock on two of the acting prizes – Yeoh for Best Actress and Quan for Supporting Actor, with both Curtis and Hsu being a possibility in the Supporting Actress race. “Everything Everywhere” has triumphed at virtually every awards show this season except for the BAFTAs.

“The Banshees of Inisherin” received nine nominations overall, including for acting contenders Kerry Condon, Brendan Gleeson, Barry Keoghan, and Colin Farrell. It now probably stands its best chance in the Original Screenplay category, where writer-director Martin McDonagh is beloved by the Academy’s writers branch.

“All Quiet on the Western Front” also stunned with nine nominations, representing just what a strong push Netflix gave it the past few months and the story’s undeniable power. Observers recognized it could be a big contender based on how well it performed on the Oscar longlists in December. Thompson thinks it will be a contender, including winning Best Cinematography.

Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” also received eight nominations, including for Best Picture and Austin Butler for Best Actor, but Luhrmann himself was left out of Best Director. Butler is now arguably the frontrunner for Best Actor, though Brendan Fraser could still be a spoiler for “The Whale,” given his triumph at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

“The Fabelmans” received seven nominations, including Steven Spielberg for Best Director. Of note, John Williams became the oldest nominee for a competitive Oscar ever with, at 90, his nod for Best Original Score.

“Top Gun: Maverick” got six nominations, including for Best Picture. But Tom Cruise was not nominated for Best Actor, as some had been thinking he might. “TAR” also received six nominations. Both films now seem like long shots for any wins, with Best Sound being the best bet for “Maverick.”

By comparison, it was a muted showing for “Avatar: The Way of Water,” which, despite raking in the box office and its predecessor’s stunning Oscar nominations performance, only received four nods, including Picture. James Cameron was shut out of Director. The film is considered to be the frontrunner in Best Visual Effects.

“Women Talking” only received two nominations, and “Triangle of Sadness” three. But the ones for “Triangle” were especially impressive, given that the film didn’t turn up elsewhere: Original Screenplay, Director, and Picture. “Women Talking” has a good shot to win Adapted Screenplay, after the film triumphed at the usually predictive USC Scripter Awards.

The 95th Academy Awards will take place tonight at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Jimmy Kimmel is set to return as the host for the third time, with the telecast streaming on, Hulu Live TV, and YouTubeTV in addition to broadcast.

See the full list of nominees below.

Best Picture

“All Quiet on the Western Front”
“Avatar: The Way of Water”
“The Banshees of Inisherin”
“Everything Everywhere All at Once”
“The Fabelmans”
“Top Gun: Maverick”
“Triangle of Sadness”
“Women Talking”

Best Director

Martin McDonagh (“The Banshees of Inisherin”)
Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”)
Steven Spielberg (“The Fabelmans”)
Todd Field (“TÁR”)
Ruben Östlund (“Triangle of Sadness”)

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 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 Supporting Actress

Angela Bassett (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”)
Hong Chau (“The Whale”)
Kerry Condon (“The Banshees of Inisherin”)
Stephanie Hsu (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”)
Jamie Lee Curtis (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”)

Best International Feature Film

“All Quiet on the Western Front” (Edward Berger, Germany)
“Argentina, 1985” (Santiago Mitre, Argentina)
“Close” (Lukas Dhont, Belgium)
“EO” (Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland)
“The Quiet Girl” (Colm Bairéad, Ireland)

Best Cinematography

James Friend (“All Quiet on the Western Front”)
Darius Khondji (“Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths”)
Mandy Walker (“Elvis”)
Roger Deakins (“Empire of Light”)
Florian Hoffmeister (“Tár”)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Edward Berger, Ian Stokell, and Lesley Paterson (“All Quiet on the Western Front”)
Rian Johnson (“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”)
Kazuo Ishiguro (“Living”)
Ehren Kruger, Christopher McQuarrie, and Eric Warren Singer (“Top Gun: Maverick”)
Sarah Polley (“Women Talking”)

Best Original Screenplay

Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”)
Todd Field (“TÁR”)
Tony Kushner and Steven Spielberg (“The Fabelmans”)
Martin McDonagh (“The Banshees of Inisherin”)
Ruben Östlund (“Triangle of Sadness”)

Best Animated Feature

“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” (ShadowMachine/Netflix)
“Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” (A24)
“Turning Red” (Pixar/Disney)
“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” (DreamWorks/Universal)
“The Sea Beast” (Netflix)

Best Visual Effects

“Avatar: The Way of Water” (20th Century/Disney)
“All Quiet on the Western Front” (Netflix)
“The Batman” (Warner Bros.)
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (Disney/Marvel)
“Top Gun: Maverick” (Paramount)

Best Editing

“Elvis” (Warner Bros.)
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” (A24)
“Top Gun: Maverick” (Paramount)
“TÁR” (Focus Features)
“The Banshees of Inisherin” (Searchlight Pictures)

Best Production Design

“Avatar: The Way of Water” (20th Century Studios/Disney)
“All Quiet on the Western Front” (Netflix)
“Babylon” (Paramount)
“Elvis” (Warner Bros.)
“The Fabelmans” (Universal)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“Elvis” (Warner Bros.)
“The Batman” (Warner Bros.)
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (Marvel/Disney)
“All Quiet on the Western Front” (Netflix)
“The Whale” (A24)

Best Costume Design

“Elvis” (Warner Bros.)
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (Marvel/Disney)
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” (A24)
“Babylon” (Paramount)
“Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris” (Focus Features)

Best Sound

“Top Gun: Maverick” (Paramount)
“Elvis” (Warner Bros.)
“Avatar: The Way of Water” (20th Century/Disney)
“All Quiet on the Western Front” (Netflix)
“The Batman” (Warner Bros.)

Best Documentary Feature

“All That Breathes”
“All the Beauty and the Bloodshed”
“Fire of Love”
“A House Made of Splinters”

Best Documentary Short Subject

“The Elephant Whisperers”
“How Do You Measure a Year?”
“The Martha Mitchell Effect”
“Stranger at the Gate”

Best Live Action Short

“An Irish Goodbye”
“Le Pupille”
“Night Ride”
“The Red Suitcase”

Best Animated Short

“The Flying Sailor”
“The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse”
“Ice Merchants”
“My Year of Dicks”
“An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It”

Best Original Song

“Hold My Hand” — Lady Gaga (“Top Gun: Maverick”)
“Lift Me Up”— Rihanna (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”)
“Naatu Naatu”— Kaala Bhairava, M.M. Keeravani, and Rahul Sipligunj (“RRR”)
“Applause”— Diane Warren (“Tell It Like a Woman”)
“This Is a Life”— David Byrne, Ryan Lott, and Mitski (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”)

Best Original Score

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Volker Bertelmann
“Babylon,” Justin Hurwitz
“The Banshees of Inisherin,” Carter Burwell
“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Son Lux
“The Fabelmans,” John Williams

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