In a special ceremony held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, actors Riz Ahmed and Allison Williams announced this year’s contenders, who will compete in the leading categories of the race for the prestigious statuettes of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, also known as the Oscars.
Ten productions will compete for the big award, which will determine which is the best film that hit the big screen in the past year. The list of contenders for it (in alphabetical order in English) includes “Nothing New on the Western Front”, “Avatar: The Nature of Water”, “The Banshees of Inisherin”, “Elvis”, “The Fableman Family”, “Tar” (” Lydia Tarr”), Top Gun: Maverick, The Idiot Triangle, Women Talk and Everything Everywhere at Once, combining elements of absurdist comedy, science fiction, martial arts action, fantasy, leads with a total of eleven nominations, including for best actress – Michelle Yeoh, for actor in a supporting role – Ki Hee Kwan and for both directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan.
If last year the Oscars were dominated by streaming platforms – “CODA: Child of Deaf Parents” on Apple TV+ won the prize for best film and Netflix received 27 nominations, this year most of the top contenders are productions that after two pandemic years drew moviegoers to movie theaters.
Now Netflix’s best chances are in other categories – for best animated feature for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio and with Germany’s best international feature offering, Nothing New on the Western Front.
Austin Butler, Colin Farrell, Brendan Fraser, Paul Mezcal and Bill Nighy will compete against each other for the award, which will designate the best actor in a leading role.
Austin Butler is nominated for his incarnation in the production “Elvis”, in which he recreates the image of the King of Rock and Roll, Colin Farrell – for “The Banshees of Inisherin”, Brendan Fraser – for “The Whale”, Paul Mezcal – for “After the Sun”, and Bill Nye for Living.
Cate Blanchett, Ana de Armas, Andrea Riseborough, Michelle Williams and Michelle Yeoh will compete for the award for best actress in a leading role.
Cate Blanchett is nominated for her performance in “Tar” (“Lydia Tarr”), Ana de Armas – for “Blonde”, in which she steps into the shoes of Marilyn Monroe, Andrea Riseborough – for “Leslie”, Michelle Williams – for ” The Fableman Family” and Michelle Yeoh – for “Everything Everywhere at Once”.
Contenders in the best director category are Martin McDonagh for “The Banshees of Inishreen”, the duo of Daniel Quan and Daniel Scheinert for “Everything Everywhere at Once”, Steven Spielberg for “The Fableman Family”, Todd Field for “Tar” (“Lydia Tarr” ) and Ruben Östlund for The Idiot Triangle.
Brendan Gleeson, Brian Tyree Henry, Jude Hirsch, Barry Keoghan and Kee Hee Kwan are nominated for the award, which will name the best actor in a supporting role.
Brendan Gleeson is nominated for his performance in The Banshees of Inisherin, Brian Tyree Henry for Causeaway, Jude Hirsch for The Fablemans, Barry Keoghan for The Banshees of Inisherin, and Kee Hee Kuan (also known as Jonathan Kee Kuan) – for “Everything Everywhere at Once”.
Angela Bassett, Hong Chow, Kerry Condon, Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu are nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Angela Bassett is nominated for her performance in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Hong Chau for The Whale, Kerry Condon for The Banshees of Inishreen and Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu for Everything Everywhere at Once.
In the category for original screenplay, “Everything Everywhere at Once”, “The Banshees of Inisherin”, “The Fableman Family”, “Tar” and “The Idiot Triangle” are nominated, and for adapted – “Nothing New on the Western Front”, “Draw the Knives 2” , “To Live,” “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Women Talk.”
With nominations for original music are the German composer Volker Bertelmann, known under the pseudonym Hauschka, for “Nothing New on the Western Front”, Justin Hurwitz for “Babylon”, Carter Burwell for “The Banshees of Inisherin”, the experimental group “Son Lux” for “Everything everywhere at once” and John Williams for “The Fableman Family”.
Williams, a longtime collaborator with Steven Spielberg, broke his own record for the most Oscar nominations by a living person. This is the 53rd nomination for the famous film composer. With more – 59, is only the legendary Walt Disney.
Nominated in the Song from a Movie category are “Applause” from “Say It Like a Woman,” “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” “Naatu Naatu” from the Indian epic “RRR'” and “This Is a Life” from “Everything Everywhere at Once”.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Marcel: The Shoebox, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, The Sea Monster and Mei the Red Panda will compete for the award for best animated film.
In the Best Documentary category, All That Breathes, All Beauty and Bloodshed, Fiery Love, A House Made of Splinters and Navalny are nominated.
The awards of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be handed out for the 95th time at a ceremony at its home “Dolby Theater” in Los Angeles on March 12, BTA reports. The host of the glamorous ceremony, which will bring together some of the biggest stars of the seventh art, will be the comedian Jimmy Kimmel.