The German anti-war drama “Nothing New in the West” and the sci-fi flick “Everything Everywhere All at Once” compete for the Oscar for best film.
Good Oscar chances: “Nothing New in the West”
The nominees for this year's Oscars were announced by the Los Angeles Film Academy on Tuesday (January 24, 2023). With eleven nominations, the science fiction film “Everything Everywhere All at Once” by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert is a hot Oscar contender. In the top category of best film, he has to compete with “Nothing New in the West”, “Avatar: The Way of Water”, “The Banshees of Inisherin”, “Elvis”, “The Fabelmans”, “Tár”, “Top Gun: Maverick “, “Triangle of Sadness” and “The Pronunciation” (original title “Women Talking”).
Great Oscar hope: “Nothing New in the West”
The German anti-war drama “Nothing New in the West” has been nominated for nine Oscars. Director Edward Berger's production was nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture and the Oscar for Best International Film, among others. Other nominations included Best Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay. For the first time in the history of the Oscars, a German production has not only been nominated in the “Best International Feature Film” category intended for foreign-language films, but is also in the running for the Oscar for the best film of the year.
The Oscar category for international productions has undergone some changes in recent years: in 2019 it was renamed from Best Foreign Language Film to Best International Feature Film. The South Korean production “Parasite” won the Oscar in the international category for the first time in 2020 as best film (“Best Picture”).
The Irish tragic comedy “The Banshees of Inisherin” also received nine nominations. . The film “Elvis” by director Baz Luhrmann was nominated eight times, Steven Spielberg's “The Fabelmans” seven times.
“Elvis” received eight nominations – including for best film
In the running for the Director's Award are Todd Field (“Tár”), Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”), Martin McDonagh (“The Banshees of Inisherin” ), Ruben Ostlund (“Triangle of Sadness”) and veteran Steven Spielberg (“The Fabelmans”).
Nominated for the best song are “Naatu Naatu” from the movie “RRR” as well as “Applause” (“Tell It like a Woman”), “Hold My Hand” (“Top Gun: Maverick “), “Lift Me Up” (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”) and “This Is a Life” (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”).
In the Screenplay category, we were able to the films “The Banshees of Inisherin”, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, “The Fabelmans”, “Tár” and “Triangle of Sadness” convince the Film Academy.
Both actors are nominated: Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson in “The Banshees of Inisherin”
Cate Blanchett, Michelle Williams, Austin Butler and Colin Farrell can also hope for the gold trophy. You are nominated among others in the Best Actress and Best Actor categories. But they still have to hold out for a few more weeks.
Underrepresented: Female filmmakers and black actors
The press reacted mostly positively to the many surprising nominations this year, which certainly represented the variety of content in current cinema. But both female directors and black actors are underrepresented this year – as are some “veterans”, including Tom Cruise (“Top Gun: Maverick”), Jordan Peele with his critically acclaimed thriller “Nope”, Brad Pitt (neither as director nor supporting actor) and Paul Dano (“The Fabelmans”). That's what the German news magazine “Der Spiegel” complained about.
The award ceremony is supposed to take place on the 12th. March at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Last year, she caused a stir with an uncontrolled outburst of emotion by the US actor Will Smith. He had slapped the presenter Chris Rock on stage and was therefore excluded from Oscar events for ten years. This year's gala will be hosted by late-night host Jimmy Kimmel.
This is an updated version of the article from 01/24/2023.