Well, here we are. It is the 95th Annual Academy Awards. The nominations have been announced. It is the time for me to be humbled about how many of these I have not seen yet.

That sentence above was the start of last year’s blog post regarding the announcement of the Academy Award nominations. Not much has changed.

Nearer to the actual award ceremony on March 22th, I will be publishing a blog of what my predictions are. Surely they won’t be embarrassing at all.

For now, let’s just take a look at the candidates who will be vying most prestigious award in the cinema industry.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Austin Butler – “Elvis”
  • Colin Farrell – “The Banshees Of Inisherin”
  • Brendan Fraser – “The Whale”
  • Paul Mescal – “Aftersun”
  • Bill Nighy – “Living”

I do not know the movie “Aftersun.” The movie has completely skipped by my brain. I think the first three names on this list are the frontrunners.


ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Brendan Gleeson – “The Banshees Of Inisherin”
  • Brian Tyree Henry – “Causeway”
  • Judd Hirsch – “The Fablemans”
  • Barry Keoghan – “The Banshees Of Inisherin”
  • Ke Huy Quan – “Everything Everywhere All At Once”

LET’S GO BRIAN TYREE HENRY! I did not expect him to get nominated, but I am very happy for it!


ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Cate Blanchett – “Tár”
  • Ana de Armas – “Blonde”
  • Andrea Riseborough – “To Leslie”
  • Michelle Williams – “The Fabelmans”
  • Michelle Yeoh – “Everything Everywhere All at Once”

I think this is going to be a two horse race between Cate. Blanchett and Michelle Yeoh


ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

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

Perhaps a bit surprising that two actors got nominated for EEAAO, but that shows how strong that movie is. But this is Angela Bassett’s race to los .


ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
  • Marcel The Shell With Shoes On
  • Puss In Boots: The Last Wish
  • The Sea Beast
  • Turning Red

This is Guillermo del Toro’s race to lose…I hope so. A little bit surprised “Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Child” didn’t get nominated.


CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • “All Quiet On The Western Front” – James Friend
  • “Bardo, False Chronicle of A Handful Of Truths” – Darius Khodji
  • “Elvis” – Mandy Walker
  • “Empire Of Light” – Roger Deakins
  • “Tár” – Florian Hoddmeister.

I really, really, need to see “All Quiet On The Western Front”. Also Roger Deakins with another nomination. Also really don’t agree with “Elvis” getting a nomination here.


COSTUME DESIGN

  • “Babylon” – Mary Zophres
  • “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” – Ruth Carter
  • “Elvis” – Catherine Martin
  • “Everything Everywhere All At Once” – Shirley Kurata
  • “Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris” – Jenny Beavan

If I am okay with “Elvis” winning one award, it would be this one.


BEST DIRECTOR

  • Martin McDonagh – “The Banshees Of Inisherin”
  • Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert – “Everything Everywhere All At Once”
  • Steven Spielberg – “The Fablemans
  • Todd Field – “Tár”
  • Ruben Östlund – “Triangle Of Sadness”

Will Steven Spielberg get his first Best Director Oscar win since “Saving Private Ryan” in 1999? He is nominated for a second straight year.


BEST DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

  • “All That Breathes”
  • “All The Beauty And The Bloodshed”
  • “Fire Of Love”
  • “A House Made Of Splinters”
  • “Navalny”

I have been riding the “Navalny” since the beginning. I am going to ride it to the end.


BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

  • “The Elephant Whispers”
  • “Haulout”
  • “How Do You Measure A Year”
  • “The Martha Mitchell Effect”
  • “Stranger At The Gate”

Now that I know the five nominations, i will be finding these to watch them. “The Queen Of Basketball” was fantastic last year.


FILM EDITING

  • “The Banshees Of Inisherin” – Mikkel E.G. Nielsen
  • “Elvis” – Matt Villa & Jonathan Redmond
  • “Everything Everywhere All At Once” – Paul Rogers
  • “Tár” – Monika Willi
  • “Top Gun: Maverick” – Eddie Hamilton

Happy to see “Top Gun: Maverick” get the nomination here. No coincidence that all five of these movies are up for multiple awards.


INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

  • “All Quiet On The Western Front”
  • “Argentina, 1985”
  • “Close”
  • “EO”
  • “The Quiet Girl”

Will “Argentina, 1985” surprise everyone again like at the Golden Globes…nahh there is no way. “All Quiet On The Western Front” is up for Best Picture so this is a lock.


MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

  • “All Quiet On The Western Front” – Heike Merker & Linda Eisenhamerová
  • “The Batman” – Naomi Donne, Mike Marino and Mike Fontaine
  • “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” – Camille Friend and Joel Harlow
  • “Elvis” – Mark Coulier, Jason Baird and Aldo Signoretti
  • “The Whale” – Adrien Morot, Judy Chin and Anne Marie Bradley

This is actually a really strong core of movies to contend for this award. I would love to see “The Batman” get an award, but I think it is the low man on the totem pole.

ORIGINAL SCORE

  • “All Quiet On The Western Front” – Volker Berelmann
  • “Babylon” – Justin Hurwitz
  • “The Banshees Of Inisherin” – Carter Burwell
  • “Everything Everywhere All At Once” – Son Lux
  • “The Fableman” – John Williams

I am pretty sure I read that John Williams has been nominated for 53 Academy Awards, and he is the oldest ever to be nominated. Will John Williams beat Walt Disney who holds the record of 59 nominations?

ORIGINAL SONG

  • “Applause” – Diane Warren (Tell It Like A Woman)
  • “Hold My Hand” – Lady Gaga, Bloodpop (Top Gun: Maverick)
  • “Lift Me Up” – Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler, Ludwig Goransson, Ryan Coogler (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)
  • “Naatu Nattu” – M.M. Keeravaani, Chandrabose (RRR)
  • “This Is A Life” – Ryan Lott, David Byrne and Mitski; Lyric by Ryan Lott, David Byrne (“Everything Everywhere All At Once”

I think that this is “Naatu Naatu” and the Internet is going to be so freaking happy. I am rather shocked that “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinnocchio didn’t get nominated”

BEST PICTURE

  • “All Quiet On The Western Front”
  • “Avatar: The Way Of Water”
  • “The Banshees Of Inisherin”
  • “Elvis”
  • “Everything Everywhere All At Once”
  • “The Fablemans”
  • “Tár”
  • “Top Gun: Maverick”
  • “Triangle Of Sadness”
  • “Women Talking”

The biggest thing I got from these 10 nominations is that I need to see “Triangle Of Sadness.” I watched the trailer was intrigued, but it got more nominations that I expected. As of now I hav seen four of the 10 movies, so I have some work to do.


PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • “All Quiet On The Western Front” – Christian M. Goldbeck, Ernestine Hipper
  • “Avatar: The Way Of Water” – Dylan Cole, Ben Procter, Vanessa Cole
  • “Babylon” – Florencia Martin, Anthony Carlino
  • “Elvis” – Catherine Martin, Karen Murphy, Bev Dunn
  • “The Fablemans” – Rick Carter, Karen O’Hara

“Babylon”, with the scope that Damien Chazelles project, is not a surprise. “All Quiet On The Western Front” appears to be on the same level as its well-respected predecessor.


SHORT FILM ANIMATED

  • “The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The House”
  • “The Flying Sailor”
  • “Ice Merchants”
  • “My Year Of Dicks”
  • “An Ostrich Told Me The World Is Fake And I Think I Believe It”

Okay, I need to watch “My Year Of Dicks”. Need too.


SHORT FILM LIVE ACTION

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

Why isn’t “The Red Suitcase” italicized on the Oscars website?


SOUND

  • “All Quiet On The Western Front” – Viktor Prášil, Frank Kruse, Markus Stemler, Lars Ginzel, Stefan Korte
  • “Avatar: The Way Of Water” – Julian Howarth, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle, Dick Bernstein, Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Michael Hedges
  • “The Batman” – Stuart Wilson, William Files, Douglas Murray, Andy Nelson
  • “Elvis” – David Lee, Wayne Pashley, Andy Nelson, Michael Keller
  • “Top Gun: Maverick” – Mark Weingarten, James H. Mather, Al Nelson, Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor

I LOVEEEEE that ‘”The Batman” got nominated. I wish that it got nominated for Best Original Score, but this is nice on it’s own. But is any sound as magnetic as the jets flying in “Top Gun: Maverick”


VISUAL EFFECTS

  • “All Quiet On The Western Front” – Frank Petzold, iktor Müller, Markus Frank, Kamil Jafar
  • “Avatar: The Way Of Water” – Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham, Eric Saindon, Daniel Barrett
  • “The Batman” – Dan Lemmon, Russell Earl, Anders Langlands, Dominic Tuohy
  • “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” – Geoffrey Baumann, Craig Hammack, R. Christopher White, Dan Sudick
  • “Top Gun: Maverick” – Ryan Tudhope, Seth Hill, Bryan Litson, Scott R. Fishe

Is there any chance that anyone wins besides “Avatar: The Way Of Water”?


WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

  • “All Quiet On The Western Front” – Edward Berger, Lesley Paterson & Ian Stokell
  • “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” – Rian Johnson
  • “Living” – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • “Top Gun: Maverick” – Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, Christpher McQuarrie, Peter Craig, Justin Marks
  • “Women Talking” – Sarah Polley

I am SHOCKED that “Top Gun: Maverick” made it onto this list. I have heard ti was a tough year for Adapted Screenplay, and maybe this is an example? I love the movie, but I don’t think it’s screenplay is a reason


WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

  • “The Banshees Of Inisherin” – Martin McDonagh
  • “Everything Everywhere All At Once” – Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
  • “The Fabelmans” – Steven Spielberg, Tony Kushner
  • “Tár” – Todd Field
  • “Triangle Of Sadness” – Ruben Östlund

I gotta find time for Emma and I to watch “The Banshees Of Inisherin”, and I need to find time to focus on “Everything Everywhere All At Once” and others. I know people say if you need time, you make time. Will do my best to live up to that.


Top Nominated Films

As we approach March 22th, I will continue to be updating my personal Oscar nominations for the year. They are going to be very different than the Academy’s nominations, but that is okay. Movie preferences are subjective. But having this list of movies to watch is a perfect queue. Line them up and watch them. The Academy, for all of its flaws, does know what good movies are…for the most part.


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