Oscars 2023
The nominees for the Oscars 2023 left big surprises, but also disappointments in the acting and directing categories

Officially the nominations for the Oscars 2023 were announced and although many of the nominees were what was expected, such as Everything Everywhere All At Once, The Banshees of Inisherin, The Fabelmans Y Elvis, there were also a number of big surprises and big snubs.

One of the big surprises was the nomination of the young actor Paul Mescal for aftersun, a film that has been applauded at film festivals but ignored at Hollywood awards. Likewise, the Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron managed to get an Oscar nomination despite not having released any movies this year. On the other hand, there were great disappointments such as the lack of attention to Paul Dano for The Fabelmans Y Decision to Leave of Park Chan Wook

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Brian Tyree Henry for Causeway

In an unexpected twist, the Oscars decided to nominate Brian Tyree Henry for his participation in Causeway What James Aucoin, a film that has been underappreciated in other awards such as the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. Nevertheless, Henry managed to get award nominations Gotham, Spirit and Critics’ Choice, so his recognition at the Academy shows that the actor, who has also participated in Eternals, Atlanta Y Bullet Trainis one of the favorite stars to win the coveted award.

Paul Mescal for Aftersun

aftersun is a film that caused a stir in indie circuits and thanks to word of mouth it was positioned as one of the favorites of the year among specialized critics and fans. No one expected her to have much of a presence in This year’s Oscars, and it was a missed opportunity not to recognize the work of Charlotte Wells, but the surprise gave her Paul Mescal, who received the nomination for Best Actor thanks to his performance as a young father trying to give his daughter the best vacation of her life.

Mescal has been growing little by little to position himself as one of the most important young actors in the industry thanks to his previous works such as the moving series Normal People.

Ruben Östlund for Best Director

Triangle of Sadness was a hit with Oscar voters and major film festivals, however, the filmmaker Ruben Östlund was not mentioned in the Directors Guild Awards, so his nomination at the Academy Awards was not expected, especially due to the high competitiveness of this year, but Östlund it garnered the coveted nominations not only for director, but also for best original screenplay and best picture.

Judd Hirsch for The Fabelmans

Judd Hirsch, who played Uncle Boris in The Fabelmans, managed to obtain a nomination despite his short participation in the film. However, the veteran actor scored his first nomination since Ordinary People 1980, where he was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor, so that Hirsch is now the second-oldest actor nominated to date by having 88 years.

Alfonso Cuarón present at the Oscars 2023

the mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron is nominated for an Oscar thanks to the fact that he produced the Italian short film titled, the pupildirected by Alice Rohwacher, which tells the story of an orphaned girl who rebelliously defies the rules of the religious boarding school in which she finds herself.

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Viola Davis for The Woman King

Indeed Viola Davis is one of the most important actresses today and thanks to her work in The Woman King it seemed certain that she would get her fourth Best Actress nomination. The film not only garnered critical acclaim but was also a box office success and surprisingly Davis It was not mentioned at the Oscars.

female directors ignored

After two consecutive years of female directors taking home the Best Director statuette at the Oscars (Jane Campion and Chloé Zhao), this year’s lineup is exclusively male. That’s not to say there weren’t any female-led movies this year, in fact. Gina Prince Bythewood for The Woman King, charlotte wells for aftersun Y Sarah Polley for Women Talking, they won accolades at international film festivals but simply weren’t mentioned at the Academy Awards.

Paul Dano for The Fabelmans

Paul Dano delivered a solid performance in The Fabelmans Interpreting Burt, the young man’s pragmatic and unassuming father Sammy Fabelman. Although the film has been recognized in other categories such as Best Director and Best Film of the year, Damage was ignored even though it garnered award nominations Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards.

Joseph Kosinski for Top Gun: Maverick

After receiving multiple acclaim from international critics, the director of Top Gun: Maverick, joseph kosinski received no credit for managing to create a cinematic speculum and revive nostalgia for the story starring porTom Cruise, who surprisingly was also ignored from the category as Best Actor despite the fact that he received multiple applause for his performance.

Decision to Leave

The Oscars made the decision to completely ignore Decision to Leavethe film directed by the multi-award winning Korean director Park Chan Wook which not only garnered praise for its script, direction, and acting, but also received the palm d’or and the best director in the Cannes Film Festival 2022.

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