The Oscars beyond Argentina, 1985: the films that go for the highest prize

The day has arrived, the moment in which the old omens, the bets and the hopes end, to give way to new omens. Or so at least in the case of Argentina in regards to the 2023 Oscar Awards. It is that the Hollywood Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, popularly known as “The Academy”, finally announced its list of nominees, including Among those chosen for the Argentine candidate, the film Argentina, 1985, directed by Santiago Miter and starring, once again, by Ricardo Darín, who is part of the shortlist in the Best International Film category. The competition will not be easy, because he has to fight for the award against the German candidate, the third version of All Quiet Front, directed by Edward Berger, who also received nominations in eight other categories, including those for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Filmthe star category.

In addition to the German production, whose multi-nomination is actually no surprise (it had already garnered 14 at the British Bafta, but only one at the Golden Globes, where it just lost to Argentina, 1985), the Academy selected nine other titles in the Best Picture category. Among them are some of the maxims nominated, such as Everything Everywhere at the Same Time, by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, with 11 mentions; The spirits of the island, by Martin McDonagh, with 9; Elvis, by Baz Luhrmann, with 8; Los Fabelmans, by Steven Spielberg, with 7 (it opens this Thursday in local theaters); Top Gun: Maverick, by Joseph Kosinski, and Tár, by Todd Field, both with 6. They were also nominated for this award Avatar: The Path of Waterby James Cameron (4 nominations) and Woman Talking, by Sarah Polley (2 nominations). The list of candidates for the main prize is surprisingly completed with the multiple co-production Triangle of Sadnessby the Swedish Ruben Ostlund, winner of the Palme d’Or at the last Cannes Film Festival, which is not part of the international category (Sweden did not choose it as its representative), but which also received two other nominations, both within the more such as Best Original Screenplay and Best Direction.

In this last Ostlund shares the list with four heavyweights, all of them already mentioned in the previous paragraph. On the one hand Todd Field, who has already been nominated twice as a screenwriter (in 2001 for In the Bedroom, and in 2006 for Intimate Secrets) and Martin McDonagh, who was also considered twice for the scripts for Hiding in Bruges (2008) and Three ads for a crime, one of the most nominated films in 2018. Mc Donagh also won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short in 2004 with Six Shooter (it can be seen in full on the YouTube channel of the production company Searchlight Pictures). Kwan and Scheinert are also in the running, for their work directing Everything Everywhere at the Same Time, which have the additional support of being the most nominated film of 2023. And of course, the eternal (but not always valued by The academy) Steven Spielberg, who with The Fabelmans reaches his ninth directorial nominationof which he only won two: for Schindler’s List, in 1994, and for Saving Private Ryan in 1998. In other words, It’s been 25 years since the creator of ET, Jaws, Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones received his last Oscar.

The other two important categories in comprehensive terms are those dedicated to the script, one dedicated to those works written directly for the cinema and the other to those scripts that adapt to the screen a work that already existed previously in literature, theater or on the screen. cinema itself. This is the case of All Quiet on the Front, a film that had two versions prior to the one directed by Berger, one from 1930 (winner of the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director for Lewis Milestone) and the 1979 telefilm directed by Delbert Mann (Emmy Award Winner). The list of ternados to Best Adapted Screenplay It is completed with two other Best Picture nominees, such as Top Gun: Maverick and Women Talking, and two others that take the category by surprise (or not so much), such as Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Y Living room, whose script was written by the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature Kazuo Ishiguro, based on that of the film Live (1952), by Akira Kurosawa. In the section Best Original Screenplay the surprises were less, being limited to the candidacy of the already mentioned Triangle of Sadness. Instead, the other four nominees came off the list of Academy voters’ favorite productions: Everything everywhere at the same time; The spirits of the island; The Fabelmans and Tár.

The grid of most important categories within the Oscars is completed with those dedicated to acting. The nominees for Best actress turned out cate blanchett by Tár (5th nomination in the category, winner in 2014 for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine); Michelle Williams for Los Fabelman (3rd nomination in the category, no awards); michelle yeoh for Todo en todos partes al mismo tiempo (without previous nominations) and the Cuban Ana de Armas for Rubia (without previous nominations), all of them predictable candidates. The surprise was given by the notable British actress Andrea Riseborough, which had not received previous nominations from the Academy either and which this year is in charge of putting on the map a film little taken into account in the previous one by analysts, such as To Leslie, by Michael Morris. The data: Of weapons She was nominated for playing the film legend Marilyn Monroe, a character she had already impersonated and for which her current competitor Michelle Williams had also been nominated in 2012, in My Week with Marilyn, by Simon Curtis.

Among the men the surprises were fewer. First of all, the appearance of brendan fraser, protagonist of The Whale (by the controversial Darren Aronofsky), an actor since the premiere of said film, he positioned himself as one of the favorites for the award. The same goes for the British billy nighty, in charge of the exclusive main role of the aforementioned Living. The biggest surprise was perhaps given by the Irishman Paul Mescal, protagonist and only nomination for Aftersun, by Charlotte Wells, a film that perhaps would have deserved more attention from voters (it can be seen on Mubi). The list is completed by the more obvious nominations of Austin Butler by Elvis and from Colin Farrel by The Spirits of the Island.

Among those nominated for Best Supporting Actress they find each other Angela Bassettfor Black Panther: Wakanda Forever; hongchaufor The Whale; Kerry Condom, for The Spirits of the Island; Y Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu, for Everything at the same time everywhere. The category of Best Supporting Actor also has a double nomination: the one they received Brendan Gleeson and young Barry Keoghan by The Spirits of the Island. To them are added Judd Hirsch by The Fabelmans and Ke Huy Quan, for Everything at the same time everywhere. While in the role of surprise guest appears Bryan Tyler Henryfor her participation in Resurge, by Lila Neugenbauer, the only African-American on the shortlist, in a year where the inclusive spirit, which seemed to have come to stay in recent seasons, once again took a few steps back.

All the nominees for the Oscars 2023

Best Supporting Actress

  • Angela Bassett – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • Hong Chau – The Whale
  • Kerry Condon – The Spirits of the Island
  • Jamie Lee Curtis- Everything everywhere at the same time
  • Stephanie Hsu- Everything everywhere at the same time

best wardrobe

  • Babylon
  • Elvis
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • Everything everywhere at the same time
  • Mrs. Harris goes to Paris

better sound

  • Avatar
  • No news at the front
  • Elvis
  • Batman
  • Top Gun: Maverick

original music

  • No news at the front
  • Babylon
  • the spirits of the island
  • Everything everywhere and at the same time
  • The Fabelmans

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • No news at the front
  • Glass Onion
  • Living room
  • Top Gun: Maverick
  • They speak

Best Original Screenplay

  • the spirits of the island
  • Everything everywhere at the same time
  • The Fabelmans
  • TÁR
  • sadness triangle

Best Live Action Short

  • An Irish Goodbye
  • ivalue
  • the pupil
  • Night Ride
  • The Red Suitcase

best animated short

  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
  • The Flying Sailor
  • Ice Merchant
  • My Year of Dicks
  • An Ostrich Told me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It

Best Supporting Actor

  • Brendan Gleeson for The Spirits of the Island
  • Brian Tyree Henry for Reborn
  • Judd Hirsch for The Fabelmans
  • Barry Keoghan for The Spirits of the Island
  • Ke Huy Quan for Everything everywhere at the same time

best documentary

  • All That Breathes, All The Beauty and the Bloodshed
  • fire of love
  • A House Made of Splinters
  • Navalny

Best Documentary Short

  • The Elephant Whisperers
  • haulout
  • How You Measure a Year
  • The Martha Mitchell Effect
  • The effect

best international film

  • No news at the front
  • Argentina, 1985
  • close
  • EO
  • The Quiet Girl

best animated film

  • pinocchio
  • Marcel the Shell
  • The cat with boots
  • turning red
  • sea ​​monster

best makeup

  • Batman
  • No news at the front
  • Elvis
  • The whale
  • Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever

Best Production Design

  • Avatar: The Path of Water
  • No news at the front
  • Babylon
  • Elvis
  • The Fabelmans

best editing

  • the spirits of the island
  • Elvis
  • Everything everywhere at the same time
  • TÁR
  • Top Gun: Maverick

best photography

  • Bardo: false chronicle of a few truths
  • Elvis
  • the empire of light
  • TÁR

Visual effects

  • Avatar
  • Batman
  • No news at the front
  • Top Gun: Maverick
  • Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever

best Actor

  • Austin Butler by Elvis
  • Brendan Fraser for The Whale
  • Colin Farrell for The Spirits of the Island
  • Paul Mescal for Aftersun
  • Bill Nighy for Living

Best actress

  • Cate Blanchett for TÁR
  • Ana de Armas for Blonde
  • Michelle Williams for The Fabelmans
  • Michelle Yeoh for Everything everywhere at the same time
  • Andrea Riseborough for To Leslie.

best director

  • Martin McDonagh for The Spirits of the Island
  • Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert for Everything Everywhere at the Same Time
  • Steven Spielberg for The Fabelmans
  • Todd Field by TÁR
  • Ruben Ostlund for Triangle of sadness

Best film

  • the spirits of the island
  • sadness triangle
  • Everything everywhere at the same time
  • The Fabelmans
  • TÁR
  • Elvis
  • No news at the front
  • Avatar: The Path of Water
  • Top Gun: Maverick
  • Women Talking
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