Oscars 2023 nominations are in, and it looks like sci-fi comedy-drama Everything Everywhere All at Once is leading the pack, with 11 nominations, including Best Picture.
Following closely are All Quiet on the Western Front, a World War I epic based on a 1929 novel of the same name, and The Banshees on Inisherin, a tragicomedy starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. I haven’t seen either of these yet, but I’m sure they’re worthy contenders.
Of course, Everything Everywhere isn’t the only sci-fi film to get a nod from the Oscars this year. James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water is a Best Picture nominee as well – though I doubt it will win.
Not because it’s a bad film (it isn’t), but because sci-fi/fantasy rarely wins in this category to begin with. “Rarely” doesn’t mean “never,” obviously, as we all know The Return of the King nabbed Best Picture back in 2004. We also had Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water win Best Picture in 2018. And in 2007, his fantasy horror masterpiece Pan’s Labyrinth won Best Foreign Language Film, which is as close to Best Picture as you can get.
All of this to say that, with 11 nominations, Everything Everywhere has a good chance of winning this year. And I’m 100% rooting for it, as it’s one of my favorite films of 2022 – along with The Northman.
I remember as soon as I watched the film in April, I knew it would receive a Best Picture nomination. No, I didn’t predict 11 nominations, but I’m not surprised by this either – the film is that good. If you haven’t seen it yet, go and do so! It’s a real treat, and you can probably stream it for free by now.
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