The 95th Academy Awards air from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm ET on Sunday, March 12, 2023, live from the Dolby Theater on Ovation Holiday. Jimmy Kimmel will preside over the ceremonies as Master of Ceremonies. He previously hosted in 2017 and 2018.
This year’s Oscars have the potential to make history with potential firsts and records that could break. Ought Avatar: The Path of Water winning Best Picture, for example, would break the record for the highest-grossing film to win in that category, usurping Titanic. Cate Blanchett could join a group of elite actresses who have won three or more Academy Awards for her performance if she wins for Tar while Michelle Yeoh could become the first Southeast Asian to win Best Leading Actress and the first Malaysian to win an Oscar for Everything everywhere at once.
Brendan Fraser could put Canada on the Oscars map as the first Canadian to win Best Actor for The whale. Adrien Brody holds the record as the youngest Best Actor winner, taking home the award in 2003 for The piano at the age of 29 years. At 27, Paul Mescal could break that record if he wins by After the sun while Judd Hirsch in The Fabelmans could break Christopher Plummer’s record for oldest actor in the Best Supporting Actor category, at 87 (Plummer was 82 when he won for beginners).
Some of the most nominated movies this year include Everything everywhere at once with 11 nominations as well as The Banshees of Inisherin and All calm on the west front with nine each.
Who will be those big winners? We have put together some predictions in the most talked about categories.
All calm on the west front
Avatar: The Path of Water
The Banshees of Inisherin
Everything everywhere at once
Top Gun: Maverick
triangle of sadness
Prediction: Everything everywhere at once he seems to be the favorite to win in numerous categories and will take home the grand prize of the night. The absurd comedy-drama centers on a Chinese-American woman (Michelle Yeoh) who is being audited by the IRS. However, in a strange turn of events, she is connected to a parallel universe and other versions of herself within it. It seems that there is a powerful being attacking the multiverse and it is up to her to destroy it.
The film spans multiple genres and has been praised for everything from its visual effects to costume design, action sequences, and its current affairs approach to neurodivergence, depression, and generational differences. It would be a surprise if Everything everywhere at once do not win
Best Leading Actor
Austin Butler (Elvis)
Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin)
Brendan Fraser (The whale)
Pablo Mescal (After the sun)
Bill Nighy (Living)
Prediction: It may be an illusion, but there is a great possibility that brendan fraser will win for his role in The whale. The Canadian actor has been riding high since the positive reception to his portrayal of a lonely English teacher trying to reconnect with his teenage daughter.
While the psychological drama itself has not been without its critics, Fraser’s role has been widely praised. This would mark the first Academy Award win (and it’s the first nomination) for the long-loved actor. If he wins, Fraser would become the first Canadian to win in this category.
Best Leading Actress
Cate Blanchett (Tar)
Ana de Armas (Blond)
Andrea Riseborough (to leslie)
Michelle Williams (The Fabelmans)
Michelle Yeoh (Everything everywhere at once)
Prediction: It would be shocking if michelle yeoh did not win for Everything everywhere at once. Not only did she beautifully play her lead role of Evelyn Quan Wang in the absurdist comedy-drama, but she also played several variations of herself from the multiverse.
reminiscent of Orphan Black and calls for Tatiana Maslany to win an Emmy for her multiple clone roles on that series, Yeoh tackled the multiple nuanced performances with ease. A win for her would be historic, making Yeoh the first Southeast Asian woman to win this award and the first Malaysian to win an Oscar.
Best Supporting Actor
Brendan Gleeson (The Banshees of Inisherin)
Brian Tyree Henry (raised causeway)
Judd Hirsch (The Fabelmans)
Barry Keoghan (The Banshees of Inisherin)
Ke Huy Quan (Everything everywhere at once)
Prediction: The masses believe that Ke Huy Quan will win in this category and they are right. Quan is both a sentimental and meritorious favourite, having won nearly every previous award for his work.
Best Supporting Actress
Angela Bassett (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)
Hong bye (The whale)
Kerry Condom (The Banshees of Inisherin)
Jamie Lee Curtis (Everything everywhere at once)
Stephanie Hsu (Everything everywhere at once)
Prediction: Jamie Lee Curtis is the expected winner here, but hong bye has had a banner year with memorable movie roles The menuhis guest role in an episode of the series Peacock Poker face, and his role in The whalefor which he received this nomination.
So his victory could represent one of the biggest upsets of the night. In the film about a lonely and morbidly obese English teacher, she plays Liz, the man’s nurse and only friend. Chau also recently appeared in the series. the watchers and Homecoming. With her star on the rise, whether she wins or not, the actress is clearly destined for great things in the future.
Martin McDonagh (The Banshees of Inisherin)
Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (Everything everywhere at once)
Steven Spielberg (The Fabelmans)
Todd Field (Tar)
Ruben Östlund (triangle of sadness)
Prediction: One more time, let’s give this to Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert for Everything everywhere at once, which will probably be the big winner of the night. The writer-director duo, also known as the Daniels, have put themselves on the map with this film, and a win would cement their positions in Hollywood.
Interestingly, the pair first appeared on the scene directing music videos, including DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s twisted music video for the song “Turn Down for What.” His only other major film credit to date is for the 2016 film. swiss army manwhich would make a win even more impressive for the duo.
best original song
“Applause” (say it like a woman) – Music and lyrics by Diane Warren
“Take my hand” (Top Gun: Maverick) – Music and Lyrics by Lady Gaga and BloodPop
“Lift me up” (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) – Music by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Göransson; Tems and Ryan Coogler Lyrics
“Naatu Naatu” (RRR) – Music by MM Keeravaani; Chandrabose Lyrics
“This is a life” (Everything everywhere at once) – Music by Ryan Lott, David Byrne and Mitski; Lyrics by Ryan Lott and David Byrne
Prediction: Diane Warren has been a fixture in the music and entertainment business for decades, and she may just take home the statuette for her song “Applause” of the movie say it like a woman, for which he wrote both the music and the lyrics. Warren has been nominated numerous times since 1987, but only received an Academy Honorary Award in 2022. This could finally be the year of the longtime songwriter. The American-Italian anthology film features seven short stories, all directed by women and about women. The song’s lyrics are uplifting, encouraging, and a love letter to all women who have ever felt like they weren’t enough.
Best Animated Feature Film
Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro
Marcel the shell with his shoes on
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
the sea beast
Prediction: Guillermo del Toro is a mainstay at the Academy Awards, having received seven nominations to date and two wins in 2018 for Best Picture and Best Director for the shape of water. He is predicted to pull off a hat trick and take home his third win for this animated film. Del Toro’s adaptation of pinocchio is delivered in stop motion animation style like a dark fantasy musical.
Loosely based on the Italian novel. the adventures of pinocchio, written and published by Carlo Collodi in 1883, del Toro reinvents the life and story of the wooden puppet brought to life. With del Toro expressing how the film has been a passion project for him for a long time and the character he feels he has a deep and personal connection to, his dedication to the story and his craft shine through in the film.