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Oscars 2023: Best Picture Nominees

Sunday, the 12th of March 2023, there will be the 95th edition of the Academy Awards. Here we will review the top ten films nominated for the Best Picture category.

The first and most controversial pick for this year's Oscars is “Elvis”, directed by Baz Luhrmann. This feature film has been considered controversial due to the mixed feelings about the Biopics interpretation of the story of the king of Rock, Elvis Presley. After that, the two biggest films of the year in scope and budget were “Avatar: The way of water” directed by legendary filmmaker James Cameron, and “Top Gun: Maverick” directed by James Kosinski and produced by Tom Cruise. Critics hailed both for testing the boundaries of audio/visual filmmaking, specifically, “Avatar: The Way of Water” for its breathtaking use of CGI and “Top Gun: Maverick” for its astonishing practical effects.

The WWI film “All quiet on the western front”, directed by Edward Berger, is next. It is praised for accurately depicting this historical event's gruelling and destructive nature of war from the perspective of the young German soldiers deceived through nationalist propaganda into participating in this conflict. Ruben Östlund Palm d’Or winning film “The Triangle of Sadness” was also nominated. A satirical look into class division that turns modern social hierarchy on its head as a group of out-of-touch rich people is left stranded after a storm hits.

Next is “Women Talking”, directed by Sarah Polly. The film explores the nightmarish events at a Mennonite Colony in the early 2000s. The story is a harrowing retelling of the sexual violence that occurred to this community's women, leaving a significant imprint on the audience. “Fabelmans”, directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg, is another one of the contenders. One of his most personal and vulnerable projects to date, the semi-biographical film, explores the journey and life of a young filmmaker and his relationship with his family.

“TÁR” directed by Todd Field, is a psychological drama that focuses on a renowned Berlin orchestra music conductor accused of sexual abuse and the repercussions that this has on her life. Praised for its satirical look into modern cancel culture and the fantastic performance by Cate Blanchett. “The Banshees of Inisherin”, a film by Martin McDonagh, is a dark comedy that follows the unexpected ending of a friendship and the attempt to reconcile it within the backdrop of an Irish civil war with disastrous consequences.

Last but not least is “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, directed by Daniel Kwan, and Daniel Scheinert is the frontrunner. This feature film that stars the iconic Michelle Yeoh is a high-brow comedy that focuses on an interdimensional rupture that unravels reality that an unlikely hero is called upon to fix it. It is an experimental film that tugs at the heart string due to its underlying theme of a family attempting to reconnect.

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