2023 Oscar nominations: ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ dominates

‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ and Germany’s ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ closely followed.

"Everything Everywhere All At Once" collected 11 nominations for the 95th Academy Awards. The ceremony will air on ABC on March 12. (Video: Allie Caren/The Washington Post)

Sci-fi extravaganza “Everything Everywhere All At Once” dominated the 95th annual Academy Award nominations Tuesday morning with 11 nods, the most of any film.

The absurdist movie was written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, a duo who also earned a nod for best director. The field-leading “Everything Everywhere” was followed by nine nominations each for “The Banshees of Inisherin,” Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy about two best friends in a bitter feud, and the German submission “All Quiet on the Western Front,” a World War I drama based on the 1929 novel.

All three movies were nominated for best picture. So was the Baz Luhrmann biopic “Elvis”; Steven Spielberg’s loosely autobiographical coming of age story “The Fabelmans”; “Tár,” which stars Cate Blanchett as a high-strung composer-conductor; “Women Talking,” about Mennonite women who must decide what to do after sexual assault arrests disrupt their community; and “Triangle of Sadness,” a dark comedy about the uber-wealthy on a luxury yacht cruise.

Rounding out the category were the two highest-grossing films of 2022, which also happened to be highly anticipated sequels. “Avatar: The Way of Water,” James Cameron’s visually dazzling epic, follows the first “Avatar” smash from 2009. And in “Top Gun: Maverick,” Tom Cruise reprises his role from the 1986 film as a roguish Navy pilot. (Cruise was snubbed among the best actor nominees this year, however.)

Angela Bassett became the first performer from a Marvel movie to land an acting nomination. In the race for best actress, Cate Blanchett of “Tár” will compete alongside Michelle Yeoh of “Everything Everywhere,” Michelle Williams of “The Fabelmans,” Ana de Armas of the divisive “Blonde,” and Andrea Riseborough of “To Leslie.” The latter actress may have benefited from one of the more surprising voter campaigns in recent memory, as high-profile actors lobbied for her on social media in the days leading up the nominations.

Meanwhile, Austin Butler will get to continue mystifying people by using his “Elvis” voice on the awards circuit after his nomination for best actor. Brendan Fraser also got a nod for his starring role in “The Whale,” this season’s feel-good comeback story. So did Colin Farrell of “The Banshees of Inisherin,” Bill Nighy of “Living,” and recent TV breakout Paul Mescal of “Aftersun.”

The Academy Awards air Sunday, March 12, on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Producers will probably try to regain control after last year’s ceremony was overshadowed by best actor winner Will Smith climbing onstage and slapping presenter Chris Rock.

Best picture

  • “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
  • “The Fabelmans”
  • “The Banshees of Inisherin”
  • “Top Gun: Maverick”
  • “Tár”
  • “Elvis”
  • “Avatar: The Way of Water”
  • “All Quiet on the Western Front”
  • “Women Talking”
  • “Triangle of Sadness”

Analysis: This year’s best picture nominees are well represented in other categories as well — particularly “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” “The Banshees of Inisherin” and “All Quiet on the Western Front,” which were nominated across directing, acting and technical categories. Box office behemoths “Avatar: The Way of Water” and “Top Gun: Maverick” refute the age-old argument that nobody has seen the nominated films, though the list still acknowledges smaller, critically acclaimed titles such as “Women Talking” and “Tár.”

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Best director

  • Steven Spielberg, “The Fabelmans”
  • Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
  • Martin McDonagh, “The Banshees of Inisherin”
  • Todd Field, “Tár”
  • Ruben Östlund, “Triangle of Sadness”

Analysis: The Daniels, a creative duo nominated for their second feature together, recently won the Critics Choice award for best director. Could they once again best heavyweights McDonagh and Spielberg, the latter of whom won the Golden Globe?

This is also the first time either Field or Östlund have received a best director nomination (though Field has previously been nominated for best picture and best adapted screenplay).

It’s all quite exciting. And yet … for a dollar, name a woman! The Oscars once again omitted female directors from the category, overlooking filmmakers such as Sarah Polley, whose “Women Talking” earned a best picture nod, and Gina Prince-Bythewood, whose film “The Woman King” was snubbed across the board.

Best actress

  • Cate Blanchett, “Tár”
  • Michelle Yeoh, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
  • Michelle Williams, “The Fabelmans”
  • Ana de Armas, “Blonde”
  • Andrea Riseborough, “To Leslie”

Analysis: This is really a race between Blanchett and Yeoh, who are neck and neck for best actress. Blanchett won the Critics Choice Award, while Yeoh took home the Golden Globe, and both are nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award, a solid predictor for the Oscars.

The wildest nomination here is Riseborough, whose critically acclaimed film earned less than $30,000 at the box office. But “To Leslie” did earn heaps of public praise from A-listers such as Edward Norton, Jane Fonda and even Blanchett herself, whose words spread through the industry and seemingly served as an effective Oscars campaign.

Best actor

  • Brendan Fraser, “The Whale”
  • Colin Farrell, “The Banshees of Inisherin”
  • Austin Butler, “Elvis”
  • Bill Nighy, “Living”
  • Paul Mescal, “Aftersun”

Analysis: Our condolences to Tom Cruise fans. Indie darling Mescal beat him out for the fifth best actor slot — making for a fascinating race between five first-time Oscar nominees.

Fraser has the comeback narrative going for him, but Butler’s performance was no less acclaimed (and that accent showed off his intense commitment to his craft.) Butler and Farrell each won a Golden Globes, which are awarded separately to dramas and comedies, while Fraser took home best actor at the Critics Choice Awards. It’s a category to watch.

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Best supporting actress

  • Angela Bassett, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
  • Kerry Condon, “The Banshees of Inisherin”
  • Jamie Lee Curtis, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
  • Hong Chau, “The Whale”
  • Stephanie Hsu, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”

Analysis: Bassett, who has already won multiple awards this awards season, is the first actor ever recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for a Marvel project. She seems likely to continue her streak by winning the category, unless fan-favorite Hsu pulls off an upset. The actress’ performance in “Everything Everywhere” as the emotionally turbulent daughter of an immigrant family has earned her a reputation as this season’s “dark horse.”

Best supporting actor

  • Ke Huy Quan, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
  • Brendan Gleeson, “The Banshees of Inisherin”
  • Barry Keoghan, “The Banshees of Inisherin”
  • Judd Hirsch, “The Fabelmans”
  • Brian Tyree Henry, “Causeway”

Analysis: Speaking of comebacks — what a few months it has been for Quan, who appeared in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “The Goonies” but stopped acting for a long spell due to a lack of opportunities. He has been recognized by numerous critics associations and won both the Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award for playing Yeoh’s timid but loving husband in “Everything Everywhere.”

In something of a sweep, the “Banshees” campaign earned acting nominations for each member of its main cast. Only one of the two favorites from “The Fabelmans” landed in the running for best supporting actor, with the Academy choosing Hirsch over Paul Dano. Henry, a first-time nominee, secured the coveted fifth slot with his acclaimed performance in “Causeway,” which was otherwise overlooked.

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Best original screenplay

Best adapted screenplay

  • “Women Talking”
  • “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”
  • “Living”
  • “All Quiet on the Western Front”
  • “Top Gun: Maverick”

Best animated feature film

  • “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio”
  • “Turning Red”
  • “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On”
  • “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish”
  • “The Sea Beast”

Best international feature film

  • “Argentina, 1985,” Argentina
  • “Close,” Belgium
  • “All Quiet on the Western Front,” Germany
  • “The Quiet Girl,” Ireland
  • “EO,” Poland

Best documentary feature

  • “All That Breathes”
  • “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed”
  • “Fire of Love”
  • “A House Made of Splinters”
  • “Navalny”

Best original song

  • “Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
  • “This Is a Life” from “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
  • “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR”
  • “Applause” from “Tell It like a Woman”
  • “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick”

Best visual effects

  • “All Quiet on the Western Front”
  • “Avatar: The Way of Water”
  • “The Batman”
  • “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
  • “Top Gun: Maverick”

Best cinematography

  • “All Quiet on the Western Front”
  • “Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths”
  • “Empire of Light”
  • “Elvis”
  • “Tár”

Best production design

  • “Elvis”
  • “Avatar: The Way of Water”
  • “Babylon”
  • “The Fabelmans”
  • “All Quiet on the Western Front”

Best makeup and hairstyling

  • “All Quiet on the Western Front”
  • “The Batman”
  • “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
  • “Elvis”
  • “The Whale”

Best costume design

  • “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
  • “Elvis”
  • “Babylon”
  • “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris”
  • “Everything Everywhere All at Once”

Best original score

  • “All Quiet on the Western Front”
  • “Babylon”
  • “The Banshees of Inisherin”
  • “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
  • “The Fabelmans”

Best sound

  • “All Quiet on the Western Front”
  • “Avatar: The Way of Water”
  • “The Batman”
  • “Elvis”
  • “Top Gun: Maverick”

Best film editing

  • “Top Gun: Maverick”
  • “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
  • “Elvis”
  • “The Banshees of Inisherin”
  • “Tár”

Best animated short film

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

Best live-action short film

  • “An Irish Goodbye”
  • “Ivalu”
  • “Le Pupille”
  • “Night Ride”
  • “The Red Suitcase”

Best documentary short film

  • “The Elephant Whisperers”
  • “Haulout”
  • “How Do You Measure a Year?”
  • “The Martha Mitchell Effect”
  • “Stranger at the Gate”
correction

An earlier version of this article incorrectly suggested Angela Bassett was nominated for best actress. She was nominated in the supporting actress category.

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