The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominations for the 95th Academy Awards on Tuesday, with “Everything, Everywhere, All At Once” leading the pack with 11 nods.
The film was nominated for best picture and best director, and its stars, Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan, were nominated for best actress and actor in a leading role, respectively.
“All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Avatar: The Way of Water,” “The Banshees of Inisherin,” “Elvis,” “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” “The Fabelmans,” “Tár,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Triangle of Sadness,” and “Women Talking” were named as contenders for the coveted best picture award.
Allison Williams and Riz Ahmed announced the nominations at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, on Tuesday morning.
Variety reports that voting for the nominations ended on January 17, with 9,579 members of the academy eligible to vote. Variety reported that the academy had “record-breaking participation” in this year’s nominations.
There are 23 different categories.
Angela Bassett was nominated for best supporting actress for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” along with Hong Chau for “The Whale,” Kerry Condon for “The Banshees of Inisherin,” and Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu for “Everything, Everywhere, All At Once.”
Bassett has already won a Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her role in the “Black Panther” sequel, and she is nominated for a BAFTA, the British equivalent of the Oscars, in the same category.
The nominations for “The Banshees of Inisherin,” “The Fabelmans,” “Avatar: The Way of Water,” “All Quiet on the Western Front,” and “Top Gun: Maverick” were also dominated.
Austin Butler’s portrayal of Elvis Presley earned him a nomination for best actor, joining Colin Farrell for “The Banshees of Inisherin,” Brendan Fraser for “The Whale,” Paul Mescal for “Aftersun,” and Bill Nighy for “Living.”
Along with Yeoh, Cate Blanchett in “Tár,” Ana de Armas in “Blonde,” Andrea Riseborough in “To Leslie,” and Michelle Williams in “The Fabelmans” were nominated for best actress.
Martin McDonagh for “The Banshees of Inisherin,” which received nine nominations, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert for “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” Steven Spielberg for “The Fabelmans,” Todd Field for “Tár,” and Ruben Stlund for “Triangle of Sadness” are in the running for best director.
There were no female directors on the list.
The films “Till,” starring Danielle Deadwyler, a historical drama about Emmett Till’s mother’s pursuit of justice after her son was lynched in Mississippi in 1955, and “The Woman King,” starring Viola Davis, about a group of female warriors protecting the African kingdom of Dahomey, were both passed over for Academy Awards nominations.
Neither woman of colour was nominated for best actress.
Rihanna was nominated for best original song for “Lift Me Up,” which appeared in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” and Lady Gaga was nominated for “Hold My Hand,” which appeared in “Top Gun: Maverick.” Taylor Swift’s “Carolina,” featured in “Where the Crawdads Sing,” was omitted, despite being nominated for Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards.
The nominations come only a few weeks after the Golden Globes returned to television. The award for best picture, musical, or comedy went to “The Banshees of Inisherin,” a story about two friends who have a falling out on a remote Irish island in 1923. With eight nominations, it was the most nominated film at the Golden Globes. The night’s final award, for best motion picture, drama, went to Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical “The Fabelmans.”
Last year’s Academy Awards ceremony sparked outrage when Will Smith, the best actor winner for “King Richard,” slapped Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Smith expressed regret to the Academy and to Rock. He later resigned from the academy, which announced that he would be barred from attending the awards show for the next ten years.
According to a recent statement from Academy CEO Bill Kramer, this year’s ceremony will honour both the best films of the year as well as the ceremony’s 95th anniversary.
“The energy surrounding the show should feel like a massive celebration of cinema and the awards — our legacy, our artists, our films, and our future,” he says. “The 95th brings together the incredible legacy of the Oscars, the diverse and powerful work we do across the Academy, and our vision for the future.”
Jimmy Kimmel, the late-night comedian, will return as host for the third time, having previously led the ceremony in 2017 and 2018.
The 95th Academy Awards will be broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on ABC on March 12.