Now that the 2022 Oscars are over with, it’s time to move on to the 2023 Oscars!
Needless to say, there’s probably nothing more pointless than trying to guess which films are going to be nominated a year from now. I can’t even guarantee that all of the films listed below are even going to be released this year. And, even if they are released this year, I can’t guarantee that they’ll actually be any good or that the Academy will show any interest in them. I mean, Martin Scorsese always seems like a safe bet but we all remember what happened with Silence. For months, everyone said Silence would be the Oscar front runner. Then it was released to respectful but not ecstatic reviews. Audiences stayed away. The film ended up with one technical nomination.
My point is that no one knows anything. As much as I hate quoting William Goldman (because, seriously, quoting Goldman on a film site is such a cliché at this point), Goldman was right.
So, you may be asking, how did I come up with the nominees below? For the most part, I guessed. A few of them I went with because of the people who made the film. Though shooting has wrapped, Ferrari might not even be released this year but it’s a Michael Mann film that stars Adam Driver so, for now, I have to include it. Of course, I had to include Scorsese and Killers of the Flower Moon. Asteroid City is there because the Academy embraced Wes Anderson once and it could always happen again. Fair Play and Magazine Dreams‘s Jonathan Majors are listed because the Sundance Film Festival is still a recent memory. Maestro is there because the Academy seems like to Bradley Cooper. Dune Part Two and Oppenheimer are there because Film Twitter is convinced that they will be.
In other words, there’s no real science to these predictions. It’s too early in the year to do anything but guess. And for now, these are my guesses. A year from now, they’ll be good for either bragging rights or a laugh. Hopefully, they’ll be good for both.
The Color Purple
Dune Part Two
Killers of the Flower Moon
Chloe Domont for Fair Play
Christopher Nolan for Oppenheimer
Alexander Payne for The Holdovers
Martin Scorsese for Killers of the Flower Moon
Denis Villeneuve for Dune Part Two
Bradley Cooper in Maestro
Colman Domingo in Rustin
Paul Giamatti in The Holdovers
Jonathan Majors in Magazine Dreams
Cillian Murphy in Oppenheimer
Emily Blunt in Pain Hustlers
Carey Mulligan in Maestro
Da’Vine Joy Randolph in The Holdovers
Julia Roberts in Leave the World Behind
Teyana Taylor in A Thousand and One
Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali in Leave The World Behind
Willem DaFoe in Poor Things
Matt Damon in Oppenheimer
Ethan Hawke in Strange Way Of Life
Jesse Plemons in Killers of the Flower Moon
Best Supporting Actress
Emily Blunt in Oppenheimer
Tantoo Cardinal in Killers of the Flower Moon
Taraji P. Henson in The Color Purple
Florence Pugh in Oppenheimer
Tilda Swinton in Asteroid City