Oscars 2023 Predictions: Who Will Win Them?

Today we're taking a look at five Academy Award categories to bring you our Oscars 2023 predictions.

Brendan Fraser, Michelle Yeoh, Steven Spielberg

Photos: Brendan Fraser, Michelle Yeoh, Steven Spielberg

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We are less than a week away from the 2023 Oscars ceremony. Although this ceremony has already lost great value for some of the public, it is still the criterion for many to choose what to see on the billboard and determines the distribution of many films. Also, this award ceremony closes out the awards season, which gives a feeling that you have the last word. The truth is that critics and moviegoers continue to comment on the nominated films, and the Academy Awards, whether we agree with their criteria or not, remain the ones that most attract mass audiences.

So we have analyzed five categories, which are the ones that generate the most expectation, to deliver our 2023 Oscars predictions. Here they go.

Best International Film

The nominees in this category are "Eo" (Poland), "Argentina, 1985" (Argentina), "All Quiet on the Front" (Germany), "Close" (Belgium), and "The Quiet Girl" (Ireland). The German production is also nominated for the Best Film award. This is why we can predict that she will be the winner of this category since she is the only one among the nominees who deserves a nomination for the top prize.

For a few years now, the theme of combat in the trenches has gained strength after the Second World War was the one that was in vogue among filmmakers for a long time. A couple of years ago, "1917", a film on the same subject, was nominated for an Oscar. "All Quiet at the Front" is a film that follows 17-year-old Paul, who joined the Western Front during the First World War. It is a popular subject at the Academy and meets the quota of historical fiction that pleases the general public. However, it is not a complacent nomination since the film has been well-received among critics.

Also read: These are the five nominees for Best International Film at the Oscars 2023. How to see them?

Best Lead Actor

Nominees for this category are Austin Butler ("Elvis"), Colin Farrell ("The Island Spirits"), Brendan Fraser ("The Whale"), Paul Mescal ("Aftersun"), and Bill Nighy ("Living" ). The undoubted winner should be Farrell, not only for his excellent performance but for presenting an original interpretation style and establishing a relationship with his character. However, the winner will likely be Brendan Fraser for his leadership in "The Whale."

"The Whale" is the latest film by Darren Aronofsky, known for impacting viewers with his films. It is about a lonely man, an English teacher, who suffers from morbid obesity, played by Brendan Fraser, who will try to seek forgiveness from his daughter after abandoning her during her childhood. Fraser has won this award at other awards this season and will also win the Oscar. Plus, this prosthetic performance that requires actors to change their physical appearance and Fraser's surprise return to acting are the perfect recipe for Academy wins.

Best Lead Actress

The nominees are Cate Blanchett ("Tár"), Ana de Armas ("Blonde"), Andrea Riseborough ("To Leslie"), Michelle Williams ("The Fabelmans"), and Michelle Yeoh ("Everything everywhere at the same time "). It would be an absolute injustice if the award did not go to Cate Blanchett for her leading role in "Tár." In it, she plays Lydia Tár, a conductor at the peak of her career who will be involved in an intrigue over which she seems to have no control. Surprisingly, this film has been so nominated by Academy voters since one of its themes is the problematization of cancellation, one of the banners of political correctness that seems to rule the Academy in recent decades. Blanchett plays an attractive and unsympathetic role that puts the viewer in trouble. It is truly fascinating.

However, our prediction does not end here since the other season ceremonies show another possibility: that the award goes to Michelle Yeoh, star of "Everything everywhere at the same time." Yeoh's performance is, perhaps, the complete opposite of Blanchett's, who is mesmerizing and arrested. And oh gives a much more over-the-top, fast-paced performance, set to the pace of the movie he stars in and which is a favorite to win the jackpot.

Best Direction

The nominees are Martin McDonagh ("The Island Spirits"), Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert ("Everything Everywhere at the Same Time"), Steven Spielberg ("The Falbemans"), Todd Field ("Tár"), and Ruben Östlund ("The triangle of sadness"). One of these nominees, the favorite of many critics, is, dedicated to film direction. This is "The Fabelmans," directed by the most experienced nominees, Steven Spielberg. It is not a genuinely reflective film but one in which Spielberg allows himself to idealize his childhood, family, and love for cinema.

The writer's favorites, however, are "Tár" and "The Spirits of the Island," although they probably won't win, and the prize goes to the Daniels, directors of "Everything everywhere at the same time." On the one hand, Spielberg has already won this award before and is already a legendary director, so the Academy may decide to reward new directors. And on the other, "The spirits of the island" and "Tár" will probably win prizes for their more technical aspects (the first for photography and the second for sound editing).

Best Film

There are ten nominees in this category: "All Quiet on the Front," "Avatar: The Way of the Water," "The Spirits of the Island," "Elvis," "Everything Everywhere at the Same Time," "The Fabelmans," "Tár," "Top Gun: Maverick," "The triangle of sadness" and "They speak." The undoubted winner will be the one we liked the least: "Everything everywhere at the same time."

And yet, it would be a reasonable mistake for the Academy since it is, of all, the most current and the one that best describes our time. Fast-paced and complacent, Daniels' film combines Marvel movies with a moral that protects the viewer and works as an incentive. It speaks directly to the public of our century: it can last several hours (the length of the film) watching clips on social networks and jumping from one to another in a rush that allows you to be, as the title says, at the same time in all parts… but nowhere really.

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