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Oscar nominations 2023: Australia's front-runners in the race

Cate Blanchett has been nominated for best actress for her performance in Tár, fuelling hopes for Australia ahead of the 95th Academy Awards

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Saffron Swire
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Oscar season is back in all its star-spangled glory, and this year, the genre-bending sci-fi Everything Everywhere All at Once leads the charge for the 95th Academy Awards with 11 nominations. Close behind in the race with nine nods is the German World War I epic film All Quiet on the Western Front and the dark Irish tragicomedy The Banshees of Inisherin.

In what seems like gael force winds, Ireland has scooped up a record 14 Irish nominations. On top of Martin McDonagh’s nine nods for The Banshees of Inisherin, Paul Mescal is nominated for best actor for Aftersun, and The Quiet Girl has made history by becoming the first Irish-language film to be nominated in the best international feature film category. 

While jokes have been made that the Academy Awards should be relocated from Los Angeles to Dublin, Australia has also enjoyed a good inning with Aussie creatives nominated in nine categories. 

Melbourne-raised Cate Blanchett has secured her eighth nomination after securing the Best Actress nomination for her portrayal of a manipulative orchestra composer-conductor in Tár - read our five-star review of it here. The actress is on course to win her third Oscar in the race and competes against the likes of Michelle Yeo for Everything Everywhere and Michelle Williams for her role in Steven Spielberg’s The Fablemans.

Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic won eight nominations, including to Austin Butler for Best Actor and Luhrmann’s wife Catherine Martin for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.

Martin has won more Oscars than any other Australian following her success with
Moulin Rouge! And The Great Gatsby. Baz, on the other hand, might be checking into the heartbreak hotel with the news that he was snubbed in the Best Director category - youch. 

The Australian director of photography for Elvis, Mandy Walker, is also nominated for the Best Cinematography award - an Oscar a woman has yet to take home.

The winners of the 95th Academy Awards will be unveiled on March 12, with Jimmy Kimmel hosting the ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Coverage of the award ceremony will be televised live (AEDT) on Seven and streamed live on 7plus nationally.

The complete list of Oscar 2023 nominations:

Best picture 

All Quiet on the Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
The Banshees of Inisherin
Elvis
Everything Everywhere All At Once
The Fablemans
Tár
Top Gun: Maverick
Triangle of Sadness
Women Talking

Best actor 

Austin Butler (Elvis)
Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin)
Brendan Fraser (The Whale)
Paul Mescal (Aftersun)
Bill Nighy (Living)

Best actress

Ana de Armas (Blonde)
Andrea Riseborough (To Leslie)
Michelle Williams (The Fabelmans)
Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

Best supporting actress

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

Best animated feature

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

Best cinematography

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

Best costume design

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

Best director

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

Best documentary feature

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

Best documentary short

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

Best editing

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

Best international feature film

All Quiet on the Western Front
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The Quiet Girl

Best makeup and hairstyling

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

Best original score

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

Best original song

'Applause' (Tell It Like a Woman)
'Hold My Hand' (Top Gun: Maverick)
'Lift Me Up' (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)
'Naatu Naatu' (RRR)
'This Is a Life' (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

Best production design

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

Best animated short

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

An Irish Goodbye
Ivalu
Le Pupille
Night Ride
The Red Suitcase

Best sound

All Quiet on the Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
The Batman
Elvis
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 adapted screenplay

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

Best original screenplay

The Banshees of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All at Once
The Fabelmans
Tár
Triangle of Sadness


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