The 95th Oscars ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 12 and televised live on the Sky Cinema Oscars channel and streaming app NOW TV. The votes are locked in, let us go through the major awards and predict its respective winners.
Best Picture: Everything Everywhere All at Once was a surprise to a lot of people in the industry, given that not many actors in the movie are well-known, with the exception of the beloved Michelle Yeoh.
But the sci-fi multiverse drama received overwhelmingly positive reviews, and many predict it will win Best Picture. With 11 Oscar nominations, it is really just a matter of how many awards these amazing talents will take home.
Best Leading Actress: Cate Blanchett and Michelle Yeoh go neck and neck for the Lead Actress award. Yeoh’s heart-felt portrayal of a Chinese immigrant parent in Everything Everywhere All At Once makes her the second Asian woman in Oscar history to be nominated in the Best Actress category.
But Tár star Blanchett has previously won two Academy Awards, and her excellent performance as the problematic orchestral conductor is equally Oscar-worthy.
Best Leading Actor: The Whale actor Brendon Fraser is heavily praised for his wry, melancholic portrayal of a morbidly obese English professor. However, casual movie critics voted with a resounding “yes” for Colin Farrell’s phenomenal acting in The Banshees of Inisherin.
It leads the audience hooked on the compelling conflict between two old pals, after one suddenly deserts the other for unknown reasons. So it is to no surprise Farrell will most likely take this win.
Best Director: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, or the Daniels as they are known, directed Everything Everywhere All at Once.
The mother-daughter family dynamic, the unpredictable and imaginative sci-fi scenes, the switching realities and multiverses made the film so ridiculously entertaining. It needs no explanation as to why the duo deserves this win.
Best Animated Feature: Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson’s Pinocchio is no doubt the strongest contender on the list, given it has already swept many awards this year, including a BAFTA and a Golden Globe Award.
This stop-motion adaptation adopts similarities to the Disney version but involves dark and violent scenes of war and deaths. The storytelling is transformative yet captivating, a beautiful rendition of the old children’s classic.
Best International Feature Film: After earning an impressive nine Oscar nominations as the second most nominated film behind Everything Everywhere All at Once, All quiet in the Western Front is the favourite to win.
The movie had a lot of success at the BAFTAs where it won seven awards, including Best Picture, making it the most successful non-English-language film in BAFTA history.
The story follows a young German soldier through experience in WW1. The movie stands out for its terrifying and realistic depiction of warfare and its incredibly visceral battle scenes.