Fourth Wednesday Movie Day: And The Nominees Are…

We haven't done one of these for awhile. Discuss your Oscar picks and anything else you've been watching.

“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”
“Women Talking”


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 Ostlund, “Triangle of Sadness”


Cate Blanchett, “Tár”
Ana de Armas, “Blonde”
Andrea Riseborough, “To Leslie”
Michelle Williams, “The Fabelmans”
Michelle Yeoh, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”


Austin Butler, “Elvis”
Colin Farrell, “The Banshees of Inisherin”
Brendan Fraser, “The Whale”
Paul Mescal, “Aftersun”
Bill Nighy, “Living”


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


Brendan Gleeson, “The Banshees of Inisherin”
Brian Tyree Henry, “Causeway”
Judd Hirsch, “The Fabelmans”
Barry Keoghan, “The Banshees of Inisherin”
Ke Huy Quan, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”


Cinematography

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


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


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


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


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


“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Germany
“Argentina, 1985,” Argentina
“Close,” Belgium
“EO,” Poland
“The Quiet Girl,” Ireland


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


“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”


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


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


Live-Action Short

“An Irish Goodbye”
“Ivalu”
“Le Pupille”
“Night Ride”
“The Red Suitcase”


“All Quiet on the Western Front”
“Avatar: The Way of Water”
“The Batman”
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
“Top Gun: Maverick”


“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”)


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


“All Quiet on the Western Front”
“Avatar: The Way of Water”
“The Batman”
“Elvis”
“Top Gun: Maverick”


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


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

53 thoughts on “Fourth Wednesday Movie Day: And The Nominees Are…”

  1. Hate to hijack any Oscars discussion but is there a movie you really liked even though the critic and public reaction was meh?

    For me it's Yesterday. The film where the Beatles didn't exist. It's a light comedy but I think it's done very well and it's quiet entertaining. I watched it on the plane this weekend and think I enjoyed it even more.

      1. Oasis plot hole?

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      1. And the criticism from the others on that...

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    1. I don't think the critics "disliked" it, but About Time has completely destroyed me both times I've watched it.

      As for movies the critics didn't seem to like, I still maintain that We're the Millers is one of the better comedies in the last 15 years.

      1. What a strange world. I just spent 20 minutes after seeing a video clip, trying to figure out what the name of the movie was with Rachel McAdams and Jessica Lange

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        . Looked at the page for About Time and thought to myself, ‘That was a great movie. I should watch it again.’

  2. I'm all in on EEAAO earning their Oscars.

    Watched The Menu last night, which an interesting quirky film.

    Will be watching Episode 8 of Three-Body at lunch today; one subtitled episode is dropping from subscription to free on YouTube each day. Episode 6 was pretty slow -- it's been said it might be due to censorship, as aspects of the book were glossed over regarding the Chinese Revolution.

  3. I've only seen Everything Everywhere All At Once and Glass Onion, so at least I get to mimic Leo when EEAAO wins its awards that I've at least seen that one.

  4. As much as I think Blanchett is an excellent actress (perhaps the best of this generation), I'm really hoping Michelle Yeoh wins. Ever since she was in Tomorrow Never Dies, and seeing her again in Star Trek: Discovery and Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings, I just have an appreciation for her and her roles. I haven't seen EEAAO yet, but it's at the top of my list.

    1. Heh. I think I said, well that was uplifting when I left the theater.

      I truly loved that movie. I don’t know that I need to see it again, but I wouldn’t put it in the same category as the road - I get what you’re saying.

  5. In the "I've only seen" vein... I'm at Elvis and part of EEAAO. But it's been a long time since I've wanted to see several others, and this year I want to see at least the rest of EEAAO, Fablemans, Glass Onion, and Banshees.

  6. My wife and I usually try to watch as many of the nominees as we can before the awards are given out. I went through last night to figure how we can watch all of the nominees, and 30 are streaming on one of the big services (including a bunch of the shorts free on Youtube), another 7 can be rented for streaming, and 17 are not streaming anywhere at all. I expect at least some will be streaming or on DVD at Redbox before the Oscars, though some (like Avatar) may still be in theaters only.

    So far, we've seen three of the best picture nominees (Top Gun, Everything Everywhere all at Once, and Elvis) and three other nominees (Turning Red, Glass Onion, and Wakanda Forever).

    Elvis was good, but not my cup of tea. I didn't expect to be all that interested in it, and I was right.

    All the others were great. Top Gun was so much better than I expected. We got the BluRay on Redbox, and I was worried it would lose some of it's shine being at home instead of in a big theater. But, it still seriously surpassed my expectations.

    EEAAO is definitely my favorite of the ones I've seen, and is one of my favorite movies I've seen in years. I loved it so much, and hope it wins everything.

  7. I’m a little surprised that women talking isn’t getting more attention nominations. I was super impressed with that movie and am still thinking about the performances.

    I’m happy to see that EEAAW is getting some love. Such a good movie. We’ve also seen Tar, Top Gun, Elvis and the banshees. Top gun was fun but derivative, tar I found compelling and very well performed, Elvis was very creative but lacked something fundamental - maybe a way to more emotionally connect with the king? -, and the banshees …. Loved that movie. Allegory for the Irish civil war and the enduring self inflicted wounds.

    1. I'd guess the lack of discussion around Women Talking is at least partly because of how few people have seen it. It's not streaming anywhere, and has sold only $1.1 million in tickets.

  8. Saw Top Gun:Maverick at a theater and had a blast (watched it two since since its on Paramount+) looking back the last time I saw a Best Picture nominee at a theater was Up

  9. There's a new show on Peacock, Poker Face, that looks like it's a bunch of fun. Basically its like the old detective stories of old like Rockford Files, Columbo, Cannon, etc., where our "detective" solves a mystery of the week. Even the opening credits pay homage to those old shows. The crime solver is no other that Natashia Lyon and she produced it with Rian Johnson who writes and directs. Lots of cameos too. Anyway check it out if you have Peacock. Here's a review.

    https://slate.com/culture/2023/01/poker-face-show-natasha-lyonne-glass-onion.html

  10. The only Oscar nominated movie I've seen this year is...ahem...

    Puss In Boots: The Last Wish. It was good. Better than expected. I liked the shifting animation styles (sort of similar to Into the Spider-Verse)

    Linds and I started Only Murders in the Building....and promptly finished it. What a delightful show. Just fantastic.

  11. Runner daughter and I just watched The Tomorrow War, which took an interesting but derivative idea and then continued to layer dumb idea after dumb idea until it came to a traditional blah Hollywood ending. But the price was right.

  12. I always say that I never start well-established shows with a large body of work, such as The Office or Mad Men, even if everyone says they're great. Just too much of a time commitment.

    Well, I started Mad Men anyway. After a few weeks, I'm almost done with the 4th season. It's really, really good.

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