The 2023 Oscar nominees


Emma Minnick, Editor-in-Chief

On January 24, the nominees for the 95th annual Academy Awards were announced. The nominations were surprising this year, with lesser-hyped films making the cut, and some blockbusters being snubbed completely.

Nominations that many saw coming were Austin Butler in “Elvis,” Brendan Fraser in “The Whale,” Michelle Yeoh in “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” and Cate Blanchett in “Tár.”

Surprisingly, Ana de Armas was nominated for her work in “Blonde,” the highly controversial Marilyn Monroe biopic, while Tom Cruise was snubbed for his role in the long awaited “Top Gun: Maverick.” Also surprising was the lack of nominations for “The Woman King,” “Babylon,” and “The Batman,” some of the most anticipated and well rated films of the year.

Some heavy hitters included “Elvis” with eight nominations, “The Banshees of Inesherin” with nine nominations, and “Tár” with six. The most nominated film was A24’s “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” coming in with eleven total nominations. The film has received a surplus of praise, winning two Golden Globes just a few weeks ago.

The 95th annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 12.