Check Out these Academy Award Best Picture Nominees

Catch up on the 2023 Academy Awards Best Picture nominees with DVDs from our collection.

Awards Season officially comes to a close on Sunday, March 12, 2023, with the Academy Awards ceremony. Watch some of the Best Picture nominees and take your pick on who will walk away with the coveted Oscar trophy.

Keep a lookout for Triangle of Sadness, All Quiet of the Western Front and Avatar: The Way of the Water to become available in the library’s DVD collection.

Academy Award Best Picture Nominees

The Banshees of Inisherin

This dramedy is centered around the aftermath of the lifelong friendship between two residents of a fictional Irish island. The film gained praise after winning multiple awards at the last Venice Film Festival. The Banshees of Inisherin reunited writer-director Martin McDonagh with Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, who both starred in McDonagh’s In Bruges. You’ll also remember McDonagh from the 2017-2018 awards season, in which Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home numerous awards.

With a budget of $20 million, this film was made for a staggeringly low sum compared to other films in the category. Avatar: The Way of the Water’s budget was almost 13 times higher than The Banshees of Inisherin.

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Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby) applied his signature cinematic style to the life of rock and roll’s greatest icon. Elvis first made waves after premiering at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival and has continued to be a major contender at every awards ceremony since premiering. Austin Butler transformed into Elvis Presley to play the titular role; Butler’s performance has elevated him into Hollywood’s elite acting circles.

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Everything Everywhere All at Once

No matter who walks away with the Best Picture Oscar at the ceremony, this awards season seems to belong to Everything Everywhere All at Once. This film has a little bit of everything – comedy, drama, action, science fiction, existentialism and more. The cast has also been nominated in multiple categories and has received acclaim throughout the awards show circuit. Michelle Yeoh’s portrayal of the film’s main character, Evelyn Quan Wang, was a history-making performance: Yeoh is the first Asian woman to secure the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role at the Academy Awards.

Fun fact: This is only the second feature-length film from the writer-director duo of Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.

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The Fabelmans

The Fabelmans can be best described as Steven Spielberg’s origin story. Co-written by Spielberg and Tony Kushner (Munich, Lincoln, Fences, West Side Story, Angels in America), The Fabelmans is a semi-autobiographical look into Spielberg’s adolescence through the lens of the fictional Fabelman family. Spielberg rounded up many of his usual suspects to create this film – Janusz Kaminksi was the Director of Photography, John Williams created the musical score, and Tony Kushner also penned previous Spielberg films. The cast is a combination of familiar faces to the awards season circuit and also some newcomers.

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Writer-director Todd Field (In the Bedroom, Little Children) is also no stranger to the Academy Awards. Tár brought Field his second Best Picture nomination and his first Best Director nomination. Like The Banshees of Inisherin, Tár first gained attention at the Venice Film Festival. This drama stars Cate Blanchett as Lydia Tár, who serves as the Berlin Philharmonic’s first female conductor. Blanchett turns in another impressive performance as the titular character.

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Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun: Maverick helped bring moviegoers back to theaters, but can it win the awards season’s ultimate prize by taking home the Best Picture Academy Award? The sequel to the 1986 blockbuster hit, Top Gun, features Tom Cruise back in one of his most iconic roles as Maverick. Top Gun: Maverick effortlessly broke the billion-dollar mark in box office receipts since it was initially released in April 2022.

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Women Talking

Adapted from Miriam Toews’s novel, writer-director Sarah Polley brings to the screen a powerful story of women living within a small religious community. The women are forced to grapple with some difficult truths about their community and their own beliefs after some shocking discoveries are made. The ensemble cast includes a collection of award-winning actors and actresses.

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