The Oscars nominations were announced on Tuesday 24th January and there are a few surprises to be found in the main categories. We’ve had an early look at the odds, to see who will be lifting the famous golden statuette on March 13th.

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Best Picture

Everything Everywhere All At Once – 1/2

Without a doubt, the story of the Oscar nominations was The Daniels’ (Kwan, Scheinert) Everything Everywhere All at Once, which picked up 11 nominations.

The sprawling sci-fi multiverse comedy-drama is the favourite for many of the major categories, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor.

The movie was released in April 2022 and was a big box office success on a small budget.

It is currently streaming on Amazon Prime in the UK.


The Banshees of Inisherin – 9/4

The Banshees of Inisherin reunites the In Bruges trio of Martin McDonagh, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.

The dark tragicomedy is a hard but hugely rewarding watch and follows two lifelong friends on a remote West Ireland island.

Released in October to universal acclaim, it has already picked up three Golden Globes.

It is currently streaming on Disney+ in the UK.

The Fabelmans – 10/1

Three time Oscar winner Steven Spielberg is back, with a film based loosely on his upbringing and love of movies, in a coming of age drama.

Released in the US in November, it was a box office bomb, making just $21m from a $40m budget.

The film received widespread critical acclaim, however and has been nominated for seven Academy Awards.

In a good indicator of it’s chances here, the film won the Golden Globe for Best Picture.

The Fabelmans will receive its UK cinema release this Friday (27th January).

Top Gun: Maverick – 12/1

THE box office hit of 2022, Tom Cruise’s sequel to the 1986 classic Top Gun, was a huge success – raking in $1.5B globally. 

A nostalgic homage to the original, it was loved by fans old and new and also lapped up by the critics.

Surprisingly, it received six Academy Awards nominations, showing a more mainstream list this year.

It can be streamed in the UK on Paramount+.

All Quiet on the Western Front – 33/1

The first foreign language in this list, All Quiet on the Western Front is a German anti-war film, that’s based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque.

It follows a young soldier signing up to fight in WW1, from his initial exuberance to the horrors of war.

It has been streaming in the UK since October on Netflix.


Triangle Of Sadness – 50/1

Triangle of Sadness is the debut English language feature-film from Swedish director Ruben Östlund.

The satirical black comedy won Östlund his second Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival back in May and was released in September in cinemas.

Women Talking – 66/1

Sarah Polley wrote and directed this American drama based on real life events that occurred at the Manitoba Colony in Bolivia.

The film only received it’s worldwide release last week (20th January) and is out in the UK on 10th February.

Avatar: The Way Of Water – 100/1

The long awaited follow up to 2009’s Avatar, James Cameron’s Sci-fi behemoth has raked it in again at the box office, taking over $2B.

In the process, it became the sixth highest grossing film of all time (the original is, of course, number one).

Over the next five years, there are three more Avatar movies to be released in the franchise but it appears highly unlikely this one will win the gong.

Elvis – 100/1

Last, but not least, we have Baz Luhrmann’s biopic of rock and roll legend, Elvis Presley.

Austin Butler (see below) was a tour de force as the eponymous singer in a film shot in Luhrmann’s traditional style.

The June release was a huge success and more than tripled its initial budget.

You can buy or rent Elvis on all the major streaming platforms.


Best Director

Following two years of a woman winning the Best Director Oscar, this year there have been no women nominated. The market is led by The Daniels and three-time winner Steven Spielberg.

Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All At Once – 8/11

Steven Spielberg – The Fabelmans – 5/4

Martin Mcdonagh – The Banshees Of Insherin – 12/1

Todd Field – Tar – 16/1

Ruben Ostlund – Triangle Of Sadness – 25/1

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Best Actor

Brendan Fraser – The Whale – 4/6

Ex-action star Fraser made his name in movies such as George of the Jungle and The Mummy.

After a career hiatus, Fraser was cast in the role of a 600 lb morbidly obese man for The Whale and had to wear a 300lb fat suit to portray the role.

The 54-year-old received a six-minute standing ovation at the Venice International Film Festival for his performance.


Colin Farrell – The Banshees Of Insherin – 5/2

Irishman Colin Farrell won a Golden Globe for his role in McDonagh’s earlier work In Bruges and picked up another for ‘Banshees’.

Can the 46-year-old now mirror that win at the more prestigious Academy Awards in March? It wouldn’t be a huge surprise.

Farrell has come a long way since Ballykissangel.

Austin Butler – Elvis – 3/1

The virtually unknown Butler was cast as one of the most famous men to ever live on planet Earth and many questioned that decision.

As soon as the auditions and test shots began to be leaked, it was clear they had chosen the right man.

The 31-year-old didn’t look like Presley, nor could match that world famous voice, yet he embodied the man completely.

Butler could be a good bit of value at 3/1 to pick up the main award.

Bill Nighy – Living – 33/1

The 73-year-old Englishman has had a stellar and lengthy career, picking up two BAFTAS, and a Golden Globe amongst others.

He is best known to British audiences for his breakout role in Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean and Shaun of the Dead.

This is his first ever Oscar nomination and comes for the British drama ‘Living’ which was directed by Oliver Hermanus.

It is a remake of the 1952 classic Japanese film Ikiru, by Akira Kurosawa.

Paul Mescal – Aftersun – 33/1

Last up, we have the up and coming actor Paul Mescal.

The 26-year-old Irishman burst on to our screens during the COVID pandemic in 2020, in Sally Rooney’s Normal People, which earned him a Emmy nomination.

Mescal followed that up with his starring role in Charlotte Wells’ Aftersun, where he plays a depressed father to an adolescent daughter on holiday in Turkey.

If he were to pick up the statuette, he would become the youngest ever winner of the award.


Best Actress

Cate Blanchett – Tar – 8/13

Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is nominated for the eighth time for her role as conductor Lydia Tár in the psychological drama.

The Australian previously won Academy Awards for Blue Jasmine and The Aviator.

The 53-year-old won the Golden Globe for Best Actress and is an odds-on favourite to repeat it in March.

Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All At Once – 5/4

Michelle Yeoh rose to international fame in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies and then followed that up with the smash hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

The 60-year-old is the first ever Malaysian to be nominated for an Academy Award and according to the odds, has a really good chance of winning the thing.

Andrea Riseborough – To Leslie – 16/1

English rose Andrea Riseborough has had a rapid rise to stardom and is best known for films such as W.E., Birdman and The Death of Stalin.

The 41-year-old was a shock inclusion here, after a number of high-profile celebrities publicly praised her performance in Michael Morris’s Drama, To Leslie.

In the film, she plays a single mother who turns to alcoholism, after first winning the lottery and then frittering the prize money away.

Ana De Armas – Blonde – 25/1

Cuban and Spanish Actress Ana De Armas is on a steep career progression, starring in films such as Blade Runner 2049, No Time to Die and Knives Out, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe.

The 34-year-old had to employ a dialect coach to perfect Marilyn Monroe’s accent in the Andrew Dominick’s Biopic, Blonde and stated she had to audition for the role over and over again to prove herself to everyone involved in the production.

Michelle Williams – The Fabelmans – 33/1

Last up and the betting outsider, we have the brilliant Michelle Williams for her role in Spielberg’s ‘The Fablemans’.

Coincidentally, one of Williams previous four Oscar nominations was playing Marilyn Monroe herself back in 2012 in My Week with Marilyn.

She was also nominated for Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine and Manchester by the Sea but is yet to win one.

Could the 42-year-old pull off the shock of the night and finally win that elusive Academy Award?

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