NEW YORK — A year after a streaming service first won Hollywood’s top honor, the big-screen shows are set to dominate the nominations at the 95th Academy Awards on Tuesday.
Nominations will be announced at 8:30 a.m. EST from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, CA. They will air live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and stream live on Oscars.org, Oscars.com and several of the academy’s social media platforms. Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”) and Allison Williams (“M3gan”) will read the nominees.
If things go according to plan, “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Avatar: The Way of Water,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” and “Elvis” could all rack up between six and nine nominations. If last year’s Oscars were dominated by streaming — Apple TV+’s ‘CODA’ won best picture and Netflix nabbed 27 nominations — the movies that lured moviegoers to multiplexes make up many of the top contenders. of this year.
This includes “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, the indie sci-fi hit A24. Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan’s multiverse tale could walk away with the most nominations on Tuesday, including nods for Michelle Yeoh and returning kid Ke Huy Quan.
Also leading the pack is Martin McDonagh’s Irish dark comedy ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’, which is set to score up to four acting nominations, including nominations for Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.
Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” has struggled to attract audiences, but the director’s autobiographical tale is poised to land Spielberg his 20th Oscar nomination and his eighth Best Director nomination. John Williams, its longtime composer, is set to extend his record for the most Oscar nominations by a living person. Another nod for the high score will give Williams his 53rd nomination, a number that trails only Walt Disney’s 59.
Many questions remain, however, like whether the love for “Top Gun: Maverick” will go far enough for Tom Cruise to be named Best Actor. The year’s other highest-grossing blockbuster, ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’, is expected to do well in the technical categories, although it’s less certain that director James Cameron will become top director. After this category, the first back- two consecutive wins for female filmmakers – Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) in 2021, Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”) last year – no woman should be nominated for best director.
The Academy of Cinematic Arts & Sciences will surely celebrate a better picture field populated by blockbusters. Television ratings have generally been higher over the years, with the most-watched movies being favorites. Last year’s awards felt like a throwback edition to the Oscars before “the slap” came to define the ceremony. In the aftermath, the academy banned Will Smith from attending for the next 10 years. Although he could have been nominated, Smith’s performance as a runaway slave in “Emancipation” didn’t catch on.
Last year’s show drew 15.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen, up 56% from the record audience of 10.5 million for the pandemic-tainted 2021 TV show. This year, ABC is bringing back Jimmy Kimmel to host the March 12 ceremony, which will surely be experienced as a return to the place of the slap.
But bigger concerns swirl around the movie industry. The past year has seen flashes of triumphant resurrection for theaters, like the success of “Top Gun: Maverick,” after two years of the pandemic. But partly due to a less steady stream of major releases, ticket sales for the year only recovered about 70% of pre-pandemic activity. Regal Cinemas, the nation’s second-largest chain, announced the closure of 39 movie theaters this month.
At the same time, storm clouds swept across the streaming world after years of seemingly limitless growth. Stocks plunged as Wall Street turned to streaming services to earn profits, not just add subscribers. A pullback followed, as the industry once again enters an uncertain chapter.
Unlike last year’s Oscars, this year no streaming title will be vying for the most coveted Oscar prize – although the final spots in the Top 10 movies are still up for grabs. Netflix’s best shots come in other categories instead, including favorite animated film “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” and German submission, “All Quiet on the Western Front.”