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The Best Picture Race Got a Lot More Confusing This Week

Two awards shows, the DGA and BAFTAs, have left us scratching our heads about the real odds this season.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 18: (L-R) Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, winners of the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film award for “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” pose in the press room during the 75th Directors Guild of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton on February 18, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

This week’s Oscar developments sent some mixed messages about some of the biggest categories, including Best Picture. While the DGA Awards anointed the Daniels for “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” seemingly advancing the idea that the movie has the biggest Oscar prize in the bag, along came the BAFTAs one day later with a sweep for…no, not Brit favorite Martin McDonagh and “The Banshees of Inisherin.” Instead, the Netflix-produced German war epic “All Quiet on the Western Front” dominated with seven wins out of its record 14 nominations. Say what now?

While the Best Picture race at one point seemed to come down to “Everything Everywhere,” “Banshees,” and “The Fabelmans,” there’s now an argument to be made that “All Quiet” has a fighting chance in many of its categories, though a Best Picture win would still be considered an upset.

And what about “The Fabelmans”? Steven Spielberg made the rounds at the Berlinale this week, perhaps boosting his Best Director chances, but that remains an open question.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss all of these developments, while looking ahead to two more major awards shows that should tell us a lot more about which movies are best-positioned ahead of the Oscar broadcast on March 12.

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below.

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