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‘Everything Everywhere’ Leads Best Picture Race, but These Categories Could Surprise

From Best Original Screenplay to Best Actor, this year's nominations leave room for more than a few surprises.

Michelle Yeoh pictured. How Many Oscars Should 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' Win?

After many months of prognostication, the 2023 Oscar nominations finally arrived this week. As expected, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” led the charge with 13 nominations and maintains a strong shot at winning Best Picture, while Steven Spielberg sits at the top of the Best Director field.

From there, however, a few categories with evident frontrunners could surprise: Does Colin Farrell really have the edge over Brendan Fraser? Could Martin McDonagh lose to Todd Field? And how likely is it that “Navalny” will beat both “Fire of Love” and “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed”?

These are some of the questions explored by Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson in this week’s episode of Screen Talk as they dig through the list and assess the weeks ahead. Needless to say, they don’t agree on the status of every category.

The hosts also discuss some highlights from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, including Netflix acquisition “Fair Play” and Jonathan Majors’ awards-friendly performance in “Magazine Dreams,” while sharing the different experiences they had attending the festival in-person (Kohn) and virtually (Thompson).

Finally, they share their memories of veteran programmer, distributor, and beloved advocate of all things cinema Noah Cowan, who passed away this week.

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below.

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 

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