The Oscars were awarded for the 95th time in Los Angeles last night. While successful films such as "Everything Everywhere All at Once" or the German Oscar entry "Nothing New in the West" were awarded several of the coveted golden boys, some favorites went completely empty-handed at the ceremony in the Dolby Theater in Hollywood - despite numerous nominations and many advance laurels. The biggest losers of the evening at a glance.
The Irish tragic comedy "The Banshees of Inisherin" went on par with "Nothing New in the West" in the Oscar race. Set in 1923, the black humorous work was nominated a total of nine times - but in the end there was not a single win. In the acting categories, the big competitor "Everything Everywhere All at Once" cleared almost everything, and the screenplay and direction by Oscar winner Martin McDonagh ("Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", 52) was also done by the voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences not convincing.
The classic musician biopic "Elvis" by "Moulin Rouge!" director Baz Luhrmann (60) also went completely empty with a total of eight Oscar nominations. In addition to bankruptcies in the technical categories such as camera, costume design and set design, the defeat of the main actor Austin Butler (31), who brilliantly transformed into the "King of Rock and Roll" Elvis Presley (1935-1977), was particularly surprising. Butler was left behind by Brendan Fraser (54), whose acting comeback was awarded a golden boy in the touching drama "The Whale".
Todd Field's (59) psychological character study "Tár" starring two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (53) also received six strong Oscar nominations in advance, including "Best Picture" and "Best Original Screenplay". Leading actress Blanchett in particular was once again the big favorite for the coveted trophy before this year's Academy Awards, but she was at a disadvantage compared to screen legend Michelle Yeoh (60), who won an Oscar for her leading role in "Everything Everywhere All at Once" as " Best Lead Actress".
Steven Spielberg's (76) "The Fabelmans" also went home with a total of seven Oscar nominations with empty pockets. This should be particularly bitter for leading actress Michelle Williams (42), who has been nominated for the fifth time but has never won an Oscar.