Main category: The Oscar nominees for best picture

The ten Oscar candidates 2023 in the most important category "Best Picture".

Main category: The Oscar nominees for best picture

The ten Oscar candidates 2023 in the most important category "Best Picture".

Everything Everywhere All at Once

The sci-fi action comedy is a big favorite with eleven nominations. The movie is a little bit "Being John Malkovich" meets "Matrix" meets "Fight Club". It combines genres that have probably never been combined before: fantasy, martial arts fights, elements of social drama, screwball comedy.

The result is a crazy and entertaining story about the laundromat owner Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh). She suddenly finds out that there are several parallel universes that exist in addition to her life - and within them several Evelyns. And that's not all: she suddenly fights against various adversaries and evil. Jamie Lee Curtis is also unforgettable as a tax auditor.

Nothing new in the west

The German production by director Edward Berger has already written film history with a total of nine nominations - no work from Germany has ever made so many. The bestseller adaptation based on Erich Maria Remarque brutally shows the horror of the First World War from the perspective of a young soldier on the Franco-German front.

Austrian Felix Kammerer plays the leading role. The cast also includes Daniel Brühl, Albrecht Schuch, Aaron Hilmer and Moritz Klaus. Will Netflix create a sensation with the anti-war film and will the streaming service win the Academy Award in the “Best Film” category for the first time?

The Banshees of Inisherin

Director Martin McDonagh is known for clever dialogue and black humor. This is also the case in this tragic comedy. The film, which has been nominated nine times, is about a male friendship that suddenly ends and is set on an Irish island in 1923. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson star in a bizarrely escalating argument.


In this eight-time nominated biopic, director Baz Luhrmann brings rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley to life with groovy music and fast editing. The Oscar-nominated Californian Austin Butler convinces as the leading actor.

Oscar winner Tom Hanks plays an equally important role as Butler as the cunning manager Colonel Tom Parker, who discovered the young singer and encouraged him for over two decades, but also enriched himself with the King of Rock'n'Roll and controlled him.

The Fabelmans

Last year, Steven Spielberg's musical adaptation "West Side Story" was nominated for an Oscar for "Best Picture", now the star director is in the running for the top prize with the autobiographical coming-of-age drama "The Fabelmans". The 76-year-old travels back in time to his childhood and youth in a Jewish family in the 1950s and 1960s.

Michelle Williams shines as the art-loving mother, Paul Dano is the rational father, an electrical engineer. Spielberg's most personal film has seven Oscar avenues, including for the direction and screenplay, which Spielberg co-wrote with Tony Kushner.


Cate Blanchett gets a chance to show off all her skills in director Todd Field's six-time nominated psychological drama. The film deals with the current topic of abuse of power in the cultural world, but the focus always remains on the main character.

The story is about Lydia Tár, a world-famous conductor who finds herself in a crisis. Blanchett has won multiple awards for her bloodcurdling performance on the drama.

Top Gun: Maverick

More than three decades after the success of "Top Gun", Tom Cruise (60) returns as the breakneck pilot Pete Mitchell aka Maverick. In "Top Gun: Maverick" he is a captain tasked with preparing a young squad of pilots for a dangerous combat mission.

The flight scenes are spectacular. The actors flew in real F18 fighter jets. Half of the action blockbuster's six Oscar nominations go to technical areas such as sound, film editing and visual effects.

Avatar: The Way of Water

James Cameron's 'Avatar: The Way of Water', which has been nominated four times since its theatrical release, has been a huge hit at the box office. While the screenplay is quite conventional - it is again about the struggle of the indigenous people of the Na'vi against colonizers - the second film in the "Avatar" series is again praised mainly for its overwhelming pictures. Cameron used unusual techniques, such as a higher frame rate per second than is usual in motion pictures.

Triangle of Sadness

The garish social satire by Swede Ruben Östlund has already won the main prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The three times nominated film between puke and class struggle mostly takes place on a luxury yacht. With exaggerated characters from the world of influencers and the super-rich, the actresses Sunnyi Melles and Iris Berben and a surprising twist, "Triangle of Sadness" is probably the film in the Oscar top category that has the most laughs.

The pronunciation

The film by Sarah Polley is - like "Tár" - a drama in times of

It is about a group of women from a secluded religious community. They found that men in the community drugged and raped them at night for years. Now they meet in a barn and discuss how to proceed.