The sci-fi indie sensation “Everything Everywhere All at Once” dominated this year’s Oscar nominations, but Hollywood heaped honors on big-screen spectacles such as “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Avatar: The Way of Water” a year after a streaming service won best picture for the first time.
Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan’s “Everything Everywhere All at Once” received a leading 11 nominations on Tuesday, including nods for Michelle Yeoh and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” child actor Ke Huy Quan. The A24 film, which was released in March, has proven to be an Oscar frontrunner despite the expectations of its creators as well. Yeoh is the first Asian actor to be nominated for the award of best actress.
“All Quiet on the Western Front” “Avatar: The Way of Water” “The Banshees of Inisherin” “Elvis” “Everything Everywhere All at Once” “The Fabelmans” “Tár” “Top Gun: Maverick” “Triangle of Sadness” and “Women Talking.” are the 10 nominees for best picture.
If last year’s Oscars were dominated by streaming — Apple TV+’s “CODA” won best picture and Netflix received the most nominations with 27 — many of this year’s top contenders are films that attracted audiences to multiplexes after two years of a plague.
For the first time, two sequels were nominated for best picture: “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Avatar: The Way of Water” Together, the two films have grossed approximately $3.5 billion at the box office.
Tom Cruise was not nominated for an acting award, but the film credited with bringing back many moviegoers received seven nominations. In the wake of Chadwick Boseman’s death, Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” received five nominations, including the first acting nomination for a performance in a Marvel film: Angela Bassett, the likely favorite to win best supporting actress.
The biopic “Elvis” directed by Baz Luhrmann received eight awards, including best actor for star Austin Butler and nods for costumes, sound, and production design.
Spielberg’s autobiographical coming-of-age story, “The Fabelmans,” earned him his 20th Oscar nomination and ninth for best director, despite “The Fabelmans” failing to resonate with audiences. John Williams, his longtime composer, broke the record for the most Oscar nominations by a living individual. Williams’ 53 nominations lag Walt Disney’s 59 nominations.
Only one streaming title was nominated for best picture: “All Quiet on the Western Front.” a German World War I film. “All Quiet on the Western Front” received a greater-than-expected nine nominations, despite Netflix’s lack of a likely best picture frontrunner for the first time in years.
Ana de Armas, “Blonde” Cate Blanchett, “Tár” Andrea Riseborough, “To Leslie” and Michelle Williams, “The Fabelmans.” are the other nominees for best actress.
Other actors nominated for best actor include Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”), Colin Farrell (“The Banshees of Inisherin”), Bill Nighy (“Living”), and Paul Mescal (“Aftersun.”).
Hong Chau (“The Whale”), Kerry Condon (“Banshees of Inisherin”), Jamie Lee Curtis (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”), and Stephanie Hsu (“Everything Everywhere All at Once.”) are the other contenders for best supporting actress.
Best supporting actor nominees are Brian Tyree Henry (“Causeway”), Judd Hirsch (“The Fabelmans”), Brendan Gleeson (“Banshees on Inisherin”), and Barry Keoghan (“Banshees of Inisherin.”).
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” “Banshees of Inisherin” “The Fabelmans” “Tár” and “Triangle of Sadness.” are the films nominated for best original script.
“The Fabelmans” won best motion picture drama at the Golden Globes, while “Banshees of Inisherin” won best motion picture comedy or musical. Spielberg also won the prize for best director.
Blanchett received the award for her performance in “Tár” while Yeoh won for “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
The honors for best actor awarded to Butler for his role in “Elvis” and Farrell for “Banshees of Inisherin.”
Bassett won the Golden Globe for best actress in a supporting role in a motion picture, becoming the first Marvel character to win a major prize. Quan got the prize for best supporting actor for “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
The Oscars will take place on March 12.