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- Best film – From The Banshees of Inisherin to Babylon
- Best director – From Steven Spielberg to The Daniels
- Best actor – From Austin Butler to Brendan Fraser
- Best actress – From Cate Blanchett to Michelle Yeoh
- Best supporting actor – From Ke Huy Quan to Barry Keoghan
- Best supporting actress – From Angela Bassett to Jamie Lee Curtis
- Golden Globes 2023 predictions
There are multiple films, performances and directors all jostling for the top prizes (Picture: Backgrid/Sony/AP/20th Century)
It has been quite the year of cinema, with plenty in play as the new year begins and awards season officially get sunderway.
With everything from Top Gun: Maverick, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and The Banshees of Inisherin stirring up positive reviews and reactions, it’s a pretty wide open field as to which films will nab those industry accolades.
There are also several in the mix which are yet to be released in the UK,including Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans, Todd Field’s Tár and The Whale and its wave-making performance from comeback star Brendan Fraser.
Howver, with just weeks to go until the first movie prizes are handed out, we’ve come up with a list of the films we reckon will feature on the shortlists for both the British Acadamey Film Awards and the Oscars.
There’s also our picks for who will triumph from among the already-announced Golden Globe nominees, so read on to see what we think will bag those gongs…
Best film – From The Banshees of Inisherin to Babylon
Martin McDonagh serves up another pitch-dark comedy on a very small scale as two friends falling out in Ireland keeps you gripped for nearly two hours in The Banshees of Inisherin (Picture: Searchlight Pictures via AP)
The Banshees of Inisherin – The critics’ darling of 2022, garlanded with a heap of five-star reviews, this comes from the mind of the award-winning Martin McDonagh and offers stand-out performances from all of its cast, including Colin Farrell, Barry Keoghan and Brendan Gleeson. Could easily repeat the success of McDonagh’s last, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Everything Everywhere All at Once – An imaginative indie flick courtesy of the Daniels, which follows an aging Chinese immigrant as she explores multiple connecting universes in a bid to save her own. Another likely to see plenty of its cast also contending for awards.
The Fabelmans – Not yet out in the UK, this is cinema maestro Steven Spielberg’s latest, which is a semi-autobiographical take on his own post-war childhood, so expect sentimentality from a master of the form who’s made us weep before with ET, Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List.
Elvis – It may have divided audiences upon its release, but the sheer style, scale and spectacle of this biopic of the King of Rock ‘n Roll from Baz Luhrmann is likely to be acknowledged.
Avatar: The Way of Water – For pushing the boundaries of VFX and motion capture to beautiful new heights, this Avatar sequel should sweep the technical categories, but James Cameron’s latest could also be congratulated on its epic achievement with a best picture nomination or two as well.
Sequel Top Gun: Maverick well and truly swept audiences along for the ride, despite its whopping 36-year gap since the original (Picture: Paramount Pictures via AP)
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Now we live in a world where blockbusters do get nominated, this combination of action film and profound study of grief, inspired by the real-life loss of star Chadwick Boseman, surely deserves to follow in the footsteps of its predecessor.
Babylon – It may have bombed at the box office in the US upon release, but Hollywood loves Hollywood, and this hair-raising, hell-raising look at Tinseltown’s history has already managed five Golden Globe nominations.
Top Gun: Maverick – The fantastic success of this sequel with critics and audiences alike proves that sequels aren’t always a bad idea, nor are they doomed to be a pale shadow of the original. A wave of affection for enduring action man and dyed-in-the-wool movie star Tom Cruise could push this onto shortlists.
All Quiet on the Western Front – A remake of the 1930 classic, Germany’s entry for best international feature has been attracting admiration for months and could easily see itself tip into the main best film races too.
Aftersun – More of an outside chance, but this indie gem from A24 – who have a great track record with success like Moonlight and Lady Bird – has been enchanting viewers with its tale of a young father and his 11-year-old daughter holidaying together in Turkey in the late 1990s.
Best director – From Steven Spielberg to The Daniels
Steven Spielberg is back in the mix this year with The Fabelmans (Picture: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Martin McDonagh – He has an Oscar under his belt for best short film, as well as Bafta and Golden Globe nominations for his direction and plenty of other film accolades. If McDonagh doesn’t get his first best director Oscar nomination for The Banshees of Inisherin, it will be a big upset.
Steven Spielberg – For his most personal film yet, it feels like industry legend Spielberg is likely to charm many voters with The Fabelmans.
Baz Luhrmann – Elvis might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Luhrmann certainly subscribes to the ‘go hard or go home’ school of thought, and its likely the marathon biopic will earn him recognition for his efforts.
Todd Field – Tár is writer-director Todd Field’s first film in over 16 years since Little Children. The film industry loves a comeback.
James Cameron – Perhaps just for the sheer audacity of pulling Avatar: The Way of Water off – and likely at least another of its planned sequels – Cameron will likely get a love for his multi-year labour of love.
As it stands, Sarah Polley is the favourite female candidate for best director shortlists (Picture: Michael Tullberg/FilmMagic)
Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert – ‘The Daniels’ are indie favourites and seemingly charmed audiences and – crucially – many a celeb with the wacky and unique Everything Everywhere All at Once. Many awards body members are expected to have this high on their ballot papers.
Sarah Polley – A quiet outside effort from what might, disappointingly, be the only woman in contention in the director category this year. Women Talking is out in the UK in early February and follows a group of women in an isolated religious community as they try to reconcile brutal reality with their faith.
Damien Chazelle – Again, Babylon is not a contender for everyone, but Chazelle has poured years of passion and research into this dark and spawling love letter to the Hollywood of almost 100 years ago, and many voters will bite.
Park Chan-wook – Decision to Leave is a South Korean film and romantic mystery heralded by many that could easily enjoy further breakthrough success, following in the footsteps of the rather different Parasite in 2020.
Ryan Coogler – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is expected to pop up in quite a few awards’ categories in 2023, and it would be an oversight to leave its main shepherd out in the cold.
Best actor – From Austin Butler to Brendan Fraser
Austin Butler’s turn as Elvis is a career-making dream (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo)
Austin Butler, Elvis
Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin
Bill Nighy, Living
Diego Calva, Babylon
Brendan Fraser, The Whale
Paul Mescal, Aftersun
Jonathan Majors, Devotion
Gabriel LaBelle, The Fabelmans
Tom Cruise, Top Gun: Maverick
Adam Driver, White Noise
Best actress – From Cate Blanchett to Michelle Yeoh
Rave reviews have come in for Cate Blanchett in Tár, portraying an ambitious female conductor (Picture: PA)
Viola Davis, The Woman King
Cate Blanchett, Tár
Michelle Williams, The Fabelmans
Emma Thompson, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande
Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Margot Robbie, Babylon
Lesley Manville, Mrs Harris Goes to Paris
Ana de Armas, Blonde
Olivia Colman, Empire Of Light
Florence Pugh, The Wonder
Best supporting actor – From Ke Huy Quan to Barry Keoghan
Ke Huy Quan came back to Hollywood with a bang following initial success in the 1980s thanks to inspiration from Crazy Rich Asians (Picture: Frazer Harrison/FilmMagic)
Brad Pitt, Babylon
Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Paul Dano, The Fabelmans
Brendan Gleeson, The Banshees of Inisherin
Barry Keoghan, The Banshees of Inisherin
Brian Tyree Henry, Causeway
Ben Whishaw, Women Talking
Micheal Ward, Empire Of Light
Woody Harrelson, Triangle of Sadness
Mark Rylance, Bones and All
Best supporting actress – From Angela Bassett to Jamie Lee Curtis
Many fans are throwing their weight behind Angela Bassett (R, pictured with Danai Gurira) as Wakanda Forever’s brightest Oscar hope (Picture: Eli Adé/Marvel)
Stephanie Hsu, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Jamie Lee Curtis, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Claire Foy, Women Talking
Jessie Buckley, Women Talking
Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Carey Mulligan, She Said
Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin
Dolly De Leon, Triangle of Sadness
Nina Hoss, Tár
Janelle Monáe, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Golden Globes 2023 predictions
Best Picture – Drama
Should win: Tár
Will win: The Fabelmans
Best Picture – Musical or Comedy
Should win: Everything Everywhere All at Once
Will win: The Banshees of Inisherin
Should win: Martin McDonagh
Will win: Steven Spielberg
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Should win: Austin Butler
Will win: Brendan Fraser
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Should win: Colin Farrell
Will win: Colin Farrell
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Should win: Cate Blanchett
Will win: Michelle Williams
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Should win: Michelle Yeoh
Will win: Michelle Yeoh
Best Supporting Actor
Should win: Barry Keoghan
Will win: Ke Huy Quan
Best Supporting Actress
Should win: Angela Bassett
Will win: Jamie Lee Curtis