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95th Oscars 2023, Nominations, Snubs, Who Will Win, And Who Should Win

This year’s Oscar nominees have just been revealed, and as usual there are some snubs and, as the kids say, some dubs. There were some expected nominations and some shocks, as well as some much-deserved first time nominations. We'll take a look at the major categories here, and line them up with what TheGamer's best guesses were ahead of the nominations. It's a promising year for the Oscars, with far more crowd pleasers spread out across the board and, most importantly, in the running for Best Picture. Two of the BP noms were the highest grossing movies of 2022, and you can't get a much wider appeal than that. As well as listing the nominees, we'll look at our previous picks (as in, the ones we wanted) and predictions (as in, the ones we suspected), have a guess at who will win, who should win, who was the biggest surprise, and who was the major snub.

Best Original Song

  • Applause, Tell It Like A Woman
  • Hold My Hand, Top Gun: Maverick
  • Lift Me Up, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • Naatu Naatu, RRR
  • This Is a Life, Everything Everywhere All at Once

TheGamer's Picks: 3/5

TheGamer's Predictions: 3/5

Will Win: Naatu Naatu

Should Win: Lift Me Up

Biggest Surprise: This Is a Life

Biggest Snub: Carolina, Taylor Swift, Where the Crawdads Sing

Best Animated Film

  • Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio
  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
  • Puss In Boots: The Last Wish
  • The Sea Beast
  • Turning Red

TheGamer's Picks: 4/5

TheGamer's Predictions: 4/5

Will Win: Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

Should Win: Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

Biggest Surprise: The Sea Beast

Biggest Snub: Wendell & Wild

Best Cinematography

  • All Quiet On The Western Front
  • Bardo, False Chronicle Of A Handful of Truths
  • Elvis
  • Empire of Light
  • Tár

TheGamer's Picks: 1/5

TheGamer's Predictions: 2/5

Will Win: Elvis

Should Win: All Quiet on the Western Front

Biggest Surprise: Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

Biggest Snub: Blonde

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
  • Living
  • Top Gun: Maverick
  • Women Talking

TheGamer's Picks: 3/5

TheGamer's Predictions: 4/5

Will Win: Women Talking

Should Win: Women Talking

Biggest Surprise: Top Gun: Maverick

Biggest Snub: The Whale

Best Original Screenplay

  • The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • The Fabelmans
  • Tár
  • Triangle of Sadness

TheGamer's Picks: 2/5

TheGamer's Predictions: 5/5

Will Win: The Banshees of Inisherin

Should Win: Everything Everywhere All at Once

Biggest Surprise: Triangle of Sadness

Biggest Snub: Nope

Best Supporting Actress

  • Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • Hong Chau, The Whale
  • Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Jamie Lee Curtis, Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Stephanie Hsu, Everything Everywhere All at Once

TheGamer's Picks: 1/5

TheGamer's Predictions: 5/5 (we had Michelle Williams down as Supporting, but said Chau would replace if she was in Leading)

Will Win: Jamie Lee Curtis

Should Win: Stephanie Hsu

Biggest Surprise: Hong Chau

Biggest Snub: Dolly de Leon, Triangle of Sadness

Best Supporting Actor

  • Brendan Gleeson, The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Brian Tyree Henry, Causeway
  • Judd Hirsch, The Fabelmans
  • Barry Keoghan, The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once

TheGamer's Picks: 3/5

TheGamer's Predictions: 2/5

Will Win: Ke Huy Quan

Should Win: Ke Huy Quan

Biggest Surprise: Brian Tyree Henry

Biggest Snub: Mark Rylance, Bones & All

Best Actress

  • Cate Blanchett, Tár
  • Ana de Armas, Blonde
  • Andrea Riseborough, To Leslie
  • Michelle Williams, The Fablemans
  • Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once

TheGamer's Picks: 2/5

TheGamer's Predictions: 4/6 (including Williams)

Will Win: Cate Blanchett

Should Win: Michelle Yeoh

Biggest Surprise: Andrea Riseborough

Biggest Snub: Mia Goth, Pearl/Danielle Deadwyler, Till/Margot Robbie, Babylon, Viola Davis, The Woman King (this was by far the strongest category this year)

Best Actor

  • Austin Butler, Elvis
  • Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Brendan Fraser, The Whale
  • Paul Mescal, Aftersun
  • Bill Nighy, Living

TheGamer's Picks: 3/5

TheGamer's Predictions: 4/5

Will Win: Colin Farrell

Should Win: Colin Farrell

Biggest Surprise: Paul Mescal

Biggest Snub: Tom Cruise, Top Gun: Maverick

Best Director

  • Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere all at Once
  • Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans
  • Todd Field, Tár
  • Ruben Östlund, Triangle of Sadness

TheGamer's Picks: 2/5

TheGamer's Predictions: 3/5

Will Win: Steven Spielberg

Should Win: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert

Biggest Surprise: Ruben Östlund

Biggest Snub: James Cameron, Avatar: The Way of Water

Best Picture

  • 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
  • Women Talking

TheGamer's Picks: 6/10

TheGamer's Predictions: 8/10

Will Win: The Fabelmans

Should Win: Tár

Biggest Surprise: All Quiet on the Western Front

Biggest Snub: The Woman King

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