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Awards Central 2023: The Leaderboard

by Diego Andaluz
A collage of the biggest films from the 2023 awards season combined in black and white for our official DiscussingFilm Oscar predictions list.

The Academy Awards are bringing a wide variety of films hoping to strike gold in 2023. From game-changing blockbusters to idiosyncratic indie gems, this year’s Oscar lineup is filled with greatness. With a plethora of major contenders already picking up precursor nominations and wins, DiscussingFilm’s own Awards Editor, Diego Andaluz, is here to break down the current state of every category in the 2023 Oscars race with up-to-date predictions in our annual Awards Central Leaderboard.

Films like Everything Everywhere All At Once, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Banshees of Inisherin, Top Gun: Maverick, and The Fabelmans are currently leading the 2023 Oscars race with the most nominations, but plenty of surprises can still break through in the lead up to the big night on Sunday, March 12. The 2023 Oscar season is now in full swing, so there’s no better time to follow along with our official predictions.

Throughout the next few months, we’ll be updating these Oscar predictions to reflect the latest twists and turns of the 2023 awards season. Check back regularly to our Awards Central Leaderboard to get a leg up on your own predictions and stay informed on the latest developments of the 2023 Oscar race. You can also check out the final winners for this year’s Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards, and our very own DiscussingFilm Critics Awards right here on the site.

DiscussingFilm Oscar Predictions 2023

Last Updated January 30

Best Picture

Frontrunners:
1. Everything Everywhere All at Once
2. Top Gun: Maverick
3. The Fabelmans
4. The Banshees of Inisherin

Next In Line:
5. Elvis
6. Tár
7. Avatar: The Way of Water
8. All Quiet on The Western Front
9. Women Talking
10. Triangle of Sadness

Colin Farrell as Pádraic in THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN is in our top 2023 Oscar predictions for Best Actor.
Colin Farrell in ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ courtesy of Searchlight

Best Actor

Frontrunners:
1. Brendan Fraser (The Whale)
2. Austin Butler (Elvis)
3. Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin)

Next In Line:
4. Bill Nighy (Living)
5. Paul Mescal (Aftersun)

Michelle Yeoh in EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE is in our top 2023 Oscar predictions for Best Actress.
Michelle Yeoh in ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ courtesy of A24

Best Actress

Frontrunners:
1. Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once)
2. Cate Blanchett (Tár)
3. Andrea Riseborough (To Leslie)

Next In Line:
4. Ana De Armas (Blonde)
5. Michelle Williams (The Fabelmans)

Paul Dano in 'The Fabelmans' is in our top 2023 Oscar predictions for Best Supporting Actor.
Paul Dano in ‘The Fabelmans’ courtesy of Universal

Best Supporting Actor

Frontrunners:
1. Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All At Once)

Next In Line:
2. Brendan Gleeson (The Banshees of Inisherin)
3. Barry Keoghan (The Banshees of Inisherin)
4. Judd Hirsch (The Fabelmans)
5. Brian Tyree Henry (Causeway)

Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda in BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER is in our top 2023 Oscar predictions for Best Supporting Actress.
Angela Bassett in ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever courtesy of Disney

Best Supporting Actress

Frontrunners:
1. Angela Bassett (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)
2. Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin)

Next In Line:
3. Jamie Lee Curtis (Everything Everywhere All at Once)
4. Hong Chau (The Whale)
5. Stephanie Hsu (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

Steven Spielberg gives star Gabriel LaBelle direction on the set of THE FABELMANS and is in our top 2023 Oscar predictions for Best Director.
Gabriel LaBelle & Steven Spielberg on the set of ‘The Fabelmans’
Courtesy of Universal

Best Director

Frontrunners:
1. Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (Everything Everywhere All at Once)
2. Steven Spielberg (The Fabelmans)

Next In Line:
3. Todd Field (Tár)
4. Martin McDonagh (The Banshees of Inisherin)
5. Ruben Östlund (Triangle of Sadness)

Best Original Screenplay

Frontrunners:
1. Everything Everywhere All at Once (Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert)
2. The Banshees of Inisherin (Martin McDonagh)

Next In Line:
3. The Fabelmans (Steven Spielberg, Tony Kushner)
4. Tár (Todd Field)
5. Triangle of Sadness (Ruben Östlund)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Frontrunners:
1. Women Talking (Sarah Polley)
2. Top Gun: Maverick (Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, Christopher McQuarrie, Peter Craig and Justin Marks)

Next In Line:
3. Living (Kazuo Ishiguro)
4. All Quiet On The Western Front (Edward Berger, Ian Stokell and Lesley Paterson)
5. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (Rian Johnson)

Tom Cruise in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ courtesy of Paramount

Best Cinematography

Frontrunners:
1. All Quiet on The Western Front
2. Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
3. Elvis
4. Empire of Light
5. Tár

Best Editing

Frontrunners:
1. Top Gun: Maverick
2. Everything Everywhere All at Once
3. Elvis
4. The Banshees of Inisherin
5. Tár

Best Costume Design

Frontrunners:
1. Elvis
2. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
3. Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
4. Babylon
5. Everything Everywhere All at Once

GUILLERMO DEL TORO'S PINOCCHIO is in our top 2023 Oscar predictions for Best Animated Feature.
‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ courteys of Netflix

Best Animated Feature

Frontrunners:
1.Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio
2. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
3. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
4. Turning Red
5. The Sea Beast

Best Production Design

Frontrunners:
1. Babylon
2. Elvis
3. Avatar: The Way of Water
4. All Quiet on The Western Front
5. The Fabelmans

Best Visual Effects

Frontrunners:
1. Avatar: The Way of Water
2. Top Gun: Maverick
3. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
4. All Quiet on The Western Front
5. The Batman

Austin Butler in ‘Elvis’ courtesy of Warner Bros.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Frontrunners:
1. Elvis
2. The Whale
3. The Batman
4. All Quiet on The Western Front
5. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Best Sound

Frontrunners:
1. Top Gun: Maverick
2. Avatar: The Way of Water
3. All Quiet on The Western Front
4. Elvis
5. The Batman

Best Original Score

Frontrunners:
1. Babylon
2. The Fabelmans
3. The Banshees of Inisherin
4. All Quiet on The Western Front
5. Everything Everywhere All at Once

The original song Naatu Naatu from the Tollywood blockbuster RRR makes our top 2023 Oscar Predictions.
N.T. Rama Roa Jr. & Ram Charan in ‘RRR’

Best Original Song

Frontrunners:
1. “Naatu Naatu” – M.M. Keeravani (RRR)
2. “Hold My Hand” – Lady Gaga (Top Gun: Maverick)
3. “Lift Me Up” – Rihanna (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)
4. “Applause” – Dianne Warren & Sofia Carson (Tell It Like a Woman)
5. “This Is A Life” – Son Lux (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

Best International Feature

Frontrunners:
1. All Quiet On The Western Front
2. Argentina, 1985
3. Close
4. The Quiet Girl
5. EO

Best Documentary Feature

Frontrunners:
1. Navalny
2. All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
3. A House Made of Splinters
4. All That Breathes
5. Fire of Love

Follow Awards Editor Diego Andaluz on Twitter: @thediegoandaluz

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