Actress Cate Blanchett leads Australian hopes for 95th Academy Awards but Baz Luhrmann misses out

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Actress Cate Blanchett has secured her eighth Oscar nominationafter garnering a nomination for Best Actress for her performance in tarheadlining the Australian hope at the 95th Academy Awards in March.

Fellow Aussie Baz Luhrmann missed out on Best Director nomination, but his Elvis Presley biopic Elvis still came away with eight nominations, including a Best Actor nomination for star Austin Butler and nominations for Luhrmann’s wife Catherine Martin, for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.

The nominees were announced at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles by Riz Ahmed and Allison Williams.

Australian actress Cate Blanchett has nabbed her eighth Oscar nomination, after nabbing a Best Actress nomination for her role in Tár. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) (Getty)

Blanchett faces stiff competition in her bid to win a third Oscar in the ultra-competitive Best Actress race.

Fablemans star Michelle Williams was nominated after being passed over by the Screen Actors Guild. The other nominees Blanchett will have to beat for the Best Actress award are: Michelle Yeoh, Everything everywhere at once, Ana de Armas, Blonde and Andrea Riseborough, who emerged as a late contender after a host of celebrities rallied around her performance as a West Texas alcoholic mother in the little-seen To Lesley.

Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan’s Everything Everywhere Everything at once landed a leading 11 nominations, including nods for Michelle Yeoh and comeback kid Ke Huy Quan, the former child star of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The A24 film, which was released in March, has turned out to be an unlikely Oscar heavyweight despite even the makers’ expectations. Yeoh became the first Asian actor to be nominated for Best Actress.

The 10 films nominated for Best Picture are: Everything Everywhere Everything at once, The Banshees of Inisherin, The Fables, tar, Top gun: Maverick, Avatar: the way of the water, Elvis, No news from the Western Front, Women talk and Triangle of sadness.

(L-R) Catherine Martin, Austin Butler and Baz Luhrmann arrive in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 15, 2023 for the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel.
Baz Luhrmann’s (right) biopic Elvis scored a total of eight nominations at this year’s Oscars, including Best Actor for Austin Butler (center) and two nominations for Catherine Martin (left) in costume and production design. . (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Two sequels for the first time – Top gun: Maverick and Avatar: the way of the water – were nominated for Best Picture. The two films together account for about $3.5 billion in box office revenues.

Tom Cruise missed out on an acting nomination, but Top gun: Maverick – often credited with bringing many moviegoers back to movie theaters walked away with seven nominations including Best Sound, Best Visual Effects and Best Song for Lada Gaga’s Hold my hand.

Ryan Coogler Black Panther: Wakanda Forevermade in the wake of Chadwick Boseman’s death, it also scored five nominations, including the first acting nod for an appearance in a Marvel film: Angela Bassett, the likely favorite to win Best Supporting Actress.

Judging by past guild nominations, Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy is set in Ireland The Banshees of Inisherin perhaps the toughest competition for it Everything Everywhere Everything at once at the Oscars.

Top Gun: Maverick, starring Tom Cruise, garnered seven Oscar nominations. (AP)

The Searchlight Pictures film garnered nine nominations, including nominations for Colin Farrell for Best Actor, Kerry Condon for Best Supporting Actress and both Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan for Best Supporting Actor.

Along with Butler and Farrell, the Best Actor nominees are Brendan Fraser, acclaimed for his comeback performance as an overweight recluse in The whaleBill Nighy for Life and, as a surprise for one of the year’s most critically acclaimed films, Paul Mescal, for Charlotte Wells’ father-daughter story After sun.

Although Steven Spielberg’s The Fables struggled to connect with audiences, the director’s autobiographical coming-of-age story earned Spielberg his 20th Oscar nomination and ninth Best Director nomination. Longtime composer John Williams extended his record for most Oscar nominations for a living person, becoming the oldest nominee ever at age 90.

Steven Spielberg accepts the Best Director award "The Fables" on stage at the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards
Steven Spielberg, who won the Golden Globes for Best Director for The Fabelmans, bagged his 20th Oscar nomination and eighth Best Director. (Photo by Rich Polk/NBC via Getty Images) (NBC via Getty Images)

Last year’s awards looked like a comeback edition before ‘the clap’ came to define the ceremony. In the aftermath, the academy banned Will Smith from attending for the next 10 years.

This year, US broadcaster ABC is bringing back Jimmy Kimmel to host the March 12 ceremony, one that will surely be seen as a return to the scene of the blow.

Stars on the red carpet for Golden Globes

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