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Oscar nominations 2023: Top Gun leads sequels surge

Nominations for the 2023 Oscars will be announced later, and it is likely that several Academy records will be broken. More sequels than ever could be nominated for best picture, thanks to new iterations of Top Gun, Avatar and Black Panther, among others. There is expected to be a particularly strong showing for Irish films and actors, while Marvel could secure its first ever acting nomination. Jimmy Kimmel will host this year’s ceremony, set to be held on 12 March.

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Given their success at precursor awards, Everything Everywhere All At Once and The Banshees of Inisherin are likely to feature heavily when the nominations are unveiled from 13:30 GMT on Tuesday. Elvis, Tár, The Fabelmans, All Quiet On The Western Front and The Whale are also predicted to show up. Here are a few things to look out for ahead of the nominations:

Avatar: The Way of Water stars Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington
The 2023 shortlist could see the largest number of sequels ever nominated for best picture in a single year. The contenders include Top Gun: Maverick, Avatar: The Way of Water, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and possibly even Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. That’s a lot of colons. Only two of those would have to be nominated to break the record for most sequels in the same year. However, that’s partly because the best picture category is bigger than it used to be – with 10 slots available. Just eight sequels have been nominated for best picture before, and no two in a single year. Those which have previously made the cut include follow-ups to The Godfather and Lord of the Rings, as well as Toy Story 3 and Mad Max: Fury Road.

Marvel’s first acting nomination
Wakanda Forever’s Angela Bassett could secure the first ever acting nomination for a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
A best supporting actress nomination for Angela Bassett’s performance in Wakanda Forever would mark the first ever acting nod for a Marvel film. The first Black Panther movie was nominated for best picture in 2019, and actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been shortlisted for their performances in other films, but not for those in the superhero franchise. In total, Marvel films have previously scored 19 nominations – but may of those were in technical categories. For example, the original Black Panther won best costume design, production design and original score.

Irish success
The Banshees of Inisherin, directed by Martin McDonagh (holding the trophy), enjoyed success at the Golden Globes
There could be a particularly strong showing for Irish actors this year. The Banshees of Inisherin alone could produce four acting nominees: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Barry Keoghan and Kerry Condon. The film follows two friends on an island off the west coast of Ireland who fall out, and has performed well at precursor ceremonies. Other Irish actors who could be nominated include Paul Mescal for Aftersun and Jessie Buckley for Women Talking. And there could be a nomination in the best international film category for The Quiet Girl – an excellent film about a shy young girl who goes to stay with her distant relatives for the summer.

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