2023 Oscar nominations analysis: Here are the current frontrunners

After many months of anticipation, the 2023 Oscar nominations finally arrived this week. As expected, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” led the awards with 13 nominations and remains a strong contender for Best Picture, while Steven Spielberg leads the field for Best Director.

From there, however, some categories may surprise you with obvious front-runners: is Colin Farrell really ahead of Brendan Fraser? Could Martin McDonagh lose to Todd Field? And how likely is it that “Navalny” will defeat both “Fire of Love” and “All beauty and bloodshed”?

Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson explore these questions on this week’s episode of Screen Talk as they sift through the list and assess the weeks ahead. Needless to say, they disagree on the status of every category.

The hosts also discuss some of the highlights of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, including Netflix’s acquisition of “Fair Play” and Jonathan Majors’ award-winning performance in “Magazine Dreams,” while sharing their personal experiences at the festival (Kohn). and virtually (Thompson).

Finally, they share their memories of veteran programmer, distributor and beloved advocate for all things cinema, Noah Cowan, who passed away this week.

Watch the full episode above or listen below.

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman, available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous details here, subscribe hereand be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts tackle specific issues in future editions of Screen Talk.

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