Oscars 2023: The Most Unpredictable Category

Final Oscar voting begins March 2, 2023; closes five days later. After less than a month of frenetic campaigning, a few categories remain a sure bet: “Everything Everywhere All at Once” remains the frontrunner for Best Picture, and “All Quiet on the Western Front” appears to have locked up Best International Feature there is . Ke Huy Quan can rest assured of a future Best Supporting Actor trophy, and Angela Bassett is well positioned for Best Supporting Actress. Sarah Polley is on track to win Best Adapted Screenplay for Women Talking.

From there, however, things get murky.

On this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss the most difficult categories to predict this season, from best makeup and hair to best actor (and why these categories are connected). Anyone hoping to win their Oscar will have to pay close attention. (And stay tuned next week for a closer look at the short film nominees.)

This week’s episode also features Gina Prince-Bythewood burning editorial about the Academy downplaying “The Woman King” and how racial bias still exists throughout the industry. What can the Academy do to solve this problem? There are a few options.

Kohn and Thompson also discuss why President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address was good for television, and conclude with some thoughts on recent movies and TV shows.

Watch the full episode above or listen below.

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