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For Your Consideration: Oscar Nominations Analysis, and Why Best Picture Is Still a Wide-Open Race

Welcome to a brand new episode of For Your Consideration, the internet’s most beloved awards talk show, hosted by Oscar experts Scott Mantz, Perri Nemiroff, and Jeff Sneider

This week, the gang reacts to the newly-announced Oscar nominations and the 11 nods earned by Everything Everywhere All at Once, which may very well be your Best Picture frontrunner, especially with Daniels nominated for Best Director, and both Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu making it into the supporting actress lineup.

However, Scott and Jeff are very stubborn, and they still see a path for a Top Gun: Maverick victory despite the snub of both Tom Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski. And why is that? The film landed a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, where it wasn’t exactly a shoo-in. It also received a nomination for Best Editing over Steven Spielberg‘s The Fabelmans, which could’ve used a nod in that category to help bolster its Best Picture chances.

Elsewhere, Perri was thrilled that Andrea Riseborough made her way into the race, as her work in To Leslie deserves a wider audience — or any audience at all, really — though everyone was bummed that it seemed to come at the expense of Danielle Deadwyler, whose phenomenal turn in Till was overlooked, as was Viola Davis‘ performance in The Woman King. Instead, Ana de Armas was nominated for playing Marilyn Monroe in Blonde.

Perri was also disappointed that there weren’t any female directors nominated this year and that Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery wasn’t nominated for Best Picture, though she was happy that Barry Keoghan was nominated for his supporting turn in The Banshees of Inisherin. Speaking of that category, Jeff was pumped for Brian Tyree Henry, who delivers a soulful performance in the little-seen drama Causeway.

And finally, the big story of the day — besides EEAAO‘s strong showing — was the influence of the Academy’s international members, as both All Quiet on the Western Front and Triangle of Sadness were nominated for Best Picture, with Triangle filmmaker Ruben Östlund also earning nods for writing and directing the delicious satire.

Above the Line will be the home of For Your Consideration this season, though all episodes will debut on Perri’s YouTube channel, so be sure to leave a comment with your own thoughts on this year’s Oscar race. You can follow the gang on Twitter and Instagram at @MovieMantz, @PNemiroff, and @TheInSneider, and if you missed last week’s episode in which they offer their final Oscar nomination predictions, you can catch it right here and see how they did.

Until next time, we’ll FYC-ya later!

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