Oscars 2023 Nominations: A Comprehensive Analysis of Best Picture, Director, Actor, and Actress Categories

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95th Academy Awards Nominations: A Look at the Best Picture, Director, Actor, and Actress Nominees

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The 95th Academy Awards, often known as the Oscars, have been announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The award show will be broadcast live across the world on March 26, 2023, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. The nominees for this year include some shocks and snubs in addition to a wide and inventive selection of movies, performances, and behind-the-scenes accomplishments. Let’s examine the Oscar 2023 nominations in more detail.

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The Best Picture Nominees

This year, instead of the typical eight or nine candidates, the Best Picture category for the Oscars has ten. This reflects the Academy’s efforts to increase the diversity of films that are eligible for consideration as well as to include more voices from around the world. The candidates are:

  • The Power of the Dog” – a drama set in 1925 Montana, directed by Jane Campion and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, and Jesse Plemons. The film explores themes of masculinity, sexuality, and family dynamics.
  • “Belfast” – a semi-autobiographical drama set in 1960s Northern Ireland, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Balfe, and Judi Dench. The film portrays the impact of the Troubles on a working-class family.
  • “Dune” – a sci-fi epic based on the novel by Frank Herbert, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya. The film depicts a desert planet and its struggle for control over a valuable resource called spice.
  • “The Lost Daughter” – a psychological drama directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal and starring Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, and Dakota Johnson. The film follows a middle-aged woman who reflects on her past and present relationships as a mother, a daughter, and a teacher.
  • “West Side Story” – a musical remake of the classic 1961 film, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, and Ariana DeBose. The film retells the tragic love story between two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, in 1957 New York City.
  • “C’mon C’mon” – a drama directed by Mike Mills and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Gaby Hoffmann, and Scoot McNairy. The film explores the bond between an artist and his young nephew, as they travel across the country and encounter different people and challenges.
  • “Licorice Pizza” – a comedy-drama directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Cooper Hoffman, Alana Haim, and Sean Penn. The film depicts the unconventional romance between a teenage boy and a young woman in 1970s San Fernando Valley.
  • “Being the Ricardos” – a biographical drama directed by Aaron Sorkin and starring Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem, and J.K. Simmons. The film portrays the personal and professional life of the legendary TV couple, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, during a crucial week of their show.
  • “Don’t Look Up” – a satire directed by Adam McKay and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, and Meryl Streep. The film follows two astronomers who discover a comet that will collide with Earth in six months, but struggle to convince the world leaders and the public to take action.
  • Drive My Car” – a Japanese drama directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi and starring Hidetoshi Nishijima, Toko Miura, and Masaki Okada. The film is an adaptation of a short story by Haruki Murakami and tells the story of a stage actor who hires a driver to take him around Hiroshima while he rehearses for a play.
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The Nominations for Best Director

Five people have been nominated for the Best Director award, representing a variety of nationalities, styles, and professional experience. The candidates are:

  • Jane Campion for “The Power of the Dog”
  • Kenneth Branagh for “Belfast”
  • Denis Villeneuve for “Dune”
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal for “The Lost Daughter”
  • Mike Mills for “C’mon C’mon”

Steven Spielberg for “West Side Story” and Paul Thomas Anderson for “Licorice Pizza,” both of whom were considered front-runners, are noticeably missing from this list. The Academy chose less traditional candidates instead, such Gyllenhaal and Mills, who are well-known for their independent and experimental work.

The Nominations for Best Actor

Five actors have been nominated for the Best Actor award, representing a variety of emotions, personalities, and backgrounds. The candidates are:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Power of the Dog”
  • Will Smith for “King Richard”
  • Denzel Washington for “The Tragedy of Macbeth”
  • Joaquin Phoenix for “C’mon C’mon”
  • Andrew Garfield for “Tick, Tick… Boom!”

While Cumberbatch and Phoenix have already been nominated for an Oscar but never won, Smith and Washington have both previously won the award. Garfield is a first-time nominee, and critics have commended the depth and vigor of his performance in “Tick, Tick… Bang!” as a struggling composer in New York in the 1990s.

The Best Actress Nominees

Five women are up for Best Actress, representing a range of ages, cultures, and life experiences. The candidates are:

  • Kristen Stewart for “Spencer”
  • Lady Gaga for “House of Gucci”
  • Nicole Kidman for “Being the Ricardos”
  • Olivia Colman for “The Lost Daughter”
  • Jessica Chastain for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”

Both Lady Gaga and Stewart are former artists who have transitioned to acting, and their roles in “Spencer” and “House of Gucci,” respectively, have received praise for their development and nuance. The characters that Kidman, Colman, and Chastain play in “Being the Ricardos,” “The Lost Daughter,” and “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” respectively, demonstrate the versatility and talent of these prior Oscar candidates and winners.

The Nominations for Best Supporting Actor

Five actors are vying for the Best Supporting Actor award, and they each provide the primary characters and plots more nuance and complexity. The candidates are:

  • Troy Kotsur for “CODA”
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee for “The Power of the Dog”
  • Jesse Plemons for “The Power of the Dog”
  • Willem Dafoe for “Nightmare Alley”
  • Richard Jenkins for “The Humans”

In the drama “CODA,” in which Kotsur, a deaf actor, portrays the father of a hearing daughter, the family of fishermen learns that their daughter has a singing voice. In “The Power of the Dog,” Smit-McPhee and Plemons each have significant parts as a sensitive youngster and a troubled brother. Both Dafoe and Jenkins are seasoned actors who, in the drama “The Humans” and the noir thriller “Nightmare Alley,” respectively, offer seriousness and subtlety to their parts.

The Nominations for Best Supporting Actress

  • Ariana DeBose for “West Side Story
  • Ruth Negga for “Passing”
  • Ann Dowd for “Mass”
  • Marlee Matlin for “CODA”
  • Kirsten Dunst for “The Power of the Dog”

In Spielberg’s “West Side Story,” Broadway veteran DeBose fills the iconic part of Anita, which Rita Moreno originated in the first movie. In “Passing” and “Mass,” Negga and Dowd play moms who are coping with loss and trauma, respectively. In “CODA,” a deaf actress named Matlin plays the mother of a deaf household, and in “The Power of the Dog,” Kirsten Dunst portrays a complex and disturbed woman.

Overall, the nominations for the 95th Academy Awards showcase a diverse and dynamic range of films and performances, reflecting the complexities and nuances of current cultural moment. From small indie films to big-budget blockbusters, from established veterans to emerging talents, the nominees offer something for everyone and represent the best of what cinema has to offer. As we eagerly await the winners to be announced, we can take comfort in the fact that the art of storytelling is alive and well, and that the magic of the movies continues to inspire and captivate us all.


Oyo Election : Seyi Makinde Re-elects with large votes margin to beat Teslim Folarin

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Gov Seyi Makinde Am Not Afraid Of Losing 2023 Election

The seating Governor of Oyo State has been declared the winner of March 18, governorship poll in Oyo state by Independence National Electoral Commission as a candidate with larger votes margin to beat his closest rival Teslim Folarin of APC .

Mr. Seyi Makinde Re-elects with large votes margin to beat Teslim Folarin according to the returning officer for Oyo governorship election 2023 in the state ,Prof . Olusola Kehinde, said :

“That Makinde Oluseyi having satisfied the requirement of the law is declared winner of the poll,”

Oyo State Speaker Debi Ogundoyin wins Ibarapa East Constituency again

Makinde polled 563,756 votes to beat his close rival Teslim Folarin of All Progressive Congress who scored 256,685 votes, while Adebayo Adelabu of Accord Party scored 38,357 votes.

Makinde won 31 out of the 33 local government areas in the state, while Folarin came second by winning two local governments of Irepo and Ore-lope.

Makinde, who was seeking re-election, on Saturday, contested against Folarin, a three-term Senator, and Adebayo Adelabu of Accord Party, who was former deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

As announced by INEC ,here is the details and full list of result

18) Ibadan Southeast Local Government

Accord: 1,846
APC: 9,147
PDP: 23,585

19) Ibarapa North Local Government

Accord: 563
APC: 5,678
PDP: 10,845

20) Ibarapa Central Local Government

Accord: 1,455
APC: 6,287
PDP: 10,491

21) Oyo West Local Government

Accord: 431
APC: 7,599
PDP: 15,084

22) Oyo East Local Government

Accord: 571
APC: 6,999
PDP: 15,751

23) Ogbomosho North Local Government

Accord: 562
APC: 10,661
PDP: 20,387

24) Ido Local Government

Accord: 822
APC: 7,865
PDP: 19,284

25) Kajola Local Government

Accord: 1,710
APC: 9,523
PDP: 13,562

26) Lagelu Local Government

Accord: 886
APC: 10,661
PDP: 19,104

27) Ibadan North Local Government

Accord: 2,120
APC: 11,883
PDP: 39,658

28) Iseyin Local Government

Accord: 501
APC: 9,694
PDP: 25,740

29) Egbeda Local Government

Accord: 3072
APC: 7,377
PDP: 30,444

30) Saki West Local Government

Accord: 607
APC: 13,753
PDP: 17,452

31) Ore-lope Local Government

Accord: 1602
APC: 7077
PDP: 6,483

32) Iwajowa Local Government

Accord: 269
APC: 6,441
PDP: 9029

33) Akinyele Local Government

Accord: 1287
APC: 9,445
PDP: 28,920

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Lagos Election : Desmond Elliot wins surulere constituency election seat again

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The national electoral commission (INEC) has announce renowned Nollywood film producer cum politician Desmond Elliott as the winner of Surulere state constituency election in 18 March ,2023 election .

The declaration was given on Sunday by Dr. O.J. Fenuga, the INEC returning officer.

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He said that Adebayo Bode of the Labour Party, LP, who received 7,822 votes, came in second to Desmond Elliott of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who received 17,837 votes.

Fenuga reported that Thompson Sulaimon Abolaji, the PDP’s candidate, received 1,045 votes.

Festus Keyamo, a representative for the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, had previously congratulated Desmond Elliot on his victory.

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Police begins investigation over MC Oluomo threat to Igbo voters

Idowu Owohunwa, the commissioner of police for Lagos State, announced on Friday that an investigation had been opened into the alleged threat made by Musiliu Akinsanya

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Police Begins Investigation Over Mc Oluomo Threat To Igbo Voters

Idowu Owohunwa, the commissioner of police for Lagos State, announced on Friday that an investigation had been opened into the alleged threat made by Musiliu Akinsanya, also known as MC Oluomo, the chairman of the Lagos State Parks Management Committee, against Igbo.

Police begins investigation over MC Oluomo threat to Igbo voters

In an interview with TV Arise News regarding the Saturday governorship and state assembly elections preview, Owohunwa made this statement.

In a popular video, MC Oluomo urged Igbo residents of Lagos not to bother voting if they didn’t support the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

It will be recalled that the head of PM (Motor Parks manager) of lagos State Mr. Musilu Akinsanya has come out to urge lagos Igbo residents to not bother to come out to vote on the Sat 2023 governorship election MC,Oluomo threatens Igbo voters to stay home during the upcoming tomorrow election.

MC Oluomo threatens Igbo voters ahead of Saturday Election

Mc Oluomo made the warning in the viral video which he posted on his TikTok account page .

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The charmain of motor parks management in Lagos State said:

"Please tell them, we have begged them. If they don’t vote for us, it is not a fight. Tell them that Chukwudi’s mother, if you don’t vote for us, sit down at home. Do you understand? Sit down at home.” 

In a swift response to the threat today, Lagos CP said,

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms any act, statement, or an action that could be interpreted as hate speech or that could be interpreted as deepening political tension regardless of the brain that might be behind it. With regards to this specific video you mentioned, it is currently a subject of a detailed investigation".

Mr Owohunwa further stresses that “those brewing violence in the state should desist or face the full wrath of the law, adding that the law enforcement agents will not spare any lawbreaker”.

He continues

"Naturally, we are using our access to cyber security to address that. Also, I can guarantee that no one is above the law. This nation has regulations. It is still the job and mandate of the Nigeria Police to look into anyone who attempts to incite hatred or create political tension, both of which have the potential to escalate into violent acts". 

Nigerians are heading to cast their votes tomorrow for governorship and house assembly election 2023 for the candidates of their choice among the different political parties .

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