The 2023 Academy Awards are finally over and the winning films are a must-watch. From the Tom Cruise starter Top Gun: Maverick to the best film Everything Everywhere All at Once and Avatar: The Way of Water, if you’re scrambling to watch all of this year’s Oscar-nominated movies here’s where you can watch them!
Everything Everywhere All At Once
This Oscar-nominated movie won big at the Academy awards. Winning the title of the best film, the movie is about a middle-aged Chinese-American immigrant (Michelle Yeoh) who races against time to save the multiverse from destruction when a black hole threatens to devour it.
The film bagged 7 out of 11 Oscars, including Best Picture. Jamie Lee Curtis and Ke Huy Quan won Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor, other wins include Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Director. Michelle Yeoh is also the first Asian woman to win Best Actress.
India’s film, RRR was of one the Oscar-nominated movies for its iconic song Naatu Naatu. The film bagged the award for Best Original Song making it a sensational hit for the Indian film fraternity. An action/drama film, it traces the story of a fearless warrior on a perilous mission who comes face to face with a steely cop serving British forces in this epic saga set in pre-independent India.
Starring Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink, Hong Chau, Ty Simpkins, and Samantha Morton, The Whale lead star Brendan Fraser took home the award for Best lead actor. The film is about a reclusive, morbidly obese English teacher who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter. Currently, the movie is running in cinemas in India and can be watched on the big screen.
Black Panther Wakanda Forever follows the story of Queen Ramonda who fights to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia and Everett Ross and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Ruth Carter won the award for Best Costume and with the win, Carter created history by becoming the first Black woman to win multiple Oscars in any category. In 2019, Carter became the first Black person to win the Oscar for costume design for her work in Marvel’s Black Panther.
More than 30 years after the original film starring Tom Cruise made a BIG comeback. The Oscar-nominated movie is about one of the Navy’s top aviators, Maverick who trains a group of Top Gun graduates for a specialized and dangerous mission. This year, the film took home the Best Sound Oscar.
All Quiet on the Western Front tells the gripping story of a young German soldier on the Western Front of World War I. Directed by Edward Berger, this oscar-nominated movie won four Oscars (out of nine nominations) including awards for international feature cinematography (James Friend), original score (Volker Bertelmann) and production design (Christian M. Goldbeck, Ernestine Hipper).
An emotionally fulfilling drama, Aftersun follows the story of a young single father and his 11-year-old daughter as they spend their summer in a Turkish resort. Twenty years after their last holiday at a fading vacation resort, a grown-up Sophie reflects on the time spent with her father Calum. While Sophie grows into her world of adolescence, Calum struggles under the weight of life outside of fatherhood. Sophie’s recollections become a powerful and heartrending portrait of their relationship, as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t.
While the first movie is still the biggest movie of all time (grossing $2.9 billion worldwide), The Way of Water becomes the third-biggest film of all time with $2.29 billion beating Cameron’s Titanic which grossed $2.22 billion worldwide. The Way of Water takes off a decade after the events of the first movie, with Jake Sully and Ney’tiri building a family and going to lengths to protect each other which includes moving into new underwater regions of Pandora. However, trouble seems to follow the family as they are faced with an ancient threat forcing Jake to fight a difficult war against the humans.
Another attempt to unravel the life of superstar Marilyn Monroe, Andrew Dominik’s Blonde is based on the Joyce Carol Oates book of the same name. Cuban-Spanish actress Ana de Armas takes on the iconic character of Monroe. While the movie is slated to release towards the end of the month, Blonde has already garnered a favourable audience, with Armas and the fact that the movie looks more at the “parasitic celebrity” world around Monroe than Monroe herself. Earlier this week, the movie made headlines for its NC-17 rating, making it the only film this year to get that rating and the first Netflix film with the NC-17 rating.
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A period drama based in 1950s London, Living follows the story of a senior citizen trying to navigate his life. A veteran civil servant, Williams’ life has always felt empty and meaningless. His days are usually spent buried under paperwork at the office coming back to loneliness at home. However, things only seem to get worse when a medical diagnosis reveals he has terminal cancer, giving him between six and nine months to tie up his affairs. However, Williams’ peppy colleague Margaret urges him to fight to have a playground – a purpose to create a legacy for the next generation.
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Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
Based on the novel Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico, the movie tells the story of a widowed cleaning lady named Mrs. Ada Harris. During one of her cleaning shifts, Mrs Harris comes across a stunning haute couture gown by Christian Dior and falls madly in love with it. And so, deciding she must have one of her own she works to raise the 500 pounds need to buy the dress which includes taking on extra shifts and trying her luck at the races. Through several fortunate happenings, Mrs Harris manages to get into the headquarters of Christian Dior following which she is invited to join a gentleman named Lambert Wilson at the showing of Dior’s anniversary collection.
A semi-autobiographical tale, The Fablemens is director Steven Spielberg’s personal portrait of 20th Century American childhood. The coming-of-age story focuses on a young man named Sammy Faleman who falls in love with the art of filmmaking after watching the movie “The Greatest Show on Earth”. Going forward, Sammy walks around with his camera attempting to make his own films at home. However, he is soon struck with a shattering family secret and explores how the power of films can help him see the truth.