The greatest image nominees make their remaining pitches for a win

For the ten films nominated for greatest image, being invited to the social gathering was simply step one. Now the main focus is on successful the Oscar in what stays a wide-open race. Campaign pitches have to be freshened, speaking factors adjusted and the souls of all concerned cleansed with Ophora water and superfood smoothies, making it doable to formulate a solution to the query “so … how did this project originate?” and never utterly die inside as a result of it has been requested, by this level, a number of thousand occasions.

So as we head into the ultimate stretch earlier than voting begins, let’s take a look at the messages the nominated films appear to be sending.


Yes, there have been different variations of “All Quiet on the Western Front,” however that is the perfect model. And not simply because it was made by a German. OK … it’s exactly as a result of it was made by a German! We have reclaimed this story for Deutschland, annexed it, if you’ll. No. Strike that. Poor alternative of phrases. Just respect that that is an antiwar film — sure, it will get off on the battle scenes, however don’t all warfare films do this? — made by Germans who hate warfare simply as a lot as the subsequent European Union nation, apart from perhaps these Swedes, however WHAT THE HELL DO THEY KNOW ABOUT THE GRIM REALITIES OF LIFE? Sorry. We didn’t imply to shout. Again: Vote for us. That’s an order.

There are billions of causes to reward the “Avatar” sequel.

(twentieth Century Studios/twentieth Century Studios)


We may give you 2 billion causes to reward our film. What? You flip up your nostril at our field workplace bounty? Fine. We’ll be over right here, counting our cash, figuring out you’ll have one other probability to honor us with “Avatar 3,” “Avatar 4,” “Avatar 5” …

Colin Farrell and Barry Keoghan sit on a stone wall, a bottle of booze between them in "Banshees of Inisherin."

Pour your self a pint and lift a toast to “Banshees of Inisherin.”

(Jonathan Hession/Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures)


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Forget the thrown fingers. And the poor donkey … although wasn’t that an exquisite shot of Colin Farrell at her grave? In reality, we wager you keep in mind plenty of beautiful pictures from the movie. Kerry Condon letting Barry Keoghan down straightforward by the lake. “There goes that dream.” Whew. Was there a extra completely acted scene in a film this yr? Was there a extra completely solid film this yr? We’ve stumped you, haven’t we? Pour your self a pint and lift a toast!

Austin Butler sings on stage as older Elvis.

All collectively now: “If we can dream of a better land, Where the Oscar goes to a movie that people can stand …”

(Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)


[Sung to the tune of “If I Can Dream”]

There have to be votes coming our method someplace
Got to be love for a film so true
If we will dream of a greater land
Where the Oscar goes to a film that individuals can stand
Tell me why, oh why, oh why can’t our dream come true?

There have to be a prize for Austin Butler someday
For he nonetheless talks similar to Elvis and it’s been years
If we will dream of a hotter solar
Where Oscars go to the deserving one
Tell me why, oh why, oh why gained’t that solar shine this yr?

A woman and her adult daughter share an emotional embrace in "Everything Everywhere All at Once."

Despite the chaos, it’s about household, OK?

(Allyson Riggs)


It’s about household, OK? Yes, it takes place within the multiverse, and we all know that’s complicated and even perhaps threatening and/or alienating for a few of you. Take a deep breath. Relax. Maybe invite your kids to look at the film with you. Or your grandchildren, when you’re so blessed. Don’t have any? Maybe that man who lives down the road, the one with the funny-looking vegetation rising in his yard, might come over and provide help to out. Just keep in mind, once more: It’s a narrative a few household, on this case an immigrant household, struggling to speak with one another and the attractive journey they take towards acceptance and understanding. Doesn’t that sound good?

Michelle Williams gives her young son a movie camera in a scene from "The Fabelmans."

Despite its love for cinema, it’s about household, OK?

(Universal Pictures and Amblin En/Universal Pictures and Amblin En)


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It’s about household, OK? In our case, it’s Steven Spielberg’s household and the way his upbringing knowledgeable his artwork and set him on the trail to change into one of many biggest filmmakers within the historical past of the medium. “Family, art, life — it will tear you in two!” Who amongst you can not relate to that line not directly, even when you’ve by no means been screamed at by John Ford?

Cate Blanchett sits at a piano writing notes on sheet music in a scene from "Tar."

Popular? Maybe not. But “Tar” will stand the check of time.

(Courtesy of Focus Features/Courtesy of Focus Features)


Have you heard? The London Film Critics Circle simply gave us greatest image, making us solely the fourth film to win high prizes from the Los Angeles, New York, National Society of Film Critics and London teams. The different three: “Schindler’s List,” “L.A. Confidential” and “The Social Network.” And, sure, of these films, solely “Schindler’s List” gained greatest image. But as time has handed, you in all probability want the others had gained too. “The King’s Speech”? Really? How does that look right this moment? Think of what film will stand the check of time and vote accordingly.

Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise in "Top Gun: Maverick."

I’m not crying, you’re crying. But then, robust males additionally cry.

(Paramount Pictures)


Sure, positive, we’ve heard all of the speak about how “Top Gun: Maverick” saved film theaters from extinction — not disputing it, by the way in which — however, if we might, let’s dig slightly deeper right here and get actual. You wanted this film. And by you, we imply all of the dads who got here of age with the unique “Top Gun” and nonetheless get a lump of their throats once they hear these opening synths of the “Top Gun” anthem, forcing them to succeed in for his or her aviator sun shades as a result of, OK, one thing received of their eyes. We should not stunned at your tears. Strong males additionally cry. Especially once they’re given such a potent reminder you could be of a sure age and nonetheless fly proper into the hazard zone and are available out, not simply unscathed, however a rattling hero.

A boat captain and passenger lean and sway onboard in a scene from "Triangle of Sadness."

The yacht might crash, however does the satire?



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[Sung to the tune of the “Love Boat Theme”]

Was it the galley’s stew?
Into the ocean blue!
The haaaate boat
Soon might be making one other run
The haaaate boat
Making enjoyable of the wealthy is enjoyable

Keep ahold of your dentures
And attempt to barf within the potted vegetation
And hate gained’t harm any extra
Even if our satire’s a crashing bore
It’s haaaaate …
Welcome aboard!

Claire Foy and Rooney Mara look serious in a scene from "Women Talking."

Yes, ladies discuss. And debate and problem and encourage and … thrill.

(Michael Gibson/Orion Releasing)


We know you could not have taken the time to look at our film but. No judgment — until you’re a kind of bros who can’t get previous the title. Then, positive, you could really feel slightly silent contempt radiating your method. But there’s nonetheless time to understand one of many yr’s most critically acclaimed movies — we made extra Top 10 lists than “Elvis” and “The Batman”! — and take be aware that our esteemed writer-director, Sarah Polley, is nominated for the attractive method she tailored Miriam Toews’ novel, making 100 minutes of girls debating, encouraging, understanding and, sure, speaking, into an exciting movie.