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Updated: Nov 12, 2023

By Diana Morose

The 95th Oscars are right around the corner. And this year there is stiff competition with most speculation surrounding who will take home the Academy Award for Best Picture. Here is a look at all ten contenders.

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“All Quiet on the Western Front,” directed by Edward Berger, centers on a young German soldier's horrifying experience while on the Western front during World War I.

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Sequel to the 1986 film “Top Gun,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” directed by Joseph Kosinski, is an action-drama film that follows Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. After over thirty years in the Navy as an aviator, Pete finds himself facing not only his fears, but his past as he trains a team for a specialized mission unlike any other.

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“Women Talking,” directed by Sarah Polley, centers on the women in a religious colony who grapple with their faith as they must come to terms with the harsh reality and revelation of the colony’s men committing sexual assault against them. Read our own review of this movie here.

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“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” directed by Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, is a comedic drama focused on an overwhelmed Chinese immigrant who suddenly finds the fate of the world and multiverse resting in her hands as she navigates other universes and the ways her life could have been different.

“The Banshees of Inisherin,” directed by Martin McDonagh, is a comedy-drama set in Ireland, that follows longtime friends Pádraic and Colm. When Colm suddenly decides to put an end to their friendship, Pádraic attempts to do everything in his power to repair it.

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“Triangle of Sadness,” directed by Ruben Östlund, is a black comedy film that follows influencers Carl and Yaya. After being invited on a cruise ship with a group of wealthy people, things take a turn for the worse when they encounter a storm while aboard ship.

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Loosely based on his own adolescence, “The Fabelmans” was directed by Steven Spielberg and it is set in post-World War II. It follows fictional character Sammy Fabelman as he discovers his love for movies and filmmaking after seeing “The Greatest Show on Earth."

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“Avatar: The Way of Water” is an epic science fiction adventure film, directed by James Cameron, set ten years after the events of the first film. It follows the Sully family as they experience hardship, fight to keep each other safe and protect their home against a familiar threat.

“Elvis,” directed by Baz Luhrmann, is a biographical drama that centers on the life of American musician Elvis Presley and his complicated relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. It explores the ups and downs of Elvis’ rise to fame and superstardom from the perspective of Parker after he is rushed to the hospital due to having a stroke.

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“Tár,” directed by Todd Field, is a psychological drama that centers on the fictional composer and conductor Lydia Tár, played by Cate Blanchett. On her way to taking the next big step to further her career, events take place contributing to her downfall.

Out of all the nominations, my pick for best picture winner is “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” Watching this movie was an amazing experience. The film lived up to its name by providing a wide range of colorful and unique visuals, creative but bizarre action sequences, a fun, whimsical script, and a heartwarming relationship between a mother and daughter.

The Oscars air live on ABC Sunday, March 12 at 8 p.m. EST/5 pm PST.

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