Binge Watch: Best Picture Nominees

The Academy Award nominations were announced on January 24. We have until March 12 to consider these films, including the 10 films nominated for Best Picture. Among this year’s nominees were some of my favorites of the year. Below is my personal ranking of all 10 Best Picture Nominees in ascending order. For those enjoying a watch or re-watch, let me know how you rank the Best Picture Nominees!

10. Triangle of Sadness
This was a fascinating and at times wild film. I enjoyed the dining sequence and loved the performance from Woody Harrelson. Overall, the film was a bit long and I thought some of the story aspects were uneven.

9. Elvis
A visually stunning film at times that is buoyed by a great performance from Austin Butler as Elvis. The film is a technical marvel, which is why its many production-related nominations make sense. Overall, I didn’t love the story and the way it was told, I also didn’t love the character and performance from Tom Hanks.

8. All Quiet on the Western Front
This German-language adaptation of the famous book was one of the most nominated films. It is powerful in its sentiment and well-produced. The story has never had huge appeal to me and that’s a part of why it lands here on the list for me. I will say, the opening sequence of the film was one of the most impressive of any film I saw this year.

7. The Banshees of Inisherin
This is a fascinating and at times sharply written film. Collin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson are great in the lead roles, and the whole cast performs well. This would be higher on my list were it not for the overall downer of a story. It’s a tough watch from that aspect no matter how you feel about the performances and production.

6. Avatar: Way of Water
I wasn’t a big fan of the original film so I wasn’t thrilled about a sequel. This is a visually stunning masterpiece, but it also has a story that is emotional and resonated with me. To that end, this is the first of the Best Picture nominees to land in my personal Top 20. It was beautiful to behold and connected with my heart.

5. Tar
Todd Field is a talented filmmaker, and he plies his craft well here. Cate Blanchett is fantastic, and this was another film with a very sharp script. It’s a bit of a downer of a story and I didn’t fall in love with it as much as some, but it still landed in my Top 20. It’s a powerful film that sticks with you after it’s over.

4. Top Gun: Maverick
This was THE film of the summer. It’s the rare sequel that surpasses the original in every way. Tom Cruise is great, but it’s the action sequences and the emotional depth of the story that really stuck with me. This was intense and thrilling, a film that’s been in my Top 10 for most of the year.

3. The Fablemans
This personal love letter from Steven Spielberg to his parents and his life’s work is one that got me. I saw it in the theater and was deeply moved. There is beauty to the telling of this story about a young man finding his passion. The performance of Michelle Williams is great, but I was equally moved by Paul Dano and others. It was a beautiful film that was my No. 4 of the year.

2. Women Talking
Few nominations thrilled me as much as seeing Women Talking make the final Best Picture field. Not enough people have seen this masterful film with its incredible story and performances. It’s a shame Sarah Polley didn’t get a directing nomination.

1. Everything Everywhere All At Once
One of the early front-runners after debuting in March, this film lives up to the hype. It’s an incredible story that’s beautifully told. It features incredible performances and a very creative way of telling the story. This is my favorite of the Best Picture Nominees, and hopefully a favorite on March 12.

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.


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