The Best Picture nominees from 2022: All Quiet on the Western Front (directed by Edward Berger), Avatar: The Way of Water (directed by James Cameron), The Banshees of Inisherin (directed by Martin McDonagh), Elvis (directed by Baz Luhrmann), Everything Everywhere All at Once (directed by Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert), The Fabelmans (directed by Steven Spielberg), Tár (directed by Todd Field), Top Gun: Maverick (directed by Joseph Kosinski), Triangle of Sadness (directed by Ruben Östlund), and Women Talking (directed by Sarah Polley). (courtesy First Showing)
The Oscars have, for another year (whoosh! See ya hugely fast passage of time!), come and gone and we now know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, who won what.
With a packed field of nominees in all categories, it was an exciting night but never more exciting than when Everything Everywhere All At Once walked off, incredibly deservedly, with all kinds of Oscars, including Best Lead Actress for Michelle Yeoh, Best Supporting Actor for Ke Huy Quan and Best Supporting Actress for Jamie Lee Curtis (all three were a DELIGHT on the night),but also for Best Picture, a win for a genre movie I didn’t expect and which thrilled me to the core!
But along with this more than worthy winner were nine other nominees, all of which get their moment to shine in this exquisitely beautiful, moving montage video by Sleepy Skunk, whose work was featured on First Showing by Alex Billington, justifiably proud of their friend’s work.
Granted it wasn’t played during the telecast event – “This special Oscars montage will also be played at the ceremony, but only during a commercial break for the audience at the Dolby Theatre” – but by gosh, it was seen and appreciated for the way it brings these nine superlative films into sharp relief.
Yes, I am excited beyond measure that one of the absolute best pictures of 2022 got the Oscar, but watching these other films, you realise anew how good 2022 was for cinema.