Thursday, November 30, 2023

The Interested Bystander’s Oscar Predictions: November 2023

The Color Purple (c) Warner Bros.

The SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes are over, and now that the studios agree to give their workers a living wage, they can start to promote movies for this year’s awards cycle. The person who seems most itching to have facetime with the voters seems to Bradley Cooper for “Maestro,” followed by Jeffrey Wright for “American Fiction” and the cast of the upcoming “The Color Purple.” 

But with campaigning starting so late, maybe voters will have to rely on films and performances they like rather than just give into the media hype. With the critics’ groups announcements happening in the next two weeks and the shortlists announced right before Christmas, this is the last of my predictions that will be unbiased by the buzz and just on the films themselves. 


The Interested Bystanders 
2023-2024 Oscar Predictions

Past Lives (c) A24 

Best Picture 

All of Us Strangers 
American Fiction 
The Color Purple 
The Holdovers 
Killers of the Flower Moon 
Past Lives 
Poor Things 

Anatomy of a Fall 
The Zone of Interest 

Barbie (c) Warner Bros.


Greta Gerwig – Barbie 
Christopher Nolan – Oppenheimer 
Alexander Payne – The Holdovers 
Martin Scorsese – Killers of the Flower Moon 
Yorgos Lanthimos – Poor Things 

Bradley Cooper – Maestro 
Cord Jefferson – American Fiction 

Poor Things (c) Searchlight Pictures

Actress in a Leading Role 

Annette Bening – NYAD 
Lily Gladstone – Killers of the Flower Moon 
Sandra Hüller – Anatomy of a Fall 
Carey Mulligan – Maestro 
Emma Stone – Poor Things 

Jessica Chastain - Memory 
Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor – Origin 

Maestro (c) Netflix

Actor in a Leading Role 

Bradley Cooper – Maestro 
Colman Domingo – Rustin 
Cillian Murphy – Oppenheimer 
Andrew Scott – All of Us Strangers 
Jeffrey Wright – American Fiction 

Leonardo DiCaprio – Killers of the Flower Moon 
Paul Giamatti – The Holdovers 

Ferrari (c) NEON

Actress in a Supporting Role 

Danielle Brooks – The Color Purple 
Penélope Cruz – Ferrari 
Jodie Foster – NYAD 
Rachel McAdams – Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret 
Da'Vine Joy Randolph – The Holdovers 

Emily Blunt – Oppenheimer 
Taraji P Henson – The Color Purple 

Memory (c) Ketchup Entertainment

Actor in a Supporting Role 

Robert Downey Jr. – Oppenheimer 
Ryan Gosling – Barbie 
Charles Melton – May December 
Mark Ruffalo – Poor Things 
Peter Sarsgaard – Memory 

Willem Dafoe – Poor Things 
Robert DeNiro – Killers of the Flower Moon 

The Holdovers (c) Focus Features

Original Screenplay 

Anatomy of a Fall 
The Holdovers 
Past Lives 

May December 

The Zone of Interest (c) A24

Adapted Screenplay 

All of Us Strangers 
American Fiction 
Killers of the Flower Moon 
Poor Thing 

Are You There, God? It’s Me Margaret 
The Zone of Interest

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