Jimmy Kimmel Returns to Host the Oscars

We take look at the leading contenders at this year's Academy Awards

We take look at the leading contenders at this year’s Academy Awards

Though more films have returned to theatrical-only releases than in earlier phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, the future of some theatres is in jeopardy… and a significant number of them have closed. Still, there are enough releases and places to see them for the Academy Awards to have an impact on how they perform economically. Which is why Hollywood’s biggest night remains relevant as ever.

Women TalkingPlan B EntertainmentLive from Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre, Jimmy Kimmel will host for a third time. Regardless of what the late-night icon and his writers have in store, it’s tough to imagine their antics will be nearly so memorable as the Will Smith-Chris Rock slap from last year. We suppose the question is: Does Kimmel work the slap into his act? Regardless, he’ll have ample subjects for pointed barbs, such as the absence of female nominees in the category of Best Director—a fact that critics were quick to point out after the nominations were announced in January; that said, Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley’s dark, timely drama Women Talking is deservedly in the mix for Best Picture. As for other top contenders, the genre-bending fantasy Everything Everywhere All at Once leads with 11 bids. War drama All Quiet on the Western Front and the seriocomic The Banshees of Inisherin follow with nine each, while hit musical Elvis has eight. Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical The Fabelmans registers with seven nominations, and Top Gun: Maverick has six. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Tàr have five apiece.

Avatar20th Century FoxBelow are the nominees in several of the prestige categories:

Best Picture: All Quiet on the Western Front; Avatar: The Way of Water; The Banshees of Inisherin; Elvis; Everything Everywhere All at Once; The Fabelmans; Tàr; Top Gun: Maverick; Triangle of Sadness; Women Talking

Best Director: Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin; Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once; Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans; Todd Field, Tàr; Ruben Östlund, Triangle of Sadness

Everything Everywhere All at OnceElevation PicturesBest Actress: Cate Blanchett, Tàr; Ana de Armas, Blonde; Andrea Riseborough, To Leslie; Michelle Williams, The Fabelmans; Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Actor: Austin Butler, Elvis; Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin; Brendan Fraser, The Whale; Paul Mescal, Aftersun; Bill Nighy, Living

Best Supporting Actor: Brendan Gleeson, The Banshees of Inisherin; Brian Tyree Henry, Causeway; Judd Hirsch, The Fabelmans; Barry Keoghan, The Banshees of Inisherin; Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Supporting Actress: Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever; Hong Chau, The Whale; Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin; Jamie Lee Curtis, Everything Everywhere All at Once; Stephanie Hsu, Everything Everywhere All at Once

The Oscars airs Sunday, March 12 on CTV & ABC