2023 Oscar Nominees: Initial Ranking

An Initial Ranking of all 39 2023 Oscar Nominees in Feature-Length Categories.
All Quiet on the Western Front
2023 Oscar Nominees

Based on my analysis of Oscar nomination patterns, audience ratings, and critical reaction, I have constructed an initial ranking of all 39 feature films nominated this year.  At this point, I haven’t seen any of these films and I have encountered only whatever advertising and journalistic coverage might have been generated in general online media.  The purpose of this ranking is nothing more than to give a summary comparison of all of the known data into a rough overall comparison of these movies.  After generating this list, I publish it, and then, to the best I can, forget it.  At the end of the year, it is enlightening to see how much and where my opinion differs from the opinion-makers in the industry.  This is also NOT my Oscar predictions.  While I use this ranking, my final Oscar predictions can vary from what this ranking seems to suggest.  I will make that comparison at the end of the year.

General Interest Feature Films

(Listed in groups where the differences within groups are less significant than the differences between groups.)

Everything Everywhere All at Once

All Quiet on the Western Front

The Fabelmans

The Banshees of Inisherin

Tell It Like a Woman

Top Gun: Maverick







Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Women Talking

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Avatar: The Way of Water

To Leslie

The Batman



The Whale

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris



Triangle of Sadness


Bardo: False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

Empire of Light



Special Interest Feature Films


Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

The Sea Beast

Turning Red


All That Breathes


Fire of Love

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

A House of Splinters


All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany) * 

The Quiet Girl (Ireland)

EO (Poland)

Argentina, 1985 (Argentina)

Close (Belgium)

* Is also included in the General Interest Film List

The Fabelmans
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