Oscars 2023: Why commercial films could win big

As the race for the Oscar shortlist intensifies, Screen Talk looks at the bigger picture of this year’s awards season.

Months ago, when Top Gun: Maverick hit the box office, there were early rumors about the potential for an Oscar season. Compared to traditional fall season award material, from “TÁR” to “Women Talking,” a huge blockbuster sequel might not have looked like the most obvious contender for best picture. But now it even has some company in that department, as Avatar: The Way of Water picks up steam following the launch of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. “RRR” may not be an American spectacle, but it also brings a certain blockbuster scale to the award ceremony.

None of this means other contenders like Everything Everywhere All at Once and The Banshees of Inisherin don’t stand a chance for Best Picture. But Hollywood welcomes big commercials into awards season because Hollywood needs big commercials, period.

On this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss what that means, as Hollywood is at a crossroads and as a result vanity projects are less likely to get the green light from big-name directors. The pair also talk about the recent Oscar shortlists, including the surprises and snubs among documentaries and international films. Screen Talk is taking a break next year and returning in 2023.

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below.

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