We’ve said it before, and we’re likely to say it again, but 2023 was a banner year for the movies, with some of the best and most impactful films in recent memory making us laugh, cry, and feel just about every emotion in the book. Several of those movies did quite well at the Golden Globes®, and there’s reason to believe the same will be true during the 96th Academy Awards® ceremony on March 10.
Here are the eight movies we think have the best Oscar® potential heading into the grand finale of the awards season.
Christopher Nolan’s OPPENHEIMER, which came out the same day as BARBIE, kicking off the “Barbenheimer” pop culture phenomenon that took the world by storm, was one of the most important films of the year and the past decade. And if the success of the three-hour biographical drama about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the creation of the atom bomb is any indication, we’re going to be hearing the title quite a bit at the Oscars®.
It wouldn’t be all that surprising to see OPPENHEIMER take Best Picture, Best Actor for Cillian Murphy, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Robert Downey Jr. and Best Score, categories it won at the Golden Globes.
BARBIE was undoubtedly the most talked about movie of 2023, and for good reason, as Greta Gerwig’s hilarious, powerful and sentimental movie about one of history’s most famous toys was a tour de force. Winner of two Golden Globes, the Margot Robbie-led film has a lot of steam going into the Oscars.
We’re all but guaranteed to see BARBIE in the running for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress for Robbie, Best Supporting Actor for Ryan Gosling and Best Original Song, among various other categories. Honestly, it has a chance to win several of those.
Yorgos Lanthimos’ POOR THINGS feels like one of those movies that could come into the Oscars and take everything and it wouldn’t be all that surprising. The mind-bending sci-fi black comedy starring Emma Stone as a woman brought back from the dead who embarks upon a journey of self-discovery in a fantastical world, has received heaps of praise since its release, including two Golden Globes for Best Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
The Oscar nominations haven’t been released at the time of this writing, but there’s a good chance POOR THINGS shows up in all the major categories.
THE HOLDOVERS, Alexander Payne’s dramedy about a cantankerous teacher, a rebellious student and a grieving school cook spending the holiday break together after having no place to go, was one of the most charming, hilarious and poignant movies of 2023, and is more than deserving of all the praise it's received thus far.
Paul Giamatti and Da’Vine Joy Randolph, if nominated, will have some stiff competition in their respective categories, but each of their performances were so powerful, so moving and so nuanced that there’s reason to believe they add Oscar-winner to their names. It also wouldn’t be surprising to see THE HOLDOVERS win Best Original Screenplay or Production Design.