Maverick snags an Oscar nomination?

Baz Luhrmann directs Austin Butler on the Queensland set of Elvis.

Baz Luhrmann directs Austin Butler on the Queensland set of Elvis.Credit:Warner Bros.

But he faces broad international competition for the other two spots. Roughly ranked by probability, British Ireland’s contenders include Martin McDonagh (The Banshees by Inisherin), American Todd Field (tar), the Canadian Sarah Polley (women talk), the American Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Woman King) and Josef Kosinski (Top Gun: Maverick), Germany’s Edward Berger (nothing new in the West), South Korea’s Park Chan-wook (decision to go), the Swede Ruben Ostlund (triangle of sadness) and India’s SS Rajamouli (RRR).

In a broader field than usual, the Australian hope is that Luhrmann will join Spielberg, Scheinert/Kwan and Cameron, with the final nomination going to either McDonagh, Prince-Bythewood or Polley.

There is a category that elvis gets no nomination for: Best Song. During Doja Cat’s Vegas was a hit, it was deemed ineligible for an Oscar because it contains Shonka Dukureh’s version of samples hunting dog.


The 14 British Academy Awards nominations for Netflix’s foreign language war film nothing new in the West has increased his chances for Best Picture at the Oscars. Other leading competitors are The Woman King, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, RRR, The Whale, Women Talking and triangle of sadness

The Oscars, again hosted by talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, will take place on March 13 Australian time.

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