It’s Oscar season and my family and I have watched all movies in the 2023 Oscar-nominated best pictures category. In fact, we watch every movie nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award every year. And when time allows, we watch films in the other Oscar categories including Best Animated Feature, Best Actor, Best Actress.
Filming locations, length of film, movie quotes, movie facts sourced from IMDb. While many theaters are showing all the best pics Oscar weekend, you can watch many with streaming apps (see movie listings below).
Here is a list of the 2023 Oscar Best Picture movies nominated and ranked (not necessarily listed in the order of which film I think will win an Academy Award). Update: Note that I wrote this post pre-Oscar night. And let’s just say I missed something when it came to Everything Everywhere All at Once. My son and my niece loved it. Me not so much.
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All you need to know about the 2023 Oscar Best Picture nominations
This list of the 2023 Oscar Best Picture nominated films includes my rankings, trivia, filming location, favorite movie quote, and more.
2023 Oscar-nominated Best Picture: The Banshees of Inisheran
I would watch this movie again as I loved The Banshees of Inisheran. While there are so many movies about friendships between women, this film provides a unique perspective about male friendships. Losing a best friend who forgets to tell you is extremely painful. The Banshees of Inisheran definitely earned the Oscar nomination for Best Picture and was my favorite.
One-word Oscar best pic movie review for The Banshees of Inisheran: Poignant
How long is The Banshees of Inisheran? The Banshees of Inisheran is 1 hour and 54 minutes.
What genre is The Banshees of Inisheran? Drama
Movie tip: I’ve heard some people saying they had difficulty understanding the dialects and conversation. While streaming, you can turn on the subtitles to help if needed.
Where to watch The Banshees of Inisheran Oscar weekend: The Banshees of Inisheran is currently streaming on HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon, Apple TV
Favorite movie quote from The Banshees of Inisheran: Some things there’s no moving on from. And I think that’s a good thing.
Travel inspiration: Where was The Banshees of Inisheran filmed?
The Banshees of Inisheran is set on an island on the west coast of Ireland. This Oscar-nominated movie was filmed in Inishmore, Aran Islands, County Galway, Ireland. I would love to visit this area – so atmospheric.
2023 Oscar-nominated Best Picture: Tár
If you need fast-paced, literal movies that tell you what it’s about, then Tár is not for you. The beauty of this story is all between the lines. And the ending? You could take this film literally and it would still be a meaningful movie, but that is not why Tár was nominated for Best Picture.
Although not very likeable, I loved Cate Blanchett’s portrayal of the main character, Lydia Tár. She’s up for Best Actress and could likely win. In fact, she was my pic until I saw To Leslie. See below for my thoughts on 2023 Oscar Best Actress Nominee Andrea Riseborough.
One-word Oscar best pic movie review for Tár: Thought-provoking
How long is Tár the Oscar-nominated movie? Tár is 2 hours and 38 minutes.
What genre is Tár the movie? Drama
Where to watch Tár the movie on Oscar weekend: Tár is currently streaming on Peacock
Tár the movie fun fact: According to IMDB, Blanchett has to relearn piano and learn how to speak German and how to conduct an orchestra in this Oscar-nominated Best Picture film.
Favorite movie quote from Tár the movie: It is always the question that involves the listener. It’s never the answer.
Travel inspiration: Where was Tár filmed?
Tár is set around the world and this 2023 Oscar-nominated Best Picture was filmed in Germany, Thailand, and New York City.
2023 Oscar-nominated Best Picture: All Quiet on the Western Front
Full disclosure: When we first streamed this 2023 Oscar-nominated film for Best Picture, I fell asleep. I’m glad I decided to give All Quiet on the Western Front a second chance. This foreign film definitely deserves the Academy Award nomination. In fact, my husband chose it as his pick for 2023 Oscar Best Picture.
I’m not usually into remakes, but I’ve never seen the original. The 1930 version of All Quiet on the Western Front received the Best Picture award in the third Oscars ever. I found All Quiet on the Western Front very moving from the other side’s point of view. It hit home that war is stupid and affects everyone.
One-word Oscar best pic movie review for All Quiet on the Western Front: Affecting
How long is All Quiet on the Western Front? All Quiet on the Western Front is 2 hours and 28 minutes.
What genre is All Quiet on the Western Front? War drama
Where to watch All Quiet on the Western Front Oscar weekend: All Quiet on the Western Front is currently streaming on Netflix.
All Quiet on the Western Front movie tip: This Oscar Best Picture nominee features subtitles, but you’ll still be pulled in emotionally.
Favorite movie quote from All Quiet on the Western Front: The stench will remain on us forever.
Travel inspiration: Where was All Quiet on the Western Front filmed?
The 2023 version of All Quiet on the Western Front was set in Germany, France primarily. This movie was filmed in Prague, Czech Republic.
2023 Oscar-nominated Best Picture: Elvis
Elvis is a pretty good biopic of the King of Rock and Roll – and one that his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, endorsed. Although I appreciated seeing the vulnerable behind-the-scenes look at Elvis, I felt like the movie focused more on Colonel Tom Parker’s influence. So I think the name of the movie should have been Colonel Tom Parker.
One-word Oscar best pic movie review for Elvis: Engrossing
How long is Elvis? Elvis is 2 hours and 39 minutes.
What genre is Elvis? Drama, biography
Where to watch Elvis Oscar weekend: Elvis is currently streaming on HBO Max and Apple TV.
Elvis fun fact: Elvis never toured outside the U.S. with the exception of a couple of nights in Canada. See more fun facts in my related post: Guide to Graceland – the home of Elvis Presley
Favorite movie quote from Elvis: There’s a lot of people saying a lot of things, but in the end you gotta listen to yourself.
Travel inspiration: Where was Elvis filmed?
While the movie is set in Memphis, Las Vegas and throughout the U.S., the movie Elvis was filmed in Australia.
2023 Oscar-nominated Best Picture: Top Gun: Maverick
As an 80s lady, I was a huge fan of Top Gun – one of my favorite movies from that decade. And while I loved Top Gun: Maverick, I was surprised it was nominated for the 2023 Oscar Best Picture Academy Award. But it was fun to watch how Maverick turned out decades later. Lots of action, relationship-building, and forgiveness going on in this nominate Oscar Best Picture film.
One-word Oscar best pic movie review for Top Gun: Maverick: Action-packed
How long is Top Gun: Maverick? Top Gun: Maverick is 2 hours and 10 minutes.
What genre is Top Gun: Maverick? Action, drama
Where to watch Top Gun: Maverick Oscar weekend: Top Gun: Maverick is currently streaming on iTunes and Amazon.
Top Gun: Maverick fun fact: Tom Cruise flew his own fighter jet in Top Gun: Maverick – no CGI here. But lots of real G-force.
Favorite movie quote from Top Gun: Maverick: I can quote quite a few movie lines from the original Top Gun: “You never, never leave your wingman.” “I feel the need, the need for speed.” “Talk to me, Goose.” My favorite movie quote from Top Gun: Maverick: “Talk to me, dad.”
Travel inspiration: Where was Top Gun: Maverick filmed?
Top Gun: Maverick is set and was filmed primarily in San Diego, California. However, the real Top Gun program is now located in Nevada.
2023 Oscar-nominated Best Picture: Avatar: The Way of Water
Avatar is another sequel included in the list of 2023 Oscar-nominated Best Picture category. And it is worthy. The cinematography, visual effects, and storytelling were brilliant – simply stunning. I’m not a big fan of 3-D movies, but Avatar is one you must see in the theater to appreciate all the work that went into the visual effects. You really feel like you are right there with them. And you forget that it’s all digitally created – they look real not animated or CGI.
While I saw and loved the original Avatar way back in 2009, I didn’t remember much of the details. But no worry. It’s not a prerequisite to watch the new Avatar movie. They do a great job of making this a standalone movie.
One-word Oscar best pic movie review for Avatar: The Way of Water: Brilliant
How long is Avatar: The Way of Water? Avatar: The Way of Water is 3 hours and 12 minutes! It’s a long movie, but it moves fast. No slow burn here.
What genre is Avatar: The Way of Water? Avatar: The Way of Water is promoted as an action, adventure, and fantasy film.
Why isn’t Avatar: The Way of Water considered an animated film? That is a touchy debate especially with Director James Cameron. Here’s a Business Insider article on why The Academy doesn’t consider Avatar: The Way of Water an animated film. From what I understand, it’s considered CGI with motion capture.
Where to watch Avatar: The Way of Water Oscar weekend: Avatar: The Way of Water is currently only in theaters (choose the 3-D version). This Oscar-worthy film is expected to stream on Disney+ eventually. You can currently watch the original Avatar on Disney+..
Avatar: The Way of Water fun fact: Only two scenes in Avatar: The Way of Water were live shots.
Favorite movie quote from Avatar: The Way of Water: The way of water connects all things.
Travel inspiration: Where was Avatar: The Way of Water filmed?
I wish the setting of this magical place in Avatar: The Way of Water was real. This Oscar-nominated Best Picture was made in a New Zealand studio.
2023 Oscar-nominated Best Picture: Triangle of Sadness
I went in blind when I watched Triangle of Sadness. And initially was thinking I had selected the wrong movie. Surely, this was not the Oscar-nominated movie I was supposed to be watching. But I hung in there. And glad I did. While Triangle of Sadness appears low on my list of 2023 Oscar-nominated Best Picture films, it is worthy of the nomination. And it kept me guessing on where this story was taking me.
Think Fargo. Definitely a dark comedy. Although it did also give me vibes from Lord of the Flies.
And I learned what Triangle of Sadness means.
One-word Oscar best pic movie review for Triangle of Sadness: Unpredictable
How long is Triangle of Sadness? The Oscar-nominated film Triangle of Sadness is 2 hours and 27 minutes.
What genre is Triangle of Sadness? The Triangle of Sadness is Dark Comedy (comedy – drama).
Where to watch Triangle of Sadness Oscar weekend: Triangle of Sadness is currently streaming on Hulu, Amazon, and Apple TV.
Triangle of Sadness tip: There was a scene where I had to look away. You’ll know once you see it.
Favorite movie quote from Triangle of Sadness: Isn’t this one of ours? (This may not seem like much of a quote if you haven’t seen the movie yet. But don’t want to include a spoiler.)
Travel inspiration: Where was Triangle of Sadness filmed?
Most of the scenes in Triangle of Sadness were filmed in Greece.
2023 Oscar-nominated Best Picture: The Fabelmans
I know The Fabelmans is way down on my list of the Oscars Best Picture. I really did like it and it is worthy of an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. It’s a family saga loosely based on Director Stephen Spielberg’s childhood. He does a great job of exploring the complex and often complicated family dynamics, drama, and relationships – and following your dreams and heart.
One-word Oscar best pic movie review for The Fabelmans:
How long is The Fabelmans? The Fabelmans is 2 hours and 31 minutes.
What genre is The Fabelmans? The Fabelmans is a drama.
Where to watch The Fabelmans Oscar weekend: The Fabelmans movie Amazon, Apple TV, and YouTube.
The Fabelmans movie fun fact: While the movie The Fabelmans is loosely based on Spielberg’s own family, it is still fiction. The title of the film was inspired by the word fable.
Favorite movie quote from The Fabelmans: Family, art, life. It will tear you in two.
Travel inspiration: Where was The Fabelmans filmed?
The Fabelmans was filmed in Arizona. The movie is set primarily in Arizona with brief stints in New Jersey and Hollywood.
2023 Oscar-nominated Best Picture: Everything Everywhere All at Once
Unpopular opinion here. I am definitely in the minority when it comes to this 2023 Oscar-nominated Best Picture film: Everything Everywhere All at Once (and it won!). While it was cool to see the kid from Indiana Jones all grown up, I honestly didn’t remember much about this movie. We saw Everything Everywhere All at Once before the 2023 Oscar nominations. I remembered it was a family saga that took place in their home and laundromat business. But I did not remember the storyline, that it was a multiverse, and even that Jamie Lee Curtis was in it.
Seriously? I love Jamie Lee Curtis. It was only when my son reminded me of the scene with the fingers that I kinda recalled her acting in this film. An Oscar-nominated film where she is nominated for Best Supporting Actress (she won!). Maybe I need to watch it again to appreciate it more. But I did not like it all that much the first time.
One-word Oscar best pic movie review for Everything Everywhere All at Once: Forgettable
How long is Everything Everywhere All at Once? Everything Everywhere All at Once movie is 2 hours and 19 minutes.
What genre is Everything Everywhere All at Once? Everything Everywhere All at Once is considered a comedy with a bit of action, adventure, fantasy. I had to look it up.
Where to watch Everything Everywhere All at Once Oscar weekend: The Oscar-nominated movie Everything Everywhere All at Once is currently streaming on Paramount+, Hulu, and Showtime.
Everything Everywhere All at Once fun fact: I read that Jamie Lee Curtis turned down a dinner invitation for Oscar nominees because 9 p.m. is her bedtime.
Favorite movie quote from Everything Everywhere All at Once: I don’t remember any lines from this movie.
Travel inspiration: Where was Everything Everywhere All at Once filmed?
The film Everything Everywhere All at Once was filmed and set in California.
2023 Oscar-nominated Best Picture: Women Talking
Women Talking should be my kind of movie. Lots of introspective conversations and giving visibility to the challenges in a male-dominated world, abusive relationships, and what a mother will do to protect her family. While I applaud the ambition, this film just fell flat and short for me. The conversations seemed forced and didn’t quite ring true. The women were kept illiterate, yet they were very articulate and seemed worldly. And while I’m good with slow-burn movies and don’t need my hand held to tell a story, this one definitely had gaps, did not provide closure, and left me with a lot of questions.
One-word Oscar best pic movie review for Women Talking: Disappointing
How long is Women Talking? The Oscar-nominated film Women Talking is 1 hour and 44 minutes.
What genre is Women Talking? Women Talking is a drama.
Where to watch Women Talking Oscar weekend: Women Talking is now available to stream and rent on Apple TV and YouTube.
Women Talking movie fact: This movie is, unfortunately, based on a true story.
Favorite movie quote from Women Talking: Hope for the unknown is good. It is better than hatred of the familiar.
Travel inspiration: Where was Women Talking filmed?
Women Talking was filmed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and is set in Canada. The actual Mennonite community was in Bolivia.
Ranked list of the best movies to watch this weekend: 2023 Oscar Best Picture nominations
1. The Banshees of Inisheran
3. All Quiet on the Western Front
5. Top Gun: Maverick
6. Avatar: The Way of Water
7. Triangle of Sadness
8. The Fabelmans
9. Everything Everywhere All at Once
10. Women Talking
2023 Oscar Best Actor
I highly recommend The Whale and hope Brendan Fraser gets the Oscar for Best Actor (update…he did!). I don’t believe it’s streaming yet, but is in some theaters.
2023 Oscar Best Actress
Hoping for an upset here that Andrea Riseborough receives the 2023 Oscar for Best Actress (she didn’t). My husband and I both agree that To Leslie should have received a 2023 Oscar nomination for Best Picture. It didn’t earn much at the box office – I read somewhere less than $30,000. To Leslie is currently streaming and we rented it from Apple TV.
What’s your favorite movie among the 2023 Oscar Best Picture nominees?