Blanchett, Elvis biopic get Oscar nods

Dimension-hopping adventure Everything Everywhere All at Once has topped the list of films nominated for this year's Academy Awards as voters chose several crowd-pleasing hits to compete for the best picture prize.

Everything Everywhere, a science-fiction movie about an exasperated woman trying to finish her taxes, landed 11 nominations, including best picture and four acting nods.

Australian Cate Blanchett was nominated for best actress for her portrayal of a manipulative orchestra conductor in Tar, as was Michelle Yeoh for her starring role in Everything Everywhere.

Baz Luhrmann blockbuster Elvis scored eight nominations, including for best picture and a best actor nod for Austin Butler's portrayal of rock legend Elvis Presley.

Butler will face off with the likes of Colin Farrell, who stars as a farmer obsessed with restoring a friendship in The Banshees of Inisherin.

Other films vying for best picture include Avatar: The Way of Water, James Cameron's sequel that ranks as the sixth-highest grossing movie ever; Tom Cruise mega-hit Top Gun: Maverick; Steven Spielberg's coming-of-age film The Fabelmans; The Bansehees of Inisherin; Tar; Triangle of Sadness; Women Talking; and All Quiet on the Western Front.

Australian director Luhrmann missed out on a nod in the best director field, which this year includes Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert for Everything Everywhere and Steven Spielberg for The Fabelmans.

Winners of the industry's highest honours will be unveiled at a March 12 ceremony hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel and aired live on Walt Disney Co's ABC network.

The Oscars and other entertainment awards shows have been struggling to attract TV viewers, particularly younger ones who spend time on TikTok and YouTube.

Last year's Academy Awards show, when Will Smith slapped presenter Chris Rock before winning best actor, drew about 15.4 million TV viewers, the second-smallest audience ever.

A range of nationalities is represented on the 2023 acting list, with nominations for performers from Australia, Cuba, Ireland and Malaysia - along with the United Kingdom and the United States.

Ireland is particularly well represented and accounts for a quarter of all 20 acting nominations, with nods for Kerry Condon, Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan (The Banshees Of Inisherin) plus Paul Mescal (in the coming-of-age drama Aftersun).

Winners will be voted on by the roughly 10,000 actors, producers, directors and film craftspeople who make up the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

with PA