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The 2023 award season is on a roll in Hollywood bringing to light the best works that delighted cinema and streaming fanatics.

From the profoundly emotional true story about the tragic death of 14-year-old Emmett Till told through the lens of Chinonye Chukwu in ‘Till’ to the electrifying picture ‘Elvis’ centered around the timeless icon Elvis Presley, here are some of the buzziest works that made waves in Hollywood over the past year all collectively instigate a moving tribute to the enlightenment that comes with storytelling.

With Oscar nominations set for Tuesday, 24 January, 2023, critics are on their final and last prediction score counts helping set momentum for highlighted industry players.

Below is a slew of the recognized works likely to score Oscar nomination(s) come Tuesday.

TAR

SYNOPSIS: Renowned musician Lydia Tár is days away from recording the symphony that will elevate her career. When all elements seem to conspire against her, Lydia’s adopted daughter Petra becomes an integral emotional support for her struggling mother.

DIRECTOR: Todd Field

CAST: Cate Blanchett, Nina Hoss, Sophie Kauer

AVAILABLE TO STREAM: Amazon, Apple TV+

 

THE WOMAN KING’

SYNOPSIS: In the 1800s, a group of all-female warriors protects the African kingdom of Dahomey with skills and fierceness unlike anything the world has ever seen. Faced with a new threat, Gen. Nanisca trains the next generation of recruits to fight against a foreign enemy that’s determined to destroy their way of life.

DIRECTOR: Gina Prince-Bythewood

CAST: Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch

AVAILABLE TO STREAM: Prime Video, Apple TV

THE FABELMANS’

SYNOPSIS: Young Sammy Fabelman falls in love with movies after his parents take him to see “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Armed with a camera, Sammy starts to make his own films at home, much to the delight of his supportive mother.

DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg

CAST: Michelle Williams, Gabriel LaBelle, David Lynch, Paul Dano

AVAILABLE TO STREAM: Prime Video, Apple TV

ELVIS

SYNOPSIS: Whilst on a mission to transform the mainstream rock and roll culture of the USA, singer Elvis Presley uses his fame to highlight racism within the country.

CAST: Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge

DIRECTOR: Buz Luhrmann

AVAILABLE TO STREAM: HBO Max

Empire of Light

SYNOPSIS: A romance develops in a beautiful old cinema on the south coast of England in the 1980s.

CAST: Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward, Colin Firth

DIRECTOR: Sam Mendes

AVAILABLE TO STREAM: Prime Video, Apple TV+

CAUSEWAY

SYNOPSIS: Lynsey, a U.S. soldier, experiences a traumatic brain injury during her tour in Afghanistan which forces her to return home. She struggles to return to her daily life with her mother as she waits for her eventual redeployment.

CAST: Jennifer Lawrence, Brian Tyree Henry

DIRECTOR: Lila Neugebauer

AVAILABLE TO STREAM: Apple TV+

‘BABYLON’

SYNOPSIS: Decadence, depravity, and outrageous excess lead to the rise and fall of several ambitious dreamers in 1920s Hollywood.

CAST: Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

DIRECTOR: Damien Chazelle

AVAILABLE TO STREAM: Amazon Prime

THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN

SYNOPSIS: On a remote island off the coast of Ireland, Pádraic is devastated when his buddy Colm suddenly puts an end to their lifelong friendship. With help from his sister and a troubled young islander, Pádraic sets out to repair the damaged relationship by any means necessary. However, as Colm’s resolve only strengthens, he soon delivers an ultimatum that leads to shocking consequences.

CAST: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, kerry Condon

DIRECTOR: Martin McDonagh

AVAILABLE TO WATCH: Hulu

SHE SAID’

SYNOPSIS: The New York Times journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor publish a report that exposes sexual abuse allegations against powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The shocking story also serves as a launching pad for the #MeToo movement, shattering decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault and harassment.

CAST: Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kazan

DIRECTOR: Maria Schrader

AVAILABLE TO WATCH: Peacock

EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE

SYNOPSIS: A Chinese immigrant gets unwillingly embroiled in an epic adventure where she must connect different versions of herself in the parallel universe to stop someone who intends to harm the multiverse.

CAST: Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, Jamie Lee Curtis

DIRECTOR: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert

AVAILABLE TO STREAM: Prime Video

TILL

SYNOPSIS: The true story of Mamie Till-Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, who was brutally lynched in 1955 while visiting his cousins in Mississippi.

CAST: Danielle Deadwyler, Whoopi Goldberg

DIRECTOR: Chinonye Chukwu

AVAILABLE TO WATCH: Apple TV+

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