Ahead of Tuesday’s 95th Oscar nominations announcement, Academy CEO Bill Cramer shared in a letter to AMPAS members that the organization saw “record-breaking participation” for this year’s nominations, generating the largest voter turnout in the Academy Awards’ 95-year history.
Following the close of Oscar nomination voting, which closes Tuesday, January 17 at 5:00 p.m. PT, Cramer sent an email praising the participation of AMPAS members representing more than 80 countries, surpassing 2022’s record number of participants. Although exact voting figures are not shared by the Academy, we know there are 9,579 eligible voting members in 18 branches.
More participation may yield unexpected results. This marks the second year of a return to the Best Picture category, guaranteeing 10 films to be recognized. Last year’s nominees saw inspired choices — as Japanese drama “Drive My Car” grabbed the headlines with Best Picture — along with Penelope Cruz (“Parallel Mother”), Jesse Plemons (“The Power of Dogs”) and Judi Dench (“Belfast”). “) in the acting category. We’ve also seen egregious omissions like Lady Gaga (“House of Gucci”) in the Best Actress category
With many blockbusters and consumer-friendly titles in the awards discussion, such as “Avatar: The Way of Water,” “The Glass Onion” and “Top Gun: Maverick,” we’re seeing a field of nominated movies that are more mainstream. Known. As a result, the telecast may see higher ratings. The Producers Guild of America Awards, a key bellwether for the Oscars’ best picture category, recognized the aforementioned three and four sequels, including Marvel’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” Only eight sequels have been nominated in Oscar history, and none in the same year.
Several A-list names from the film, including the feel-good comeback story and legacy recognition, are in contention for nominations. Some of these include Colin Farrell (“The Banshees of Inishreen”), Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”), Angela Bassett (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”) and Michelle Yeoh and Kay Huey Kwan (“Everything Everything All at One ” ) Some of the biggest names in music are also vying for attention: Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Drake and The Weeknd.
Returning to a private live event, the Oscars will be announced on Tuesday, January 24 from the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre.
Check out the latest film predictions for all 23 categories, in one place of diversity Oscar Collective. The final Oscar predictions will be released on Thursday.
Read a copy of the letter from Cramer below:
Dear Academy Members,
Thank you for voting for this year’s Oscar nominations! We saw record-breaking participation, and ballots were submitted from 80 countries. This year’s nominations reflect the tireless work and incredible dedication of so many in our film community.
Through the Oscars, the Academy recognizes and celebrates the allied arts and sciences of filmmaking and the diverse, talented people who make films. We connect our global audience—members of the Academy, industry and film fans—through their shared passion for making and watching movies.
Nominees in 23 award categories will be announced this year by Riz Ahmed and Alison Williams on Tuesday, January 24 at 5:30 a.m. PT. You can watch the announcement live on Good Morning America, Oscars.org, Oscar.com and on the Academy’s digital platforms (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter). We so hope you can join us.
Final voting begins Thursday, March 2, and we hope you’ll continue to visit your local movie theaters to see this year’s nominated films. You can also access these films and bonus content in our fantastic Academy Screening Room.
Thank you again for your dedication and commitment to the Academy. I look forward to celebrating our nominees with all of you on March 12th!
my best wishes,
Chief Executive Officer