2023 Oscars Predictions

Academic Magnet’s predictions for the winners of the 2023 Oscars


With the ninety fifth Academy Awards coming up on Sunday, March 12, many movie fanatics are eagerly sharing their predictions for this year’s awards show. I asked Magnet students to provide their own predictions for the winners of the 2023 Oscars.

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Austin Butler (Elvis)
  • Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin)
  • Brendan Fraser (The Whale)
  • Paul Mescal (Aftersun)
  • Bill Nighy (Living)

In this category, Austin Butler is predicted to win with 24 (over half!) responders listing his role in Elvis. This movie seems to be incredibly polarizing. While some fell head-over heels over Butler’s approach to representing “The King” in this film, others felt that he was over the top and took the role outside of the film studio (as of right now, he is still using his Elvis accent…).

I hate Austin Butler. If he wins actor in a leading role I’ll probably die. He did a ‘good job’ because he is insane and morphed into Elvis. That was not acting; that was shapeshifting. It’s fake.

— Kennedy Mackie (12)

Brendan Fraser came in second with 12 votes, Paul Mescal in third with 3, and Colin Farrell with 2.

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Brendan Gleeson (The Banshees of Inisherin)
  • Brian Tyree Henry (Causeway)
  • Judd Hirsch (The Fabelmans)
  • Barry Keoghan (The Banshees of Inisherin)
  • Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

In this category, Ke Huy Quan absolutely swept the predictions for this category with 34 votes in this category. He has been repeatedly praised for his work in Everything Everywhere All at Once, so I have faith in Magnet’s prediction. Brendan Gleeson came in second with 3 votes and Brian Tyree Henry came in third with 1.

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Cate Blanchett (Tár)
  • Ana de Armas (Blonde)
  • Andrea Riseborough (To Leslie)
  • Michelle Williams (The Fabelmans)
  • Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

Like her costar, Michelle Yeoh dominated this category, with 30 votes. As an incredibly talented actress in a critically acclaimed film, I have little doubt of her success on Sunday night. Cate Blanchett and Ana de Armas (I was shocked y’all voted for Blonde) tied for second with 3 votes apiece and Michelle Williams rounds it out with 2.

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Angela Bassett (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)
  • Hong Chau (The Whale)
  • Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin)
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Everything Everywhere All at Once)
  • Stephanie Hsu (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

In this category, Angela Bassett reigns supreme with 24 votes for her role as Queen Ramonda in the Black Panther sequel. Her moving monologue has many people rooting for her in this year’s awards cycle. Stephanie Hsu came in second with 10 votes, Jamie Lee Curtis in third with 6, and Hong Chau in fourth with 1.

Animated Feature Film

  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
  • Marcel the Shell With Shoes On
  • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
  • The Sea Beast
  • Turning Red

After a slight lapse in faith in Magnet students tastes’ after the Best Actor predictions, I was relieved to see that Puss in Boots: The Last Wish leads this category with 22 votes. This year had many standout animated films, but Puss in Boots is a classic series that cannot be ignored.

I though that Puss in Boots was the best animated movie I have seen in a very long time! The animation was so detailed and beautiful. The story was so cute and sweet, and I cried!

— Ella Bragg (12)

Pinocchio came in second with 8 votes, Turning Red came in third with 7, and Marcel the Shell With Shoes came in fourth with 6. I am not surprised that Sea Beast received zero votes, as I can only remember it like a bad nightmare that was extremely colorful. The kids I was watching it with loved the movie, so maybe I’m being picky.


  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
  • Elvis
  • Empire of Light
  • Tár

It was a close call, but Elvis came in first with 18 votes, and All Quiet on the Western Front fell just short with 17 votes. I am quite surprised, as All Quiet on the Western Front seemed to be a beautiful film, but maybe the fake tan dazzled y’all into clicking ElvisTár came in third with 4 votes (we love a woman in classical music) and Empire of Light came in fourth with 1.

Costume Design

  • Babylon
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • Elvis
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Not surprisingly, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever came out on top in this category with 22 votes. As usual, the costumes were incredible, and the Black Panther series has a chance to have a 100% success rate in this category, as the costume designer, Ruth Carter, won for the first film back in 2019. In second place was Everything Everywhere All at Once with 8 votes, Elvis in third with 6, and Babylon and Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris tied for fourth with 3.


  • Martin McDonagh (The Banshees of Inisherin)
  • Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (Everything Everywhere All at Once)
  • Steven Spielberg (The Fabelmans)
  • Todd Field (Tár)
  • Ruben Östlund (Triangle of Sadness)

The Daniels came in first with 25 votes for Everything Everywhere All at Once. This movie is incredibly well-rounded and should do well in almost every category it is nominated for (which is quite a few). In second is Steven Spielberg for The Fabelmans with 8 votes, Martin McDonagh for The Banshees of Inisherin in third with 3, Ruben Östlund (Triangle of Sadness) in fourth with 2, and Todd Field (Tár) in fifth with 1.

International Feature Film

  • All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany)
  • Argentina, 1985 (Argentina)
  • Close (Belgium)
  • EO (Poland)
  • The Quiet Girl (Ireland)

All Quiet on the Western Front came in first with 22 votes and Argentina, 1985 came in second with 13. Both of these films seem to be doing well within the US, which can be quite a feat as an international film. EOClose, and The Quiet Girl all tied for third with only 1 apiece.

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The Batman
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • Elvis
  • The Whale
No, that’s not a melted wax figure, it’s Austin Butler

Just as unsurprisingly as costume design, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever came in first with 17 votes. While I have been giving Elvis a LOT of flack in this article, the second place slot (16 votes) was actually deserved. You have to give them credit for the haunting portrayal of Elvis at the end of his life (it’s literally so scary who knew Elvis was secretly a horror movie).

The Batman came in third with 4 votes (who doesn’t love emo Batman), All Quiet on the Western Front in fourth with 3, and The Whale in fifth with 1.

Music (Original Score

  • All Quiet on the Western Front (Volker Bertelmann)
  • Babylon (Justin Hurwitz)
  • The Banshees of Inisherin (Carter Burwell)
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once (Son Lux)
  • The Fabelmans (John Williams)

If you know me at all, then you must be aware that this is my FAVORITE category. I feel like any score worthy of a nomination cannot go wrong, and my fellow Magnet students clearly feel the same way, with not one nominee dominating the votes. In first place was Everything Everywhere All at Once with 12 votes, All Quiet on the Western Front in second with 8, The Fabelmans and Babylon tied for third with 6 each, and The Banshees of Inisherin came in last with 4. While I am a huge fan of haunting and sweeping scores like All Quiet on the Western Front, each of these scores are amazing and deserve recognition.

Music (Original Song)

  • Applause by Diane Warren (Tell It Like a Woman)
  • Hold My Hand by Lady Gaga (Top Gun: Maverick)
    Lift Me Up by Rihanna, Ryan Coogler, and Ludwig Goransson (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)
  • Naatu Naatu by M.M. Keeravaani (RRR)
  • This is a Life by Ryan Lott, David Byrne, and Mitski (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

Another Black Panther expected win here, with the queen Rihanna providing vocals and Ludwig Goransson providing the music (his work is super cool check him out). “Lift Me Up” received 24 votes, “Hold My Hand” got second with 9, “Naatu Naatu” third with 5, and “This is a Life” in fourth with 3.

Best Picture

  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Avatar: The Way of Water
  • The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Elvis
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • The Fabelmans
  • Tár
  • Top Gun: Maverick
  • Triangle of Sadness
  • Women Talking

To round out their expected sweep, Everything Everywhere All at Once came in first with 21 votes. I think most people will be incredibly surprised if this movie does not win Best Picture. In second place is the supposed “movie of the summer” (according to fellow writer Lizzie Murray), Top Gun: Maverick came in second with 13 votes, Avatar: The Way of Water with 6, Elvis with 2, and All Quiet on the Western Front with 1.

As Sunday night draws near, I know many will be anticipating the results of this year’s Academy Awards. Will there be an insane sweep for Everywhere Everything All at Once? Or will there be a horrible upset with my least favorite movie? Will there be another Moonlight and La La Land mess up? We shall see. Tune in next article to see if your predictions were correct. Happy viewing!