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Oscar Marathon Calculator

Created by Joanna Śmietańska, PhD, Davide Borchia and Luciano Miño
Reviewed by Steven Wooding
Last updated: Sep 06, 2023


The Oscars 2023 are just behind us, with the awards ceremony concluded on March 12, 2023. For the 54 nominated movies, only 23 awards were waiting, and it came as no surprise that just 13 movies won the much-desired statue. Let's find out then what happened on the most magical night of cinema. And after you will know who won what, start watching! It doesn't matter whether you're an Oscar nerd or a casual moviegoer; our Oscar marathon calculator is here to help you plan a tour through the award-winning movies of the past year.

Must-haves for the Oscar fan to get them through a Oscar-watching marathon

How does it work?

The Oscar marathon calculator helps arrange the list of Oscar-winner and nominated films 🎥 according to the user's movie taste and amount of available time. All you have to do with our calculator is to specify:

  1. Chosen nomination categories.
  2. Your favorite actors.
  3. Preferred length of the films (longer or shorter than 2 hours).
  4. Type of film (animated, documentary, or feature).
  5. Whether the film passed the Bechdel test.
  6. Amount of time you can spend watching ⌚ each day.

The result is a suggested list of films to watch each day until the grand finale, the Academy Awards ceremony. Want to plan a similar marathon through the Star Wars universe? Check out our Star Wars Marathon Calculator.

Trivia

The 2022 Oscars had some memorable moments such as Beyoncé kicking off the show with her stunning performance, Troy Kotsur's award as the first deaf Oscar winner, and the infamous Will Smith - Chris Rock slapping incident 🤦 (don't you dare insult Will Smith's wife).

💡 We already know that this year the Academy has implemented a new "crisis team" to prevent another Slapgate, so the 2023 ceremony promises to be a wonderful spectacle and a celebration of cinema. 🎦

The Oscar nominations every year are a mixture – of joy, disappointment, a bit of surprise, and a whole lot of carefully planned promotional campaigns. This year, the 95th Academy Awards ceremony for 2023 has been traditionally held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. For the third time, it has been hosted by American comedian Jimmy Kimmel. The nominations were announced by Riz Ahmed and Allison Williams, on January 24, 2023.

Nothing out of the ordinary happened in 2023: only some light fun poked at last year's incident and a lot of emotions!

This year’s top contenders

This year's favorite in the awards race is Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert's production of Everything Everywhere All at Once. The film has a chance to snatch a statuette in 10 categories 🏆: best picture, director, original screenplay, supporting actor (Ke Huy Quan), leading actress (Michelle Yeoh), supporting actress (two nominations: Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu), music, song, costume design, and editing.

Nine nominations each went to Martin McDonagh's The Banshees of Inisherin and Edward Berger's All Quiet on the Western Front. The latter is also the only non-English film nominated for Best Picture this year and the first to be almost entirely in German. Slightly fewer, with eight nominations – in the categories of best film, cinematography (Mandy Walker), lead actor (Austin Butler), production design, sound, hair and makeup, editing, and costume design – won Baz Luhrmann's Elvis.

Another seven statuettes may go to The Fabelmans, directed by Steven Spielberg. Meanwhile, Todd Field's Tár and Joseph Kosinski's Top Gun: Maverick are in the running for six awards. 🥇 Also in the category of nominees for Best Picture are James Cameron's Avatar: The Way of Water, Sarah Polley's Women Talking, and Ruben Ostlund's Triangle of Sadness.

Among international films, with the exception of All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany), one nomination each went to EO (Poland), Close (Belgium), The Quiet Girl (Ireland’s first-ever nominee), and Argentina, 1985 (Argentina).

Blockbusters back in Best-Picture mix

For the first time since 1982, two of the big-budget sequels (Avatar: The Way of Water and Top Gun: Maverick) were nominated in the Best Picture category.

Of these, James Cameron's blockbuster holds several records: not only is it the longest production of this year's gala – running as long as 3 hours 12 minutes – but it is also the most expensive ($350-400 million) 💲 and highest-grossing ($2.2 billion worldwide). 💸

The average running time of this year's Best Picture nominees is 2 hours and 23 minutes. Only two nominated films (Women Talking and The Banshees of Inisherin) are under two hours. On the opposite side are low-budget short animations, among which we can watch The Flying Sailor in only 8 minutes.

We can expect blockbuster Oscars in 2023, as big-budget films have flourished beyond the Best Picture category. Marvel's movie hit Black Panther: Wakanda Forever received 5 nominations, including one for Best Supporting Actress.

Which 2023 Oscar-nominated Best Picture movies pass the Bechdel test?

The Bechdel Test, also known as the Mo Movie Measure or Bechdel Rule, is a simple test for female representation in films popularized by Alison Bechdel in 1985. To pass the test, a movie must meet the following three criteria:

  1. Does it contain two or more named female characters?
  2. Do they talk to each other?
  3. And, if so, do they discuss something other than a man? 🤔

This year, 8 of 10 pictures competing for the Oscar in the Best Picture category were put to the test, the exceptions being All Quiet on the Western Front and The Fabelmans. However, Avatar: The Way of Water (4 nominations) and Elvis (8 nominations) did not pass the test – the first met 2 of the 3 criteria (although dubious). Still, it was described as a film about the destruction of the planet, so it is difficult to say what would be considered what in the conversations of the characters. Elvis passed only 1 criterion – its fault is that it has many named women; however, they do not talk to each other at all.

The winners of the 2023 Academy Awards

2023's Oscar will leave a remarkable sign: the growth in representations of the winners, alongside a surprising outcome for an independent and relatively unknown production house. Let's see what happened!

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once ruled the red carpet, winning 7 awards out of the 11 categories it was nominated in. The quirky, imaginative movie snatched the golden statue in the following categories:

    • Best picture.

    • Actress in a leading role: Michelle Yeoh, portraiting Evelyn Quan Wang (and much more!). This victory marks the first time an Asian actress has won in this category.

    • Directing: the Daniels brought home the award.

    • Actor in a supporting role: Ke Huy Quan, who played Short Round in an early Indiana Jones movie, returned to the scenes and won, marking another victory for representation in Hollywood.

    • Actress in a supporting role: Jamie Lee Curtis won her first Oscar in an almost five decades-spanning career.

    • Writing (original screenplay): the captivating story of Everything Everywhere All at Once was the best choice for this category!

    • Editing: in this category, the movie won over several competitive productions, marking another victory for A24, the production house behind it.

  • The Whale. The emotional movie was another A24 production. It brought home two statues:

    • Actor in a leading role: Brendan Fraser portrayal and real-life persona gained worldwide acclaim. We are sure that this one was a well-deserved victory!

    • Makeup and hairstyling: the prosthetics worn by Fraser contributed to the intensity of the movie.

  • All Quiet on the Western Front: the German movie ruled the international competition in this year's award, winning fours awards:

    • International feature film;

    • Cinematography;

    • Production design; and

    • Music (original score).

  • Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio proved to all of us that the Mexican director is still a leading force in the industry: his first animated feature film brought home the award!

    • Animated feature film.
  • RRR, the Indian Telugu-language production, finally broke with a bang the barrier between the Indian movie industry and Hollywood.

    • Original song: the catchy, energetic song Naatu Naatu was almost surely the best choice for this award, and the performance on the red carpet is proof of this!
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever brought home a single statue: this year, the scene was ruled by lower-budget movies.

    • Costume design: the tradition-infused appearance of the characters of the Marvel blockbuster contributed to this victory.
  • Avatar: The Way of Water confirmed the nature of Cameron's epic: a simple story filled with messages that resonate with all of us, without any specific audience in mind (maybe the fact that the protagonists are 10 feet-tall blue cat-like humanoids help), and that brings the masses to the theaters to enjoy hours of one of the most striking visual experiences of the past years.

    • Visual effects: no surprises here. Cameron's vision and ability to translate it on the big screen, bringing the imaginary world of Pandora to us, warranted this victory.
  • Top Gun: Maverick either brought us back in time with nostalgia or introduced us to Tom Cruise's loved hero.

    • Sound: while watching the movies, the sounds bring you with the pilots in the cockpits of fighter jets involved in daring dogfights. The masterful use of sound to tell the story awarded this blockbuster a deserved statue.
  • Navalny was a victory marked with relevant political undertones. The wife of Russia's regime's outspoken critic, now imprisoned, delivered an emotional message.

    • Documentary feature film: while Ukraine's president hadn't been admitted to the gala, the stance of the western world on the war in Ukraine was visible in this award.
  • The Elephant Whisperers marked another Indian victory with a sweet story about the bond between us and other creatures.

    • Documentary short film: the choice wasn't the easiest in this category, with all the other nominees rich in emotions and depth.
  • Women talking hit our hearts and minds with its intense story. Rightfully, it brought home a state.

    • Writing (adapted screenplay): Sarah Polley won for this category. The fact that she was not nominated for best director left someone disappointed, but we're happy that she can celebrate this victory anyway!
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.

    • Short film (animated): the half-hour length production won with a friendly and heart-warming story.
  • The Irish Goodbye.

    • Short film (live-action): the short black-humor comedy won over other international competitors.

How to use the Oscar marathon calculator

To plan your marathon of this year's Oscar films, just check our smart tool:

  1. First, specify the film features you are interested in. You can decide whether you want to select films nominated for the best male or female roles, lasting under or over 2 hours. You can also decide whether they will be feature films or documentaries.

  2. The Advanced mode of the calculator provides a quick view of which categories a particular image has been nominated in. You can turn it on by clicking the button below the calculator.

  3. If you are an animation fan or just want to make fun for your kids, we got you! You can put together a list consisting solely of animations, both feature films and shorts.

  4. Finally, you need to set the amount of time you can devote each day to watching movies. Maybe you want to relax after a hard day or prefer binge-watching; the calculator matches the movies in terms of running time to our schedule.

Note that your daily viewing time must be at least equal to the length of the shortest movie in the category. Also, if your daily viewing time is shorter than some of the videos, we will give you the option to skip those videos ⏭️ in your schedule.

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Joanna Śmietańska, PhD, Davide Borchia and Luciano Miño
The Oscar marathon calculator 🎥 outputs a personalized list describing the movies you should watch each day to be up to date with this year's nominees from any categories that interest you.
The 95th Academy Awards — random fact 🎬
Mandy Walker (Elvis) became the third woman ever to be nominated in the Cinematography category. Rachel Morrison was the first in 2017's Mudbound and Ari Wegner the second with 2021's The Power of The Dog.
Marathon parameters
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Click on advanced mode at the bottom if you want to see in which of these categories each movie has a nomination!
Daily watching time
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The Academy Awards Gala was on the 12th March, -11 days ago. Are you ready for your marathon?
⏱ You will watch movies for a total of 24h 43m. Here is your schedule:
Day 1
On this day, watch 4h 27m, with the titles:
  • Navalny (1h 38m), winning in the categories:
    • Documentary feature film.
  • The Elephant Whisperers (0h 39m), winning in the categories:
    • Documentary short film.
  • Top Gun: Maverick (2h 10m), winning in the categories:
    • Sound.
Day 2
On this day, watch 4h 59m, with the titles:
  • Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (1h 57m), winning in the categories:
    • Animated feature film.
  • RRR (3h 2m), winning in the categories:
    • Music (original song).
Day 3
On this day, watch 4h 46m, with the titles:
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once (2h 19m), winning in the categories:
    • Best picture.
    • Directing.
    • Actress in a leading role.
    • Actor in a supporting role.
    • Actress in a supporting role.
    • Writing (original screenplay).
    • Film editing.
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (2h 27m), winning in the categories:
    • Cinematography.
    • International feature film.
    • Production design.
    • Music (original score).
Day 4
On this day, watch 4h 38m, with the titles:
  • The Whale (1h 57m), winning in the categories:
    • Makeup and hairstyling.
    • Actor in a leading role.
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2h 41m), winning in the categories:
    • Costume design.
Day 5
On this day, watch 3h 12m, with the titles:
  • Avatar: the Way of Water (3h 12m), winning in the categories:
    • Visual effects.
Day 6
On this day, watch 2h 41m, with the titles:
  • Women Talking (1h 44m), winning in the categories:
    • Writing (adapted screenplay).
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse (0h 34m), winning in the categories:
    • Short film (animated).
  • An Irish Goodbye (0h 23m), winning in the categories:
    • Short film (live action).
Did you know ❓👀
Avatar: the Way of Water
It took Way of Water 14 days to reach $1 billion at the global box office. It took the first movie 19 days to achieve the same goal.
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