Oscars buzz grows for fan favourites, Michelle Yeoh, The Daniels, and… Cocaine Bear?

by W. Andrew Powell
Oscar statues during setup for the 95th Oscars

The buzz for this Sunday’s Oscars is getting loud as movie lovers weigh in on their favourite films, talent, and moments.

So who will win? What are people’s favourite movie moments? And what can we expect from the live show on Sunday?

Sarah Polley

All-star Canadian actor, writer, and director Sarah Polley is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture at this year’s Oscars for her incredible film Women Talking, and she had one of the best behind-the-scenes photos to share from the “battle” that’s going on for this award.

“Some people think the Adapted Screenplay race is boring. Not with this vicious, competitive group it isn’t. This is the most exciting, intense race there is. Stay tuned.”

Michelle Yeoh

Everything Everywhere All At Once is this year’s top nominee with 11 nominations, and the film has already taken home some of film’s top honours during awards season. George Stroumboulopoulos shared a fantastic memory from when he interviewed Yeoh a few years ago.

“In Everything Everywhere All At Once, Michelle Yeoh, as Evelyn Wang, holds our hand as we move through shades of melancholy, regret and acceptance–it’s a gorgeous performance that she has been waiting to play for a long time.”

Be sure to click through to watch the video.

Lady Gaga

While Lady Gaga has been nominated for Best Original Song at the Oscars for her track “Hold My Hand” that was featured in Top Gun: Maverick, it doesn’t look like she’ll be performing on Sunday because she’s too busy.

Word has it that Gaga has been too busy filming the Joker sequel, Joker: Folie a Deux, to prepare for the show, but she will be at the event.

The Daniels

Academy Award winning director Travon Free, who won Best Short Film for his film Two Distant Strangers in 2021, shared an insightful thought and hope heading into the Oscars this weekend.

“But anyways, enjoy the #Oscars and I hope The Daniels and the 6 Black people nominated win everything everywhere all at once.”

Oscars Best Picture Nominees

The Academy shared a fantastic trailer for this year’s Best Picture nominees, including 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, and Women Talking.

All Quiet On The Western Front

Why was it important to writer-director Edward Berger to remake All Quiet On The Western Front as a German? It was all about perspective. Watch the video to hear what he had to say from the film’s premiere at TIFF last year.

“It felt like it needed to come from us, from the inside,” he said.

Cocaine Bear!?

This one is pretty ambiguous right now, but it seems likely that Cocaine Bear is going to make some kind of appearance at the Oscars. This has to be a Jimmy Kimmel bit, right?

Ke Huy Quan

Fashion predictions are also under way ahead of the glitzy red carpet, and Tom and Lorenzo have shared a few ideas what we might see at the big event, including one of my favourite nominees, Ke Huy Quan from Everything Everywhere…

Look at all the Canadians!

Canada has a strong contingent of nominees at this year’s Oscars, and it’s a beautiful thing to behold. Ahead of the awards, Telefilm Canada, The National Film Board of Canada, and Sheridan College had a special night to honour the nominees.

Just look at all of these wonderful people.


There are lots and lots and lots of predictions about who could win this weekend, but I had to give a shout out to Letterboxd for their take on the potential winners.

Will they be right? I’m not so sure, but it’s a fantastic list of the best of 2022.


Original Song is a hot ballot, but one of the favourites for a long time now is RRR‘s phenomenal “Naatu Naatu”. Will it take the trophy? You can listen to them all on the Oscar website to make your pick.

Let’s talk about that sweep

And my prediction? I think it’s going to be a sweep for one film. What do you think though? Weigh in below in the comments!

Image courtesy ©A.M.P.A.S.

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