A Blockbuster Best Picture Race; Encino Men Make Good; Infinity Pool Rules

In today's Movie News Rundown: Blockbusters make a big return to the Oscars Best Pictures race, which Everything Everywhere All at Once leads; Encino Man fans rejoice at the comeback of Oscar nominees Brenden Fraser and Ke Huy Quan; Infinity Pool is deeply disturbing, and good.


Oscar Nominations: Congratulations to Everything Everywhere All at Once, which received 11 nominations, the most of any film, in this morning's Oscar nominations. The Banshees of Inisherin and All Quiet on the Western Front received eight each. Those films will compete in the Best Picture category with Avatar: The Way of Water, Top Gun: Maverick, Elvis, The FabelmansTár, Women Talking, and Triangle of Sadness. Here's why the presence of two massive blockbusters could be good for this year's ceremony.


Also: Here is the complete list of Oscar nominees.


Backlash: Oscar voters liked exactly one thing about Blonde: The lead performance by Ana de Armas, which earned her a Best Actress nomination.


Comebacks: Brendan Fraser earned a Best Actor nomination for The Whale that marks a major comeback for an actor who spent years away; and Ke Huy Quan earned a Best Supporting Actor for his role in Everything Everywhere All at Once.



Sundance So Far: If you want to learn more about the Sundance movies we've seen so far, here are some stories we've written about Julia Louis-Dreyfus in You Hurt My Feelings; Anne Hathaway in Eileen; Daisy Ridley in Sometimes I Think About Dying; the nostalgic wonder of Judy Blume Forever; the incredible optimism of Still: A Michael J. Fox Story; the crushing honesty of Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields; the Jonathan Majors of it all in Magazine Dreams; that horrible kiss in Cat Person; the unspeakable horrors faced by female rape survivors who go to the police in Victim/Suspect, and the legendary force at play in Little Richard: I Am Everything.


I Just Need to Say One Thing: About Brandon Cronenberg's Infinity Pool, which premiered at Sundance. As I left the theater, I overheard the guy behind me utter with frustration: "Lurid. Garbage." But just because...



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