A few months ago I posted a list of 30 potential Best Picture Oscar contenders, plus a list of snubbed films that deserved consideration.  Since then, I’ve updated the list with reviews as I’ve seen the movies, including any personal favorites that hadn’t previously made the list.  As the Academy Awards are about to commence, let’s take a look at an updated watchlist, a list that starts with the ten nominees for Best Picture and continues with some of the best of the rest.

This is the Variety ranking of top Academy Award contenders:

  1. Everything Everywhere All at Once
  2. The Fabelmans
  3. The Banshees of Inisherin
  4. Top Gun: Maverick
  5. Tar
  6. Elvis
  7. All Quiet on the Western Front
  8. Triangle of Sadness
  9. Women Talking
  10. Avatar: The Way of Water

Snubbed: Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Lightyear, The Northman, The Stranger, Bros, Prey, Pearl, The Pale Blue Eye, Nope, The Gray Man, Downton Abbey: A New Era, Hustle, A Man Called Otto, The Batman, The Adam Project.