Oscar Nominations are finally picking up nominations for top hits, but are they still eligible for nominations?

Oscar Nominations are finally picking up nominations for top hits, but are they still eligible for n ...

With brand-name contenders, the 95th Oscars on March 12 have a real shot at a ratings boost. Leaders include "Everything Everywhere All at Once" (11 nods, A24, $100 million worldwide), sequels "Top Gun: Maverick" (six nods, Disney, $2 billion) and original global hit "Elvis" (eight, Warner Bros., $282 million), all vying for Best Picture.

The global box office may be able to draw more attention to the stateside ABC broadcast in more than 200 countries around the world, but a sequel is unlikely to win the top prize. A mainstream crowdpleaser that tugs at audience heartstrings is more likely to win the prize, such as recent winners "CODA," "Nomadland," and "Green Book."

The entire Academy membership (about 9,000 people vote in ballots) decides whether or not to nominate a non-English language film for both International Feature and Best Picture on Oscar night. Only "Parasite" has won the big prize; Netflix is expected to continue to campaign.

"Triangle of Sadness," a Palme d'Or winner in English, was also included (three nods, Neon, $10.3 million) among the PGA nominees. "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery" (one nod, Netflix, $15 million), "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," directed by Darren Aronofsky, "The Whale," (three nods, A24, $13.2 million).

"Bardo" by Alejandro González Inarritu was nominated for Best Documentary Feature (but not International Feature), "A House Made of Splinters" (POV) was nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and to the delight of "RRR" supporters around the world, the rousing "Naatu Naatu" may be performed at the Oscar Awards.

David Byrne might perform "This Is a Life" from "Everything Everywhere All At Once," along with Lady Gaga ("Hold My Hand" from "Top Gun: Maverick") and Rihanna ("Lift Me Up," "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever"), who shamelessly campaigns for herself every year. In the end, winning the Honorary Oscar was supposed to stop all this nonsense.

Marilyn Monroe plays Ana de Armas in "Blonde."

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Despite poor reviews for "Blonde," a group of actors gathered enough support for British actress Andrea Riseborough, the star of micro-budget "To Leslie" (Momentum). This is a film that Academy voters will need to see; most have not.

Cate Blanchett, a two-time Oscar winner (Focus Features' "TAR," with six nods), is the first Asian actress nominee in the category. However, the actors branch placed two white actresses in positions that might have gone to newcomer Danielle Deadwyler (United Artists Releasing's "Till") or Oscar-winner Viola Davis (Sony's "The Woman King."

Michelle Williams (the Fabelmans, with seven nods) received a fifth nomination, but the acting branch chose Olivia Colman ("Empire of Light"), ranging from veterans Colin Farrell (Globe-winner "The Whale," and Bill Nighy ("Living," Sony Pictures Classics, with two nods), to youngsters Austin Butler (Globe-winner for "Elvis" and Paul Mescal ("Aftersun, A24).

The Banshees of Inisherin

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The fifth actor slot was wide open, as Hugh Jackman did not gain traction for the widely-adopted "The Son," and while the mainstream SAG Awards went for comedian Adam Sandler in "Hustle" (Netflix), it would not be repeated at the larger Oscars. Mescal is no doubt a household name, with a well-reviewed London production of "Streetcar Named Desire."

Angela Bassett (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”) is the leading Asian actress, followed by Judd Hirsch (“The Fabelmans”), frontrunner Ke Huy Quan (“Everything Everywhere”), and long-shot Brian Tyree Henry (AppleTV+).

Sarah Polley's "Women Talking" (two nods, United Artists Releasing) received nominations for Adapted Screenplay (where it is favored to win) and Picture, while "The Whale," backed by actors and Makeup & Hairstyling, was left out of both. The Academy respects not only auteur Polley, but also Oscar favorites Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, who supported "12 Years a Slave" and "Moo

Polley was the most likely candidate to receive a spot after two back-to-back wins for Best Directors Chloe Zhao and Jane Campion. However, Joseph Kosinski (Top Gun: Maverick) and "Avatar: The Way of Water" helmer James Cameron did not make the cut.

Sarah Polley is a British author.

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Three films won both: "Everything Everywhere," "The Banshees of Inisherin," and "TAR," which is expected to win Best Actress for Blanchett. The momentum going forward favors both nominees, as well as the winner, "Everything."

Martin McDonagh will be nominated for best picture after "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" on February 19, his second for directorial work ("In Bruges") and his third for writing ("Billboards." He won an Oscar out of the gate with his 2004 short "Six Shooter."

"The Fabelmans" stars Gabriel LaBelle, Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Keeley Karsten, Julia Butters, and Sophia Kopera.

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"The Fabelmans," Steven Spielberg's origin story/early awards-season frontrunner, took off at the Toronto International Film Festival with just one BAFTA nomination for writer Tony Kushner, who earned his third writing Oscar nomination (after Spielberg's "Lincoln" and "Munich"), but not Paul Dano.

Spielberg won his 12th Best Picture nomination, matching William Wyler as the director of the most films nominated for Best Picture. (Wyler had 12 nominations.) But losing the editing nomination is a blow; only ten films have achieved that feat, including "Birdman," which was edited as one long, single take.

Spielberg may win Best Director, but either "Everything Everywhere" or "Banshees" are original, surprising, and emotionally resonant. A24 has pushed "Moonlight" to a Best Picture award in 2017, but never underestimate "Nomadland," the Disney-owned specialty distributor that has won a lot of awards.

On Sunday, March 12, the 95th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Jimmy Kimmel will return as host for the third time, with telecast streaming on ABC.com, Hulu Live TV, and YouTubeTV as well as broadcast.