Here are the key stats from the 2023 Oscar nominations:
– British acting talent
This year represents the weakest performance by British actors in a decade.
Only two performers were nominated: Bill Nighy for Best Actor for the period drama Living and Andrea Riseborough for Best Actress for her performance in the violent film To Leslie.
This is the lowest number of nominees in the UK in the acting categories since 2013, when it also stood at two.
This is in sharp contrast to 2021, when the UK accounted for almost half (eight) of all 20 acting nominations.
Last year, that number was five out of 20.
The average since the turn of the century is four.
Despite 2023 offering some minor UK picks, it is still a personal milestone for both Nighy and Riseborough as it was nominated for an Oscar for the first time.
– Ethnic diversity
In 2021, the acting nominations were the most ethnically diverse in Oscar history, with nine of the 20 nominees being non-white.
This year, that number is six out of 20, a slight increase from four in 2022.
All of the nominees for Best Actor are white, and only one non-white person is nominated for Best Actress: Michelle Yeoh, for Everything Everywhere All At Once.
Two of the five nominated supporting actors are not white: Brian Tyree Henry (Causeway) and Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All At Once).
The only category where most of the nominees are not white is Supporting Actress, with nods to Angela Bassett (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), Hong Chau (The Whale) and Stephanie Hsu (Everywhere, All at Once).
The 2023 list is at least more diverse than in 2020, when only one of the 20 nominees was not white.
However, after several years of criticism of the film industry in both the US and UK for its poor representation at awards ceremonies for people belonging to ethnic minorities.
In 2015 and 2016, there were no non-white performers nominated for Oscars in any category.
More recently in 2020, not a single non-white actor has been nominated for BAFTA film awards.
The first non-white actress to win an acting Oscar was Hattie McDaniel, who was named Best Supporting Actress in 1940 for Gone with the Wind.
In the acting categories, there have been non-white winners 24 times: six for Best Actor, once for Best Actress, six for Best Supporting Actor, and 11 for Best Supporting Actress.
– Gender differentiation
There are no female directors for Best Director in 2023 – a step back from last year when Jane Campion was nominated and won for The Power Of The Dog, and from 2021 when both Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Women) and Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)) were selected, and when Zhao won.
Campion was the first woman to be nominated for Best Director twice, her first nomination being in 1994 for The Piano.
Only seven women in Oscar history have been nominated for Best Director.
Along with Campion, Fennell and Zhao, they are Lina Wertmuller (for Seven Beauties in 1977); Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, 2004); Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, 2010); and Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird, 2018).
Of the 10 films nominated for Best Picture, one was directed by a woman: Women Talking, Canadian director Sarah Polley.
– Most nominations
The genre-breaking fantasy Everything Everywhere All At Once has the most nominations with a total of 11.
It is closely followed by the World War I epic All Quiet On The Western Front and the black comedy The Banshees of Inisherin, which received nine each.
The Elvis Biography won eight nominations, and the coming-of-age drama The Fabelmans got seven.
Two films that couldn’t be more different, the intense drama Tar and the action blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick each garnered six nominations.
– First graders
All five Best Actor runners-up receive their first-ever Oscar nominations.
In addition to Nighy, these are Austin Butler (for Elvis), Farrell (The Banshees Of Inisherin), Brendan Fraser (The Whale) and Paul Mescal (Aftersun).
Three of the five nominees for Best Actress have never been nominated before: Ana de Armas (Blonde), Michelle Yeoh (Everywhere, All at Once) and Riseborough.
Four of the five supporting actors are newcomers: Brendan Gleeson (The Revenants of the Inisherin), Brian Tyree Henry (Causeway), Barry Keoghan (The Revenants of the Inisherin) and Huy Quan (Everywhere All at Once).
Most of the supporting actress nominees are also newcomers: Kerry Condon (Inisherin Revenants), Hong Chau (The Whale), Jamie Lee Curtis (Everywhere, All at Once) and Stephanie Hsu (Everything, All at Once).
Many nationalities are represented in the 2023 Actors List, with nominees for performers from Australia, Cuba, Ireland and Malaysia – along with the UK and US.
Ireland is particularly well represented, accounting for a quarter of all 20 acting nominations – with nods to Condon, Farrell, Gleeson and Keoghan (The Banshees Of Inisherin) and Mescal (Aftersun).