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Avatar: The Way of Water nominated for Best Picture Oscars 2023

Avatar: The Way of Water nominated for Best Picture Oscars 2023

James Cameron's Avatar: The Way of Water is up for Best Picture at the 2023 Oscars.

We all doubted Avatar’s cultural impact in the lead-up to the release of Avatar: The Way of Water but I confess, we were wrong. James Cameron’s sequel hasn’t just broken box office records, it’s now also landed itself a ‘Best Picture’ nomination at this year’s Academy Awards.

The Way of Water is already the sixth highest-grossing film of all-time sitting behind Avengers: Infinity War, Star Wars - The Force Awakens, Titanic, Avengers: Endgame, and Avatar. This means that Cameron has directed three of the top six. I wouldn’t bet against this guy from here on out. It’s nice to know though that the film isn’t just commercially successful. Cameron’s industry peers are fans too if this latest Oscar nom is anything to go by.

Take a look at the trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water below.

The Way of Water has done it. It’s gained an Academy Award nomination for the most prestigious accolade of the night, ‘Best Picture.’ The Way of Water will compete for ‘Best Picture’ alongside All Quiet on the Western Front, The Banshees of Inisherin, Elvis, Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Fabelmans, Tár, Top Gun: Maverick, Triangle of Sadness, and Women Talking.

It isn’t the only nomination The Way of Water managed to secure. It’s also up for ‘Best Sound,’ ‘Best Production Design,’ and ‘Best Visual Effects.’ Surely it’s going to win the latter? It’s worth noting that Cameron failed to get a ‘Best Director’ nomination.

Still, The Way of Water’s success seemingly signifies that we’ve got plenty more Avatar films on the way. Whether the series was set to comprise three or five films depended on the success of The Way of Water. I’m going to hazard a guess that we’ll get the full five which, for the most part, is exciting but let’s not forget that Avatar 3 is currently nine hours long though.

Featured Image Credit: 20th Century Studios

Topics: TV And Film