2023 OSCAR PREDICTIONS – Film Business early predictions for the live-action shortlist

Every year we predict the OSCAR live action shortlist and over the years we have been pretty accurate. Here are our 2022 predictions for the films we think will make the list on December 21st.

NORTH STAR directed by PJ Palmer. Starring Emmy winner Colman Domingo, Malcolm Gets, Audrey Wasielewski, Kevin Bacon and Laura Innes. Executive produced by Andrew Carlberg and Colman Domingo.

A rural rancher (Colman Domingo) and his ailing husband (Malcolm Gets), struggling against poverty and isolation, make a heartbreaking decision in order to preserve the dignity of their marriage.

LOOK AT ME directed by Sally Potter. Starring Javier Bardem and Chris Rock

A fundraising gala becomes the arena for a struggle between two men; one, the gala director (Chris Rock) and the other, a failing rock drummer (Javier Bardem). As their battle for expression and control escalates, against a relentless rhythmic backdrop (featuring tap dancer Savion Glover) their public and private selves explosively collide.

TRIGGERED directed by Tara Westwood. Starring Isiah Whitlock Jr., Caitlin Mehner, Robert John Burke and Tara Westwood. Executive Produced by John Leguizamo.

Ohio (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) and Virginia (Caitlin Mehner) are two people who have lost family members to tragic and senseless incidents of gun violence. After succumbing to their grief, they seek retribution against an influential senator (Tara Westwood) and her husband David (Robert John Burke), whom they hold responsible for their loss. 

THE RED SUITCASE directed by Cyrus Neshvad

Luxembourg Airport. Late in the evening. A veiled 16-year-old Iranian girl is frightened to take her red suitcase on the automatic carpet. She keeps pushing back the moment to go through the arrival gate and seems more and more terrified.

MOSHARI directed by Nuhash Humayun

The end of the world forces two sisters together, inside a mosquito net (moshari), just to survive—but first they must survive each other.

THE LONE WOLF (O Lobo Solitário) directed by Filipe Melo

On Viva FM’s late-night show, the host Vitor Lobo (Adriano Luz) receives a call on air from an old friend, a call that could change everything.

THE WAKE directed by Luis Gerard

A restless 15-year-old has spent his life surrounded by death, raised in his parents’ funeral business in a “small town USA.” He views his alcoholic father as profiting from the dead. While a wake is held in his parents’ funeral home, he breaks into the deceased’s house, counting on it being empty. In his view, the dead no longer needs what he pockets. He recruits his deaf-mute younger brother to join him in his robberies, unaware of what the consequences may be.


MY EYES (I Miei Occi) directed by Tommaso Acquarone

A woman finds a familiar face whilst driving in the rain and offers him a ride home: a journey that could change their lives forever.

BURROS directed by Jefferson Stein

A young Indigenous girl discovers a Latina migrant her age who has been separated from her father in the beautiful but dangerous Sonoran desert.

IVALU directed by Anders Walter

Ivalu is gone. Her little sister is desperate to find her. Her father does not care. The vast Greenlandic nature holds secrets. The search for Ivalu is on.

BAZIGAGA by Jo Ingabire Moys

1994, Rwanda. As the genocide rages, Karambe, a Tutsi pastor takes shelter with his young daughter in the home of the feared shaman Bazigaga. Under siege by the militia, the pastor and the witchdoctor must reconcile their differences if they are to survive.

REMEMBERING directed by Elijah Allan-Blitz, starring Brie Larson

Where do ideas come from? And where do they go when they’re forgotten? These central questions are brought to life in “Remembering,”. The story follows a writer who loses a very important idea when her phone rings. Personified as golden light, this lost idea is found by the writer’s inner child who takes us on a journey through The World of Imagination. It’s easy to lose touch with this world, but each of us can be inspired by it—if we just remember.

AYSHA directed by Cengiz Akaygün

Aysha a small, rebellious girl wearing a full-body veil, and her sister are put to a religious test in a backyard in Rojava (Syria) by a covered woman. However, the strong-headed Aysha is struggling with identity and decides to take a stand.

ENJOY directed by Saul Abraham starring Himesh Patel

As home tutor Michael (Himesh Patel) seeks ways out of his spiraling depression, a moment of hope arrives via an unexpected source.


NIGHT RIDE directed by Eirik Tveiten

A cold night in December. Ebba waits for the tram to go home after a party, but the ride takes an unexpected turn.


Wildcard – WAR OF COLORS directed by Emir Kumova and starring Diandra Forrest

Set in America and inspired by real-life events, War of Colors film revolves around the daily struggles of people with Albinism, following the story of Rue, a young Black woman with white skin due to her condition by birth. 

Wildcard – SLOW PULSE directed by Marshall Tyler

In this moving story of love and dedication, Bernard Brash heals and finds hope by learning how to dance.


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