The Fabelmans is the latest film by Steven Spielberg, one of the absolute geniuses of world cinema, of all time.
I’m not sure if that’s because The Fabelmans was a deservedly acclaimed film or because it’s signed by Spielberg, but it managed to stand out this year, including among the nominees for the 2023 Academy Awards.
The film was in contention for Best Picture, Best Actress (Michelle Williams), Best Director (obviously Steven Spielberg), Best Soundtrack, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Judd Hirsch) and Best Production Design.
Obviously, the statuette coveted by all, including The Fabelmans, is Best Picture, but in this category, Spielberg has some pretty serious contenders, including All Quiet on the Western Front, Avatar: The Way of Water, The Banshees of Inisherin, Elvis, Everything Everywhere All at Once, Tár, Top Gun: Maverick, Triangle of Sadness and Women Talking.
What are the chances of The Fabelmans winning an Oscar?
Obviously, in the Best Director category, I’m absolutely convinced that The Fabelmans is assured of the statuette. However, I wouldn’t say the same for Best Picture, since the film doesn’t show us anything extraordinary.
Obviously, it’s a Spielberg film and, by definition, any film would be appreciated if it bore his signature. Still, it doesn’t seem enough that I can call this film… a sensational film.
Don’t get me wrong: by no means are we talking about a mediocre film, since it is one hundred percent watchable and manages, at times, to strike a chord with you. If you’re a Spielberg fan, you’ll be watching it head-to-head, as the script is inspired by his own life.
It should be mentioned that Michelle Williams would richly deserve an Oscar for the way she pulled off the role of Sammy Fabelman’s (Steven Spielberg) mother.