Four Faith Questions About the 2023 Best Picture Nominees

Josh Larsen

The 10 films nominated for Best Picture at the 2023 Academy Awards can be grouped by four theological questions:

  • What spiritual price are we willing to pay for great art?
  • Where should we look to find our sense of self?
  • Why does humanity insist on paradise lost?
  • When should forgiveness be given?

Watch the video essay below to see how these questions are addressed in All Quiet on the Western Front, Avatar: The Way of Water, The Banshees of Inisherin, Elvis, Everything Everywhere All At Once, The Fabelmans, TÁR, Top Gun: Maverick, Triangle of Sadness, and Women Talking.

This video was made for the Think Christian Movie Club - quarterly online gatherings of faithful film fanatics. On Feb, 25, 2023, at 2 pm Central, I'll lead a discussion of the Best Picture nominees and the Oscars in general. To join the TC Movie Club and receive an invite and meeting link - or if you're coming to this video late and want to be part of future Movie Club offerings - sign up here.

Topics: Movies