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Avatar: The Way of Water’s Best Picture nomination is a joke — and that Oscar snub is criminal

The 2023 Oscars nominations have been revealed and the list is mostly unsurprising. The likes of The Fabelmans, The Banshees of Inisherin, and Everything Everywhere All at One have been nominated for multiple awards as expected. However, it was the inclusion of Avatar: The Way of Water in the Best Picture category that had me shaking my head.

My frustration with James Cameron’s long-awaited sequel earning a nomination in the most popular Oscar category is twofold. First, I’m not convinced it actually deserves the honor, but its inclusion may also be related to the biggest omission of the field: Aftersun.