Another cinematic year has come and gone following a return to the theater without masks and social distancing in 2022. It was a slow burn for the industry and full of surprises including the rolling out of unexpected release dates.
Everything Everywhere All at Once debuted in March then kept raking in the dough all year long and now is poised to do well during awards season. Top Gun: Maverick was another one that kept on flying well past a usual release run after several COVID delays.
Sequels such as Top Gun were everything to fans, everywhere in the summer and all at once with their timing. Some sci-fi genre competing has now caused Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to be washed away by Avatar: The Way of Water" just before more award announcements. The game is heating up with some clear frontrunners.