The Oscars are upon us, and we at the MLA are celebrating with a look at the nominees for best picture. In MLA style, films are generally listed by title, and directors are given in the Contributor element, preceded by the label “directed by” (MLA Handbook 5.39, 5.44). The Publisher element may include the name of the film’s distributor, production company, or both (5.54, 5.58). Below are the ten films vying for this year’s coveted golden statuette—alphabetically arranged and perfectly styled for your viewing pleasure:

All Quiet on the Western Front. Directed by Edward Berger, Netflix, 2022.

Avatar: The Way of Water. Directed by James Cameron, 20th Century Studios, 2022.

The Banshees of Inisherin. Directed by Martin McDonagh, Searchlight Pictures, 2022.

Elvis. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, Warner Bros. Pictures, 2022. 

Everything Everywhere All at Once. Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, A24, 2022.

The Fabelmans. Directed by Steven Spielberg, Universal Pictures, 2022.

Tár. Directed by Todd Field, Focus Features, 2022.

Top Gun: Maverick. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, Paramount Pictures, 2022.

Triangle of Sadness. Directed by Ruben Östlund, Neon, 2022.

Women Talking. Directed by Sarah Polley, United Artists Releasing, 2022.

Work Cited

MLA Handbook. 9th ed., Modern Language Association of America, 2021. MLA Handbook Plus, 2021,

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Susan Doose

Susan Doose is an associate editor at the MLA. She received her PhD in German studies from Rutgers University, where her dissertation focused on the function of framing devices in German realist literature. Before coming to the MLA, she worked as a freelance copyeditor, translator, and German-language teacher.