I feel the need. The need for speed.
Things we weren’t expecting in this, our year of the lord 2023? Top Gun: Maverick 🤝 the Academy Awards. But it’s looking more and more likely that
Tom Cruise will fly his way (heh 😅) into an Oscar nomination for the blockbuster Top Gun sequel, which means you should probably watch it if you haven’t already.
Top Gun: Maverick grossed more than $700 million domestically and more than $1.4 billion worldwide. So yeah: a lot of people saw it in theaters. But hey, maybe you were busy spending all your money on the Downton Abbey movie, IDK!!! Either way, it’s not too late to catch up and watch Tom Cruise look incredibly cool in aviator sunglasses, you’re just probably going to have to do it on the small screen. And fortunately, there are several ways to watch Top Gun: Maverick depending on whose streaming log-ins you’re currently stealing.
If for some reason you have a Paramount+ account (lol), Top Gun: Maverick is actually right there and available to stream for no extra charge. And if you don’t have an account, you can always do the free trial to watch Top Gun: Maverick and then cancel it. Though let’s be honest. You will never remember to cancel it.
Watch on Paramount+
You can rent/buy Top Gun: Maverick on pretty much any streaming service, so take your pick. It’s just going to set you back $5.99.
Watch on Amazon Prime Video
Watch on Apple TV+
Watch on Redbox
Watch on Vudu
Watch on Google Play
Not only does Variety have Top Gun: Maverick in its Best Picture nomination prediction list, but the outlet also anticipates the movie will be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, and Best Visual Effects.
Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter predicts that Top Gun: Maverick will be nominated for all the same awards, only it also thinks Best Director (Joseph Kosinski) could be on that list as well as Best Actor (Tom Cruise) and Best Original Song (Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand”).
Back in December 2022, the National Board of Review named Top Gun: Maverick the Best Picture of the Year, which Vanity Fair notes majorly increases the movie’s chances of getting an Oscar nomination. As their writer David Canfield puts it: "Rare is the NBR winner that does not at least go on to a Best Picture nomination."
And finally, please be advised that the original Top Gun was nominated for multiple Academy Awards—and won one! The film got nom’d for Best Film Editing, Best Sound, and Best Effects Editing, and it won for Best Original Song (Berlin’s "Take My Breath Away"). So there’s definitely an Oscar precedent here!
Point is: there’s a huge chance Top Gun will be nominated for at least one Oscar this year, meaning (1) the entire (extremely good looking) cast will likely be lurking on the red carpet and (2) you need to watch this movie. Happy viewing!
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