One Of A24’s Best-Reviewed 2023 Movies Got Special Praise From Martin Scorsese


  • Martin Scorsese loves Oscar-nominated movie
    Past Lives
    , reveals director Celine Song.
  • Celine Song plays coy about Scorsese’s favorite aspect of the film, maintaining a sense of secrecy and intrigue.
  • The positive critical reception of
    Past Lives
    led to nominations at the 96th Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

Martin Scorsese praises Past Lives, one of A24’s best-reviewed 2023 movies. Directed and written by Celine Song in her feature directorial debut, Past Lives first garnered critical acclaim at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. The positive reception continued during the film’s limited theatrical release and when it became available to stream, leading to nominations at the 96th Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

During an interview with Screen Rant on the 76th Director Guild of America Awards red carpet, Song shared that Scorsese was also impressed with Past Lives and shared his enthusiasm for the film, although she plays coy about what he liked best. Song has even more to celebrate after winning Outstanding Directing for a First-Time Feature Film at the DGA Awards. Read Song’s response to Scorsese’s praise below:

Marty Scorsese loves the film, he told me. That’s so cool, I was freaking out. He said he loves the movie, so yeah, that’s all. I can tell you more about it, but I feel like it should be a bit of a secret private thing that I want to have, as well.


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Will Past Lives Or Martin Scorsese Win Any Oscars This Year?

Greta Lee and Teo Yoo looking at each other on a ferry in Past Lives

Past Lives and Scorsese’s 2023 film Killers of the Flower Moon are among the ten nominees for Best Picture. While Past Lives was an early favorite in this category, its Best Picture buzz has gradually dwindled. Oppenheimer has become the favorite for Best Picture and has dominated at the other award shows so far. Past Lives or Killers of the Flower Moon winning this category would be a surprise at this point, although they would be equally deserving winners.

It is more likely that Past Lives could win Best Original Screenplay. Song’s writing is among the movie’s many strengths, with a brilliantly understated, yet moving script. In the hands of a different writer, the soulful and devastating Past Lives easily could’ve become a far more cliché and much less compelling and nuanced story. Past Lives also has much better odds in this category than for Best Picture, with Best Original Screenplay having five instead of ten total nominees.

As for Scorsese, he became the most Oscar-nominated living director after previously sharing the record with Steven Spielberg. Just as with Best Picture, Nolan is the favorite for Best Director, but if he doesn’t win, it will likely go to Scorsese. While there was a great deal of discussion about Greta Gerwig being snubbed for Barbie, the same is also true for Song, who was just as deserving of being nominated for Best Director for Past Lives. Regardless of who wins, the Oscars will be a celebration of the excellent 2023 films created by Scorsese, Song, and countless others.

Past Lives
is available to stream on Paramount+ with Showtime, and
Killers of the Flower Moon
is available to stream on Apple TV+.

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Past Lives

Release Date
January 21, 2023

Celine Song

Greta Lee , Teo Yoo , John Magaro

106 minutes

Celine Song