Why Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn Skipped the 2023 Oscars

While Lady Gaga and Rihanna are both said to be performing at the 2023 Oscars, Taylor Swift and her boyfriend Joe Alwyn were far from the ceremony itself. Their absence was understandable as neither was nominated, presenting, or performing this year at the Academy Awards.

Swift was snubbed at this year's Oscars, as neither her short film for All Too Well nor her song “Carolina” from Where The Crawdads Sing were nominated.

None of Alwyn's projects were nominated this year either, giving the entertainment couple no reason to be there individually this time. As for whether they attend the Vanity Fair after party, time will tell. They have showed up in the past.

It's worth noting, too, that Swift will be beginning her Eras tour next week, on March 17. Her skipping all Oscars events wouldn't be all too surprising given she's in hardcore concert prep.

Still, a future Swift Oscars appearance is very much in the realm of possibility.

Swift spoke to The Banshees of Inisherin's Martin McDonagh for Variety's Directors on Directors series about how she hopes to direct more in the future. (Swift is directing her first feature film, based on her own original script, for Searchlight Pictures soon.)

Directing was a natural extension of her storytelling as an artist, not something Swift deliberately sought out to do. “I always wanted to tell stories,” she said. “I have always written stories, poetry, songs. And I think this just grew out of that storytelling. And the more I did it, the more I loved it.”

She ended up directing because “I was writing my videos for years, and I had a video that was a very specific concept I had written [2019’s “The Man”], which was that I wanted to be prosthetically turned into a man and live my life as a man,” she said. “And I wanted a female director to direct it. And the few that I reached out to were fortunately booked. We like it when women work. So I was like, ‘I could do it, maybe.’ And when I did direct, I just thought, ‘This is actually more fulfilling than I ever could have imagined.’”

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