And the Oscar Nominees 2022 are…

It’s that time once again. Yesterday, The Academy unveiled their nominees for each category at this year’s Oscars ceremony, and I’m going to go through all these and saying who has the best chance of winning and who I think should win and any snubs.

Best Picture

The Nominees are Belfast, CODA, Don’t Look Up, Drive my Car, Dune, King Richard, Licorice Pizza, Nightmare Alley, The Power of the Dog and West Side Story.

A few months ago The Power of the Dog would have been the strong favourite but it seems to have lost some steam with Belfast which would’ve been the second favourite, which has opened up the door for a few others who are picking up steam. The 3 to watch out for I’d say are CODA, Dune and Drive My Car with King Richard and West Side Story having an outside chance. It might just be my heart talking championing CODA and Dune, which were my 2 favourite of 2021. I still have yet to see King Richard, Drive my Car and Nightmare Alley.

No huge snubs in this category you could say the omission of the likes of The Tragedy of Macbeth, Tick, Tick…Boom, The Lost Daughter and Being the Ricardos are some that could’ve snuck in and I would’ve put in at least ahead of Don’t Look Up.

Best Director

Kenneth Branagh (Belfast), Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Drive my Car), Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza), Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog) and Steven Spielberg (West Side Story)

This category might be a lock going to Jane Campion who has been picking up the awards in this category so far but there are some glaring omissions who you would’ve thought could’ve taken Paul Thomas Anderson’s place, particularly Denis Villeneuve for Dune.

Best Actress in a leading Role

Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye), Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter), Penelope Cruz (Parallel Mothers), Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos) and Kristen Stewart (Spencer)

I’ve only seen one of these films so it feels like a hard one to talk about. Stewart was the early favourite, but without nominations for the BAFTAS and SAGs it’s hard to see her taking the award and might be heading to Nicole Kidman, but don’t rule out Olivia Colman, an academy favourite.

Perhaps some small snubs for Lady Gaga (House of Gucci), Rachel Zegler (West Side Story), Jodie Comer (The Last Duel) and Alana Haim (Licorice Pizza).

Best Actor in a leading Role

Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog), Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick…Boom), Will Smith (King Richard) and Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth)

Cumberbatch was the early favourite but Will Smith and Andrew Garfield have been scrapping for the award since leaving him behind and it’s one of those 2 ways the award will be heading with Will Smith having the edge, and most likely to take home his first Oscar.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Ciaran Hinds (Belfast), Tory Kotsur (CODA) Jesse Plemons (The Power of the Dog), J.K. Simmons (Being the Ricardos) and Kodi Smit-Mcphee (The Power of the Dog)

This category is wide wide open and could go to any of them with the least likely being J.K. Simmons. My heart tells me Tory Kotsur could pull off an upset and shock in this one.

Snubs for me include Adam Driver (The Last Duel). Jared Leto, for House of Gucci, isn’t a snub, don’t be silly.

Best Actress in a supporting role

Jesse Buckley (The Lost Daughter), Ariana DeBose (West Side Story), Judi Dench (Belfast), Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog) and Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard)

Like Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst was an early favourite in this category but with The Power of the Dog losing some steam and West Side Story going in the right direction Ariana DeBose has been doing all the right things to take home an Oscar this year.

Best Animated Feature

Encanto, Flee, Luca, The Mitchell’s Vs the Machines and Raya and the Last Dragon

It’s hard to ignore that Encanto is everywhere at the moment which works in its favourite but that doesn’t take away from The Mitchell’s Vs The Machines being the most creative and fun, with a movie loving centre to it puts it in prime position to take home the award but it could go anywhere in a category that doesn’t always go the way you expect.

Best International Feature

Drive My Car, Flee, The Hand of God, Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom and The Worst Person in the World

I haven’t watched any of these but Drive my Car having noms in Directing and in Adapted Screenplay gives it the edge over Flee and The Worst Person in the World.

Sound

Belfast, Dune, No Time to Die, The Power of the Dog and West Side Story

Seems like the academy forgot about A Quiet Place Part 2 which means it’s heading to Dune.

Original Score

Don’t Look Up, Dune, Encanto, Parallel Mothers, The Power of the Dog

Hans Zimmer, Dune. Next.

Original Song

Be Alive – King Richard, Dos Origuitas – Encanto, Down to Joy – Belfast, No Time to Die – No Time to Die and Somehow you Do – Four Good Days

Dos Origuitas was the song chosen by Disney to be the Encanto song they pushed for awards, if it had been We Don’t Talk About Bruno, it might be a different story. I’d still put Encanto in prime position but the door is open for No Time to Die or the other nominees.

Adapted Screenplay

CODA, Drive my Car, Dune, The Lost Daughter and The Power of the Dog

My favourite adapted screenplay of the year was The Last Duel which obviously didn’t get a nomination which I’m disappointed about but I think this one could go to Drive my Car, don’t discount The Lost Daughter, CODA and The Power of the Dog.

Original Screenplay

Belfast, Don’t Look Up, King Richard, Licorice Pizza and The Worst Person in the World

Another tricky screenplay category you’d rule out Don’t Look Up and King Richard perhaps and give the edges to the other 3. I’d currently say Licorice Pizza, but would like to see it go to another international film, The Worst Person in the World. Weird to have a screenplay category without Aaron Sorkin in.

Cinematography

Dune, Nightmare Alley, The Power of the Dog, The Tragedy of Macbeth and West Side Story

Some great cinematography this year but Dune is running away in this conversation, but shout-out to The Tragedy of Macbeth which is incredibly well shot.

Visual Effects

Dune, Free Guy, No Time to Die, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Spider-Man: No Way Home

Dune has some of the best Visual Effects I’ve ever seen and it will take home another Oscar in this category.

Editing

Don’t Look Up, Dune, King Richard, The Power of the Dog and Tick, Tick…Boom

Dune is picking up a lot of the technical awards and I could see taking it again in this category.

Costume Design

Cruella, Cyrano, Dune, Nightmare Alley and West Side Story

Cruella is a film all about fashion and as good as the costumes are in the rest of the nominees, it should be a walk for the 101 Dalmatians prequel.

Make Up & Hairstyling

Coming 2 America, Cruella, Dune, The Eyes of Tammy Faye and House of Gucci

The Eyes of Tammy Faye and House of Gucci will be fighting this one out, with the edge to The Eyes of Tammy Faye for the work on Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield.

Production Design

Dune, Nightmare Alley, The Power of the Dog, The Tragedy of Macbeth and West Side Story

Another open category where the only one I’d rule out is The Power of the Dog. I’d give the edge to West Side Story in this case but any of the other 3 could take it.

Documentary Feature

Ascension, Attica, Flee, Summer of Soul (…Or, when the Revolution could not be Televised) and Writing with Fire

I’ve heard some really good things about Flee and picking up a nomination in the animation category gives it the edge to take this one.

I haven’t seen or know anything about any of these short films but here are the nominees.

Animated Short

Affairs of the Art, Festia, Boxballet, Robin Robin and Windshield Wiper

Live Action Short

Ala Kachuu – Take and Run, The Dress, The Long Goodbye, On My Mind and Please Hold

Documentary Short

Audible, Lead me Home, The Queen of Basketball, Three songs of Benazir and When we were Bullies

And there you have it, that’s all the notations for The Academy Awards this year. The ceremony takes place on the 27th March (28th UK time).

What do you think of the nominations this year? What did you think is going to win? What is the biggest snub?

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