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Early Buzz… 2022’s Oscars Edition

Charlie takes a look at the runners and riders for the 2022 Oscars. Who will take the biggest prizes? Which films might come out of left field to steal the show?

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While we may be several months away from the Academy Awards, it is never too early to start predicting what will walk away with an award and what will walk away with just a nomination, or nothing. This year, there are tons of movies that all seem to be primed for success this awards season and it is starting to become a race for which film to take home the prestigious Best Picture award. So, let’s cut to the chase and share my incredibly early predictions for 2022’s Academy Awards.

Note: the film I believe to win the award, as of right now, will be in bold while all possible contenders will be in alphabetical order


BEST PICTURE

BELFAST (Universal Pictures)

C’mon C’mon (A24)

Don’t Look Up (Netflix)

Dune (Warner Bros. Pictures)

House of Gucci (Universal Pictures)

King Richard (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Licorice Pizza (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

Nightmare Alley (Searchlight Pictures)

The Power of the Dog (Netflix)

West Side Story (Walt Disney Studios)

Other possible contenders: The Tragedy of Macbeth (A24), CODA (Apple), The French Dispatch (Searchlight Pictures), Spencer (NEON and STX International), Mass (Bleecker Street), Tick, Tick…Boom! (Netflix)

BEST DIRECTOR

Denis Villeneuve – Dune (Warner Bros.)

Guillermo Del Toro – Nightmare Alley (Searchlight Pictures)

Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog (Netflix)

Kenneth Branagh – Belfast (Universal Pictures)

Paul Thomas Anderson – Licorice Pizza (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

BEST ACTRESS

Jennifer Hudson – Respect (Universal Pictures)

Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye (Searchlight Studios)

Jodie Comer – The Last Duel (Walt Disney Studios)

Kristen Stewart – Spencer (NEON and STX International)

Lady Gaga – House of Gucci (Universal Pictures)

BEST ACTOR

Andrew Garfield – Tick, Tick…Boom! (Netflix)

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog (Netflix)

Bradley Cooper – Nightmare Alley (Searchlight Pictures)

Denzel Washington – The Tragedy of Macbeth (A24)

Will Smith – King Richard (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Ann Dowd – Mass (Bleecker Street)

Ariana DeBose – West Side Story (Walt Disney Studios)

Caitriona Balfe – Belfast (Universal Pictures)

Kirsten Dunst – The Power of the Dog (Netflix)

Marlee Matlin – CODA (Apple)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Bradley Cooper – Licorice Pizza (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

Corey Hawkins – The Tragedy of Macbeth (A24)

Jamie Dornan – Belfast (Universal Pictures)

Jesse Plemons – The Power of the Dog (Netflix)

Willem Dafoe – Nightmare Alley (Searchlight Pictures)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Dune (Warner Bros. Pictures)

House of Gucci (Universal Pictures)

The Power of the Dog (Netflix)

The Tragedy of Macbeth (A24)

West Side Story (Walt Disney Studios)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Don’t Look Up (Netflix)

King Richard (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Licorice Pizza (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

Mass (Bleecker Street)

The French Dispatch (Searchlight Pictures)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Belfast (Universal Pictures)

Dune (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Nightmare Alley (Searchlight Pictures)

The French Dispatch (Searchlight Pictures)

The Tragedy of Macbeth (A24)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Cruella (Walt Disney Studios)

Dune (Warner Bros.)

House of Gucci (Universal Pictures)

Spencer (NEON and STX International)

West Side Story (Walt Disney Studios)

BEST FILM EDITING

Belfast (Universal Pictures)

Don’t Look Up (Netflix)

Dune (Warner Bros. Pictures)

The Power of the Dog (Netflix)

West Side Story (Walt Disney Studios)

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Dune (Warner Bros. Pictures)

House of Gucci (Universal Pictures)

Nightmare Alley (Searchlight Pictures)

Spencer (NEON and STX International)

The Eyes of Tammy Faye (Searchlight Pictures)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Belfast (Universal Pictures)

Dune (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Nightmare Alley (Searchlight Pictures)

The French Dispatch (Searchlight Pictures)

The Tragedy of Macbeth (A24)

BEST SOUND

A Quiet Place Part II (Paramount Pictures)

Dune (Warner Bros. Pictures)

No Time to Die (Universal Pictures)

The Matrix Resurrections (Warner Bros. Pictures)

West Side Story (Walt Disney Studios)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Don’t Look Up (Netflix)

Dune (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Eternals (Walt Disney Studios)

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Walt Disney Studios)

The Matrix Resurrections (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Don’t Look Up (Netflix) – Nicholas Britell

Dune (Warner Bros. Pictures) – Hans Zimmer

Nightmare Alley (Searchlight Pictures) – Alexandre Desplat

Spencer (NEON and STX International) – Jonny Greenwood

The French Dispatch (Searchlight Pictures) – Alexandre Desplat

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Be Alive King Richard (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Colombia, Mi Encanto Encanto (Walt Disney Studios)

Don’t Look Up Don’t Look Up (Netflix)

Down to Joy Belfast (Universal Pictures)

No Time to Die No Time to Die (Universal Pictures)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Encanto (Walt Disney Studios)

Flee (NEON and Curzon)

Luca (Walt Disney Studios and Pixar)

Ron’s Gone Wrong (Walt Disney Studios)

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (Netflix and Sony Pictures Animation)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Flee (NEON and Curzon)

Summer of Soul (Searchlight Pictures)

The Rescue (National Geographic)

The Sparks Brothers (Universal Pictures)

The Velvet Underground (Apple)

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

A Hero (Amazon Studios)

Flee (NEON and Curzon)

Titane (NEON and Altitude)

Petite Maman (Mubi and NEON)

The Worst Person in the World (NEON)

What do you think will take home each award at the upcoming academy awards? Comment below with your predictions!


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