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The 2022 Oscar Nominations Are Here!

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | February 8, 2022 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | February 8, 2022 |


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The nominations are here for the 94th Academy Awards and it’s … well, it’s a mixed bag, to be sure. We expect this from our pals at Oscar H.Q.: lots of major snubs, way too much recognition for eh films, then a few surprises that make you once again believe in good things. This year, things veered wildly between the two fields.

The Power of the Dog’s Jane Campion made history by becoming the first female filmmaker to be nominated for Best Director more than once. The Japanese drama Drive My Car broke through in a big way with nominations in Picture, Director, Screenplay, and International Feature. Kristen Stewart received her first Oscar nomination for Spencer, a surprise on the morning given that many had written off her chances in a busy category. Steven Spielberg received his eighth Best Director nomination for West Side Story. There were many expected nominees here — Belfast, Don’t Look Up, and King Richard to name but three — as well as a few omissions. No Lady Gaga, no Bradley Cooper, no Caitriona Balfe, no Ruth Negga. Nobody saw J.K. Simmons coming with that supporting actor nod for Being the Ricardos (no Sorkin either so there’s some relief.) It’s a weird mix of lazy status quo (Judi Dench?!) and exciting changes, whether it’s Drive My Car or Bhutan receiving its first Best International Feature nom. They say blockbusters don’t fare well at the Oscars but Dune dominated the nominations (except for director, which makes me wonder if Hamaguchi got in over Villeneuve.)

Here are the nominees!

BEST PICTURE
Belfast
CODA
Don’t Look Up
Drive My Car
Dune
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story


BEST DIRECTOR
Kenneth Branagh - Belfast
Ryusuke Hamaguchi - Drive My Car
Paul Thomas Anderson - Licorice Pizza
Jane Campion - The Power of the Dog
Steven Spielberg - West Side Story

BEST ACTOR
Javier Bardem - Being the Ricardos
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Power of the Dog
Andrew Garfield - Tick, Tick… Boom!
Will Smith - King Richard
Denzel Washington - The Tragedy of Macbeth

BEST ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain - The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Olivia Colman - The Lost Daughter
Penelope Cruz - Parallel Mothers
Nicole Kidman - Being the Ricardos
Kristen Stewart - Spencer

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Ciaran Hinds - Belfast
Troy Kotsur - CODA
Jesse Plemons - The Power of the Dog
J.K. Simmons - Being the Ricardos
Kodi Smit-Mcphee - The Power of the Dog

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jessie Buckley - The Lost Daughter
Ariana DeBose - West Side Story
Judi Dench - Belfast
Kirsten Dunst - The Power of the Dog
Aujanaue Ellis - King Richard

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Belfast
Don’t Look Up
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
The Worst Person in the World

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
CODA
Drive My Car
Dune
The Lost Daughter
The Power of the Dog

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE
Drive My Car - Japan
Flee - Denmark
The Hand of God - Italy
Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom - Bhutan
The Worst Person in the World - Norway

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Dune
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
The Tragedy of Macbeth
West Side Story

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

BEST SOUND
Belfast
Dune
No Time to Die
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Don’t Look Up
Dune
Encanto
Parallel Mothers
The Power of the Dog

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
King Richard
Encanto
Belfast
No Time to Die
Four Good Days

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Dune
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
The Tragedy of Macbeth
West Side Story

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Cruella
Cyrano
Dune
Nightmare Alley
West Side Story

BEST MAKE-UP AND HAIRSTYLING
Coming 2 America
Cruella
Dune
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
House of Gucci

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

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Encanto
Flee
Luca
The Mitchells vs the Machines
Raya and the Last Dragon

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Affairs of the Art
Bestia
Boxballet
Robin Robin
The Windshield Wiper

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT
Ala Kachuu
The Dress
The Long Goodbye
On My Mind
Please Hold

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Ascension
Attica
Flee
Summer of Soul
Writing with Fire

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Audible
Lead Me Home
The Queen of Basktball
Three Songs for Benazir
When We Were Bullies

This year’s honourary Oscar winners include actress-director Liv Ullmann, writer-director Elaine May, and actor Samuel L. Jackson. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will be awarded to Danny Glover.




Kayleigh is a features writer and editor for Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter or listen to her podcast, The Hollywood Read.



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