The start of a new year brings with it awards season. As always, the film snob’s favorite time of year will culminate with the highly anticipated Academy Awards. The night of the year where all of the departments that make up the Hollywood film industry come together to recognize and honor the very best work of the calendar year. Now that Academy members have officially started filling out their ballots, I figured now was as good a time as any to share our predictions for who those voters will nominate for the coveted statuette.

The 94th annual Academy Awards ceremony will broadcast live this year at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and airs on linear television via ABC on Sunday, March 27.

And the nominees will be….

Best Picture

Dune

West Side Story

King Richard

Belfast

The Power of the Dog

Drive My Car

CODA

tick, tick… Boom!

Licorice Pizza

The Lost Daughter

Director

Kenneth Branagh – Belfast

Denis Villeneuve – Dune

Steven Spielberg– West Side Story

Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi – Drive My Car

Leading Actor

Will Smith – King Richard

Denzel Washington – The Tragedy of Macbeth

Nicolas Cage – Pig

Andrew Garfield – tick, tick… Boom!

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog

Leading Actress

Kristen Stewart – Spencer

Rachel Zegler– West Side Story

Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Olivia Colman – The Lost Daughter

Nicole Kidman – Being the Ricardos

Supporting Actor

Bradley Cooper – Licorice Pizza

Troy Kotsur – CODA

Jared Leto – House of Gucci

Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Power of the Dog

Ciaran Hinds – Belfast

Supporting Actress

Caitríona Balfe – Belfast

Kristen Dunst – The Power of the Dog

Aunjanue Ellis – King Richard

Ruth Negga – Passing

Ariana DeBose– West Side Story

Original Screenplay

Belfast

Licorice Pizza

King Richard

Being the Ricardos

Don’t Look Up

Adapted Screenplay

The Lost Daughter

Drive My Car

West Side Story

Passing

The Power of the Dog

Cinematography

Belfast

Dune

The Power of the Dog

West Side Story

The Tragedy of Macbeth

Film Editing

King Richard

Dune

Belfast

West Side Story

The Power of the Dog

Visual Effects

Dune

Eternals

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Spider-Man: No Way Home

The Matrix Resurrections

Makeup and Hairstyling

Dune

Cruella

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

House of Gucci

West Side Story

Costume Design

Nightmare Alley

Dune

Spencer

House of Gucci

Cruella

Production Design

Nightmare Alley

Dune

West Side Story

The French Dispatch

The Tragedy of Macbeth

Documentary Feature

The Rescue

Flee

Summer of Soul

Procession

Summer of Soul

Animated Feature

Luca

Raya and the Last Dragon

The Mitchells vs. the Machines

Encanto

Flee

International Feature

Flee (Denmark)

A Hero (Iran)

Drive My Car (Japan)

The Hand of God (Italy)

The Worst Person in the World (Norway)

Sound

Dune

tick, tick… Boom!

West Side Story

No Time to Die

A Quiet Place Part II

Original Score

Dune

Spencer

The Power of the Dog

Encanto

Don’t Look Up

Original Song

“Be Alive” — King Richard

“No Time to Die” – No Time to Die

“Down to Joy” — Belfast

“Dos Oruguitas” – Encanto

“Just Look Up” – Don’t Look Up


Those are my predictions for who and what will be nominated for the 2022 Academy Awards. Again, these are my predictions for the nominations. These aren’t my final thoughts on who and what I think will actually take home the gold at the actual ceremony. What do you make of my picks? Which do you agree with and which picks are way off the mark? Sound off in the comments below and let us and the rest of the movie loving world know your thoughts on the matter!

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