2022 Oscar Nominations: Film’s Finest


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“The Power of the Dog” was released in December 2021 and has 12 Oscar nominations.

The Academy has spoken and the votes are in: the 2022 Oscar nominations have arrived.

Leading the pack (no pun intended) is “The Power of the Dog” with a whopping 12 nominations, closely followed by “Dune” with 10. “Belfast” and Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” follow with seven nominations each.

Competing for the title of Best Picture is “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.” “Belfast,” “Drive My Car,” “Licorice Pizza,” “The Power of the Dog” and “West Side Story” also received nods for Best Director.

The supporting actor categories also saw a lot of overlap with the Best Picture nominees. Ariana DeBose, Judi Dench, Kirsten Dunst and Aunjanue Ellias were all nominated under Best Actress in a Supporting Role for “West Side Story,” “Belfast,” “The Power of the Dog” and “King Richard” respectively, alongside Jessie Buckley for “The Lost Daughter.” Nominated supporting actors include Ciaran Hinds (“Belfast”), Troy Kotsur (“CODA”) and Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”) alongside J.K. Simmons (“Being the Ricardos”).

Best Picture nominees also singled out under Best Actor in a Leading Role were “The Power of the Dog” and “King Richard” for Benedict Cumberbatch and Will Smith, respectively. Their competitors include Javier Bardem (“Being the Ricardos”), Andrew Garfield (“Tick, Tick… Boom!”) and Denzel Washington (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”).

Interestingly, Best Actress in a Leading Role saw no overlap with Best Picture films. Nominees included 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”).

Despite rumors surrounding “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” Marvel did not make it onto the Best Picture list, but did receive two nods under Best Visual Effects for “Spider-Man” and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”

Disney/Pixar fans will be happy to hear that the House of Mouse has once again managed to dominate the Best Animated Feature Film category with “Encanto,” “Luca” and “Raya and the Last Dragon.” Also nominated were “Flee” and “The Mitchells vs. The Machine.”

Disney also received a nod under Best Original Song for “Encanto”– and no, it’s the one that’s all over TikTok. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Dos Oruguitas” was nominated alongside “Be Alive” by DIXSON and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter from “King Richard,” “Down to Joy” by Van Morrison from “Belfast,” “No Time to Die” by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell from “No Time to Die” and “Somehow You Do” by Diane Warren from “Four Good Days.”

This year’s Academy Awards categories include many well-earned nominations and few surprises after a year of false starts and flops for the film business. Netflix continues to work its way up the ladder of recognition with “The Power of the Dog,” “Don’t Look Up” and even the musical biopic “Tick, Tick…Boom!” as it claims a total of 27 nominations for the 2022 season. Marvel has yet to do the same, though parent company Disney is still going strong with animated flicks. Regardless, it is an exciting race between many well-qualified contenders.

Watch the Academy Awards ceremony live on ABC at 8 p.m. on March 27. For a full list of this year’s nominees, check out The Hollywood Reporter.