The Power Of The Dog leads Oscars 2022 nominations

Two characters (played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons) riding horses in The Power Of The Dog
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The full list of nominees for the 94th Academy Awards has been announced – Jane Campion’s The Power Of The Dog is up for 12 prizes. 

The nominees for this year’s Academy Awards have been announced in full, and they are certainly an interesting bunch. Many of the films nominated in major categories reflect the choices made by other awards bodies this year, but these are balanced out by some unexpected picks. Much like the BAFTA nominees revealed last week, The Power Of The Dog and sci-fi blockbuster Dune lead the way – with 12 and ten nominations respectively.

Jane Campion’s gritty western could be considered the Oscar frontrunner – it’s up for all of the major categories. Not only has it been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay, all of the main cast (Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, and Kodi Smit-McPhee) are also up for awards for their performances in the gripping drama. Nominations in the Best Picture, directing, and acting categories usually bode well for a film at the prestigious ceremony, as often the same movie will win multiple major awards (as Nomadland did last year).

If The Power Of The Dog does win the major categories, it will be the second year in a row that a film directed by a woman has claimed the top prizes. Nomadland was directed by Chinese-born filmmaker Chloé Zhao.

Denis Villeneuve’s Dune has the second most nominations. It’s up for Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay, but there are unfortunately no nods for Villeneuve or the cast. Like many genre films, it has seen most of its success in the technical categories. The sci-fi epic has picked up nominations for its editing, cinematography, and visual effects, among others. A few Disney films have also been nominated for their visual effects, including Spider-Man: No Way Home, Shang Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings, and Free Guy. 

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Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast and Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story have also bagged a few notable nominations. The former is up for Best Picture, and Judi Dench and Ciarán Hinds have both received nods in the supporting actress/actor categories. Branagh himself could be walking away with the Best Director trophy. As for West Side Story, Spielberg is once again nominated for Best Picture and Best Director. He has received many nominations over the years, but the last time he won an Academy Award was for Saving Private Ryan in 1999.

These nominations are largely unremarkable, but there are a few surprises among them. First is Kristen Stewart’s name appearing with the Best Actress nominees. This is not because of the quality of her performance – she has gained much acclaim for her role as Princess Diana in Pablo Larrain’s Spencer. It’s because the film has seen surprisingly few nominations from most of the top awarding bodies. The fact that Stewart was not nominated for her performance by BAFTA certainly came as a surprise. But on the upside, this is her first ever Academy Award nomination, and it’s well deserved.

Also up for Best Actress is Nicole Kidman for her role as Lucille Ball in Being The Ricardos. Aaron Sorkin’s biopic has received nominations in three categories, all for acting performances. Javier Bardem and J.K. Simmons may also receive awards this year. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as Hollywood tends to love films about itself.

Here is the full list of Oscar nominees –

Best Picture
Don’t Look Up
Drive My Car
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story

Best Director
Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza)
Kenneth Branagh (Belfast)
Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog)
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car)
Steven Spielberg (West Side Story)



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

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

Best Supporting Actor

Ciarán 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)

West Side Story

West Side Story

Best Costume Design
Cruella (Jenny Beavan)
Cyrano (Massimo Cantini Parrini and Jacqueline Durran)
Dune (Jacqueline West and Robert Morgan)
Nightmare Alley (Luis Sequeira)
West Side Story (Paul Tazewell)

Best Sound
Belfast (Denise Yarde, Simon Chase, James Mather and Niv Adiri)
Dune (Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett)
No Time to Die (Simon Hayes, Oliver Tarney, James Harrison, Paul Massey and Mark Taylor)
The Power of the Dog (Richard Flynn, Robert Mackenzie and Tara Webb)
West Side Story (Tod A. Maitland, Gary Rydstrom, Brian Chumney, Andy Nelson and Shawn Murphy)

Best Original Score
Don’t Look Up (Nicholas Britell)
Dune (Hans Zimmer)
Encanto (Germaine Franco)
Parallel Mothers (Alberto Iglesias)
The Power of the Dog (Jonny Greenwood)

Best Adapted Screenplay
CODA (Screenplay by Siân Heder)
Drive My Car (Screenplay by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa
Dune (Screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Denis Villeneuve
and Eric Roth)
The Lost Daughter (Written by Maggie Gyllenhaal)
The Power of the Dog (Written by Jane Campion)

Best Original Screenplay
Belfast (Written by Kenneth Branagh)
Don’t Look Up (Screenplay by Adam McKay; Story by Adam McKay & David Sirota)
King Richard (Written by Zach Baylin)
Licorice Pizza (Written by Paul Thomas Anderson)
The Worst Person in the World (Written by Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier)

King Richard

King Richard

Best Animated Short
Affairs of the Art
Robin Robin
The Windshield Wiper

Best Live Action Short
Ala Kachuu — Take and Run
The Dress
The Long Goodbye
On My Mind
Please Hold

Best Film Editing
Don’t Look Up (Hank Corwin)
Dune (Joe Walker)
King Richard (Pamela Martin)
The Power of the Dog (Peter Sciberras)
Tick, Tick… Boom! (Myron Kerstein and Andrew Weisblum)

Best Makeup And Hairstying
Coming 2 America
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
House of Gucci

Best Animated Feature
Encanto (Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino and Clark Spencer)
Flee (Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen and Charlotte De La Gournerie)
Luca (Enrico Casarosa and Andrea Warren)
The Mitchells vs. The Machines (Mike Rianda, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Kurt Albrecht)
Raya and the Last Dragon (Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, Osnat Shurer
and Peter Del Vecho)


Best Documentary Feature
Summer of Soul
Writing With Fire

Best Documentary Short
Lead Me Home
The Queen of Basketball
Three Songs for Benazir
When We Were Bullies

Best Original Song
“Be Alive” — Beyoncé Knowles-Carter & Darius Scott (King Richard)
“Dos Oruguitas” — Lin-Manuel Miranda (Encanto)
“Down to Joy” — Van Morrison (Belfast)
“No Time to Die” — Billie Eilish & Finneas O’Connell (No Time to Die)
“Somehow You Do” — Diane Warren (Four Good Days)

Daniel Craig and Lashana Lynch in No Time To Die

No Time To Die

Best Cinematography
Dune (Greig Fraser)
Nightmare Alley (Dan Laustsen)
The Power of the Dog (Ari Wegner)
The Tragedy of Macbeth (Bruno Delbonnel)
West Side Story (Janusz Kaminski)

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 Production Design
Dune (Zsuzsanna Sipos & Patrice Vermette)
Nightmare Alley (Tamara Deverell & Shane Vieau)
The Power of the Dog (Grant Major & Amber Richards)
The Tragedy of Macbeth (Stefan Dechant & Nancy Haigh)
West Side Story (Rena DeAngelo & Adam Stockhausen)

Best Visual Effects
Dune (Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and
Gerd Nefzer)
Free Guy (Swen Gillberg, Bryan Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis and
Dan Sudick)
No Time to Die (Charlie Noble, Joel Green, Jonathan Fawkner and Chris Corbould)
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Christopher Townsend, Joe Farrell, Sean Noel Walker and Dan Oliver)
Spider-Man: No Way Home (Kelly Port, Chris Waegner, Scott Edelstein and Dan Sudick)

The 2022 Academy Awards will be held on Sunday 27th March. The host for the ceremony has not yet been announced.

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