The 2022 Oscar nominations for the 94th annual Academy Awards were announced by actors Leslie Jordan and Tracee Ellis Ross. The in-person ceremony will be televised on ABC on March 27 returning this year at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

There are always a lot of surprises every year but the long-expected frontrunners are in the mix—Will Smith and Denzel Washington in best actor, Ariana DeBose in the supporting categories—as well as a number of interesting surprises.

Let’s push into the snubs, starting with Jennifer Hudson, in the movie “Respect” (lead actress), a biopic about the late Aretha Franklin. Hudson did earn a SAG Award nomination.
Many of us imagined that actress Ruth Negga for “Passing” (supporting actress) would earn a nomination. Her measured performance in Rebecca Hall’s drama about friendship and identity didn’t move the voters.

The biggest snub was Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci” as best picture. The film did pick up a Screen Actors Guild Awards ensemble nomination.

Now to the big surprise, and very well earned, is the documentary—oops, film—Best Picture nominee “Don’t Look Up” which highlights our modern world tossed into utter chaos and crippling uncertainty due to an impending apocalyptic event.

Many insiders thought that the film “Tick, Tick…Boom!” (best picture) would go the distance. “Tick, Tick…Boom!” did earn nominations for film editing and star Andrew Garfield. And director Lin-Manuel Miranda picked up an Oscar nomination for one of his “Encanto” songs, so he’s one step closer to earning his EGOT.

The 94th Academy Awards could be another amazing night for Netflix’s “The Power of the Dog” directed by Jane Campion. Her film led with 12 nominations and marked the first time that a woman was nominated for a second time in the best director category (Campion’s first Oscar nomination for director was for 1993’s “The Piano”).

“Dune” followed with 10 nominations. Kenneth Branagh’s autobiographical memoir “Belfast” picked up seven nominations.

It was announced in January by Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals, that there will be a host (the first in three years). And it was reported in Variety that multiple hosts will likely take the stage in March; however no official names have been decided on and/or released from the Academy at the time of filing.

Here is the full list of 2022 Oscar nominations:

For a complete list of nominees, visit the official Oscars website,

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”)

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

Best Animated Short Film
“Affairs of the Art”
“Robin Robin”
“The Windshield Wiper”

Best Costume Design
“Nightmare Alley”
“West Side Story”

Best Live Action Short Film
“Ala Kachuu – Take and Run”
“The Dress”
“The Long Goodbye”
“On My Mind”
“Please Hold”

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 Sound
“No Time to Die”
“The Power of the Dog”
“West Side Story”

Best Adapted Screenplay
“CODA,” Siân Heder
“Drive My Car,” Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe
“Dune,” Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth
“The Lost Daughter,” Maggie Gyllenhaal
“The Power of the Dog,” Jane Campion

Best Original Screenplay
“Belfast,” Kenneth Branagh
“Don’t Look Up,” Adam McKay, David Sirota
“King Richard,” Zach Baylin
“Licorice Pizza,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Worst Person in the World,” Eskil Vogt, Joachim Troer

Best Actor in a Leading Role
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 in a Leading Role
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 Animated Feature Film
“The Mitchells vs. the Machines”
“Raya and the Last Dragon”

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 Kamiński
Best Documentary Feature
“Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”
“Writing With Fire”

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

Best Film Editing
“Don’t Look Up”
“King Richard”
“The Power of the Dog”
“Tick, Tick…Boom!”

Best International Feature Film
“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 Makeup and Hairstyling
“Coming 2 America”
“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”
“House of Gucci”

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

Best Production Design
“Nightmare Alley”
“The Power of the Dog”
“The Tragedy of Macbeth”
“West Side Story”

Best Visual Effects
“Free Guy”
“No Time to Die”
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”
“Spider-Man: No Way Home”

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

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


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