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Nominations for the 94th Academy Awards

February 8, 2022

By John Corrado

This is the day we’ve all been waiting for. The 94th Oscar nominations have just been announced, and for the first time since 2011 we have gotten a full slate of ten Best Picture nominees, with a lineup that includes 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. Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog leads the pack with twelve nominations, followed by Dune with ten, and Belfast and West Side Story with seven each.

One of the best surprises of the morning for me was Kristen Stewart (a first-time nominee) getting in Best Actress for her career-best performance as Princess Diana in Spencer. While an early frontrunner, it looked like Stewart may miss after her SAG and BAFTAs snubs, so I’m really happy that she pulled through at the last minute.

There is a lot that I’m happy about. Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Japanese masterpiece Drive My Car got in everywhere that I hoped it would (Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, International); Flee became the first film in history to go three-for-three with its nominations in Animated, Documentary and International Feature; and The Worst Person in the World picked up a surprise Original Screenplay nomination that is very well deserved. I’m mainly thrilled because it means the Academy is continuing the trend of recognizing international films outside of their designated category.

Some of the biggest surprises came in the Supporting categories, with Jesse Plemons (The Power of the Dog) and J.K. Simmons (Being the Ricardos) showing up in Supporting Actor, and Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter) in Supporting Actress. The Supporting Actress lineup also saw Judi Dench get in for Belfast over her co-star Caitriona Balfe, whom many were expecting to be nominated instead.

In addition to Balfe, we got a variety of other snubs, some more surprising than others. Despite Dune being the runner-up in terms of most nominations, Denis Villeneuve was shut out of Director; Lady Gaga and Jared Leto failed to receive acting nominations for House of Gucci; and The Rescue was snubbed in Documentary Feature, as was Asghar Farhadi’s A Hero in International. And, despite three acting nominations for Being the Ricardos, there was no love for Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay (though the same thing happened with Steve Jobs in 2015).

This was a big morning for Netflix and The Power of the Dog, which got in literally everywhere it needed to, cementing its frontrunner status. With Belfast missing for Cinematography, Editing and Production Design, in addition to Balfe being snubbed, this leads me to believe that Power of the Dog is now going to win Best Picture. Campion has also made history as the first female director to ever be nominated twice (with her first nomination coming for The Piano in 1993).

Please find the full list of nominations below.

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:

Ciarán Hinds – Belfast

Troy Kotsur – CODA

Jesse Plemons – The Power of the Dog

J.K. Simmons – Being the Ricardos

Kodi Smitt-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

Aunjanue Ellis – King Richard

Best Original Screenplay:

Belfast – Kenneth Branagh

Don’t Look Up – Adam McKay & David Sirota

Licorice Pizza – Paul Thomas Anderson

King Richard – Zach Baylin

The Worst Person in the World – Joachim Trier & Eskil Vogt

Best Adapted Screenplay:

CODA – Sian Heder

Drive My Car – Ryusuke Hamaguchi & Takamasa Oe

Dune – Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts & Denis Villeneuve

The Lost Daughter – Maggie Gyllenhaal

The Power of the Dog – Jane Campion

Best Animated Feature:

Encanto

Flee

Luca

The Mitchells vs The Machines

Raya and the Last Dragon

Best Documentary Feature:

Ascension

Attica

Flee

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Writing with Fire

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 – Greig Fraser

Nightmare Alley – Dan Lausten

The Power of the Dog – Ari Wegner

The Tragedy of Macbeth – Bruno Delbonnel

West Side Story – Janusz Kaminski

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 & Andrew Weisblum

Best Costume Design:

Cruella – Jenny Beavan

Cyrano – Massimo Cantini Parrini

Dune – Jacqueline West

Nightmare Alley – Luis Sequeira

West Side Story – Paul Tazewell

Best Makeup & Hairstyling:

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

House of Gucci

Coming 2 America

Cruella

Dune

Best Production Design:

Dune

Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

The Tragedy of Macbeth

West Side Story

Best Sound:

Belfast

Dune

No Time to Die

The Power of the Dog

West Side Story

Best Visual Effects:

Dune

Free Guy

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

No Time to Die

Spider-Man: No Way Home

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 Original Song:

“Be Alive” – King Richard

“Dos Oruguitas” – Encanto

“Down to Joy” – Belfast

“No Time to Die” – No Time to Die

“Somehow You Do” – Four Good Days

Best Animated Short Film:

Affairs of the Art

Bestia

Boxballet

Robin Robin

The Windshield Wiper

Best Live Action Short Film:

Ala Kachuu — Take and Run

The Dress

The Long Goodbye

On My Mind

Please Hold

Best Documentary Short Film:

Audible

Lead Me Home

The Queen of Basketball

Three Songs for Benazir

When We Were Bullies

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