2022 Academy Award (Oscar) Predictions

by JoeYancey

Original Screenplay

Belfast

Don’t Look Up

King Richard

Licorice Pizza

The Worst Person in the World

And the winner is: Belfast

Runaway winner. Belfast won’t be shutout, but I do believe they are shutout in most major award areas, however screenplay is a win



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

And the winner is: Kirsten Dunst

The heavy favorite, and SAG winner, Ariana DeBose is expected to win best supporting actress with ease, but there is something about rewarding remakes that seemingly does not sit well with the Academy. The next best (I think the best) option is Kirsten Dunst. This, in her first nomination year would be an impressive victory, against tough competition.


Best Supporting Actor

Ciaran 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

And the winner is: Kodi Smit-McPhee

A relatively unheralded career, has exploded with his role in Power of The Dog. Kodi Smith-McPhee was wonderful in both Road and Let Me in, as a younger man, but has now turned in a brilliant performance as a man; no longer a child actor. He is not the favorite for best supporting actor, but I have a suspicion he wins.


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

And the winner is: Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain turns in an extraordinary performance as Tammy Faye. Those of us old enough to remember Tammy Faye Baker watch intently throughout, as this film brings you back. Chastain is stellar.


Best Actor

Will Smith, “King Richard

Denzel Washington, “The Tragedy of Macbeth

Javier Bardem, “Being the Ricardos

Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Power of the Dog

Andrew Garfield, “Tick, Tick … Boom!

And the winner is: Will Smith

Many were shocked and pleasantly surprised with Will’s acting ability in the 1993 film, Six Degrees of Separation. From that moment on, Will has been considered a serious actor, and not just The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. This is Will’s third nomination by The Academy. Previously he was nominated for Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness. This is the day.


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

And the winner is: Jane Campion

As the story usually goes, and the tale is normally told. This award is often the pathway to best picture. Jane Campion has already made history, becoming the first female director to be nominated for two Academy Awards, and soon makes more history by winning twice.


Best Picture

Belfast

CODA

Don’t Look Up

Drive My Car

Dune

King Richard

Licorice Pizza

Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

And the winner is: The Power of the Dog

A virtual masterpiece from start to finish. It would take an incredible film to beat out The Power of The Dog. And that film aint in this bunch. There are many great pictures nominated, but none of this caliber.


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