Oscars 2022 predictions: Who will take home the big prizes?

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The 94th Academy Awards will air on ABC on Sunday, March 27 at 8 p.m. ET, live from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. For the first time in four years, the festivities will feature not just one host, but three of them: Wanda Sykes, Regina Hall and Amy Schumer, each of whom is expected to bring their unique style and sense of humor into their work.

The stars will come out in full force to celebrate the best in cinema of the year, with films like Power of the Dog, Dune, Belfast and West Side Story dominating the nominations. While eight awards will be presented and accepted prior to the live broadcast to streamline the process (still takes three hours!), these will primarily be for behind-the-scenes roles such as film editing, makeup and hair styling, and production design. . A new category will also be added this year: Fan Favorite Movie, which viewers will vote for via Twitter using the hashtag #OscarsFanFavorite or by creating a virtual vote on the Oscars Fan Favorite website. But the big winners walk live to the podium.

Who will be those big winners? We’ve put together some predictions from the most talked-about categories.

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best actor

Javier Bardem (The Ricardos are)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog)
Andrew Garfield (tick, tick…BOOM!)
Will Smith (King Richard)
Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth)

Prediction: Under one of the most talented actors who have never won an Academy Award, not to mention an actor with one of the biggest box offices, it’s time for Will Smith to finally take home the trophy. Smith has been nominated twice before, for Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness, but King Richard could finally be the movie to take home for the former rapper and sitcom star. He beautifully captures the essence and struggles as Richard Williams, a father and coach who only wants the best for his talented daughters, tennis players Venus and Serena Williams. Buoyed by the tennis stars’ involvement in the making of the film and worthy supporting performances from the child actors who play them as young girls, Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton, this could finally be Smith’s year.

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best actress

Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye)
Olivia Colman (The Prodigal Daughter)
Penelope Cruz (Parallel Mothers)
Nicole Kidman (The Ricardos are)
Kristen Stewart (Spencer)

Prediction: With an Academy Award already under her belt for The Favorite in 2019, it’s possible that Olivia could surprise Colman with a win for this psychological drama written and directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal. She plays Leda, a troubled middle-aged college professor who meets Nina (Dakota Johnson), a young mother who loses her child briefly at the beach and can’t find her favorite stuffed animal that has gone missing. Leda herself struggled once as a young mother, but it turns out that the missing toy has much more meaning than imagined. The character is layered and mysterious, which could give Colman an edge over the equally creditable Jessica Chastain and Academy favorite Nicole Kidman.

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Best Supporting Actor

Ciaran Hinds (Belfast)
Troy Kotsur (CODA)
Jesse Plemons (The Power of the Dog)
JK Simmons (The Ricardos are)
Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power of the Dog)

Prediction: Jesse Plemons is an overlooked actor who has convincingly played everyone from a ruthless killer to a quirky, lone cop in both movies and TV. He follows the line of comedy and drama beautifully, delivering a powerful performance every time. While The Power of the Dog leans a lot more towards the dramatic side, it might just be the movie to take its star a little higher. Plemons’ first Academy Award nomination could be when he takes home the grand prize.

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Best Supporting Actress

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

Prediction: Kirsten Dunst has been acting since she was a kid, and the fact that this is her first Academy Award nomination is mind boggling. But the combination of acting, singing, and dancing may be why the Academy is overlooking her in favor of relative newcomer to the film, Ariana DeBose. As an original Hamilton cast member and trained theater actor, this marks the newcomer’s first Academy Award nomination, and she’s likely to take the win.

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Dear Director

Belfast (Kenneth Branagh)
Drive my car (Ryusuke Hamaguchi)
Licorice Pizza (Paul Thomas Anderson)
The Power of the Dog (Jane Campion)
West Side Story (Steven Spielberg)

Prediction: We’ll have to give this one to Power of the Dog, with Jane Campion of The Piano delivering a film based on powerful source material and with an incredible cast and beautiful cinematography and score. The film has also earned the accolade as the first film directed by a woman to receive more than 10 Academy Award nominations. If Campion were to win, it would be two years in a row that the category has honored a female director with Chloe Zhao won for Nomadland in 2021.

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Visual Effects

free man
No time to die
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Spider-Man: No Way Home

Prediction: Dune has mesmerized viewers with its cinematic visual effects, and it is likely to take home the win in the category. The forward-looking science fiction epic, directed by Denis Villeneuve, covers the first half of Frank Herbert’s novel of the same name and follows the noble Atreides family through a deadly war on an inhospitable planet. Rick Marshall of Digital Trends, in his interview with visual effects supervisor Paul Lambert, praised how the visual effects made “an unfilmable epic possible.” who detailed the effort they put in to achieve some of the most captivating scenes. It will be a surprise if Dune doesn’t win.

Animated Feature Film

To flee
The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Raya and the last dragon

Prediction: It’s almost certain that Encanto will take home the award this year, thanks in large part to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s original songs where every child under 12 stated that “we’re not talking about Bruno.” The musical fantasy story itself offers a wondrous look at a young girl desperate to save her family and their magical home when she discovers that the magic bestowed on the family for generations is beginning to disappear. With themes of love, loss and acceptance, the film is a shoo-in to win.

best photo

don’t look up
drive my car
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
nightmare alley
The power of the dog
West Side Story

Prediction: It dominates the ceremonies with 12 nominations and is likely to take the big win of the evening. With its star-studded cast, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons, the film, based on the Thomas Savage novel of the same name, has already received the accolade of being named one of the best films of 2021 by the American. Institute and won the Golden Globe for Best Picture – Drama.

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