With the climax of Hollywood’s glittering awards season just days away, speculation is rife as to which films, directors and A-listers could win big that night.
The 94th Academy Awards will be held on March 27, 2022 at the Dolby Theater. “This is the first time since 2008 that the awards will be held in March,” he said screen daily“having moved to avoid conflict with the Winter Olympics.”
Here’s who could take home the top honors and what the critics have to say about their chances.
For the first time in more than a decade, the Academy has reapplied its rule of ten Best Picture nominees to expand the talent pool.
“We’ve seen next year’s big Oscar winner, and this is him Belfast“, explained Rolling Stone, after Kenneth Branagh’s sentimental memento about growing up in Ireland received an “enthusiastic” screening at last September’s Toronto International Film Festival. After all, it is a “particularly strong candidate”, according to the magazine, “if not the absolute winner”.
The first reactions to another coming-of-age drama Liquorice Pizzarightly suggested that it would be a contender. Germain LussierEntertainment editor at Gizmodo, described the LA-based script as “perfection” while he was chief film critic for IndieWire David Honest said it reaches “god-beast” heights. After eight previous Oscar nominations and no win for director Paul Thomas Anderson, this film could finally be the one to earn him an award, he said vanity fair.
Others think the best film goes to a musical. “Few films have ever won more Oscars than the 1961 musical Westside Storysaid pop culture writer Kyle Buchanan The New York Times. Now the nominations in the categories image and director are almost certain Steven Spielberg’s 2021 remake. While other competitors “fit the bill, they don’t come close to the scale and magnitude of this musical retelling”.
- Don’t look up
- drive my car
- King Richard
- nightmare alley
- The power of the dog
Actor in a Leading Role
Forbes said in October that “Will Smith will lose the Best Actor Oscar.” His portrayal of Richard Williams, father of tennis stars Venus and Serena, in King Richard was described as one of the greatest screen performances of the year, but “of course being the first frontrunner of the season is a dangerous game,” he said forbes.
Meanwhile western epic The power of the dog Benedict Cumberbatch critics should be “well and truly silenced,” he said metroHe called it “undoubtedly” the achievement of his career. The guardFilm critic Peter Bradshaw has already named it “best film of the year” and the Academy would “save time” by giving it the best actor title now, he said evening standard.
but The Tragedy of Macbeth Denzel Washington may “return to his rightful place on the throne,” he said observer. Joel Coen’s version of the Shakespeare play will remind audiences why two-time Academy Award winner Washington is “the real King of Hollywood.”
- Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos
- Andrew Garfield, tick tick… BOOM!
Actress in a Leading Role
Kristen Stewart is a “shining Lady Di” in spencera performance of ‘three torturous days in the life of reluctant royalty’ over a Christmas holiday spent in Sandringhamcalled United States today. The film could finally be her “ticket to the Oscars” – after all, “the Academy loves British royalty,” it continues.
Penelope Cruz‘s “remarkable” performance in Pedro Almodovar’s parallel mothers “goes beyond typical excellence,” he said The globe and the mails film editor Barry Hertz. The actress portrays both “victims and crusaders” in this film, and it’s a performance that “should live on the verge of a nervous breakdown in the hall of Almodovar’s many great women.”
In the meantime, Nicole Kidman stars Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin’s “harshly unrelenting comedy-drama inspired by the iconic US TV show.” i love lucy“, called The guardis Peter Bradshaw. She “doesn’t really look like Lucille Ball,” she said NMEbut it “doesn’t matter because Kidman captures Ball’s essence — equal parts perky and bold — in a way that feels authentic.”
- Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter
- jessica chastain, Tammy Faye’s eyes
Actor in a supporting role
Belfast “shines brightest” when Ciaran Hinds and Judi Dench are said on screen The Independent. Although the 69-year-old has said he doesn’t “listen to rumors that he might be nominated for an Oscar,” he was pleased that “it’s nice that people really appreciate the film,” he said Live in Belfast.
Kodi Smit McPhee “is probably the most exciting young actor to compete for awards this season,” he said Fashion. But he will be fighting his Power of the Dog co-star Jesse Plemons, who also put on an “Oscar-worthy” performance, according to the magazine.
- Troy Kotsure, coda
- JK Simmons, Be the Ricardos
Actress in a supporting role
“Of the four acting categories this awards season, supporting actress is the most competitive,” he said diversity.
Kirsten Dunst is “long overdue” for an Academy Award and her performance as Rose, a rancher’s wife, in The power of the dog is “among their best so far”. said Haze United States today that she “screamed” when she heard her fiancé Plemons had also been nominated. “I just can’t believe we got nominated for the same movie together.”
When it comes to the tennis biopic King Richard“No king would be complete without his queen,” he said Backstage Magazine. Aunjanue EllisWill Smith’s on-screen performance as ‘Powerhouse’ partner is ‘staggering’. King Richard “is perhaps her best work yet”.
Rita Moreno won Best Supporting Actress in 1961 for her portrayal of Anita del Carmen in the original West Side Story. Sixty years later Ariana DeBose is similarly rated for success, “reaching critical raves and price talk” for her performance as best friend of protagonist Maria in Spielberg’s remake, she said The New York Times.
- Judi Dench, Belfast
- Jessie Buckley, The Lost Daughter
The power of the dogwritten and directed by Jane Campion, received a “four-minute standing ovation” at the Venice Film Festival in September and won the Silver Lion for Best Director. The film “shimmers with intelligence” and features “echoes” of Campion’s earlier Oscar-winning “masterpiece” The piano, said Nicholas Barber at his five-star hotel BBC Evaluation.
Ryusuke Hamaguti‘s nomination, alongside the other three drive my car received yesterday, “delighted home of the director Japan”, said diversity. His “moving and meditative drama” was “the sensation of the overseas awards season” and has put Hamaguchi “on the radar of discerning moviegoers around the world.”
- Steven SpielbergWest Side Story
- Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
- Paul Thomas Anderson, Liquorice Pizza
Liquorice Pizza is “a star-making affair” that captures “a free-wheeling first love and a blissfully dogged vision of Americana that now feels like a fevered dream,” he said The guard. It’s one of Paul Thomas Anderson’s “most charming and sentimental efforts” in the coming-of-age romantic comedy, he said cinema mix. A nomination for the best original screenplay is “almost certain”, a “win within reach”.
Don’t look up has silenced “haters” by earning four Oscar nominations this season, he said Golden Derby. It was a “clever, relentlessly brazen satire” that “despite a wealth of cinematic virtues” reaped “more negative reviews than hymns of praise,” it said ArtsFuse. It’s an “A-list bombshell of a movie,” but it made the original screenplay nomination list.
Other contenders are:
- King Richard
- The worst person in the world
“The morning of the Oscar nomination was heaven for the creative team behind Netflix and Sony Pictures Animation The Mitchells against the machines,” called The playlist. It’s a “surprisingly delightful, moving story about a dysfunctional family learning how to reconnect,” he added Rolling Stone. And while an official announcement of a sequel has yet to be made, “one has to wonder if a confirmation is imminent,” The Playlist said after the nomination.
Disney’s first Southeast Asian action and adventure film Raya and the last dragon has also garnered nominations this awards season and may soon add an Oscar to his awards. The screenplay, written by Adele Lim and Qui Nguyen, is “fast and propulsive,” although storyline is its “most distinctive” feature, he said rich. “It’s often stunning.”
Other contenders are:
“True to its title rise has been on the rise since it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in June, where it received Best Documentary and Directing Credit for its filmmaker Jessica Kingdon,” the film said gold derby. And it has “since reaped criticism and praise.” The film explores modern China and what it means, the “21 Sector Chinese Dream” and the persecution of Uyghur Muslims.
Another likely winner is Ahmir Thompson summer of the soulwhich “broadens the map of modern cultural and social history, shunting the spotlight on great musicians whose prominence has long been overshadowed by white pop heroes,” said Richard Brody in The New Yorker. It is undoubtedly “recognized for its importance and also for the pleasures it offers”.
The “innovative” animated documentary by Danish filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen, FleeIt also received “rave reviews” at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize, he said IndieWire.
The “touches of color” in Paul Tazewell’s West Side Story costumes are “among the most memorable things in the movie,” Brody told The New Yorker, but they may take a backseat “to Cruella’s extreme creations.” The Disney film’s costume designer Jenny Beaven’s “extravagant work” “has to be considered a favorite” as it tapped into “her own youthful memories of ’70s London fashion,” she said IndieWire. Also not to be overlooked are the costumes by Jacqueline West and Robert Morgan for Dune. They demonstrated “imagination and breadth” with the “modern-medieval” costumes, which referenced “nomadic tribes of the desert, Greek mythology, and Goya paintings.”
- Massimo Cantini Parrini and Jacqueline Durran, Cyrano
- Luis Sequeira, nightmare alley
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