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If I Had An Oscar Ballot: My Picks For Each Category

If I was asked to fill out an Oscar nomination ballot, these are some of the films and people who would get my support.

2022 oscar nomination predictions

I may not be an Academy voter, but a girl can dream. If I was asked to fill out an Oscar nomination ballot, these are some of the films and people who would get my support.

Best Picture

  • “Being the Ricardos”
  • “C’mon C’mon”
  • “Drive My Car”
  • “Mass”
  • “Parallel Mothers”
  • “The Power of the Dog”
  • “Spencer”
  • “Titane”
  • “West Side Story”
  • “The Worst Person in the World”

All of these films offered me a unique glimpse into the world and filmmaking. “Titane” is a bold yet intriguing project from Julia Ducournau, while “Drive My Car” is a bit slower but will stay with you long after the credits roll.

“Being the Ricardos” and “Spencer” gave us two different types of biopics, but both were full of life and grounded by amazing leads. It’s disheartening to see “C’mon C’mon” and “Mass” be largely ignored this season, but both definitely deserve a spot for their moving stories.

We also need to normalize nominating more than just one foreign language film in the Best Picture category. There are beautiful stories all over the world, and the Oscars should celebrate them. Among my nominees, “Being the Ricardos,” “The Power of the Dog” and “West Side Story” are the most likely to earn a spot Tuesday, and I think “Drive My Car” will sneak in there too.

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Best Director

  • Jane Campion – “The Power Of The Dog”
  • Julia Ducournau – “Titane”
  • Pablo Larrain – “Spencer”
  • Steven Spielberg – “West Side Story”
  • Joachim Trier – “The Worst Person in the World”

It’s not a surprise to see Jane Campion and Steven Spielberg on the lineup, but Julia Ducournau, Pablo Larrain and Joachim Trier are just as worthy to be here. The stories that Ducournau brings to life are unbelievable, and “Titane” was no exception.

Larrain managed to turn a fairytale into a nightmare, and I loved how different “Spencer” was from “Jackie.” And Trier’s final film in his Oslo trilogy is a masterpiece.

Best Actress

  • Penélope Cruz – “Parallel Mothers”
  • Nicole Kidman – “Being the Ricardos”
  • Taylour Paige – “Zola”
  • Renate Reinsve – “The Worst Person in the World”
  • Kristen Stewart – “Spencer”

I think it’s safe to assume that Nicole Kidman is a lock for this category, and she really did give a fantastic performance as Lucille Ball. But my winner is Kristen Stewart as the brilliant Princess Diana. She brought so much life to this complex woman who has always seemed larger than life.

Penélope Cruz also shined in her latest collaboration with Pedro Almodóvar, and I think it’s her best performance to date. Renate Reinsve was charming and so relatable in “The Worst Person in the World” that I completely saw myself in Julie.

And when I think back on 2021 movies, Taylour Paige’s performance in “Zola” is one that shouldn’t be overlooked. She brought sense to the madness and perfected every line delivery and confused look (very relatable!).

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tick, tick…BOOM! (L-R) ANDREW GARFIELD as JONATHAN LARSON in tick, tick…BOOM!. Cr. MACALL POLAY/NETFLIX © 2021

Best Actor

  • Nicolas Cage – “Pig”
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Power of the Dog”
  • Andrew Garfield – “Tick….Tick…Boom!”
  • Hidetoshi Nishijima – “Drive My Car”
  • Joaquin Phoenix – “C’mon C’mon”

Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Garfield are stellar in their respective films and on their way to Oscar nominations. Nicolas Cage gave probably the most surprising performance of the year as a mean-looking, off-the-grid man on the outside, but who has a love and passion for cooking and his beloved pig on the inside.

It’s a very quiet but powerful performance that should be recognized. Similarly, Hidetoshi Nishijima came to life in his meditative role, and Joaquin Phoenix is pretty much the best uncle you could ever have.

Best Supporting Actress

  • Cate Blanchett – “Nightmare Alley”
  • Ariana DeBose – “West Side Story”
  • Ann Dowd – “Mass”
  • Aunjanue Ellis – “King Richard”
  • Ruth Negga – “Passing”

It’s impossible to not keep your eyes on Ariana DeBose the entire time she’s on screen, and the same goes for the intoxicating Cate Blanchett. Ruth Negga was a standout in “Passing” alongside some big names, and Aunjanue Ellis gave the right amount of push in “King Richard.” Ann Dowd, with one of the most powerful and emotional performances of the year, showed us why she’s one of the best actors out there.

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Best Supporting Actor

  • Ben Affleck – “The Last Duel”
  • Anders Danielsen Lie – “The Worst Person in the World”
  • Colman Domingo – “Zola”
  • Jason Isaacs – “Mass”
  • Troy Kotsur – “CODA”

Even though Ben Affleck has been garnering some awards attention with his role in “The Tender Bar,” it’s his performance in “The Last Duel” that should be getting the spotlight. He brought humor with his bleach blond medieval character that I couldn’t take my eyes off of him.

Troy Kotsur and “CODA” brought so much representation to the big screen this year, and his performance made millions, and me, weep. Just like Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie was magnificent and had so many beautiful and real moments throughout the film. Jason Isaacs, too, was brilliant in “Mass” and my pick for MVP.

Colman Domingo is always full of surprises, and his role in “Zola” was incredible and the definition of wild.

Best Original Screenplay

  • “C’mon C’mon”
  • “Mass”
  • Parallel Mothers
  • “Spencer”
  • “The Worst Person In The World”

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Best Adapted Screenplay

  • “CODA”
  • “Drive My Car”
  • “Nightmare Alley”
  • “The Power Of The Dog”
  • “West Side Story”
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THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES – (L-R) Danny McBride as “Rick Mitchell”, Abbi Jacobson as “Katie Mitchell”, Maya Rudolph as “Linda Mitchell”, Mike Rianda as “Aaron Mitchell” and Doug the Pug as “Monchi”. Cr: ©2021 SPAI. All Rights Reserved.

Best Animated Feature

  • Belle
  • “Encanto”
  • “Flee”
  • “Luca”
  • “The Mitchells vs. The Machines”

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Best Documentary Feature

  • “The First Wave”
  • “Flee”
  • “Procession”
  • “The Rescue”
  • “Summer of Soul”

Best International Feature

  • “Drive My Car”
  • “Flee”
  • “Parallel Mothers”
  • “Prayers for the Stolen”
  • “The Worst Person in the World”

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Best Cinematography

  • “C’mon C’mon”
  • “Last Night in Soho”
  • “Nightmare Alley”
  • “The Power of the Dog”
  • “Spencer”
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Emma Stone as Cruella in Disney’s live-action CRUELLA. Photo by Laurie Sparham. © 2021 Disney Enterprises Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Best Costume Design

  • “Cruella”
  • “The Harder They Fall”
  • “Last Night in Soho”
  • “Nightmare Alley”
  • “Spencer”

Best Film Editing

  • “Belfast”
  • “Dune”
  • “The French Dispatch”
  • “King Richard”
  • “Tick…Tick…Boom!”

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Best Makeup & Hairstyling

  • “Cruella”
  • “Dune”
  • “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”
  • “House of Gucci”
  • “West Side Story”
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Thomasin McKenzie stars as Ellie in Edgar Wright’s LAST NIGHT IN SOHO, a Focus Features release.
Credit: Parisa Taghizadeh / Focus Features

Best Production Design

  • “Being the Ricardos”
  • “The French Dispatch”
  • “The Harder They Fall”
  • Last Night in Soho
  • “Nightmare Alley”

Best Sound

  • “Belfast”
  • “Dune”
  • “No Time to Die”
  • “Spider-Man: No Way Home”
  • “West Side Story”

 

 

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Best Visual Effects

  • “Dune”
  • “Free Guy”
  • “No Time to Die”
  • “Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings”
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

Best Original Score

  • “Dune”
  • “The French Dispatch”
  • “Parallel Mothers”
  • “The Power of the Dog”
  • “Spencer”

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Best Original Song

  • “Be Alive” – from “King Richard”
  • “Beyond the Shore” – from “CODA”
  • “Guns Go Bang” – from “The Harder They Fall”
  • “No Time to Die” – from “No Time to Die”
  • We Don’t Talk About Bruno” – from “Encanto” (Yes, I know this one isn’t the official song submitted from the film, but you know it’s the best one!)

The Academy Award nominations are will be announced at 8:18 AM (EST) on Tuesday February 8th, 2022.