Oscars 2022 predictions: Academy Award nominations from Spencer to King Richard

It’s almost everyone’s favourite season – awards – and it’s clear that the Oscars 2022 are set to be a very exciting one.

The competition is still very up in the air. There are no clear front runners for many of the categories, including the very close best actress category, with fans curious to see what voters will decide on.

Meanwhile, there have already been surprises leading up to the Academy Awards, including Kristen Stewart being snubbed at the SAG Awards following her role in Spencer – a huge upset which many believe could have harmed her Oscar chances.

Also, with the world of film starting to recover from Covid-19, there is plenty to choose from, and hopefully we’ll be getting a more eventful ceremony this year, after ratings for last year’s event hit an all time low.

The Oscars will return with a host for the first time in three years, with the ceremony being broadcast on March 27. Meanwhile, the nominations will be announced on February 8, giving fans plenty of time to get in a few watches.

As for who and what will be nominated, only time will tell, but who can resist putting their guesses in? Here are Metro.co.uk’s predictions for the 2022 Oscar nominations!

Best picture

The coveted best picture award is always up in the air, but this year has seen plenty of incredible contenders. Despite House of Gucci being a contender, we think it might just miss out this year, while the likes of King Richard and Tick Tick…Boom! are in with a chance.

Last year, the award went to Nomadland.

  • King Richard
  • Spencer
  • The Power of the Dog
  • Tick Tick…Boom!
  • Don’t Look Up

Best actress

The best actress award is perhaps the closest one this year, with some absolutely incredible performances. Despite Kristen missing out on a SAG Award, we think she’s still in with a chance – although it means the category is much less cut-and-dry than once thought.

Last year, Frances McDormand won for Nomadland.

  • Kristen Stewart (Spencer)
  • Jennifer Hudson (Respect)
  • Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter)
  • Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye)
  • Nicola Kidman (Being the Ricardos)

Best actor

The best actor race also has plenty of incredible performances to choose from, but we think Andrew and Will could be at the top of the list here.

Last year, Sir Anthony Hopkins won for The Father.

  • Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick…Boom!)
  • Will Smith (King Richard)
  • Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog)
  • Adam Driver (House of Gucci)

Best director

Pre-release, Dune could have been slated for many of the categories but we’re not sure it’ll make a huge mark on the awards this year. We think the most likely is director Denis Villeneuve being nominated in the best director category.

Last year, Chloe Zhao won for Nomadland.

  • Denis Villeneuve (Dune)
  • Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog)
  • Jeymes Samuel (The Harder They Fall)
  • Ridley Scott (House of Gucci)
  • Steven Spielberg (West Side Story)

Best supporting actress

Again, there are plenty of incredible female performances to choose from. The great thing about this year’s offerings is that we could have a huge variety of actresses, from newcomers like Ariana DeBose to veteran stars like Meryl Streep nominated.

Last year, Youn Yuh-jung won for Minari.

  • Ariana DeBose (West Side Story)
  • Ruth Negga (Passing)
  • Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog)
  • Cate Blanchett (Nightmare Alley)
  • Meryl Streep (Don’t Look Up)

Best supporting actor

The best supporting actor category is a difficult one to predict. Kodi Smit-McPhee stunned for his performance in The Power of the Dog, making it likely that he could be a front-runner in this one.

Last year, Daniel Kaluuya won for Judas and the Black Messiah.

  •  Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power of the Dog)
  • Jared Leto (House of Gucci)
  • Ben Affleck (The Tender Bar)
  • Jamie Dornan (Belfast)
  • Troy Kotsur (CODA)

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