Oscar Nominations 2022: 'The Power of the Dog' leads with 12, 'Dune' sweeps tech categories

Oscar Nominations 2022: 'The Power of the Dog' leads with 12, 'Dune' sweeps tech categories
'The Power of the Dog' received 12 noms while 'Dune' received 10 as Kristen Stewart got nominated for 'Spencer' (Netflix/Neon/WB)

The nominations of the 94th Academy Awards have just been announced and whether you believe it or not, predicting this year’s nominations was really difficult. In a normal awards season, we would have already got our frontrunners. But with Golden Globes taking a different approach this year and Critics’ Choice Awards pushed back to March because of the raging pandemic, no one knew which movie or actor would come out on top.

On Tuesday morning, actors Leslie Jordan and Tracee Ellis Ross announced the nominations for the upcoming award ceremony and yes, there were a lot of surprises this time around. Jane Campion’s devastating masterpiece 'The Power of the Dog' leads the pack with 12 nominations, including Best Picture. On the other hand, Denis Villeneuve’s visual spectacle ‘Dune’ received 10 nods, including Best Picture.


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In the acting categories, Benedict Cumberbatch will be going up against the likes of Denzel Washington (‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’), Andrew Garfield (‘Tick, Tick… Boom’), and Will Smith (‘King Richard’) for the Best Actor (Male) trophy. On the other hand, we finally saw Kristen Stewart get nominated for her stupendous acting skills in ‘Spencer’. Other nominees in the Best Actor (Female) category include the likes of Olivia Coleman (‘The Lost Daughter’), Penelope Cruz (‘Parallel Mothers’), and Nicole Kidman (‘Being the Ricardos’).

Jane Campion created history by becoming the first female director to get nominated for Best Director accolade for the second time. She received the nomination for ‘The Power of the Dog’. She will have stiff competition in the category and will be up against Steven Spielberg (‘West Side Story’), Paul Thomas Anderson (‘Licorice Pizza’), and Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (‘Drive My Car’).

Take a look at the full list of nominations for the 94th Academy Awards:

Best Picture

“Don’t Look Up” 
“Drive My Car”
“King Richard”
“Licorice Pizza”
“Nightmare Alley”
“The Power of the Dog”
“West Side Story”

A still from 'The Power of the Dog (Netflix)


Best Director

Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”)
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (“Drive My Car”)
Paul Thomas Anderson (“Licorice Pizza”)
Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”)
Steven Spielberg (“West Side Story”)

Jane Campion attends the official screening of Netflix's "The Power Of The Dog" during 2021 AFI Fest at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 11, 2021 in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)


Best Lead Actor

Javier Bardem (“Being the Ricardos”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Power of the Dog”)
Andrew Garfield (“Tick, Tick … Boom!”)
Will Smith (“King Richard”)
Denzel Washington (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”)

Will Smith in a still from 'King Richard (WB)


Best Lead 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”)

Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in 'Spencer' (Neon)


Best Supporting Actor

Ciarán 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”)

Kodi Smit-McPhee as Peter in 'The Power of the Dog' (Netflix)


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”)

Kirstein Dunst as Rose Gordon in 'The Power of the Dog' (Netflix)


Best Adapted Screenplay

“CODA,” Siân Heder
“Drive My Car,” Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe
“Dune,” Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth
“The Lost Daughter,” Maggie Gyllenhaal
“The Power of the Dog,” Jane Campion



Best Original Screenplay

“Belfast,” Kenneth Branagh
“Don’t Look Up,” Adam McKay, David Sirota
“King Richard,” Zach Baylin
“Licorice Pizza,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Worst Person in the World,” Eskil Vogt, Joachim Troer



Best Cinematography

“Dune,” Greig Fraser
“Nightmare Alley,” Dan Laustsen
“The Power of the Dog,” Ari Wegner
“The Tragedy of Macbeth,” Bruno Delbonnel
“West Side Story,” Janusz Kamiński



Best Animated Feature Film
“The Mitchells vs. the Machines”
“Raya and the Last Dragon”

Best Animated Short Film

“Affairs of the Art”
“Robin Robin”
“The Windshield Wiper”

Best Costume Design

“Nightmare Alley” 
“West Side Story” 

Best Original Score

“Don’t Look Up,” Nicholas Britell
“Dune,” Hans Zimmer
“Encanto,” Germaine Franco
“Parallel Mothers,” Alberto Iglesias
“The Power of the Dog,” Jonny Greenwood

Best Sound

“No Time to Die” 
“The Power of the Dog” 
“West Side Story”

Best Original Song

“Be Alive” (“King Richard”), Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson
“Dos Oruguitas” (“Encanto”), Lin-Manuel Miranda
“Down to Joy” (“Belfast”), Van Morrison
“No Time to Die” (“No Time to Die”), Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell
“Somehow You Do” (“Four Good Days”), Diane Warren

Best Documentary Feature

“Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”
“Writing With Fire” 

Best Documentary Short Subject

“Lead Me Home”
“The Queen of Basketball”
“Three Songs for Benazir”
“When We Were Bullies”

Best Film Editing

“Don’t Look Up”
“King Richard”
“The Power of the Dog”
“Tick, Tick … Boom!”

Best International Feature Film

“Drive My Car” (Japan)
“Flee” (Denmark)
“The Hand of God” (Italy)
“Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom” (Bhutan)
“The Worst Person in the World” (Norway)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“Coming 2 America”
“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”
“House of Gucci” 

Best Production Design

“Nightmare Alley” 
“The Power of the Dog”
“The Tragedy of Macbeth”
“West Side Story” 

Best Visual Effects

“Free Guy” 
“No Time to Die” 
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” 
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” 

Best Live Action Short Film

“Ala Kachuu – Take and Run”
“The Dress”
“The Long Goodbye”
“On My Mind”
“Please Hold”

The ceremony for the 94th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

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