Entertainment & Media
2022 Oscar Predictions
By Alain Deen
Volume 2 Issue 5
March 28, 2022
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The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, evaluates and rewards the creative prowess of films through an artistic and technical lens. For many, the ceremony is regarded as the most prestigious and significant in terms of the film industry. Over the years, the ceremony has faced a lot of controversy, memorable pop moments, and a long-awaited countdown. After two years of postponements, audiences crave a solid, smooth-flowing ceremony. The Oscars have always held a special place in my film-loving heart. It should be a national holiday. As an aspiring filmmaker, writer, and actor myself, the Oscars are more than just an awards ceremony. It is a culmination of a year’s creative, artistic, and introspective thought. This year’s ceremony is taking place on March 27th, proving to be vastly long awaited. There are various predictions for each category’s winners, and here are my takes.
Don’t Look Up
Drive My Car
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story
In my opinion, this was the hardest category to predict. I believe West Side Story will take the cake due to the film’s visual and aesthetic beauty. Cinematography is a vastly underrated portion of the filmmaking process, and this film excels at it. Although it bombed at the box office, I believe it will steal the show.
Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
Andrew Garfield, tick tick…BOOM!
Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth
Will Smith, King Richard
It has been an interstellar year for Andrew Garfield. From Spider-Man: No Way Home to tick tick…BOOM! he has put on a stunning display in terms of his performances. Although Will Smith is the favorite to win, considering he has never won an Oscar before, I do believe Andrew Garfield takes the edge due to his surprisingly stunning singing, piano playing, and dancing in tick tick…BOOM!
Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter
Penelope Cruz, Parallel Mothers
Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos
Kristen Stewart, Spencer
Watching Spencer was nothing short of a captivating, generation-defying experience. Kristen Stewart delivers a stunning performance as the late Princess Diana. Although the film has received mix reviews, it is worth noting that Stewart’s performance is the standout characteristic of the film. Any royal story is sure to grab audiences’ captivation, and Stewart portrays the Princess of our hearts in the most breathtaking manner possible.
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
In my humble opinion, Ariana DeBose is the likely winner for this category. West Side Story created a new definition for cinematic excellence. The film is stunning both visually and conceptually. This is largely in part due to DeBose’sperformance as well. Although a newcomer, she delivered the role of Maria perfectly. Her dedication to the character and the role at large is largely evident in the film’s output. Additionally, she has proven a fan favorite.
Best Supporting Actor:
Ciaran Hinds, Belfast
Troy Kostur, CODA
Jesse Plemons, The Power of the Dog
J.K Simmons, Being the Ricardos
Kodi Smit-Mcphee, The Power of the Dog
This might be an unpopular opinion, but I believe J.K Simmons delivered a beautiful performance in Being the Ricardos.Simmons as been a regular in the industry for decades upon decades, and I believe it is his time to get his hands on a second iconic golden statue. It was amazing to see him portray William Frawley in such an intricate, in-depth manner. Therefore, I believe he is best suited for the award this time around.
Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Drive My Car
Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza
Steven Spielberg, West Side Story
You have probably noticed a pattern over the course of this prediction list. I am slightly biased toward West Side Story, as I found the film spectacular through a plethora of cinematic landscapes. Most prominently, the film’s cinematography creates a new definition of the word. It is quite possibly the most cinematically appealing film I have ever watched. Never have I seen such a beautiful medley of angles, color grading, lighting, and shot output in a film before. Spielberg delivers big with this production, and I look forward for what he has to offer in the near future.
Best Animated Feature:
The Mitchells vs. the Machines
Raya and the Last Dragon
This category has three amazing nominees. Encanto, Luca, and The Mitchells vs. the Machines being the standouts for me. Although I prefer Pixar’s animated films, Disney stole the show this year with Encanto. It was an endearing, innocent tale conjoined with visually stunning representations of Colombian culture. Luca, another cultural phenomenon, demonstrated widespread appeal. However, the catchy songs of Encanto generated widespread buzz on a global scale. It is worth noting that The Mitchells vs. the Machines was an underrated masterpiece and deserves credit where it is due.