‘Dune,’ ‘The Power of the Dog,’ ‘Belfast’ Among 2022 Academy Award Nominees

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Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan announced the nominees for the 94th annual Academy Awards on Feb. 8, kicking off a new leg of an exciting film awards race. Competing for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ top honor, the Oscar for best picture, are Focus Features’ “Belfast,” Warner Bros.’ “Dune” and “King Richard,” United Artists Releasing’s “Licorice Pizza,” Apple TV+’s “CODA,” Searchlight Pictures’ “Nightmare Alley,” 20th Century Studios’ “West Side Story,” Bitters End’s Japanese film “Drive My Car,” and Netflix’s “The Power of the Dog” and “Don’t Look Up.”

Of this year’s nominated distributors, Netflix led the nominations tally with 35 (compared to last year’s 36); combined with recognition of films from Apple and Amazon, the 2022 Oscar nominees prove that streaming companies have gained a strong foothold in the moviemaking industry. 

Many nominations mirrored the results of recent announcements from the Directors Guild, Writers Guild, and Producers Guild Awards. The directing category will come down to Paul Thomas Anderson for “Licorice Pizza,” Kenneth Branagh for “Belfast,” Jane Campion for “The Power of the Dog,” Steven Spielberg for “West Side Story,” and Ryûsuke Hamaguchi for “Drive My Car.” 

Of those filmmakers, Campion, Anderson, Hamaguchi, and Branagh are also nominated in the adapted and original screenplay categories. Rounding out those writing categories are Netflix’s “The Lost Daughter,” as well as “CODA,” “Dune,” “King Richard,” “Don’t Look Up,” and Norway’s “The Worst Person in the World.” The latter is also in contention for best international film alongside “Drive My Car,” Denmark’s “Flee,” Italy’s “The Hand of God,” and Bhutan’s “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom.”

The Academy’s leading acting categories largely echoed this year’s Screen Actors Guild Award nominees, though Kristen Stewart of Neon’s “Spencer” and Penélope Cruz of Spain’s “Parallel Mothers” replaced SAG contenders Jennifer Hudson for “Respect” and Lady Gaga for “House of Gucci.” Also Oscar-nominated are Jessica Chastain for Searchlight Pictures’ “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” Olivia Colman for “The Lost Daughter,” Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem for Amazon’s “Being the Ricardos,” Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Power of the Dog,” Will Smith for “King Richard,” Denzel Washington for Apple and A24’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” and Andrew Garfield for Netflix’s “Tick, Tick…Boom!”

This year’s acting nominees are notable for the lack of first-timers; other than Stewart, every lead actor and actress contender already has an Oscar nod or win under their belt.

Earning their first Academy recognition in the supporting categories are Jessie Buckley for “The Lost Daughter”; Ariana DeBose for “West Side Story”; Ciarán Hinds for “Belfast”; Aunjanue Ellis for “King Richard”; Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst, and Kodi Smit-McPhee for “The Power of the Dog”; and Troy Kotsur for “CODA,” the latter becoming the first deaf supporting actor nominee in Oscars history.

AMPAS members will vote on the 23 Oscar categories between March 17 and 22. According to an official statement, “This year, the Academy saw its highest ever voter participation in the organization’s history, with members submitting ballots from 82 countries.” The 2022 Governors Awards, whose ceremony has been delayed due to pandemic concerns, will give honorary Oscars to Samuel L. Jackson, Elaine May, and Liv Ullmann; the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will go to Danny Glover. 

The 94th Academy Awards ceremony will be broadcast on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, March 27. For more awards coverage, follow along with us here.

Full Nominations List

 

Motion Picture

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

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

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”

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

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”

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Jessica Chastain, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”
Olivia Colman, “The Lost Daughter”
Penélope Cruz, “Parallel Mothers”
Nicole Kidman, “Being the Ricardos”
Kristen Stewart, “Spencer”

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Jessie Buckley, “The Lost Daughter”
Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story”
Judi Dench, “Belfast”
Kirsten Dunst, “The Power of the Dog”
Aunjanue Ellis, “King Richard”

Director

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

Adapted Screenplay

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

Original Screenplay

“Belfast,” screenplay by Kenneth Branagh
“Don't Look Up,” screenplay by Adam McKay; story by Adam McKay and David Sirota
“King Richard,” screenplay by Zach Baylin
“Licorice Pizza,” screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Worst Person in the World,” screenplay by Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier

Animated Feature Film

“Encanto”
“Flee”
“Luca”
“The Mitchells vs. The Machines”
“Raya and the Last Dragon” 

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 Kaminski

Costume Design

“Cruella,” Jenny Beavan
“Cyrano,” Massimo Cantini Parrini and Jacqueline Durran
“Dune,” Jacqueline West and Robert Morgan
“Nightmare Alley,” Luis Sequeira
“West Side Story,” Paul Tazewell

Documentary Feature

“Ascension”
“Attica”
“Flee”
“Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”
“Writing With Fire” 

Documentary Short Subject

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

Film Editing

“Don't Look Up,” Hank Corwin
“Dune,” Joe Walker
“King Richard,” Pamela Martin
“The Power of the Dog,” Peter Sciberras
“Tick, Tick…Boom!” Myron Kerstein and Andrew Weisblum

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

Makeup and Hairstyling

“Coming 2 America,” Mike Marino, Stacey Morris, and Carla Farmer
“Cruella,” Nadia Stacey, Naomi Donne, and Julia Vernon
“Dune,” Donald Mowat, Love Larson, and Eva von Bahr
“The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram, and Justin Raleigh
“House of Gucci,” Göran Lundström, Anna Carin Lock, and Frederic Aspiras

Music (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

Music (Original Song)

“Be Alive” from “King Richard”
Music and lyrics by DIXSON and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
“Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto”
Music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
“Down to Joy” from “Belfast”
Music and lyrics by Van Morrison
“No Time to Die” from “No Time to Die”
Music and lyrics by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell
“Somehow You Do” from “Four Good Days”
Music and lyrics by Diane Warren

Production Design

“Dune,” production design: Patrice Vermette; set decoration: Zsuzsanna Sipos
“Nightmare Alley,” production design: Tamara Deverell; set decoration: Shane Vieau
“The Power of the Dog,” production design: Grant Major; set decoration: Amber Richards
“The Tragedy of Macbeth,” production design: Stefan Dechant; set decoration: Nancy Haigh
“West Side Story,” production design: Adam Stockhausen; set decoration: Rena DeAngelo

Animated Short Film

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

Live Action Short Film

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

Sound

“Belfast,” Denise Yarde, Simon Chase, James Mather, and Niv Adiri
“Dune,” Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill, and Ron Bartlett
“No Time to Die,” Simon Hayes, Oliver Tarney, James Harrison, Paul Massey, and Mark Taylor
“The Power of the Dog,” Richard Flynn, Robert Mackenzie, and Tara Webb
“West Side Story,” Tod A. Maitland, Gary Rydstrom, Brian Chumney, Andy Nelson, and Shawn Murphy

Visual Effects

“Dune,” Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor, and Gerd Nefzer
“Free Guy,” Swen Gillberg, Bryan Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis, and Dan Sudick
“No Time to Die,” Charlie Noble, Joel Green, Jonathan Fawkner, and Chris Corbould
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” Christopher Townsend, Joe Farrell, Sean Noel Walker, and Dan Oliver
“Spider-Man: No Way Home,” Kelly Port, Chris Waegner, Scott Edelstein, and Dan Sudick

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Jack Smart
Jack Smart is the awards editor at Backstage, where he covers all things Emmy, SAG, Oscar, and Tony Awards. He also produces and hosts Backstage’s awards podcast “In the Envelope” and has interviewed some of the biggest stars of stage and screen.
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