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Predicting the 2022 Oscar Nominations
February 07, 2022
By: Movie Critic Dave
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In the early morning hours of Tuesday, February 7th, all of Hollywood will be tuning in for the official announcement of 2022's Oscar Nominees. Guessing where this new-look Academy will go with their picks has become an annual exercise in futility, but one that cinephiles such as I and my guest contributor, Greg Rouleau, look forward to each and every year. While our official predictions for all of the Oscars' major categories are listed below, you will see a small difference in opinion between the two of us. While I'm sticking to my guns with many of the early frontrunners of the awards season, Greg is sensing a sizable shift for two specific films, Joel Coen's The Tragedy of Macbeth and Adam McKay's Netflix satire Don't Look Up. No matter which way the Academy goes, Greg and I can both agree that Sean Baker's Red Rocket is destined to be a criminal Oscar omission that should be seen by all. 

And before I get to the official predictions below, please remember to sign up for our FREE Oscar Pool which will be set up before the week's end. The winner will receive $50 in movie theater gift cards, so make sure you're registered. Finally, please check out Greg Rouleau's wonderfully edited Top 10 Films of 2021 video. It's a wonderful recap of the year's best work set to a perfect revolving soundtrack, enjoy! Here are our final set of Oscar Nomination predictions:

Best Original Screenplay

Dave and Greg Predict: Belfast, Don't Look Up, King Richard and Licorice Pizza

Dave Predicts: Being the Ricardos

Greg Predicts: Parallel Mothers

For Your Consideration:
 Nine Days - Dave and Red Rocket - Greg

Best Adapted Screenplay

Dave and Greg Predict: CODA, Drive My Car, Dune, The Lost Daughter and The Power of the Dog

For Your Consideration: Cruella - Dave and Zola - Greg

Best Supporting Actress

Dave and Greg Predict: Caitriona Balfe (Belfast)Ariana DeBose (West Side Story)Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog) and Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard)

Dave Predicts: Ruth Negga (Passing)

Greg Predicts: Cate Blanchett (Nightmare Alley)

For Your Consideration: Martha Plimpton (Mass) - Dave and Claire Foy (The Electrical Life of Louis Wain- Greg

Best Supporting Actor

Dave and Greg Predict: Bradley Cooper (Licorice Pizza)Troy Kotsur (CODA)Jared Leto (House of Gucci) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power of the Dog)

Dave Predicts: Ciaran Hinds (Belfast)

Greg Predicts: Jesse Plemons (
The Power of the Dog)

For Your Consideration: Jason Isaacs (Mass) - Dave and Michael Faist (West Side Story) - Greg

Best Actress

Dave and Greg Predict: Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter), Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos), and Lady Gaga (House of Gucci)

Dave Predicts: Jennifer Hudson (Respect) and Kristen Stewart (Spencer)

Greg Predicts: Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye) and Frances McDormand (The Tragedy of Macbeth)

For Your Consideration: Emma Stone (Cruella) - Dave and Renate Reinsve (The Worst Person in the World) - Greg

Best Actor

Dave and Greg Predict: Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog)Andrew Garfield (tick, tick ... BOOM!)Will Smith (King Richard) and Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth)

Dave Predicts: Peter Dinklage (Cyrano)

Greg Predicts: Leonardo DiCaprio (
Don't Look Up)

For Your Consideration: Matt Damon (Stillwater)
- Dave and Simon Rex (Red Rocket) - Greg

Best Director

Dave and Greg Predict: Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog), Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza) and Denis Villeneuve (Dune)

Dave Predicts: Kenneth Branaugh (Belfastand Steven Spielberg (West Side Story)

Greg Predicts: Joel Coen (The Tragedy of Macbeth
and Adam McKay (Don't Look Up)

For Your Consideration: Pablo Larrain (Spencer)
- Dave and Ridley Scott (The Last Duel)
- Greg

Best Picture

Dave and Greg Predict: Being the RicardosBelfast, CODA, Don't Look Up, DuneKing Richard, Licorice Pizza, The Power of the Dog and West Side Story

Dave Predicts: tick, tick ... BOOM!

Greg Predicts: The Tragedy of Macbeth

For Your Consideration: Red Rocket - Dave and Greg