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Predictions, nominations for 94th Oscars

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It’s that wonderful time of year in the entertainment industry again. The 94th Oscar awards! The show will be held on March 27th, 2022 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland and will air live on ABC.

Actor/comedian Leslie Jordan and actor/CEO/producer Traces Ellis Ross announced the nominations on Feb. 8th via live stream on oscar.com, & oscars.org, the organization’s global platform. Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote for the nominees in their specific category. This year the Academy saw its highest-ever voting participation, with members submitting ballots from over 82 countries. Members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all 23 categories beginning Thursday, March 17th through Tuesday, March 22nd. 

What I love about the Oscars is that there are so many categories to be recognized for. The award show isn’t just about the best film. People are recognized for their acting, directing, cinematography, and more. There are so many things that go into creating wonderful film and television. Some of the Oscars Nominations are as followed:

Performance by an actor in a leading role

• Javier Bardem in “Being the Ricardos”

• Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Power of the Dog”

• Andrew Garfield in “tick, tick…BOOM!”

• Will Smith in “King Richard”

• Denzel Washington in “The Tragedy of Macbeth”

Personally, for me, Denzel Washington never fails on a spectacular performance. Especially on a classic like Macbeth.

Performance by an actress in a leading role

• Jessica Chastain in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”

• Olivia Colman in “The Lost Daughter”

• Penélope Cruz in “Parallel Mothers”

• Nicole Kidman in “Being the Ricardos”

• Kristen Stewart in “Spencer

Nicole Kidman is one of my favorite actresses of all time! Her range in the ability to play any character is amazing and I think she did an incredible job at playing Lucille Ball in this film.

Best animated feature film of the year

• “Encanto” Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino and Clark Spencer

• “Flee” Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen and Charlotte De La Gournerie

• “Luca” Enrico Casarosa and Andrea Warren

• “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” Mike Rianda, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Kurt Albrecht

• “Raya and the Last Dragon” Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho

Do we even have to discuss this one? I think Encanto was on everyone’s favorites list this year. I know my two-year-old niece would put in that vote! Such a great, warm, and lighthearted film. 

Achievement in 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

When I saw “Dune” in theaters, one of my takeaways from this film was the cinematography. As a viewer, I felt like I was also lost and stuck on that dreadful island. I would give this my vote any day!

Achievement in directing

• “Belfast” Kenneth Branagh

• “Drive My Car” Ryusuke Hamaguchi

• “Licorice Pizza” Paul Thomas Anderson

• “The Power of the Dog” Jane Campion

• “West Side Story” Steven Spielberg

First of all…. West Side Story… Classic. Second of all… Steven Spielberg…. They don’t call him the G.O.A.T of directing for nothing!

Achievement in 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

For me on this one, Don’t Look Up hit home. Great editing makes for an easy-to-watch, cohesive, easy-to-follow and understand film. I really loved this movie. I mean, who didn’t? 

Achievement in 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

This is a tough one!!!! For me, it’s between Coming 2 America and House of Gucci. Coming 2 America has such bold colors and prints. On the flip side, House of Gucci was classic, sharp, and well…. Gucci. I’m torn on this one!

The remaining nominations can be found here.

The Oscars is one night of the year that everyone remembers. It defines people’s careers, gives so many people recognition for the hard work they put in to make these films come to life. This is one night of the year all of our favorite stars come together and celebrate the love, dedication, and talent that goes into this industry.  

Make sure you guys tune in on ABC on March 27th for another amazing night in Hollywood!

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