The 2022 Oscar nominations are in. For those keeping score, The Power of the Dog received the highest nominations for the 94th Academy Awards with 12 nods,  including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch.

Dune, starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, received the second-highest nominations with 10. Among the other major nominees were King Richard and West Side Story, both of which got seven nominations each.

There were 276 films eligible for the top honour. A total of 10 films were nominated in the Best Picture category.

2022 Oscar nominations

Asian films make history

2022 oscar nominations
A still from Drive My Car. (Image credit: IMDb)

The nominations were announced in two parts by actors Leslie Jordan and Tracee Ellis Ross. Announcements were also made by people from across the US keeping in view Oscars’ theme for this year: “Movie lovers unite”. Among the famous guest announcers was WWE star Titus O’Neil.

One of the biggest highlights of the nominations was the Japanese movie Drive My Car, which is based on a Haruki Murakami short story. Besides receiving a nod in the International Feature Film category, it has also been nominated in three others: Best Picture, Best Director (for Ryusuke Hamaguchi) and Best Adapted Screenplay (for Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe). This is the first time that any Japanese film has received more than one Oscar nomination.

Japan is not the only Asian country in the International Feature Film category. It has Bhutan’s Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom for company. This is the first time that a film from the landlocked South Asian country has received an Oscar nomination.

As expected, Will Smith, the winner of the 2022 Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama, was nominated in the Best Actor category for playing the father of fictional versions of tennis superstars Serena and Venus Williams in King Richard. He earlier received Best Actor nominations at the BAFTA Awards and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards for his performance.

Nicole Kidman, who won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama this year, received an Oscar nod for Being the Ricardos in which she plays the legendary American actress Lucille Ball.

The 2022 Oscar nominations were announced live on besides the Academy’s official Twitter, YouTube and Facebook accounts. It was also telecast by major broadcasters, including ABC.

The 94th Academy Awards is set to take place at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on 27 March. The Oscars will have a host this year, first time since 2018.

First-time nominees

There are many prominent names among those who have been nominated for the first time.

Kristen Stewart bagged her first-ever Oscar nod (in Best Actress category) for playing the role of Princess Diana in Spencer.

Ciarán Hinds for Belfast, Troy Kotsur for CODA, and Kodi Smit-McPhee and Jesse Plemons for The Power of the Dog are all first timers in the list of Best Supporting Actor nominations. Kotsur is also the first deaf male actor to have been nominated.

Similarly, in the Best Supporting Actress category, Kirsten Dunst for The Power of the Dog is a first-timer along with Aunjanue Ellis for King Richard, Ariana DeBose for West Side Story and Jessie Buckley for The Lost Daughter.

The nomination of Drive My Car in its three categories makes Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe and the films’ producer, Teruhisa Yamamoto, first-time nominees.

The Best Original Song category has big names in contention. Beyoncé, along with DIXSON, is nominated for the first time for the song “Be Alive” featured in King Richard.

Giving tough competition ar Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell, who have been nominated for the titular theme song from Daniel Craig’s last outing as James Bond, No Time To Die.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is nominated in the same category for the song “Dos Oruguitas” from the acclaimed animated film Encanto.

Here’s the complete list of 2022 Oscar nominations

Best Picture




Don’t Look Up

Drive My Car


King Richard

Licorice Pizza

Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

West Side Story

Best Director

Kenneth Branagh — Belfast

Ryusuke Hamaguchi — Drive My Car

Paul Thomas Anderson — Licorice Pizza

Jane Campion — The Power of the Dog

Steven Spielberg — West Side Story

Actor in a Leading Role

Will Smith in King Richard (Image credit: IMDb)

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

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

Actor in a Supporting Role

Ciarán Hinds — Belfast

JK Simmons — Being The Ricardos

Troy Kotsur — CODA

Kodi Smit-McPhee — The Power of the Dog

Jesse Plemons — The Power of the Dog

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

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

CODA — Siân Heder

Drive My Car — Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe

The Lost Daughter — Maggie Gyllenhaal

The Power of the Dog — Jane Campion

Dune — Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth

Writing (Original Screenplay)

(Image: Netflix)

Belfast —Kenneth Branagh

Licorice Pizza — Paul Thomas Anderson

Don’t Look Up — Adam McKay (Story by Adam McKay and David Sirota)

The Worst Person In The World — Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier

King Richard — Zach Baylin

International Feature Film

Drive My Car (Japan)

Lunana: A Yak In The Classroom (Bhutan)

The Worst Person in the World (Norway)

The Hand of God (Italy)

Flee (Denmark)

Animated Feature Film


The Mitchells Vs The Machines


Raya and The Last Dragon


Documentary (Feature)


Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Writing With Fire



Documentary (Short Subject)


Lead Me Home

Three Songs for Benazir

When We Were Bullies

The Queen of Basketball

2022 oscar nominations spencer
Kristen Stewart in Spencer. (Image credit: IMDb)

Short Film (Animated)

Affairs of the Art

Robin Robin


The Windshield Wiper


Short Film (Live Action)

Ala Kachuu – Take and Run

On My Mind

The Dress

Please Hold

The Long Goodbye

Music (Original Score)

Don’t Look Up — Nicholas Britell

Parallel Mothers — Alberto Iglesias

Dune — Hans Zimmer

Encanto — Germaine Franco

The Power of the Dog — Jonny Greenwood

Music (Original Song)

James Bond watches
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“Be Alive” (King Richard) — DIXSON, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

“No Time to Die” (No Time to Die) — Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell

“Dos Oruguitas” (Encanto) — Lin-Manuel Miranda

“Somehow You Do” (Four Good Days) — Diane Warren

“Down to Joy” (Belfast) — Van Morrison

Costume Design

Cruella — Jenny Beavan

Cyrano — Massimo Cantini Parrini and Jacqueline Durran

Nightmare Alley — Luis Sequeira

West Side Story — Paul Tazewell

Dune — Jacqueline West and Robert Morgan


Belfast — Denise Yarde, Simon Chase, James Mather, Niv Adiri

The Power of The Dog — Richard Flynn, Robert MacKenzie, Tara Webb

West Side Story — Tod A. Maitland, Gary Rydstrom, Brian Chumney, Andy Nelson, Shawn Murphy

No Time to Die — Simon Hayes, Oliver Tarney, James Harrison, Paul Massey, Mark Taylor

Dune — Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill, Ron Bartlett

Film Editing

Don’t Look Up — Hank Corwin

The Power of the Dog — Peter Sciberras

Dune — Joe Walker

King Richard — Pamela Martin

tick, tick…Boom! — Myron Kerstein and Andrew Weisblum


West Side Story
Steven Spielberg adapts West Side Story (Image: Amblin on Instagram)

Dune — Greig Fraser

The Tragedy of Macbeth — Bruno Delbonnel

Nightmare Alley — Dan Laustsen

West Side Story — Janusz Kaminski

The Power of the Dog — Ari Wegner

Makeup and Hairstyling

Coming 2 America — Mike Marino, Stacey Morris, Carla Farmer

The Eyes of Tammy Faye — Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram, Justin Raleigh

House of Gucci — Göran Lundström, Anna Carin Lock, Fredric Aspiras

Dune — Donald Mowat, Love Larson, Eva Von Bahr

Cruella — Nadia Stacey, Naomi Donne, Julia Vernon

Production Design

Dune — Patrice Vermette, Zsuzsanna Sipos

The Tragedy of Macbeth — Stefan Dechant, Nancy Haigh

Nightmare Alley — Tamara Deverell Shane Vieau

West Side Story — Adam Stockhausen Rena DeAngelo

The Power of the Dog — Grant Major, Amber Richards

Visual Effects

2022 oscar nominations Dune
Image credit: Dune Movie/Facebook

Dune — Paul Lambert, Tristen Myles, Brian Connor, Gerd Nefzer

Shang-Chi And The Legend of the Ten Rings — Christopher Townsend, Joe Farrell, Sean Noel Walker, Dan Oliver

Free Guy — Swen Gillberg, Bryan Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis, Dan Sudick

Spider-Man: No Way Home — Kelly Port, Chris Waegner, Scott Edelstein, Dan Sudick

No Time to Die — Charlie Noble, Joel Green, Jonathan Fawkner, Chris Corbould

(Main and Featured images: Netflix)

written by.
Manas Sen Gupta
Manas enjoys reading detective fiction and writing about anything that interests him. When not doing either of the two, he checks Instagram for the latest posts by travellers. Winter is his favourite season and he can happily eat a bowl of noodles any time of the day.

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