Oscar 2022: anxiety for the “new”

Our life has returned to previous social patterns. Some people have already 100% abandoned masks, people’s circulation is as it was in early 2020 and now we are back where we left off. For the Oscars, it will be a little more difficult.

One of the effects accelerated by isolation was the change in consumption and, in particular, the consumption of films. Streaming, which was already taking its lead from linear TV, also gained space in cinema, and the discussion of where distribution defines Art and the medium reached its apex. Is it cinema if it goes straight to the consumer wherever he is or do you have to force him into a room with other people to be, rightfully, “cinema”?

This is one of the main issues that impact the broadcast of today’s Oscars. Yes, we will have red carpet again, presenters at the ceremony, blah blah blah. But the real concern is in the audience numbers, which today are distributed on social networks and streaming no longer just linear.

The result of the categories is also no longer just what was previously hidden in “merit”, but seeks to balance equity, inclusion, and repair previous injustices in addition to recognizing Art, with this some categories will make history and are predictable.

Having more than two official presenters is nothing new, but the 94th Academy Awards ceremony will, for the first time, have three female comedians as conductors, and none of them are, shall we say, shy. They couldn’t, right? We can expect Regina HallAmy Schumer, and Wanda Sykes to make speeches and political tirades, uncomfortable and fun. It will be tense for some.

For almost three hours we will have performances by Beyonce (Be Alive), Billie Eilish (No Time to Die), Reba McEntire (Somehow You Do), and Sebastian Yatra (Dos Orugitas). Presenters such as Halle Bailey, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jamie Lee Curtis, Woody Harrelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Shawn Mendes, Tyler Perry, Tracee Ellis Ross, Ruth E. Carter, Kevin Costner, Anthony Hopkins, Lily James, Daniel Kaluuya, Zoë Kravitz, Mila Kunis, Lady Gaga, John Leguizamo, Simu Liu, Rami Malek, Lupita Nyong’o, Rosie Perez, Chris Rock, Naomi Scott, Wesley Snipes, Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Yuh-Jung Youn, Stephanie Beatriz, DJ Khaled, Jennifer Garner, HER, Tiffany Hadish, Tony Hawk, Bill Murray, Elliot Page, Kelly Slater, Shaun White, Josh Brolin, Jacob Elordi, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Momoa, Jill Scott, JK Simmons, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, and Rachel Zegler, the latter of whom had to complain about on social media to be invited. Something that will be addressed without a doubt. Oh yes, the surprise of the night seems to be in the presenters for Best Picture, none other than Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

In addition, Dune will win a series of technical categories. And the only real doubt is between Jessica Chastain or Kristen Stewart as Best Actress. Chances are the same because Kristen won more awards, but Jessica won the only one who could nominate a repeat Oscar.

Here’s the complete list of nominees.

Best Picture

Directing

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

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

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
  • Troy Kotsur – CODA
  • Jesse Plemons – The Power of the Dog
  • JK Simmons – Being the Ricardos
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee – 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
  • Drive My Car
  • Dune
  • The Lost Daughter
  • The Power of the Dog

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • Belfast
  • Don’t Look Up
  • King Richard
  • Licorice Pizza
  • The Worst Person in the World

Cinematography

  • Dune
  • Nightmare Alley
  • The Power of the Dog
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • West Side Story

Animated Feature Film

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

Music (Original Score)

  • Don’t Look Up
  • Dune
  • Encanto
  • Parallel Mothers
  • The Power of the Dog

Music (Original Song)

  • “Be Alive” – King Richard
  • “Dos Oruguitas” – Encanto
  • “Down to Joy” – Belfast
  • “No Time to Die” – No Time to Die
  • “Somehow You Do” – Four Good Days

Production Design

  • Dune
  • Nightmare Alley
  • The Power of the Dog
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • West Side Story

Film Editing

  • Don’t Look Up
  • Dune
  • King Richard
  • The Power of the Dog
  • tick, tick…BOOM!

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

International Feature Film

  • Drive My Car
  • Flee
  • The Hand of God
  • Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom
  • The Worst Person in the World

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Coming 2 America
  • Cruella
  • Dune
  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye
  • House of Gucci

Visual Effects

  • Dune
  • Free Guy
  • No Time to Die
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

Costume Design

  • Cruella
  • Cyrano
  • Dune
  • Nightmare Alley
  • West Side Story

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
  • Dune
  • No Time to Die
  • The Power of the Dog
  • West Side Story

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