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2022 Oscar Predictions: Who will win and who should win

Manny Dela Rosa aka ‘Manny the Movie Guy’ | TFC News USA

Posted at Mar 25 2022 06:04 PM | Updated as of Mar 25 2022 06:12 PM

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This year’s Oscars will be one of the tightest Academy Awards races in recent history. For the first time in a long time, there’s no clear cut frontrunner. We thought ‘The Power of the Dog’ was that until ‘CODA’ led the winners at the Producers Guild of America Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Writers Guild of America Awards.

Here are my complete and somewhat fearless Oscar predictions:

Best Picture

“Belfast”
“CODA” – COULD WIN
“Don’t Look Up”
“Drive My Car”
“Dune”
“King Richard”
“Licorice Pizza”
“Nightmare Alley”
“The Power of the Dog” – WILL WIN
“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” – WILL WIN
Steven Spielberg, “West Side Story”

Best Actor

Javier Bardem, “Being the Ricardos”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Power of the Dog”
Andrew Garfield, “Tick, Tick, Boom”
Will Smith, “King Richard” – WILL WIN
Denzel Washington, “The Tragedy of Macbeth”

Best Actress

Jessica Chastain, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” – WILL WIN
Olivia Colman, “The Lost Daughter”
Penelope Cruz, “Parallel Mothers”
Nicole Kidman, “Being the Ricardos” – COULD WIN
Kristen Stewart, “Spencer” – SHOULD WIN

Best Supporting Actor

Ciarán Hinds, “Belfast”
Troy Kotsur, “CODA” – WILL WIN
Jesse Plemons, “The Power of the Dog”
JK Simmons, “Being the Ricardos”
Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog”

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best Adapted Screenplay

“CODA,” Sian Heder – WILL WIN
“Drive My Car,” Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe
“Dune,” Jon Spaihts and Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth
“The Lost Daughter,” Maggie Gyllenhaal
“The Power of the Dog,” Jane Campion – COULD WIN

Best Original Screenplay

“Belfast,” Kenneth Branagh – WILL WIN
“Don’t Look Up,” Adam McKay, Story by McKay and David Sirota – COULD AND SHOULD WIN

“King Richard,” Zack Baylin
“Licorice Pizza,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Worst Person in the World,” Eskil Vogt and Joachim Trier

Best Animated Feature

“Encanto” – WILL WIN
“Flee”
“Luca”
“The Mitchells vs. the Machines” – SHOULD WIN
“Raya and the Last Dragon”

Best Animated Short

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

Best Live Action Short

“Ala Kachuu- Take and Run”
“The Dress”
“The Long Goodbye” – COULD WIN
“On My Mind”
“Please Hold” – WILL WIN

Best Cinematography

“Dune” – WILL WIN
“Nightmare Alley”
“The Power of the Dog” – COULD WIN
“The Tragedy of Macbeth”
“West Side Story”

Best Costume Design

“Cruella” – WILL WIN
“Cyrano”
“Dune”
“Nightmare Alley”
“West Side Story”

Best Documentary Feature

“Ascension”
“Attica”
“Flee” – SHOULD WIN
“Summer of Soul” – WILL WIN

“Writing with Fire”

Best Documentary Short Subject

“Audible”
“Lead Me Home” – WILL WIN
“The Queen of Basketball” – COULD WIN

“Three Songs for Benazir”
“When We Were Bullies”

Best Editing

“Don’t Look Up”
“Dune” – COULD WIN
“King Richard” – SHOULD WIN
“The Power of the Dog” – WILL WIN

“Tick, Tick, Boom”

Best International Feature Film

“Drive My Car” – WILL WIN
“Flee” – SHOULD WIN

“The Hand of God”
“Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom”
“The Worst Person in the World”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“Coming 2 America”
“Cruella” – WILL WIN
“Dune”
“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”
“House of Gucci”

Best Production Design

“Dune” – WILL WIN
“Nightmare Alley”
“The Power of the Dog”
“The Tragedy of Macbeth”
“West Side Story”

Best Original Score

“Don’t Look Up”
“Dune” – WILL WIN
“Encanto”
“Parallel Mothers”
“The Power of the Dog”

Best Original Song

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

Best Sound

“Belfast”
“Dune” – WILL WIN
“No Time to Die”
“The Power of the Dog”
“West Side Story”

Best Visual Effects

“Dune” – WILL WIN
“Free Guy”
“No Time to Die”
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”
“Spider-Man: No Way Home”