Academy Awards 2022: Predictions and hopes


Sally Zhu

An illustration of an Oscar. The 94th Academy Awards will take place on March 27, honoring films released in 2021.

by Sally Zhu and Alena Suleiman

Today, the nation’s largest, most prestigious film award show approaches: the Oscars in the 94th Academy Awards. Taking place in the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center, the Oscars will honor films released in 2021 in a total of 23 categories, from the coveted Best Picture to Music (Original Score) and Visual Effects. 

This year’s Academy Awards nominations have broken new records, with Jane Campion as the first woman to receive two directing nominations in the award show’s 94-year history, and Troy Kotsur making history as the first nominated deaf actor. Streaming services such as Netflix and Apple TV also received a record-breaking 40 nominations. 

Leading this year’s nominations are the western film “The Power of the Dog” with nominations in  12 categories, followed by films including “Dune,” “Belfast” and “West Side Story.”

Tune in to the 94th Academy Awards, hosted by Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Regina Hall on Sunday at 5 p.m. and hear what predictions the Arts & Entertainment Editors Sally Zhu (11) and Alena Suleiman (10) have and read which film four other upper school students hope will win an Oscar, along with their reasonings, below.


‘Don’t Look Up’ was abstract art to me, and there are people who love it or hate it, and there are people who love it or hate it. I thought it was definitely interesting because of the concept of being blown up by this crazy meteor in the sky. I think it should [win Best Picture] because it definitely got me thinking for a really long time

— Bhavya Srinivasan (9), Fan of “Don’t Look Up” for Best Picture


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I think Andrew Garfield definitely deserves to win Best Actor, not just for ‘tick, tick…Boom!’ but also for his cameo in ‘Spider-Man’ this year, which was a total banger. I think he also did really well working with his co-star Vanessa Hudgens and all the other actors

— Zubin Khera (11), Fan of Andrew Garfield in “tick, tick… Boom!” for Best Actor

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I thought [‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’] was a really nice movie, and I enjoyed a lot of the action sequences. It was very visually stunning. There were a lot of moving parts and a lot at the grand scale of things. As a viewer, I was very much engaged in the film

— Michael Tran (12), Fan of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” for Best Visual Effects


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I really liked ‘Encanto’ because it addresses a lot of issues like family relationships. There’s a lot of really cool animations; for example, at the end of the film when the house turned into magic again, the animations accentuated how important the moment was

— Keesha Gondipalli (11), Fan of “Encanto” for Best Animated Feature Film

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Find the full list of Oscars nominees and categories below. 

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”

Actor in a Supporting Role

Ciarán Hinds in “Belfast”

Troy Kotsur in “CODA”

Jesse Plemons in “The Power of the Dog”

J.K. Simmons in “Being the Ricardos”

Kodi Smit-Mcphee in “The Power of the Dog”

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”

Actress In A Supporting Role

Jessie Buckley in “The Lost Daughter”

Ariana Debose in “West Side Story”

Judi Dench in “Belfast”

Kirsten Dunst in “The Power of the Dog”

Aunjanue Ellis in “King Richard”

Animated Feature Film

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

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

“Luca” from Enrico Casarosa and Andrea Warren

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

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


“Dune,” cinematography by Greig Fraser

“Nightmare Alley,” cinematography by Dan Laustsen

“The Power Of The Dog,” cinematography by Ari Wegner

“The Tragedy Of Macbeth,” cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel

“West Side Story,” cinematography by Janusz Kaminski

Costume Design

“Cruella,” costume design by Jenny Beavan

“Cyrano,” costume design by Massimo Cantini Parrini and Jacqueline Durran

“Dune,” costume design by Jacqueline West and Robert Morgan

“Nightmare Alley,” costume design by Luis Sequeira

“West Side Story,” costume design by Paul Tazewell


“Belfast,” directed by Kenneth Branagh

“Drive My Car,” directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi

“Licorice Pizza,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

“The Power of the Dog,” directed by Jane Campion

“West Side Story” directed by Steven Spielberg

Documentary (Feature)

“Ascension” from Jessica Kingdon, Kira Simon-Kennedy and Nathan Truesdell

“Attica” from Stanley Nelson and Traci A. Curry

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

“Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” from Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein

“Writing With Fire” from Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh

Documentary (Short Subject)

“Audible” from Matt Ogens and Geoff Mclean

“Lead Me Home” from Pedro Kos and Jon Shenk

“The Queen Of Basketball” from Ben Proudfoot

“Three Songs For Benazir” from Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei

“When We Were Bullies” from Jay Rosenblatt

Film Editing

“Don’t Look Up,” edited by Hank Corwin

“Dune,” edited by Joe Walker

“King Richard,” edited by Pamela Martin

“The Power of the Dog,” edited by Peter Sciberras

“tick, tick…Boom!,” edited by Myron Kerstein and Andrew Weisblum

International Feature Film

“Drive My Car,” from Japan

“Flee,” from Denmark

“The Hand Of God,” from Italy

“Lunana: A Yak In The Classroom,” from Bhutan

“The Worst Person In The World,” from Norway

Makeup and Hairstyling

“Coming 2 America,” makeup and hairstyling by Mike Marino, Stacey Morris and Carla Farmer

“Cruella,” makeup and hairstyling by Nadia Stacey, Naomi Donne and Julia Vernon

“Dune,” makeup and hairstyling by Donald Mowat, Love Larson and Eva Von Bahr

“The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” makeup and hairstyling by Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh

“House of Gucci,” makeup and hairstyling by Göran Lundström, Anna Carin Lock and Frederic Aspiras

Music (Original Score)

“Don’t Look Up,” with music from Nicholas Britell

“Dune,” with music from Hans Zimmer

“Encanto,” with music from Germaine Franco

“Parallel Mothers,” with music from Alberto Iglesias

“The Power of the Dog,” with music from Jonny Greenwood

Music (Original Song)

“Be Alive,” from “King Richard;” Music and Lyric by Dixson and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

“Dos Oruguitas,” from “Encanto;” Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

“Down to Joy,” from “Belfast;” Music and Lyric by Van Morrison

“No Time to Die,” from “No Time To Die;” Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’connell

“Somehow You Do,” from “Four Good Days;” Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

Best Picture

“Belfast,” produced by Laura Berwick, Kenneth Branagh, Becca Kovacik and Tamar Thomas

“CODA,” produced by Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi and Patrick Wachsberger

“Don’t Look Up,” produced by Adam Mckay and Kevin Messick

“Drive My Car,” produced by Teruhisa Yamamoto

“Dune,” produced by Mary Parent, Denis Villeneuve and Cale Boyter

“King Richard,” produced by Tim White, Trevor White and Will Smith

“Licorice Pizza,” produced by Sara Murphy, Adam Somner and Paul Thomas Anderson

“Nightmare Alley,” produced by Guillermo Del Toro, J. Miles Dale and Bradley Cooper

“The Power of the Dog,” produced by Jane Campion, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Roger Frappier

“West Side Story,” produced by Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger

Production Design

“Dune,” production design by Patrice Vermette; set decoration by Zsuzsanna Sipos

“Nightmare Alley,” production design by Tamara Deverell; set decoration by Shane Vieau

“The Power of the Dog,” production design by Grant Major; set decoration by Amber Richards

“The Tragedy of Macbeth,” production design by Stefan Dechant; set decoration by Nancy Haigh

“West Side Story,” production design by Adam Stockhausen; set decoration by Rena Deangelo

Short Film (Animated)

“Affairs Of The Art,” from Joanna Quinn and Les Mills

“Bestia,” from Hugo Covarrubias and Tevo Díaz

“Boxballet,” from Anton Dyakov

“Robin Robin,” from Dan Ojari and Mikey Please

“The Windshield Wiper,” from Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez

Short Film (Live Action)

“Ala Kachuu – Take and Run,” from Maria Brendle and Nadine Lüchinger

“The Dress,” from Tadeusz Łysiak and Maciej Ślesicki

“The Long Goodbye,” from Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed

“On My Mind,” from Martin Strange-Hansen and Kim Magnusson

“Please Hold,” from K.D. Dávila and Levin Menekse


“Belfast,” with sound from Denise Yarde, Simon Chase, James Mather and Niv Adiri

“Dune,” with sound from Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett

“No Time to Die,” with sound from Simon Hayes, Oliver Tarney, James Harrison, Paul Massey and Mark Taylor

“The Power of the Dog,” with sound from Richard Flynn, Robert Mackenzie and Tara Webb

“West Side Story,” with sound from Tod A. Maitland, Gary Rydstrom, Brian Chumney, Andy Nelson and Shawn Murphy

Visual Effects

“Dune,” with visual effects from Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer

“Free Guy,” with visual effects from Swen Gillberg, Bryan Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis and Dan Sudick

“No Time to Die,” with visual effects from Charlie Noble, Joel Green, Jonathan Fawkner and Chris Corbould

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” with visual effects from Christopher Townsend, Joe Farrell, Sean Noel Walker and Dan Oliver

“Spider-Man: No Way Home,” with visual effects from Kelly Port, Chris Waegner, Scott Edelstein and Dan Sudick

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

“CODA,” with screenplay by Siân Heder

“Drive My Car,” with screenplay by Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe

“Dune,” with screenplay by Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth

“The Lost Daughter,” written by Maggie Gyllenhaal

“The Power of the Dog,” written by Jane Campion

Writing (Original Screenplay)

“Belfast,” written by Kenneth Branagh

“Don’t Look Up,” with screenplay by Adam Mckay; story by Adam Mckay and David Sirota

“King Richard,” written by Zach Baylin

“Licorice Pizza,” written by Paul Thomas Anderson

“The Worst Person in the World,” written by Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier