OSCARS: Out Out, Damned “Macbeth,” “Gucci” rolls snake-eyes, and other snubs

First Oscar thoughts, well HEY, they nominated Ciaran Hinds for “Belfast.” And Judi Dench! Pair up two scene stealers, let’s see if it pays off.

And there’s Kirsten and Kristin and Jessica Chastain, LOADED Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress fields.

There’s Denzel, but no Best Pic, best director love for “Macbeth?” Plenty of Oscar attention for “King Richard,” and Will Smith finally gets his shot at the big brass ring.

Andrew Garfield was MUCH better in “The Eyes of Tammy Fay” than in that instantly-forgotten “Tick tick…BOOM.”

“CODA” becomes the little picture that could, “Drive My Car” makes noise outside the Best International Feature category, and “Don’t Look Up” elbows its way in.

“House of Gucci” got almost no love at all. Lady Gaga hype smothered that, I figure.

Kathryn Hunter, embodying all three “witches” in “Macbeth,” and Cairtrona Balfe (“Belfast”) can be considered acting snubs. “Cyrano” did about as well as “House of Gucci.”

While “Power of Dog,” “Belfast,” “West Side Story” and others clean up.

I’d call “Drive My Car” and “CODA” the big winners, four and two nominations and in the conversation for good.

It’s been hard to work up any enthusiasm for the Academy Awards during the Pandemic Years. They always seem trivial and self-congratulatory, never more so than with the even more insipid than usual “announcement” ceremony this AM.

Going to do a few running counts here to see where everything stands, and update this as the AM progresses. Looks like “Dog” pulled in seven, as did “Dune,” which cleaned up in the tech categories. “Belfast,” “West Side Story” and “King Richard” nabbed six nominations.

They hand these statuettes out this year, at the 94th Academy Awards, on March 27 on ABC.

The full list of nominees is after the break.


Here is the full 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”)

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (“Drive My Car”)

Paul Thomas Anderson (“Licorice Pizza”)

Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”)

Steven Spielberg (“West Side Story”)

Best Lead Actor

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”)

Best Lead Actress

Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”)

Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”)

Penélope Cruz (“Parallel Mothers”)

Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”)

Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”)

Best Supporting Actor

Ciarán Hinds (“Belfast”)

Troy Kotsur (“CODA”)

Jesse Plemons (“The Power of the Dog”)

J.K. 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”)

Judi Dench (“Belfast”

Kirsten Dunst (“The Power of the Dog”)

Aunjanue Ellis (“King Richard”)

Best Adapted Screenplay

“CODA,” Siân Heder

“Drive My Car,” Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe

“Dune,” Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth

“The Lost Daughter,” Maggie Gyllenhaal

“The Power of the Dog,” Jane Campion

Best Original Screenplay

“Belfast,” Kenneth Branagh

“Don’t Look Up,” Adam McKay, David Sirota

“King Richard,” Zach Baylin

“Licorice Pizza,” Paul Thomas Anderson

“The Worst Person in the World,” Eskil Vogt, Joachim Troer

Best 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 Kamiński

Best Animated Feature Film




“The Mitchells vs. the Machines”

“Raya and the Last Dragon”

Best Animated Short Film

“Affairs of the Art”



“Robin Robin”

“The Windshield Wiper”

Best Costume Design




“Nightmare Alley” 

“West Side Story” 

Best Original Score

“Don’t Look Up,” Nicholas Britell

“Dune,” Hans Zimmer

“Encanto,” Germaine Franco

“Parallel Mothers,” Alberto Iglesias

“The Power of the Dog,” Jonny Greenwood

Best Sound



“No Time to Die” 

“The Power of the Dog” 

“West Side Story”

Best Original Song

“Be Alive” (“King Richard”), Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson

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

“Down to Joy” (“Belfast”), Van Morrison

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

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

Best Documentary Feature




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

“Writing With Fire” 

Best Documentary Short Subject


“Lead Me Home”

“The Queen of Basketball”

“Three Songs for Benazir”

“When We Were Bullies”

Best Film Editing

“Don’t Look Up”


“King Richard”

“The Power of the Dog”

“Tick, Tick … Boom!”

Best International Feature Film

“Drive My Car” (Japan)

“Flee” (Denmark)

“The Hand of God” (Italy)

“Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom” (Bhutan)

“The Worst Person in the World” (Norway)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“Coming 2 America”



“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”

“House of Gucci” 

Best Production Design


“Nightmare Alley” 

“The Power of the Dog”

“The Tragedy of Macbeth”

“West Side Story” 

Best Visual Effects


“Free Guy” 

“No Time to Die” 

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” 

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” 

Best Live Action Short Film

“Ala Kachuu – Take and Run”

“The Dress”

“The Long Goodbye”

“On My Mind”

“Please Hold”

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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