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Oscars 2022 Nominations: ‘Dune,’ ‘Summer of Soul’ & Will Smith Are the Big Winners

On Tuesday morning, Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan announced the Oscars 2022 nominations ahead of next month’s 94th Academy Awards.

With just one more month until the Oscars 2022, contenders in last year’s top films won’t have to wait any longer. Being held on March 27th at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, the 94th Academy Awards will likely adhere to social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Tuesday morning, Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan announced the nominees for next month’s Oscars ceremony via livestream.

Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog and Denis Villeneuve’s Dune were the biggest winners, with the Netflix western garnering 12 nominations while the sci-fi epic picked up 10 nominations. Both movies also got Best Picture nominations.

In news particularly exciting for Okayplayer readers, Questlove’s Summer of Soul, the film centering the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, was nominated for Best Documentary Feature.

While in the Best Actor category, Will Smith (King Richard) and Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth) will have showdown. It should be noted that in the 2001 there was a similar showdown, with Washington being nominated for Training Day going against Smith, who was nominated for Ali. Washington would take home the statue that year, while Smith is the favorite this year.

This year, Danny Glover and Samuel L. Jackson will also receive special honors by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Glover will be receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award with the Academy calling Glover a “lifelong community activist” in a statement for his efforts in advocacy and justice. Jackson will be receiving a Governors Award along with Elaine May and Liv Ullmann.

On Sunday, March 27, the 94th Academy Awards broadcast will air live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.

Below is a full list of Oscars 2022 nominations.

Best Picture

Belfast
CODA
Don’t Look Up
Drive My Car
Dune
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story

Best Director

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

Best 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 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 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 Costume Design

Cruella (Jenny Beavan)
Cyrano (Massimo Cantini Parrini)
Dune (Jacqueline West)
Nightmare Alley (Luis Sequeira)
West Side Story (Paul Tazewell)

Best Sound

Belfast
Dune
No Time to Die
The Power of the Dog
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 Adapted Screenplay

CODA (Sian Heder)
Drive My Car (Ryusuke Hamaguchi & Takamasa Oe)
Dune (Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts & Denis Villeneuve)
The Lost Daughter (Maggie Gyllenhaal)
The Power of the Dog (Jane Campion)

Best Original Screenplay

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

Best Animated Short

Affairs of the Art
Bestia
Boxballet
Robin Robin
The Windshield Wiper

Best Live Action Short

Ala Kachuu — Take and Run
The Dress
The Long Goodbye
On My Mind
Please Hold

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 Film Editing

Don’t Look Up (Hank Corwin)
Dune (Joe Walker)
King Richard (Pamela Martin)
The Power of the Dog (Peter Sciberras)
Tick, Tick… Boom! (Myron Kerstein & Andrew Weisblum)

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

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

Best Animated Feature

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

Best Documentary Feature

Ascension
Attica
Flee
Summer of Soul
Writing With Fire

Best Documentary Short

Audible
Lead Me Home
The Queen of Basketball
Three Songs for Benazir
When We Were Bullies

Best Original Song

“Be Alive” — Beyoncé Knowles-Carter & Darius Scott (King Richard)
“Dos Oruguitas” — Lin-Manuel Miranda (Encanto)
“Down to Joy” — Van Morrison (Belfast)
“No Time to Die” — Billie Eilish & Finneas O’Connell (No Time to Die)
“Somehow You Do” — Diane Warren (Four Good Days)

Best Cinematography

Dune (Greig Fraser)
Nightmare Alley (Dan Lausten)
The Power of the Dog (Ari Wegner)
The Tragedy of Macbeth (Bruno Delbonnel)
West Side Story (Janusz Kaminski)

Best Film Editing

Don’t Look Up (Hank Corwin)
Dune (Joe Walker)
King Richard (Pamela Martin)
Tick, Tick… Boom! (Myron Kerstein & Andrew Weisblum)
The Power of the Dog (Peter Sciberras)

Best International Feature

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 Production Design

Dune (Zsuzsanna Sipos & Patrice Vermette)
Nightmare Alley (Tamara Deverell & Shane Vieau)
The Power of the Dog (Grant Major & Amber Richards)
The Tragedy of Macbeth (Stefan Dechant & Nancy Haigh)
West Side Story (Rena DeAngelo & Adam Stockhausen)

Best Visual Effects

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

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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