Movie Mike’s Oscar Predictions for 2022 | The Bobby Bones Show
The Oscars are my favorite time of year. I love the story behind them and believe they are a great representation of how cinema has evolved from year to year. But I also understand why some people think they are a waste of time. The argument comes up every year that these are always “movies no one has ever seen”. I understand ! They feel a bit too “artistic” at times, but I don’t think that should stop us from opening up our tastes.
As a movie buff, I see it both ways. I think the Oscars just add more weight to the criteria of what deserves to be nominated. While I can get as much enjoyment out of a Marvel movie, I do a foreign language drama. I can understand why one would be named and the other not. If we only left out the most popular films each year, we’d end up with the People’s Choice awards and I don’t see anyone fighting for those. But with all that said, I’ve made it a point every year to watch all of the Best Picture nominees and make my predictions based on how I think the academy will vote and what I think will win.
You can watch the Oscars on March 27, 2022 at 8/7pm CST on ABC. Here is the list of the main nominations for the 2022 Oscars:
- Don’t look up
- drive my car
- King Richard
- Licorice Pizza
- alley of nightmares
- The power of the dog **Mike’s pick to win**
- West Side Story
It’s a really stacked category this year, but I think it boils down to two films: The power of the dog and King Richard. I think power of the dog will win the majority of the prizes of the evening. It is a powerful film that has already received critical acclaim. While I find King Richard to be a more preferred choice of the public… I think the academy will promote the style, the play and the direction of the power of the dog. Personally, the story of King Richard resonated with me more.
I think they should add ONE slot each year designated for the highest grossing movie each year. Whatever the film, it should get an automatic nomination! It would inspire more people to see who would win the Best Picture Oscar. Can you imagine if Spider-Man: No Coming Home was nominated? That would be epic!
- Kenneth Branagh (Belfast)
- Ryūsuke Hamaguchi (drive my car)
- Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza)
- Jeanne Campion (The power of the dog) **Mike’s pick to win**
- Steven Spielberg (West Side Story)
Steven Spielberg has been nominated for Best Director in six different decades, so it’s hard to bet against him. Corn power of the dog wouldn’t have been the same without by Jane Campion vision. It’s truly stellar how she managed to make us love such a unique and subtle story. The direction made this film what it is.
Best Lead Actor
- Javier Bardem (Be the Ricardos)
- Benedict Cumberbatch (The power of the dog)
- Andrew Garfield (Tick, tick… Boom!)
- Will Smith (King Richard) – **Mike’s pick to win**
- Denzel Washington (Macbeth’s Tragedy)
Andrew Garfield is the fan favorite here, so I’d like to see him win. Benedict Cumberbatch also gave a commanding performance with a character you love to hate. Corn Will Smith gave the performance of his career bringing Richard Williams to life. I would love to see him finally win his first Oscar.
Best Leading Actress
- Jessica Chestnut (Tammy Faye’s eyes)
- Olivia Colman (The lost girl)
- Penelope Cruz (Parallel mothers)
- Nicole Kidman (Be the Ricardos)
- Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”) **Mike’s pick to win**
Nicole Kidman was amazing as Lucille Ball in Be the Ricardos. Everything from capturing Lucy’s look to her portrayal of her character both on and off screen. I think so too Olivia Colman is underestimated for her work in The lost girl. And it was great to watch the emotional journey by Penelope Cruz character continued in Parallel mothers. Corn Kristen Stewart totally owned her role as Princess Diana in spencer. I’ve been saying for a while now how much range she has as an actress, but even that was unlike anything I’d ever seen her before. While I didn’t like spencer as much as I’ve done some of the other films in this category. I think his performance stood out the most and was really fantastic.
Best Supporting Actor
- Ciaran Hinds (Belfast)
- Troy Kotsur (CODA) **Mike’s pick to win**
- Jesse Plemons (The power of the dog)
- JK Simmons (Be the Ricardos)
- Kodi Smitt-McPhee (The power of the dog)
I think it’s easy. Troy Kotsur made history by becoming the first deaf male actor to earn this recognition. CODA is a very powerful, sincere and funny film that I am happy to be recognized. I think it would be a very special moment in the awards show to see Troy pick up this award. He’s the real standout here.
Best Supporting Actress
- Jessie Buckley (The lost girl)
- Ariana DeBose (West Side Story)
- Judi Dench (Belfast)
- Kirsten Dunst (The power of the dog)
- Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard) **Mike’s pick to win**
I loved to see Kirsten Dunst back on the big screen. His character was fantastic in power of the dog and would love to see her win her first Oscar. Corn Aunjanue Ellis in King Richard had such good chemistry with Will Smith. Their on-screen relationship elevated the whole film. I think she deserved to win here.
Best Original Screenplay
- Belfast Kenneth (Branagh)
- Don’t look up (Adam McKay, David Sirota) **Mike’s pick to win**
- King Richard (Zach Baylin)
- Licorice Pizza (Paul Thomas Anderson)
- The worst person in the world (Eskil Vogt, Joachim Troer)
While Don’t look up didn’t live up to my expectations as much as I thought – I can’t deny that of all the movies in this category, I found it to be the one that sparked the most conversation on the subject. It’s all in the script. Licorice Pizza would be my second choice.
- Dunes – **Mike’s pick to win**
- alley of nightmares
- The power of the dog
- Macbeth’s Tragedy
- West Side Story
Dunes wasn’t my favorite movie of 2021…probably not even in my Top 10. But I appreciate the breadth of the movie and the way it was made for the big screen. I think The power of the dog has some really nice scenes and really makes you feel like you’re in the 1920s, but Dunes just accomplished more.
Best Animated Feature
- Encanto **Mike’s pick to win**
- To flee
- The Mitchells vs. the Machines
- Raya and the last dragon
The Mitchells vs. the Machines was my favorite animated film last year. Corn Encanto has so much pre-Oscar buzz and it’s hard to bet against Disney. It’s also a movie that people will keep watching for years to come.
Best Costume Design
- Cruel **Mike’s pick to win**
- alley of nightmares
- West Side Story
I rarely watch a movie and think “the costumes are amazing!” but i said that looking Cruel. These aren’t the coolest rewards to give away at an awards show…but they deserve it!
Best Original Song
- Beyoncé – “Be Alive” (King Richard)
- Sebastián Yatra – “Dos Oruguitas” (Encanto) Written by Lin Manuel Miranda
- Van Morrison – “Down to Joy” (Belfast)
- Billie Eilish – “No Time To Die” (no time to die) **Mike’s pick to win**
- Reba McEntire – “Somehow You Make It” (four good days)
Always surprised Enanto has not submitted “We are not talking about Bruno” for this category. So they take the L there. Adele won for ‘Skyfall’ in 2013, so I’m betting on another James Bond win and moving on with No Time to Die by Billie Eilish. Only on the fact that if I had to listen to a song in this category in everyday life… it would be “No Time To Die”.
Best International Feature Film
- drive my car (Japan) **Mike’s pick to win**
- To flee (Denmark)
- God’s hand (Italy)
- Lunana: a yak in the classroom (Bhutan)
- The worst person in the world (Norway)
International feature film is one of my favorite categories. I like to explore cinema in other countries. And I believe a three-hour drama should be assigned here so drive my car is my choice to win.
Best Visual Effects
- Dunes **Mike’s pick to win**
- free guy
- no time to die
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
- Spider-Man: No Coming Home
I would like to see Spider-Man: No Coming Home pick up at least an Oscar but I think the magnitude of Dunes is much bigger and original. justice for Spider Man although!
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