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Awards Central 2022: The Leaderboard

by Diego Andaluz
A collage of potential 2022 Oscar contenders like DUNE, LICORICE PIZZA, HOUSE OF GUCCI, BELFAST, KING RICHARD, SPENCER, WEST SIDE STORY and more for the DiscussingFilm leaderboard of updated predictions, part of the DF Awards Central.

The staple of the awards season, the Academy Awards (commonly known as the Oscars) bring with them a flurry of films hoping to strike gold. With a plethora of major contenders debuting on the festival circuit, releasing wide, and picking up precursor nominations, Awards Editor Diego Andaluz is here to break down the current state of every category in the 2022 Oscars race. Films like Belfast, Dune, and King Richard have already been picking up steam, and more join them as the weeks go by. The next Oscar season is coming up faster than you may think, so there’s no better time to launch our very own Awards Central!

Throughout the next few months, we’ll be updating this leaderboard to reflect the latest ups and downs of the season. Check back regularly to our Awards Central Leaderboard to get a leg up on your own predictions and stay informed with up-to-date developments in the 2022 Oscar race. You can also find the final winners for the 2021 OscarsGolden GlobesCritics Choice AwardsSAG AwardsBAFTAsMTV Awards, and HCA TV Awards right here on DiscussingFilm.

The main family of BELFAST acting shocked in a movie theater as seen in the movie directed by Kenneth Branagh, our top Oscar contender for Best Picture in the DiscussingFilm Awards Central.
‘Belfast’ courtesy of Focus Features

DF Awards Central Leaderboard (Updated 11/30)

BEST PICTURE

Editor’s Picks:

1. Belfast
2. West Side Story
3. Don’t Look Up
4. King Richard
5. Licorice Pizza
6. The Power of The Dog
7. Dune
8. Being The Ricardos
9. Nightmare Alley
10. C’mon C’mon

Next In Line: 

  • Tick, Tick, Boom
  • Mass
  • House of Gucci
  • CODA
  • Spencer
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • Flee
  • In the Heights
Will Smith training his daughters on the tennis court as seen in KING RICHARD, our top Oscar contender for Best Actor in the DiscussingFilm Awards Central.
Will Smith in ‘King Richard’ courtesy of Warner Bros.

BEST ACTOR

Editor’s Picks:

1. Will Smith (King Richard)
2. Andrew Garfield (Tick Tick Boom)
3. Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog)
4. Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth)
5. Leonardo DiCaprio (Don’t Look Up)

Next In Line: 

  • Joaquin Phoenix (C’mon C’mon)
  • Peter Dinklage (Cyrano)
  • Bradley Cooper (Nightmare Alley)
  • Jude Hill (Belfast)
  • Nicolas Cage (Pig)
Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana wearing a red dress and black veil in SPENCER, our top Oscar contender for Best Actress in the DiscussingFilm Awards Central.
Kristen Stewart in ‘Spencer’ courtesy of NEON

BEST ACTRESS

Editor’s Picks:

1. Kristen Stewart (Spencer)
2. Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye)
3. Lady Gaga (House of Gucci)
4. Nicole Kidman (Being The Ricardos)
5. Rachel Zegler (West Side Story)

Next In Line: 

  • Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter)
  • Alana Haim (Licorice Pizza)
  • Jennifer Hudson (Respect)
  • Frances McDormand (The Tragedy of Macbeth)
  • Penelope Cruz (Parallel Mothers)
  • Rooney Mara (Nightmare Alley)
  • Tessa Thompson (Passing)
Ann Dowd in the critically acclaimed drama MASS, one of our top Oscar contenders for Best Supporting Actress in in the DiscussingFilm Awards Central.
Ann Dowd in ‘Mass’ courtesy of Bleecker Street

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Editor’s Picks:

1. Caitriona Balfe (Belfast)
2. Ann Dowd (Mass)
3. Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard)
4. Kirsten Dunst (The Power of The Dog)
5. Ariana DeBose (West Side Story)

Next In Line: 

  • Meryl Streep (Don’t Look Up)
  • Rita Moreno (West Side Story)
  • Judi Dench (Belfast)
  • Cate Blanchett (Nightmare Alley)
  • Ruth Negga (Passing)
  • Marlee Matlin (CODA)
Jamie Dornan in BELFAST, our top Oscar contender for Best Supporting Actor in the DiscussingFilm Awards Central.
Jamie Dornan in ‘Belfast’ courtesy of Focus Features

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Editor’s Picks:

1. Jaime Dornan (Belfast)
2. Jared Leto (House of Gucci)
3. Bradley Cooper (Licorice Pizza)
4. Ciaran Hinds (Belfast)
5. Mike Faist (West Side Story)

Next In Line: 

  • Kodi Smitt-McPhee (The Power of The Dog)
  • Jason Issacs (Mass)
  • Ben Affleck (The Tender Bar)
  • Jon Bernthal (King Richard)
  • Mark Rylance (Don’t Look Up)
  • Richard Jenkins (The Humans)
Director Denis Villeneuve giving notes to Zendaya on the set of DUNE. Denis Villeneuve is one of our top Oscar contenders for Best Director in the DiscussingFilm Awards Central.
Denis Villeneuve on the set of ‘Dune’ courtesy of Warner Bros.

BEST DIRECTOR

Editor’s Picks:

1. Kenneth Branagh (Belfast)
2. Denis Villeneuve (Dune)
3. Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza)
4. Steven Spielberg (West Side Story)
5. Jane Campion (The Power of The Dog)

Next In Line: 

  • Guillermo Del Toro (Nightmare Alley)
  • Julia Ducournau (Titane)
  • Joel Coen (The Tragedy of Macbeth)
  • Adam McKay (Don’t Look Up)
  • Pablo Larraín (Spencer)
  • Reinaldo Marcus Green (King Richard)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Editor’s Picks:

1. Don’t Look Up
2. Licorice Pizza
3. Belfast
4. Being The Ricardos
5. King Richard

Next In Line: 

  • Mass
  • C’mon C’mon
  • Spencer
  • Parallel Mothers
  • The Worst Person in the World
  • The French Dispatch

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Editor’s Picks:

1. The Power of The Dog
2. West Side Story
3. Dune
4. Nightmare Alley
5. Tick Tick Boom

Next In Line: 

  • The Last Duel
  • Passing
  • The Humans 
  • House of Gucci

BEST EDITING

Editor’s Picks:

1. Dune
2. Don’t Look Up
3. Belfast
4. West Side Story
5. King Richard

Next In Line: 

  • Licorice Pizza
  • Tick Tick Boom
  • The French Dispatch
  • Nighmare Alley
  • The Last Duel

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Editor’s Picks:

1. Dune
2. The Tragedy of Macbeth
3. Belfast
4. West Side Story
5. Nightmare Alley

Next In Line: 

  • The Power of The Dog
  • The French Dispatch
  • Spencer
  • Passing
  • Licorice Pizza

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Editor’s Picks:

1. Cruella
2. Spencer
3. House of Gucci
4. West Side Story
5. Dune

Next In Line: 

  • Nightmare Alley
  • The French Dispatch
  • The Last Duel
  • Last Night In Soho
  • Cyrano

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Editor’s Picks:

1. Flee
2. Encanto
3. The Mitchells vs The Machines
4. Luca
5. Belle

Next In Line: 

  • Raya and The Last Dragon
  • The Summit of The Gods
  • Ron’s Gone Wrong
  • Vivo
  • Where is Anne Frank

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Editor’s Picks:

1. Nightmare Alley
2. The French Dispatch
3. Licorice Pizza
4. Dune
5. West Side Story

Next In Line: 

  • Belfast
  • Spencer
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • The Last Duel
  • House of Gucci

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Editor’s Picks:

1. Dune
2. The Matrix Resurrections
3. Spider-Man: No Way Home
4. Finch
5. Godzilla vs Kong

Next In Line: 

  • Don’t Look Up
  • The Suicide Squad
  • Eternals
  • Free Guy
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Editor’s Picks:

1. The Eyes of Tammy Faye
2. House of Gucci
3. Dune
4. The Suicide Squad
5. Cruella

Next In Line: 

  • Spencer
  • Being The Ricardos
  • The French Dispatch
  • West Side Story
  • Old

BEST SOUND

Editor’s Picks:

1. Dune
2. West Side Story
3. Belfast
4. A Quiet Place: Part II
5. Tick Tick Boom

Next In Line: 

  • The Matrix Resurrections
  • No Time To Die
  • The Suicide Squad
  • The Harder They Fall
  • Nightmare Alley

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Editor’s Picks:

1. Dune 
2. Spencer
3. The Power of The Dog
4. The French Dispatch
5. Don’t Look Up

Next In Line: 

  • Nightmare Alley
  • Cyrano
  • King Richard
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • Flee

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Editor’s Picks:

1. Be Alive (King Richard)
2. No Time To Die (No Time To Die)
3. Dos Oruguitas (Encanto)
4. Just Look Up (Don’t Look Up)
5. Keep The Beat (Vivo)

Next In Line: 

  • Believe (The Rescue)
  • So May We Start (Anette)
  • Every Letter (Cyrano)
  • Here I Am (Respect)

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

Editor’s Picks:

1. The Worst Person In The World
2. A Hero
3. Flee
4. The Hand of God
5. Titane

Next In Line: 

  • Drive My Car
  • I’m Your Man
  • Compartment No. 6
  • Prayers for the Stolen
  • The Good Boss

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Editor’s Picks:

1. The Rescue
2. Flee
3. Summer of Soul
4. President
5. Ascension

Next In Line: 

  • Procession
  • The First Wave
  • The Lost Leonardo
  • Ailey
  • The Sparks Brothers

Check back frequently for more updates in the DF Awards Central!

The Final Award Winners of 2021:

Follow Awards Editor Diego Andaluz on Twitter: @thediegoandaluz

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