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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 Leaderboard!

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

Awards Central’s Oscar Leaderboard (Updated 1/19)

BEST PICTURE

Editor’s Picks:

1. Belfast
2. The Power of The Dog
3. West Side Story
4. Don’t Look Up
5. CODA
6. King Richard
7. Dune
8. Licorice Pizza
9. Tick, Tick… Boom!
10. Being The Ricardos

Next In Line: 

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. Peter Dinklage (Cyrano)

Next In Line: 

  • Leonardo DiCaprio (Don’t Look Up)
  • Javier Bardem (Being The Ricardos)
  • Nicolas Cage (Pig)
  • Jude Hill (Belfast)
  • Joaquin Phoenix (C’mon C’mon)
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. Nicole Kidman (Being The Ricardos)
2. Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye)
3. Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter)
4. Lady Gaga (House of Gucci)
5. Kristen Stewart (Spencer)

Next In Line: 

  • Rachel Zegler (West Side Story)
  • Jennifer Hudson (Respect)
  • Alana Haim (Licorice Pizza)
  • Penelope Cruz (Parallel Mothers)
  • Frances McDormand (The Tragedy of Macbeth)
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. Ariana DeBose (West Side Story)
2. Caitriona Balfe (Belfast)
3. Kirsten Dunst (The Power of The Dog)
4. Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard)
5. Ruth Negga (Passing)

Next In Line: 

  • Rita Moreno (West Side Story)
  • Meryl Streep (Don’t Look Up)
  • Marlee Matlin (CODA)
  • Judi Dench (Belfast)
  • Ann Dowd (Mass)
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. Kodi Smitt-McPhee (The Power of The Dog)
2. Troy Kotsur (CODA)
3. Ciaran Hinds (Belfast)
4. Jaime Dornan (Belfast)
5. Jared Leto (House of Gucci)

Next In Line: 

  • Bradley Cooper (Licorice Pizza)
  • Ben Affleck (The Tender Bar)
  • Jesse Plemmons (The Power of The Dog)
  • Mike Faist (West Side Story)
  • Mark Rylance (Don’t Look Up)
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. Jane Campion (The Power of The Dog)
2. Kenneth Branagh (Belfast)
3. Denis Villeneuve (Dune)
4. Steven Spielberg (West Side Story)
5. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car)

Next In Line: 

  • Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza)
  • Adam McKay (Don’t Look Up)
  • Guillermo Del Toro (Nightmare Alley)
  • Joel Coen (The Tragedy of Macbeth)
  • Pablo Larraín (Spencer)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Editor’s Picks:

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

Next In Line: 

  • Mass
  • C’mon C’mon
  • The French Dispatch
  • Spencer
  • Parallel Mothers

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Editor’s Picks:

1. The Power of The Dog
2. West Side Story
3. Dune
4. CODA
5. The Lost Daughter

Next In Line: 

  • Drive My Car
  • Tick, Tick… Boom!
  • Passing
  • House of Gucci
  • Nightmare Alley

BEST EDITING

Editor’s Picks:

1. Dune
2. West Side Story
3. Don’t Look Up
4. Belfast
5. The Power of The Dog

Next In Line: 

  • King Richard
  • Tick, Tick… Boom
  • Licorice Pizza
  • Being The Ricardos
  • The French Dispatch

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Editor’s Picks:

1. Dune
2. West Side Story
3. The Tragedy of Macbeth
4. Belfast
5. The Power of The Dog

Next In Line: 

  • Nightmare Alley
  • The French Dispatch
  • Passing
  • Licorice Pizza
  • The Green Knight

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Editor’s Picks:

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

Next In Line: 

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

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Editor’s Picks:

  1. Encanto
  2. Flee
  3. The Mitchells vs The Machines
  4. Luca
  5. Raya and The Last Dragon

Next In Line: 

  • Belle
  • The Summit of The Gods
  • Ron’s Gone Wrong
  • Vivo
  • Where is Anne Frank

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Editor’s Picks:

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

Next In Line: 

  • Licorice Pizza
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • Spencer
  • 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. Godzilla Vs Kong
5. No Time To Die

Next In Line: 

  • Free Guy
  • Eternals
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  • Black Widow

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Editor’s Picks:

1. The Eyes of Tammy Faye
2. House of Gucci
3. Dune
4. Coming 2 America
5. Cruella

Next In Line: 

  • West Side Story
  • Cyrano
  • The Suicide Squad
  • Nightmare Alley
  • No Time To Die

BEST SOUND

Editor’s Picks:

1. Dune
2. West Side Story
3. Belfast
4. Tick Tick Boom
5. Spider-Man: No Way Home

Next In Line: 

  • The Matrix Resurrections
  • A Quiet Place: Part II
  • No Time To Die
  • The Power of The Dog
  • Last Night In Soho

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Editor’s Picks:

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

Next In Line: 

  • King Richard
  • No Time To Die
  • Encanto
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • Being The Ricardos

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. Down To Joy (Belfast)

Next In Line: 

  • Here I Am (Respect)
  • Guns Go Bang (The Harder They Fall)
  • Beyond The Shore (CODA)
  • So May We Start (Anette)
  • Somehow You Do (Four Good Days)

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

Editor’s Picks:

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

Next In Line: 

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

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Editor’s Picks:

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

Next In Line: 

  • Ascension
  • The First Wave
  • In The Same Breath
  • Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry
  • Julia

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

The Final Award Winners of 2021:

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1 comment

HM December 5, 2021 || 8:05 pm - 8:05 pm

I think WSS should be moved to 1st place on Picture, Director, Actress, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay and Cinematography once it comes out. Those categories are 100% THE ONES I think it’s really going to win in.

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