April 8, 2022

The Power of the Dog, Dune lead 2022 Academy Award nominations | CBC News

Slow-moving western The Power of the Dog and sci-fi epic Dune lead the nominations for the 94th Academy Awards, with 12 and 10 nominations respectively.

The Power of the Dog‘s nominations were spread out through almost every big category. Jane Campion is up for best director, while star Benedict Cumberbatch saw a nod for best actor. Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee are also up for best supporting actor, while Kirsten Dunst is up for best supporting actress.

Dune also managed to score nominations in multiple categories, including best original score, best adapted screenplay, cinematography, costume design, production design and the night’s top award: best picture. 

Other best picture nominations went to BelfastCODADon’t Look UpDrive My CarKing RichardLicorice PizzaNightmare AlleyThe Power of the Dog and West Side Story.

But even as Dune received accolades in other categories, Canadian director Denis Villeneuve was ignored for the best director.

A surprising find among the best picture, meanwhile, was a nod for the relatively lesser known, Nightmare Alley, which also grabbed a best costume nomination for Canadian Luis Sequeira.

Meanwhile, the pandemic’s movie saviour, Spider-Man: No Way Home, only managed to snag a single nomination for best visual effects, despite gigantic box-office success and stellar reviews. Similarly, Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — starring Canadian Simu Liu — earned a single nomination in the same category. 

Shang-Chi star Simu Liu appears in this promotional image. The film landed only one nomination for the 94th Academy Awards. (Jasin Boland)

And in another surprise, Tick Tick… Boom! — directed by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda — was left out of the best picture category, despite its own strong reviews. 

Elsewhere in the nomination list, Encanto continued its music dominance. With the film’s songs — which were penned by Miranda — already dominating the music charts, the Oscars honoured it in the best animated feature film,original song and best original score categories.

The Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday morning by actors Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan. The 94th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 27 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. 


The nominees for best picture are:

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

The nominees for best actress are:

  • Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye. 
  • Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter.
  • Penelope Cruz, Parallel Mothers.
  • Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos.
  • Kristen Stewart, Spencer.

Benedict Cumberbatch, left, and Jesse Plemons appear in The Power of the Dog. Both actors are up for nominations at the 94th Academy Awards. (TIFF)

The nominees for best actor are:

  • Will Smith, King Richard.
  • Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog. 
  • Andrew Garfield, Tick, Tick… Boom! 
  • Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth.

The nominees for best supporting actress are:

  • Jessie Buckley, The Lost Daughter.
  • Ariana DeBose West Side Story.
  • Judi Dench, Belfast.
  • Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog.
  • Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard.

The nominees for best supporting actor are:

  • Ciaran Hinds, Belfast. 
  • Troy Kotsur, CODA.
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog.
  • Jesse Plemons, The Power of the Dog.
  • J.K. Simmons, Being the Ricardos.

The nominees for best animated feature are:

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

The nominees for documentary feature are:

  • Summer of Soul (Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised).
  • Flee.
  • Attica.
  • Ascension.
  • Writing With Fire.

Nominees for best director are:

  • Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza.
  • Kenneth Branagh, Belfast.
  • Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog.
  • Steven Spielberg, West Side Story.
  • Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Drive My Car.

The nominees for best original score are:

  • Don’t Look Up.
  • Dune.
  • Encanto.
  • Parallel Mothers.
  • The Power of the Dog.

The nominees for costume design are:

  • Cruella.
  • Cyrano.
  • Dune.
  • Nightmare Alley.
  • West Side Story.

The nominees for original screenplay are: 

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

The nominees for adapted screenplay are:

  • CODA.
  • Drive My Car.
  • Dune
  • The Lost Daughter.
  • The Power of the Dog.

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