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Guide to the 2022 Movie Awards Season

As the movie awards season approaches, it can be hard to predict what movies will win the biggest awards in show business. Unlike previous years, there is no consensus movie that is set to sweep all of the awards. However, there are a few movies and performances that stand out that we predict will be the biggest players in this year’s awards race!

Kristen Stewart

Best known for her role as Bella in the “Twilight” franchise,  Kristen Stewart was seen as a box office star rather than a contender for award shows. Yet her role as Princess Dianna in “Spencer” has changed that narrative. Stewart is nominated for a Golden Globe for  Best Actress in a Drama and a Critics Choice Award for Best Actress. It would not be a surprise to see Stewart nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. Her chances of winning are high, but she will most likely have to compete with veterans such as Olivia Coleman and Nicole Kidman.

Coleman previously won an Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Queen Anne in “The Favourite”. She has been getting praise for her performance in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s latest film “The Lost Daughter.” She is also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama.

As for Kidman, she too has also won an Academy Award for Best Actress when she portrayed Virginia Woolf in “The Hours.” She is also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama and a Critics Choice Award for her role as Lucille Ball in “Being the Ricardos.”


The Power of the Dog

If there’s one movie that has critics buzzing its Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog.” Winner of the Silver Lion at this year’s Venice International Film Festival, it has received praise for Campion’s direction and writing along with Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance. The chances of an Academy Award Nomination for Best Picture are high. It has a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Drama along with a Critics Choice Nomination for Best Picture. Campion is also highly likely to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar given that she has won various awards this year for Best Director from organizations like the New York Film Critics Circle and Los Angeles Film Critic’s Association. Some competitors to watch out for include “Dune”, “West Side Story” and “Belfast”.  All films are expected to receive Best Picture Nominations at the Oscars.


Will Smith

Throughout his acting career, Will Smith has never won a Golden Globe or an Academy Award. That may change in the following months because of his latest film “King Ricard”. His performance as Richard Willams, father of Serena and Venus Williams has earned him multiple Best Actor nominations including one from the Golden Globes for Best Actor in a Drama. Some other awards season competitors include Andrew Garfield for his role in “tick, tick…Boom!” and Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Power of the Dog”. What gives Smith an advantage over his competitors however is his lack of previous awards success along with his experience as an actor. At 53, Smith is prime to win multiple Best Actor awards.


Drive My Car

Hailing from Japan, “Drive My Car” is looking like a favorite to win or to be nominated in most international film categories at award shows. It is currently nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes. In addition it made the Academy Awards International Film shortlist for possible nominees for Best International Film. Ryusuke Hamaguchi shared the Best Screenplay award with Takamasa Oe at the Cannes Film Festival further highlighting the strength the film has at nabbing awards.

International films that will also likely be award contenders include “A Hero” from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi who is a two-time Oscar winner for Best International film with his movies “A Separation” and “The Salesman”. Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen’s “Compartment No. 6 ” is also another strong contender for Best International Film at the Academy Awards. Not only did “Compartment No. 6” tie “A Hero” for Grand Prix at Cannes, it is also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes.

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Ian Ward is a writer Pop Style TV who on top of being a major film fan, enjoys covering concerts and celebrity culture.
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