Paulie’s Perspective: 2022 Oscar Nominations!!

Well here are we are again folks, yes it’s that time of year already. The Oscar buzz! Let me tell you one thing – Lady Gaga and her fans campaigned so hard for her to get an Oscar nomination, the fact that she didn’t get one, means she was really, really, really bad. I mean, I thought she sounded more vampire than Italian, but that’s just me.  I mean reading those tweets and reviews – you would have thought Gaga was the next Meryl Streep or Mother Theresa! It was a bit insane and I’m glad her performance was recognized for what it was – just cheese and a bad accent.

Let me tell you another thing that got my goat. Spielberg nominated for Best Director and Best Picture?! The guy remade a 1960’s classic that won 12 Oscars!!  He didn’t have to work that hard to copy a film that won 12 Oscars. I mean c’mon, isn’t that like cheating? Like drawing by numbers? Even if his version is brilliant – he had a brilliant movie to reference to! 

Anyway, here are the nominations – for animated feature, I like Encanto because of Lin-Manuel, and I like Raya because I actually really like that movie and it’s message to kids. We’ll talk about this later. Have a great week! Watch this films if you haven’ already – especially Belfast, which is true artistry and originality. No remake there!! 

Best Picture

“Don’t Look Up”
“Drive My Car”
“King Richard”
“Licorice Pizza”
“Nightmare Alley”
“The Power of the Dog”
“West Side Story”

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

Best Actress in a Leading Role: 

Jessica Chastain in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”
Olivia Colman in “The Lost Daughter”
Penélope Cruz in “Parallel Mothers”
Nicole Kidman in “Being the Ricardos”
Kristen Stewart in “Spencer”

Best Actor in a Leading Role: 

Javier Bardem in “Being the Ricardos”
Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Power of the Dog”
Andrew Garfield in “tick, tick…BOOM!”
Will Smith in “King Richard”
Denzel Washington in “The Tragedy of Macbeth”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Jessie Buckley in “The Lost Daughter”
Ariana DeBose in “West Side Story”
Judi Dench in “Belfast”
Kirsten Dunst in “The Power of the Dog”
Aunjanue Ellis in “King Richard”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Ciarán Hinds in “Belfast”
Troy Kotsur in “CODA”
Jesse Plemons in “The Power of the Dog”
J.K. Simmons in “Being the Ricardos”
Kodi Smit-McPhee in “The Power of the Dog”


“Dune” Greig Fraser
“Nightmare Alley” Dan Laustsen
“The Power of the Dog” Ari Wegner
“The Tragedy of Macbeth” Bruno Delbonnel
“West Side Story” Janusz Kaminski

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“CODA” Screenplay by Sin Heder
“Drive My Car” Screenplay by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe
“Dune” Screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth
“The Lost Daughter” Written by Maggie Gyllenhaal
“The Power of the Dog” Written by Jane Campion

Writing (Original Screenplay)

“Belfast” Written by Kenneth Branagh
“Don’t Look Up” Screenplay by Adam McKay; Story by Adam McKay & David Sirota
“King Richard” Written by Zach Baylin
“Licorice Pizza” Written by Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Worst Person in the World” Written by Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier

Animated Feature Film
“The Mitchells vs. the Machines”
“Raya and the Last Dragon”