The 2022 Academy Awards Winners From Dune to West Side Story
For all of us whose favorite season is Awards, the 94th Academy Awards are here to remind us of all the hard work to come from filmmakers this year. Every ceremony is bound to have a few surprises and even more snubs, but the collection of films presented this year tells a diverse set of stories that we’re pleased to see celebrated to such a wide audience. Let’s take a look at the 2022 Academy Award winners and dig into how this ceremony wowed us, from the good to the bad.
The 2022 Academy Award Winners In The Night’s Most Competitive Categories
There were a plethora of beautiful films nominated this year. The Power of the Dog leads the pack with 12 nominations. Dune, one of the most visually impressive films of the past year, followed close behind with ten nominations. A nomination is a huge feat, but here are the official 2022 Academy Award winners in some of the most competitive categories.
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CODA – WINNER
Don’t Look Up
Drive My Car
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story
Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Drive My Car
Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza
Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog – WINNER
Steven Spielberg, West Side Story
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Siân Heder, CODA – WINNER
Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe, Drive My Car
Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth, Dune
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter
Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
Writing (Original Screenplay)
Kenneth Branagh, Belfast – WINNER
Adam McKay (screenplay and story by), David Sirota (story by), Don’t Look Up
Zach Baylin, King Richard
Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza
Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier, The Worst Person in the World
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye – WINNER
Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter
Penelope Cruz, Parallel Mothers
Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos
Kristen Stewart, Spencer
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Ariana DeBose, West Side Story – WINNER
Jessie Buckley, The Lost Daughter
Judi Dench, Belfast
Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog
Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
Andrew Garfield, tick, tick… BOOM!
Will Smith, King Richard – WINNER
Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Ciaran Hinds, Belfast
Troy Kotsur, CODA – WINNER
Jesse Plemons, The Power of the Dog
J.K. Simmons, Being the Ricardos
Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog
Who Else Joined The List Of The 2022 Academy Award Winners?
Dune followed through with its nominations, taking home a handful of trophies as well. The Denis Villeneuve-directed film won 6 awards, including Best Sound, Visual Effects, Production Design, Original Score, Film Editing, and Cinematography. The studio waited to find out how successful it would be before greenlighting the sequel, and their decision has certainly paid off.
Another exciting win from the night is Drive My Car taking the award for International Feature Film. James Bond took something home, too, with the Original Song win for No Time To Die, giving the win to Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell.
You can see the full list of winners here.
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How Did The Comic Book Movies Do At The 2022 Academy Awards?
Comic book adaptations, mostly superhero flicks, earned a handful of nominations at the 2022 Academy Awards. This included technical nominations for films like Spider-Man: No Way Home and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. However, with Dune’s massive success in the technical categories, the comic book movies are left for the fans and the box office.
Aside from the wins (and losses), a few other heroes popped up during the ceremony. Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Zack Snyder’s Justice League, among others, got screen time during a montage of most cheer-worthy movie moments. Though, the moment did feel out of place, especially considering how some of those films were not even eligible for the year’s awards. Another moment of superhero screentime was awkwardly placed in the ceremony, as Amy Schumer dedicated herself to a bit that included waring the Spider-Man suit and spraying silly string onto the stage.
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Can The Oscars Succeed At Boosting Their Ratings?
Ratings for the Oscars have been declining in recent years. The Academy is desperate to stop the downward trend, and they continue to try new methods to boost the numbers. Unfortunately, many of the attempts from this year felt misguided and shoehorned into the ceremony. One example is when a pre-recorded segment of BTS, the famous South Korean boy band, discussed their love for animated films. It was far too quick to leave any sort of impact, and the band had no connection to any of the nominated films. Other moments include fan-favorite countdowns and a distracting and divisive change to the presentation of We Don’t Talk About Bruno.
Perhaps the most notable grasp at higher ratings is the inclusion of the Fan Favorite Award, which was given to Army of the Dead. The award didn’t take up much screentime, leaving us wondering if there was a point to it at all beyond giving a few moments of joy to its hardcore fans. Sure, it’s a great movie, but it’s not a real Oscar. So, why bother?
We’re not opposed to watching the ceremony try something new, as long as it is faithful to the integrity of the art of filmmaking. However, many of these tries only hurt the broadcast, disappointing fans who show up to learn about movies – not Tik Tok trends. Another controversial decision was to present certain categories before the ceremony started its broadcast. This was intended to help cut back on the length of the show, but they ended up finding their way to the telecast anyway, making us wonder why they bothered to switch things up at all.
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The 2022 Academy Awards Aired On March 27th.
Readers, what are your thoughts on the 2022 Academy Award winners? And while you’re telling us if your favorite took home the trophy, let us know what you thought about the ceremony as a whole. Were there too many gimmicks, or was it the right amount of fun for you? Whatever your thoughts are, we want to hear them.
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Meghan Hale is the kind of movie lover that has a "must watch" that is a mile long... and growing. When she isn't talking about the latest film and television news she is writing one of her many in-process novels, screaming film trivia at anybody who will listen, and working as a mental health care professional. Follow her on Twitter @meghanrhale for some fun theories and live reactions to all things entertainment.