The 2022 Oscars were quite eventful. I’m sure everyone has heard about the incident involving Chris Rock and Will Smith. For those unaware, comedian Chris Rock was presenting an award and made a few jokes, including one about actor Will Smith’s wife which prompted Will Smith to walk up to the stage and slap Chris Rock.
But that unfortunate incident shouldn’t distract you from the terrific movies and performances that were honored.
I made some predictions before the ceremony and I’m happy to say a lot of my favorites won — including my pick for Best Picture: CODA. Below are the full list of all the winners, and where you can watch them.
Best Picture Winner
CODA — Watch on Apple + (go to https://www.apple.com/apple-tv-plus/ to sign up for a free trial)
Troy Kotsur also won for Best Supporting Actor and Sian Heder won for Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Actor and Best Actress
Will Smith won for King Richard (Watch on HBO Max)
Jessica Chastain won for The Eyes of Tammy Faye (Watch on HBO Max)
Arianna Debose won, as predicted, for Best Supporting Actress in West Side Story (Watch on Disney +)
Jane Campion won Best Director for Power of the Dog (Watch on Netflix)
Dune won most of the technical awards like Best Visual Effects, Film Editing, and Best Cinematography (Watch on HBO Max)
Drive My Car from Japan won for Best International Feature (Watch on HBO Max)
Belfast won for Best Original Screenplay. Encanto won for Best Animated Feature (Watch on Disney +). And Summer of Soul won for Best Documentary (Watch on Hulu).
(Original Post) The 2022 Oscars will air on Sunday, March 27th at 5pm on ABC. A lot of the 2021 films that were nominated pushed back their release dates to later in the year so that audiences could see them in movie theatres as COVID restrictions began to ease. As a result, the Oscars — which usually takes place in February — was pushed back about a month to allow members of the Academy more time to watch all of the nominated films.
There were a number of great performances last year. I’ve listed my predictions below, as well as where you can watch the nominated films.
The favorite for Best Picture is The Power of the Dog, the western by director Jane Champion that is streaming right now on Netflix. While I think it is a very well-made movie with some great performances — especially by the lead actor Benedict Cumberbatch — it isn’t my favorite film of the year. My pick is the emotional surprise in the race, CODA. CODA stands for Child Of Deaf Adults. The film tells the story of a fishing family in the Pacific Northwest with two deaf parents, an older deaf brother, and a high school daughter who is not deaf. The movie follows the complicated relationships in the family. The daughter, who has served as an interpreter for the family, struggles with a decision to possibly leave for college on a music scholarship. CODA is incredibly original and I promise will not disappoint. It is available to stream right now on Apple+ and is my pick for Best Picture.
Some of my other favorite best picture nominated movies are:
-Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza, is a romance set in Los Angeles during the 1960’s and is only playing in theatres (currently playing at the Westpark Theatre)
–King Richard, the story of Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams (now streaming on HBO Max)
–Belfast, which follows a young boy’s childhood during tumultuous times in Northern Ireland in the 1960’s (only available in theatres, now playing at the Westpark Theatre)
The other best picture nominees are:
–Don’t Look Up (now streaming on Netflix)
–Drive My Car (now streaming on HBO Max)
–Dune (now streaming on HBO Max)
–Nightmare Alley (now streaming on HBO Max)
–West Side Story (now streaming on HBO Max & Disney+)
Best Actor and Best Actress
While Benedict Cumberbatch gives a great performance in The Power of the Dog, the favorite for Best Actor is Will Smith for his portrayal of Richard Williams in King Richard. His depiction of Williams’ drive and determination to push his future tennis star daughters is so enjoyable that you can’t take your eyes off him.
The Best Actress category is up in the air. It truly seems to be a toss-up since different nominees have won at the various awards shows leading up to the Oscars. My pick is previous Oscar-winner Olivia Colman (who won in 2019 for The Favourite) for her performance in The Lost Daughter, which is a psychological drama about a divorced middle-aged woman. You can watch The Lost Daughter right now on Netflix.
Best Supporting Actor & Best Supporting Actress
The Best Supporting Actor category, similar to the Best Picture category, is another battle between The Power of the Dog and CODA. I, again, am going with CODA and its nominee Troy Kotsur, who plays the father in the movie and is deaf in real life. Ariana Debose appears to be the favorite for The Best Supporting Actress category for her role as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s remake of Westside Story. You can watch Westside Story right now on HBO Max & Disney+.
Other Awards Predictions
If you spend time around kids under the age of 10, you have probably seen Encanto, which is the new animated musical hit about an enchanted house, with catchy songs that all kids seem to be in love with. There are a number of great animated movies nominated this year but Encanto is my pick, and you can watch it right now on Disney+.
The Power of the Dog Director Jane Champion is the favorite for Best Director. Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car is the favorite for Best International Film (you can watch it on HBO Max).
Check back after the Awards show for the list of all the Oscar winners.