Oscars 2022: More Precursors

More stuff to catch up with. Mostly due to the Golden Globes being broadcast tonight. On a Tuesday!

I feel like I know why they put it on a Tuesday night instead of a Sunday night, but we don’t need to have that discussion here. I’m knee deep in Oscar season and have barely even rolled up my sleeves. So let’s just get right into it all.

Golden Globe Winners

Best Picture – Drama

Avatar: The Way of Water

Elvis

The Fabelmans

Tár

Top Gun: Maverick

Winner: The Fabelmans

This felt like the safe choice for them. I mean, what else were they gonna go for? Avatar, which barely got any other nominations and felt like a respect inclusion? Top Gun, which would’ve really been out of left field? Tár, which would have taken the wind out of all the sails and been the most boring choice possible? Elvis, which a fair percentage of people hated? This was the only choice for them. The question is what happens going forward with all the other precursors. I can’t see this going all the way, but you never know.

 

Best Picture – Musical/Comedy

Babylon

The Banshees of Inisherin

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Triangle of Sadness

Winner: The Banshees of Inisherin

There were only two choices here. It was pretty clearly this as the frontrunner. They love Martin McDonagh.

 

Best Director

James Cameron, Avatar: The Way of Water

Daniel Scheinart/Daniel Kwan, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Baz Luhrmann, Elvis

Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin

Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans

Winner: Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans

3rd win, 20th nomination. Goddamn. His two other wins were his Oscar wins too. This is interesting. I wonder if this is the start of something.

 

Best Actor – Drama

Austin Butler, Elvis

Brendan Fraser, The Whale

Hugh Jackman, The Son

Bill Nighy, Living

Jeremy Pope, The Inspection

Winner: Austin Butler, Elvis

Mild surprise, but not really, considering the whole ‘remember when Brendan Fraser accused an HFPA member of groping him and openly said he wouldn’t go to the ceremony’ thing. You knew they weren’t gonna vote for him. Which left who? Butler. He was the only other choice. So no one should be surprised by this as a result and unless he sweeps everything else should not be seen as the automatic Oscar winner.

 

Best Actor – Musical/Comedy

Diego Calva, Babylon

Daniel Craig, Glass Onion

Adam Driver, White Noise

Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin

Ralph Fiennes, The Menu

Winner: Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin

Naturally. I mean, did we think anyone else was winning this? Of course he won. He should have won, and his speech was terrific. One of those obvious choices that we can all be happy with.

 

Best Actress – Drama

Cate Blanchett, Tár

Olivia Colman, Empire of Light

Viola Davis, The Woman King

Ana de Armas, Blonde

Michelle Williams, The Fabelmans

Winner: Cate Blanchett, Tár

Oh, well okay then. I wonder if this is gonna hold up throughout. I thought for sure they’d try to get the de Armas train going. This’ll be interesting to track, given what Actress has been the past few years.

 

Best Actress – Musical/Comedy

Lesley Manville, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Margot Robbie, Babylon

Anya Taylor-Joy, The Menu

Emma Thompson, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Winner: Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once

This was an obvious one too. It had to be her. Anyone else would’ve felt like a bad choice. Even Margot Robbie. Who was great. But wouldn’t have been a good winner here. This is exactly the kind of category a Michelle Yeoh type performance should have won.

 

Best Supporting Actor

Brendan Gleeson, The Banshees of Inisherin

Barry Keoghan, The Banshees of Inisherin

Brad Pitt, Babylon

Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Eddie Redmayne, The Good Nurse

Winner: Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Another obvious winner. Pitt had won two years ago, Redmayne was just filler and the other two were vote splitters. Quan was the best story, the sentimental choice and there’s no way anyone can be unhappy with this win, whether he continues to win or not.

 

Best Supporting Actress

Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin

Jamie Lee Curtis, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Dolly De Leon, Triangle of Sadness

Carey Mulligan, She Said

Winner: Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Happy for her, the performance absolutely should not be winning awards. But still, happy for her. (Justice for Kerry Condon. And Stephanie Hsu while we’re at it.)

 

Best Screenplay

The Banshees of Inisherin

Everything Everywhere All at Once

The Fabelmans

Tár

Women Talking

Winner: The Banshees of Inisherin

Yeah, he made the most sense. Spielberg got his elsewhere, Everything Everywhere won elsewhere and wasn’t about the writing. Tár didn’t make sense unless they went all in on it. It was this or Women Talking, and clearly Martin McDonagh is a favorite of theirs.

 

Best Original Score

Babylon

The Banshees of Inisherin

The Fabelmans

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Women Talking

Winner: Babylon

4th nomination and 4th win. Jesus christ. One of those is Song, but still. Admittedly, I don’t dislike any of those wins. It’s just… damn. (I haven’t listened to all the scores yet, so I don’t have an opinion on this past the fact that these are all great composers.)

 

Best Original Song

“Carolina,” from Where the Crawdads Sing

“Ciao Papa,” from Pinocchio

“Hold My Hand,” from Top Gun: Maverick

“Lift Me Up,” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

“Naatu Naatu,” from RRR

Winner: “Naatu Naatu,” from RRR

Obviously this was gonna win. This wouldn’t have won 15 years ago, but it was the clear winner here. You think they were gonna choose between Gaga or Rihanna? Hell no. They were gonna take this and avoid it altogether.

 

Best Animated Feature

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Inu-Oh

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Turning Red

Winner: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Love this. Love Guillermo. Very happy. Would’ve loved to see Marcel the Shell, but I totally get this as the choice the Globes would make.

 

Best Picture – Non-English Language

All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany)

Argentina, 1985 (Argentina)

Close (Netherlands/France/Belgium)

Decision to Leave (South Korea)

RRR (India)

Winner: Argentina, 1985 (Argentina)

Aww, you all thought RRR was gonna win. I’m telling you. They threw it song so as not to make the choice between the other two. Otherwise, I haven’t seen this yet, so I can’t comment on the win, but I’m happy something other than an obvious choice won just because it might get some people to go out and seek this out now.

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TV

Best Series – Drama

Better Call Saul

The Crown

House of the Dragon

Ozark

Severance

Winner: House of the Dragon

I can’t believe they didn’t vote for The Crown for once. Also, is the dragon show actually good? I feel like I’ve heard nothing about it. (Don’t answer that, I don’t actually care what the answer is.)

 

Best Series – Musical/Comedy

Abbott Elementary

The Bear

Hacks

Only Murders in the Building

Wednesday

Winner: Abbott Elementary

Good for them. Thought for sure they’d go for The Bear.

 

Best Actor – Drama Series

Jeff Bridges, The Old Man

Kevin Costner, Yellowstone

Diego Luna, Andor

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Adam Scott, Severance

Winner: Kevin Costner, Yellowstone

Yeah, you could have telegraphed that one.

 

Best Actor – Musical/Comedy Series

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Bill Hader, Barry

Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building

Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building

Jeremy Allen White, The Bear

Winner: Jeremy Allen White, The Bear

Did anyone expect anything different here?

 

Best Actress – Drama

Emma d’Arcy, House of the Dragon

Laura Linney, Ozark

Imelda Staunton, The Crown

Hilary Swank, Alaska Daily

Zendaya, Euphoria

Winner: Zendaya, Euphoria

Again, was this remotely a surprise?

 

Best Actress – Musical/Comedy Series

Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary

Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant

Selena Gomez, Only Murders in the Building

Jenna Ortega, Wednesday

Jean Smart, Hacks

Winner: Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary

Again. Obvious winner.

 

Best Supporting Actor – Series

John Lithgow, The Old Man

Jonathan Pryce, The Crown

John Turturro, Severance

Tyler James Williams, Abbott Elementary

Henry Winkler, Barry

Winner: Tyler James Williams, Abbott Elementary

Still surprised they never gave into the urge to vote for Henry Winkler.

 

Best Supporting Actress – Series

Elizabeth Debicki, The Crown

Hannah Einbender, Hacks

Julia Garner, Ozark

Janelle James, Abbott Elementary

Sheryl Lee Ralph, Abbott Elementary

Winner: Julia Garner, Ozark

She was the obvious standout on this list. No real surprise here.

 

Best Limited Series, Anthology Series or TV Movie

Black Bird

Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

The Dropout

Pam & Tommy

The White Lotus

Winner: The White Lotus

The Globes are nothing if not six months behind trend.

 

Best Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or TV Movie

Taron Edgerton, Black Bird

Colin Firth, The Staircase

Andrew Garfield, Under the Banner of Heaven

Evan Peters, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Sebastian Stan, Pam & Tommy

Winner: Evan Peters, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Oh, what? You mean the guy in the Ryan Murphy show won on the night perennial nominee and Globe favorite Ryan Murphy got a career achievement award? Shocking.

 

Best Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or TV Movie

Jessica Chastain, George & Tammy

Julia Garner, Inventing Anna

Lily James, Pam & Tommy

Julia Roberts, Gaslit

Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout

Winner: Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout

Yeah, that makes sense.

 

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or TV Movie

F. Murray Abraham, The White Lotus

Domhnall Gleeson, The Patient

Paul Walter Hauser, Black Bird

Richard Jenkins, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Seth Rogen, Pam & Tommy

Winner: Paul Walter Hauser, Black Bird

Good for him. Happy whenever he gets recognition. (P.S. I love F. Murray Abraham.)

 

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or TV Movie

Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus

Claire Danes, Fleishman Is in Trouble

Daisy Edgar-Jones, Under the Banner of Heaven

Niecy Nash, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Aubrey Plaza, The White Lotus

Winner: Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus

Of course she won. Did we think anyone else would win this?

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ASC Nominees

Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

The Batman

Elvis

Empire of Light

Top Gun: Maverick

That’s Darius Khondji (only nominated once, for Evita, 26 years ago), Greig Fraser (who won last year), Mandy Walker (never nominated), Roger Deakins (needs no introduction) and Claudio Miranda (nominated twice, won for Life of Pi).

I’m surprised Janusz wasn’t included (they didn’t include him last year, either), but otherwise, this is both a good category and a fairly obvious one. Most people would’ve figured at least three of these, with Darius a fairly easy one to guess as well. Mandy Walker is the only potentially slightly curious inclusion, but not an unwelcome one. She’s shot some amazing things in her career.

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ADG Nominees

Period Film

All Quiet on the Western Front

Babylon

Elvis

The Fabelmans

White Noise

Great category. I assume Elvis or Babylon wins this, but still. Good stuff.

 

Fantasy Film

Avatar: The Way of Water

The Batman

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Nope

Another terrific category. Four of these five are legitimate Oscar winners. We’re shaping up for a damn good Production Design category this year, folks.

 

Contemporary Film

Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

Bullet Train

Glass Onion

Tár

Top Gun: Maverick

Goddamn. This category is great too. What a year for production design. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen three ADG categories as good as this in a single year. This is thrilling.

 

Animated Film

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Lightyear

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Turning Red

This is just for people thinking about what’s gonna get nominated for Animated Feature. You can usually tell based on what gets nominated at all the guilds and what isn’t.

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CAS Nominees

All Quiet on the Western Front

Avatar: The Way of Water

The Batman

Elvis

Top Gun: Maverick

Great year for sound. All good choices. Pretty decent chance this is your Oscar category.

 

Animated

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Lightyear

Minions: The Rise of Gru

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Turning Red

Again, this is for Animated Feature purposes only. Only Pinocchio is actually shortlisted in Sound. (Also, Moonage Daydream was nominated in Documentary.)

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MPSE Nominees

Feature Dialogue + ADR

The Banshees of Inisherin

The Batman

Elvis

Empire of Light

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Top Gun: Maverick

Four of these are shortlisted, so obviously we’re looking to see which of those wins.

 

Feature Effects / Foley

Avatar: The Way of Water

The Batman

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Jurassic World: Dominion

Nope

Top Gun: Maverick

Another one with four films shortlisted. Interesting Babylon didn’t get nominated at any of these. I thought they might try to get that on. But yeah, this should be a pretty standard fare Sound year. Picking the winner is what’s gonna be most interesting.

 

Music

Elvis

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Tár

I Wanna Dance with Somebody

Three of these are shortlisted. Interesting Everything Everywhere All at Once got nominated in Music. Not upset, just find it interesting.

 

Animation

D.C. League of Super-Pets

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Lightyear

Puss in Boots

Another one here mostly or Animated Feature. But Pinocchio is also shortlisted. So there’s that too. (Also, Moonage Daydream was nominated in Documentary and All Quiet on the Western Front was nominated in Foreign Language Film).

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Also, not necessarily a major update but worth noting — at the WGA, here’s a quick list of the high profile nominees ineligible to be nominated there: (Original) Banshees, Triangle, Aftersun, Leo Grande, Empire of Light, RRR, (Adapted) All Quiet, Whale, Wonder, Living, GDT Pinocchio, Marcel Shell, The Son, After Yang.

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Okay, that’s everything for now. I’m just about done watching everything. Gotta type up my Top Ten list and then start working on the Shortlists. I probably should hurry up, since nominations are in two weeks. But we’ll see how it goes.

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