94th Academy Awards – Nomination Predictions – Mid-January

From Left to Right: Posters for The Power of the Dog (Netflix), Dune (Warner Bros.), West Side Story (20th Century Studios), Belfast (Focus Features / Universal).

The new year just started, and yet it feels like the first month of the year has almost come to an end. So, today, before the final major guilds (and the BAFTAs) share their film award nominations, I am ready to share my own predictions for the upcoming 94th edition of the Oscars (except for the short film categories). The recent SAG nominations really changed my thoughts on Best Actress, but they (and the BAFTA longlists) also focused my thoughts on Best Picture, which I feel pretty good about right now, even though the film I’m predicting to win may not be the most accessible film that I’m predicting to be nominated for the top award. Without further ado, let’s get to it.


Best International Feature

  1. Drive My Car – Japan.
  2. The Worst Person in the World – Norway.
  3. Flee – Denmark.
  4. A Hero – Iran.
  5. The Hand of God – Italy.

Next in Line: I’m Your Man – Germany.


Best Documentary Feature

  1. The Rescue.
  2. Flee.
  3. Summer of Soul.
  4. Procession.
  5. Ascension.

Next in Line: The Velvet Underground.


Best Animated Feature

  1. Encanto.
  2. Luca.
  3. The Mitchells vs. The Machines.
  4. Flee.
  5. Raya and the Last Dragon.

Next in Line: Vivo.


Best Original Song

  1. “No Time to Die,” – No Time to Die.
  2. “Be Alive,” – King Richard.
  3. “Dos Oruguitas,” – Encanto.
  4. “Down to Joy,” – Belfast.
  5. “Just Look Up,” – Don’t Look Up.

Next in Line: “Beyond the Shore,” – CODA.


Best Original Score

  1. Dune.
  2. The Power of the Dog.
  3. Don’t Look Up.
  4. The French Dispatch.
  5. No Time to Die.

Next in Line: The Green Knight.


Best Visual Effects

  1. Dune.
  2. No Time to Die.
  3. Spider-Man: No Way Home.
  4. Free Guy.
  5. Godzilla vs. Kong.

Next in Line: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.


Best Sound

  1. Dune.
  2. West Side Story.
  3. No Time to Die.
  4. tick, tick… BOOM!
  5. Belfast.

Next in Line: Spider-Man: No Way Home.


Best Production Design

  1. Dune.
  2. West Side Story.
  3. Nightmare Alley.
  4. The French Dispatch.
  5. The Tragedy of Macbeth.

Next in Line: Belfast.


Best Make-Up & Hairstyling

  1. House of Gucci.
  2. The Eyes of Tammy Faye.
  3. Dune.
  4. Cruella.
  5. Coming 2 America.

Next in Line: Cyrano.


Best Costume Design

  1. Cruella.
  2. West Side Story.
  3. Dune.
  4. House of Gucci.
  5. Spencer.

Next in Line: Cyrano.


Best Cinematography

  1. Dune.
  2. The Tragedy of Macbeth.
  3. West Side Story.
  4. The Power of the Dog.
  5. Belfast.

Next in Line: The Green Knight.


Best Film Editing

  1. Dune.
  2. West Side Story.
  3. Belfast.
  4. tick, tick… BOOM!
  5. Don’t Look Up.

Next in Line: The Power of the Dog.


Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. The Power of the Dog.
  2. West Side Story.
  3. CODA.
  4. Dune.
  5. The Lost Daughter.

Next in Line: Drive My Car.


Best Original Screenplay

  1. Belfast.
  2. Licorice Pizza.
  3. Don’t Look Up.
  4. King Richard.
  5. Being the Ricardos.

Next in Line: Pig.


Best Supporting Actor

  1. Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Power of the Dog.
  2. Troy Kotsur – CODA.
  3. Jared Leto – House of Gucci.
  4. Ciarán Hinds – Belfast.
  5. Bradley Cooper – Licorice Pizza.

Next in Line: Ben Affleck – The Tender Bar.


Best Supporting Actress

  1. Ariana DeBose – West Side Story.
  2. Caitriona Balfe – Belfast.
  3. Ruth Negga – Passing.
  4. Kirsten Dunst – The Power of the Dog.
  5. Aunjanue Ellis – King Richard.

Next in Line: Rita Moreno – West Side Story.


Best Actor

  1. Will Smith – King Richard.
  2. Andrew Garfield – tick, tick… BOOM!
  3. Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog.
  4. Denzel Washington – The Tragedy of Macbeth.
  5. Leonardo DiCaprio – Don’t Look Up.

Next in Line: Peter Dinklage – Cyrano.


Best Actress

  1. Nicole Kidman – Being the Ricardos.
  2. Lady Gaga – House of Gucci.
  3. Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye.
  4. Olivia Colman – The Lost Daughter.
  5. Rachel Zegler – West Side Story.

Next in Line: Kristen Stewart – Spencer.


Best Director

  1. Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog.
  2. Steven Spielberg – West Side Story.
  3. Denis Villeneuve – Dune.
  4. Sir Kenneth Branagh – Belfast.
  5. Ryusuke Hamaguchi – Drive My Car.

Next in Line: Paul Thomas Anderson – Licorice Pizza.


Best Picture

  1. The Power of the Dog – Netflix.
  2. Belfast – Focus Features / Universal Pictures.
  3. King Richard – Warner Bros. Pictures.
  4. West Side Story – 20th Century Studios.
  5. Dune – Warner Bros. Pictures.
  6. Licorice Pizza – United Artists / Universal Pictures.
  7. CODA – Apple TV+.
  8. tick, tick… BOOM! – Netflix.
  9. Don’t Look Up – Netflix.
  10. Drive My Car – Bitters End.

Next in Line: Being the Ricardos – Amazon Studios.

– Predictions and Article by Jeffrey Rex Bertelsen.

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