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These are the 2022 Oscar winners

People love to hate on the Oscars favourites winning, but that was not the case in 2022 with a number of surprises taking home the biggest awards of the night.


by Lauren Heskin
28th Mar 2022

Jessica Chastain accepts the Oscar® for Actress in a Leading Role as Sir Anthony Hopkins (left) watches onstage during the live ABC telecast of the 94th Oscars®

These are the 2022 Oscar winners

After an incredibly lacklustre Golden Globes, the heavy hitters like the Grammys, Emmys and Oscars all finally coming to the fore, having postponed in the hopes of hosting in-person events.

The Oscars took place last night and while *that slap* was the main thing heard around the world, there were actually some very worthy winners.

Surprises

As expected, Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast and Netflix’s The Power of the Dog were the nominated top contenders but failed on the night to win any of the major award, aside from Jane Campion’s Best Director win (only the second woman to ever take home the coveted trophy.

Meanwhile Dune, which was larger left out of the main group, ended up being the top prize winner of the night going home with six Oscars and Kristen Stewart was the biggest snub of the night, with Jessica Chastain’s campaign coming in late but hot to win the Best Actress gong instead.

Streaming dominance continued and escalated this year. Not only were there nominations for Javier Bardem, Nicole Kidman and JK Simmons in Amazon Prime’s Being the Ricardos, but Apple TV’s CODA came from under-the-radar to sweep the biggest award of the night – Best Picture – the first streaming film to ever win the award, as well as seeing Troy Kotsur become the first deaf actor to win Best Supporting Actor statue.

In the equivalent female category meanwhile, Ariana DeBose became the first openly queer woman and second-ever woman of colour to take the Oscar, following in the footsteps of Halle Berry who won for Monster’s Ball.

Considering it was a hot contender early on, Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci was shut out of all the major categories, including the absence of a nod for Lady Gaga’s method acting ways as Patrizia Gucci. So too for Don’t Look Up, it got a Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay nods, but nothing for its talent-packed cast.

Indie flick Licorice Pizza came in with seven overall nominations, including Best Picture, but sadly went home empty-handed. Drive My Car, the first Japanese film ever nominated in the most prestigious award of the night, though had to be content to go home with Best International instead.

Irish showing

While there were no Irish winners, there was plenty of Irish talent on show with Ciarán Hinds getting a nod for best supporting actor in Belfast and Jessi Buckley nominated for her supporting role in The Lost Daughter.

Interestingly there’s nothing for Belfast leads Caitriona Balke for Jamie Dornan, which likely hurt their chances in the other categories, only going home with Best Original Screenplay for Kenneth Branagh. Nor was there anything for Ruth Negga or her Netflix film Passing. Considering she’s been nominated for her role as Clare by Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and SAG Awards, her absence is certainly a surprise.

Here are the winners and nominees for the 2022 Oscars

The Nominees

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Best Picture

A surprising but worthy winner in CODA considering it looked like a two-horse race between Belfast and Netflix’s The Power of the Dog.

Belfast

WINNER: CODA

Don’t Look Up

Drive My Car

Dune

King Richard

Licorice Pizza

Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

West Side Story

Best Director

Kenneth Branagh, Belfast

Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Drive My Car

Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza

WINNER: Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog

Steven Spielberg, West Side Story

Best Actress

Kristen Stewart looked like a lock for this but Jessica Chastain joined the race late for her transformation into American televangelist Tammy Faye, presumably piping early favourite Lady Gaga out of the last spot. Another argument for a late-blooming Oscars campaign.

WINNER: Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter

Penélope Cruz, Parallel Mothers

Nicole Kidman Being the Ricardos

Kristen Stewart, Spencer

Best Actor

Will Smith was hotly tipped to pick this up but it sadly got overshadowed by that incident with Chris Rock.

Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos

Benedict Cumberbatch, Power of the Dog

Andrew Garfield, Tick, Tick…Boom!

WINNER: Will Smith, King Richard

Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth

Best Supporting Actress

Dunst was favourite but Steve Speilberg’s musical came home with one award at least for DeBose.

Jessie Buckley, The Lost Daughter

WINNER: Ariana DeBose, West Side Story

Judi Dench, Belfast

Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog

Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard

Best Supporting Actor

Amazing first-time nomination for Ciarán Hinds in Belfast.

Ciarán Hinds, Belfast

WINNER: Troy Kotsur, CODA

Jesse Plemons, The Power of the Dog

JK Simmons, Being the Ricardos

Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog

Best Production Design

WINNER: Dune

Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

The Tragedy of Macbeth

West Side Story

Best Cinematographer

Ari Wegner could make history here as the first woman to win an Oscar for cinematography.

WINNER: Greig Fraser, Dune

Dan Laustsen, Nightmare Alley

Ari Wegner, The Power of the Dog

Bruno Delbonnel, The Tragedy of Macbeth

Janusz Kaminski, West Side Story

Best Animated Feature Film

Considering its undying popularity amongst the little ones and how often I’ve seen its songs sung on Instagram and TikTok, Encanto was a shoo-in here.

WINNER: Encanto

Luca

Flee

The Mitchells vs the Machine

Raya and the Last Dragon

Best Original Song

“Be Alive” from King Richard

“Dos Oruguitas” from Encanto

“Down to Joy” from Belfast

WINNER: “No Time to Die” from No Time to Die

“Somehow You Do” from Four Good Days

International Feature Film

The Worst Person in the World was an outside contender for a Best Picture nod and might have thought this one was coming their way but it was won by Drive My Car instead, which was nominated in the Best Picture category.

WINNER: Drive My Car

Flee

The Hand of God

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

The Worst Person in the World

Best Documentary Feature Film

Ascension

Attica

Flee

WINNER: Summer of Soul

Riding with Fire

Best Adapted Screenplay

WINNER: CODA

Drive My Car

Dune

The Lost Daughter

The Power of the Dog

Best Original Screenplay

WINNER: Belfast

Don’t Look Up

King Richard

Licorice Pizza

The Worst Person in the World