2021 Oscar Predictions: The Best Of The Best (2022)

2021 Oscar Predictions: The Best Of The Best (1)

After an unprecedented year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, awards season is finally back. The 2021 Oscar nominations were announced by Hollywood power couple Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. The best of the best are now competing for the ultimate prize: the coveted Oscar. Films like Nomadland, Sound of Metal, Promising Young Woman, and The Trial of the Chicago 7, scored several nods, with Mank leading the pack with 10 nominations this year.

Right away, there are clear frontrunners for nearly every category. There could be surprises on the day of the Oscars, which will air live on April 25 on ABC, but most of these favorites seem like sure-things. Take a look at our 2021 Oscar predictions for the major categories, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Animated Feature, and more.

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Oscar Predictions: Best Picture

Winner: Nomadland

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There is no clear and present frontrunner for Best Picture, but the buzz is all on Nomadland at the moment. Nomadland is a tour de force in all aspects. Chloé Zhao directed the film that follows Frances McDormand’s Fern, who goes on a journey through the American West after losing everything in the Great Recession. Nomadland has already won Best Motion Picture — Drama at the 2021 Golden Globes, so it’s going to be pretty difficult for another film to sweep in and grab this win. Runner ups: Mank and The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Oscar Predictions: Best Director

Winner: Chloé Zhao for Nomadland

Chloé Zhaois on fire right now. She made history as the first Chinese woman to be nominated for Best Director and is one of two female directors nominated this year. With Nomadland the current favorite the win Best Picture, it would be hard to deny Chloé the Oscar for Best Director. She’s fairly new to the Hollywood scene, but her work speaks for itself. Nomadland is directing feat. If Chloé wins, she’ll only be the second female director to win Best Director after Kathryn Bigelow in 2008 for The Hurt Locker. However, David Fincher has yet to win a Best Directing Oscar after two previous nominations, so it’s a possibility he could walk away a winner this time. We’re still going with Chloé, though. Runner ups: David Fincher for Mank and Lee Isaac Chung for Minari.

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Oscar Predictions: Best Actor

Winner: Chadwick Boseman for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

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This one is a done deal. The late Chadwick Boseman will absolutely win for his stunning portrayal of Levee in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. The Netflix feature was his final film role before he died of cancer at the age of 43 in August 2020. His performance is a show-stopping masterpiece. Chadwick was one-of-a-kind, and his work will be rewarded with a posthumous Oscar. Runner ups: Anthony Hopkins for The Father and Gary Oldman for Mank.

Oscar Predictions: Best Actress

Winner: Frances McDormand for Nomadland

This one is a bit closer to call, but Nomadland’s Frances McDormand will likely edge out the competition. Frances continues to showcase her incredible talents in Nomadland and anchors this movie with her unshakable performance. Andra Day did surprise everyone at the Golden Globes by winning Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama over Frances, so she could be the big upset. However, the Academy loves Frances. She’s already one twice for Fargo and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Runner ups: Andra Day for The United States vs. Billie Holiday and Carey Mulligan for Promising Young Woman.

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Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Daniel Kaluuya for Judas and the Black Messiah

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Daniel Kaluuya is the outright favorite to win Best Supporting Actor for his mesmerizing performance as Black Panther Party member Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah. Daniel completely transforms into the role and captivates you from the moment he steps onto the screen. You’re drawn to him, and his performance stays with you long after the film ends. Daniel has already been noticed by the Academy for his performance in the 2017 film Get Out, and it’s almost a sure thing he’s going to win this time. Runner ups: Sacha Baron Cohen for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm and Leslie Odom Jr. for One Night in Miami.

Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Olivia Colman for The Father

It’s no secret that Olivia Colman is a powerhouse in both her TV and film roles. Olivia will likely nab her second Oscar for her moving performance in The Father. Olivia showcases yet another layer of her many talents as the daughter of Anthony Hopkins’ character, who is losing his memory. If anyone is going to beat her, it’s Glenn Close, who has yet to win an Oscar. Glenn’s been nominated a whopping 8 times over the course of her career. However, we have a feeling Olivia will likely beat her again, just like she did in 2019 for The Favourite. Runner ups: Glenn Close for Hillbilly Elegy and Maria Bakalova for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.

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Oscar Predictions: Best Original Screenplay

Emerald Fennell wrote, directed, and produced Promising Young Woman, which is nominated for 5 Oscars. In her directorial debut, Emerald penned a razor-sharp script with searing relevancy about sexual assault and rape culture. She paints a brutal portrait of an emotionally tormented young woman who is determined to get revenge. Emerald’s provocative script keeps you on your toes throughout every second of the film, and the ending will leave you stunned. Runner ups: Aaron Sorkin for The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Lee Isaac Chung for Minari.

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Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay

Winner: Chloé Zhao for Nomadland

Nomadland is probably going to be the darling of the 2021 Oscars. With likely wins, for Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Actress, Nomadland’s win for Best Adapted Screenplay is pretty much a lock. Chloé Zhao brings Jessica Bruder’s 2017 book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century to life in a breathtaking way. Nomadland is a triumph on all accounts and the film to beat in nearly every category. Runner ups: Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller for The Father and Kemp Powers for One Night In Miami.

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Oscar Predictions: Best Animated Feature

Winner:Soul

Whenever there’s a Disney animated feature nominated for Best Animated Feature, it’s hard to beat. Both Soul and Onward are nominated, but Disney/Pixar’s Soul is the clear frontrunner to win Best Animated Feature. Soul is a deeply profound film about the afterlife and life before death. The film follows Joe Gardner, voiced by Jamie Foxx, a New jazz pianist who finds himself trapped in a strange land between Earth and the afterlife after getting his big break. The animated movie allows you to explore those existential questions we all wonder about when it comes to mortality and our purpose in life. Soul from top-to-bottom is an excellent piece of filmmaking — from the voice work to the soundtrack to the storytelling. Runner ups: Wolfwalkers and Onward.

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Oscar Predictions: Best Original Song

Winner: “Speak Now” from One Night In Miami

“Speak Now” from One Night In Miami, co-written by Leslie Odom Jr. and Sam Ashworth, is a powerful and unforgettable song that Academy members are sure to love. This track inspires listeners to make the most of the time that you have and speak up to create change. Leslie may not win for Best Supporting Actor, but his song is the top contender for Best Original Song. Runner ups: “Io Si (Seen)” from The Life Ahead and “Husavik” from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

FAQs

Who's gonna win the Oscars 2022? ›

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Who will win best original score? ›

Hans Zimmer won an Oscar for best original score on Sunday (March 27) for Dune. In so doing, he set a record. He waited longer to win his second scoring Oscar than any other composer in history. Zimmer won his first Oscar for best original score 27 years ago for The Lion King.

Who is up for Best Picture 2022? ›

The nominees for Best Picture were: BELFAST, CODA, DON'T LOOK UP, DRIVE MY CAR, DUNE, KING RICHARD, LICORICE PIZZA, NIGHTMARE ALLEY, THE POWER OF THE DOG and WEST SIDE STORY.

Who won the most Oscars in 2021? ›

As of September 2021, three films tied for most Academy Award wins of all time. "Ben-Hur" (1959), "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003), and "Titanic" (1997) each received 11 Oscars.
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Movies with the most Academy Awards wins of all time as of 2021.
CharacteristicNumber of wins
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Who is up for best actress? ›

Actress in a Leading Role
  • Jessica Chastain. The Eyes of Tammy Faye.
  • Olivia Colman. The Lost Daughter.
  • Penélope Cruz. Parallel Mothers.
  • Nicole Kidman. Being the Ricardos.
  • Kristen Stewart. Spencer.

Will Encanto win an Oscar? ›

Disney's 'Encanto' wins best animated feature at 2022 Oscars; Lin-Manuel Miranda misses out on EGOT.

Who has won the most Oscars for Best Original Song 2022? ›

Many of the best-original-song nominees were performed at the 94th Academy Awards, in addition to Encanto hit “We Don't Talk About Bruno”—but Eilish and Finneas walked away with the award. To revist this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories.

Does Coda win Best Picture? ›

At the Sundance Film Festival in 2021, where the Apple Original Film had its world premiere, “CODA” was honored with an unprecedented four awards, including the Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast, the Directing Award, the Audience Award, and the Grand Jury Prize, making it the first top Sundance winner to achieve an ...

Who won best hair and makeup Oscars 2022? ›

THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE Wins 2022 Oscar for Makeup and Hairstyling. THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE is the Oscars 2022 Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar winner! Get complete coverage of all the Oscars 2022 winners on the Oscars Winners page and the full list of 94th Academy Awards winners here on Oscar.com.

What movie did will win the Oscar for? ›

Will Smith won Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in “King Richard,” marking the first Oscar win in the three decade career of one of Hollywood's biggest stars. The win came after a shocking moment in which Smith smacked Chris Rock after the comedian made a joke about Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith.

What are the 10 movies nominated for Best Picture 2022? ›

Best Picture Oscar Nominees of 2022, Ranked by Tomatometer
  • #1. Drive My Car (2021) 97% #1. ...
  • #2. CODA (2021) 94% #2. ...
  • #3. The Power of the Dog (2021) 94% #3. ...
  • #4. West Side Story (2021) 91% #4. ...
  • #5. Licorice Pizza (2021) 91% #5. ...
  • #6. King Richard (2021) 90% #6. ...
  • #7. Belfast (2021) 86% #7. ...
  • #8. Dune (2021) 83% #8.

What did Will Smith win? ›

But he did not show up at the event to accept his prize. Will Smith won the award for Best Actor last night at the BET Awards. He was recognized for his leading role in King Richard, with the film also taking home the Best Movie prize.

Who won 8 Oscars? ›

8th Academy Awards

What actor has the most Oscars? ›

As of 2022, Katharine Hepburn maintained her lead as the actor with the most Oscar wins of all time. While the "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" star scored four acting accolades during her career, six fellow actors tied for the second spot with three wins each.

Did Will Smith win the Oscar last night? ›

A tearful Will Smith has won his first ever Oscar, just minutes after rushing onto the stage and slapping comedian Chris Rock in the face. The former Fresh Prince, who won the best actor gong for his role in biopic King Richard, was reacting to a joke Rock had aimed towards Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

Who is favored to win Best Actress 2022? ›

Oscar Best Actress Predictions, Odds: Jessica Chastain Favored Over Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman in Wide-Open Race, Plus Picks For All 2022 Nominees. Jessica Chastain is the Best Actress Oscar favorite for The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

Who was in the running for best actress 2022? ›

The 2022 Oscar nominees for Best Actress are Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”), Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”), Penélope Cruz (“Parallel Mothers”), Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”), and Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”).

Who will be the best actress in 2022? ›

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What is Mirabel's gift? ›

Therefore, the theory that she is supposed to take Abuela's place does hold some weight. So while there's evidence that Mirabel's gift was secretly the front door, the film also shows that Mirabel wasn't truly gifted anything. Instead, she earns the front door to the house in Encanto.

Did Encanto won any awards? ›

Encanto

Which movie won the most Oscars in history? ›

Ben-Hur won with: Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor; Best Supporting Actor; Cinematography; Art Direction; Sound; Music Score; Film Editing; Special Effects; Costume and loosing out to Room at the Top for Screenplay based on material from another medium.

Who is the youngest person to win an Oscar? ›

The youngest ever Oscar winner is actress Tatum O'Neal who was only 10 years old when she won Best Supporting Actress for the film 'Paper Moon'.

Why did Billie Eilish won an Oscar? ›

The 20-year-old pop star and her brother, Finneas, won Best Original Song at the 94th Academy Awards, for the James Bond theme "No Time to Die," from the film of the same name.

Who has most Oscar nominations without a win? ›

Alex North (1910-1991), Roland Anderson (1903-1989), and Thomas Newman followed, each with 15 nominations.
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Individuals with the most Academy Award nominations without a win as of 2022.
CharacteristicNumber of Academy Awards nominations
Greg P. Russell*16
Alex North15
Roland Anderson15
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What film won the most Oscars in 2022? ›

'Dune' Won 6 Oscars, The Most Of The Evening

Dune, winning the most awards of the evening, scored victories for Original Score, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Sound, and Visual Effects.

Is Troy Kotsur deaf? ›

Kotsur was born in Mesa, Arizona, the largest suburb of Phoenix, on July 24, 1968, to JoDee (née True) and Leonard Stephen "Len" Kotsur, who was Mesa's police chief. When Kotsur was nine months old, his parents discovered that he was deaf, and they learned American Sign Language so the family could communicate.

How many deaf actors have won Oscars? ›

Until Sunday night's Oscars, Marlee Matlin had for over three decades been the only deaf person to receive an Academy Award. LOS ANGELES -- Until Sunday night's Oscars, Marlee Matlin had for over three decades been the only deaf person to receive an Academy Award.

Who is the girl with eyeliner Oscars? ›

Kristen Stewart is not one to shy away from a bold eye look. Strategically smudged under eyeliner and metallic-hued shadows are a staple of the actor's edgy glam — and her look at the Oscars on Sunday night was no exception.

What's a win for best makeup which 1996 comedy can call itself an Academy Award winning film? ›

The Nutty Professor” (1996) — Eddie Murphy wore elaborate makeup, prosthetics, and fat suits to play several characters in this remake of the 1963 Jerry Lewis movie of the same name.

Can will lose his Oscar? ›

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences board of governors has banned Will Smith from all its events, including the Oscars, for 10 years after the best actor winner slapped the presenter Chris Rock on stage at the Academy Awards ceremony.

What happened with Will Smith at the Oscars 2022? ›

It was one of the most infamous moments in Academy Awards history that became known as "the slap." The world could not stop talking about Will Smith striking comedian Chris Rock onstage at the 2022 Oscars after Rock made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith's bald head.

How much money does Will Smith have 2022? ›

As per CelebrityNetWorth.com, Will Smith has a net worth of $350 million in the year 2022.

What movies are up for best picture this year? ›

'The Power of the Dog,' 'Dune,' 'Belfast' and 'West Side Story' lead the nominations.

Why are there no 10 best picture nominees? ›

"Having 10 Best Picture nominees is going to allow Academy voters to recognize and include some of the fantastic movies that often show up in the other Oscar categories but have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize," AMPAS President Sid Ganis said in a press conference.

Which Oscar nominated films are worth watching? ›

Must Watch (Yay!)
  • The Power of the Dog. ...
  • Drive My Car. ...
  • Dune. ...
  • Summer of Soul. ...
  • West Side Story. ...
  • Belfast. ...
  • The Lost Daughter. ...
  • Licorice Pizza.
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How much is Jaden Smith? ›

According to Celebrity Networth, Jaden Smith has a total net worth of $8 million.

How old is Will Smith? ›

Has Will Smith ever won an Emmy? ›

Outstanding Comedy Series - 2014.

Does Coda win best picture? ›

At the Sundance Film Festival in 2021, where the Apple Original Film had its world premiere, “CODA” was honored with an unprecedented four awards, including the Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast, the Directing Award, the Audience Award, and the Grand Jury Prize, making it the first top Sundance winner to achieve an ...

Can Kristen Stewart win the Oscar? ›

Kristen Stewart

How do you win an Oscar? ›

When you're eligible for an Oscar, you'll have to run the gauntlet of the Oscars press tour. Actors will then begin doing interviews, meetups and any number of press meets to promote their film, and themselves in order to build up hype for their film and their performance.

Does Dune win best picture? ›

In terms of Oscar gold, Dune was the top winner of the night with six statues in the crafts categories, though it did not win best picture and was not nominated in the acting categories.

What film won the most Oscars in 2022? ›

'Dune' Won 6 Oscars, The Most Of The Evening

Dune, winning the most awards of the evening, scored victories for Original Score, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Sound, and Visual Effects.

Is Troy Kotsur deaf? ›

Kotsur was born in Mesa, Arizona, the largest suburb of Phoenix, on July 24, 1968, to JoDee (née True) and Leonard Stephen "Len" Kotsur, who was Mesa's police chief. When Kotsur was nine months old, his parents discovered that he was deaf, and they learned American Sign Language so the family could communicate.

How many deaf actors have won Oscars? ›

Until Sunday night's Oscars, Marlee Matlin had for over three decades been the only deaf person to receive an Academy Award. LOS ANGELES -- Until Sunday night's Oscars, Marlee Matlin had for over three decades been the only deaf person to receive an Academy Award.

Did Robert Pattinson won an Oscar? ›

Robert Pattinson

Did Billie Eilish win an Oscar? ›

Billie Eilish

How much money do you get from winning an Oscar? ›

So, do Oscar winners get paid? Much like Super Bowl Halftime performers, there's no cash given to Oscar winners the night they take home the award.

Do Oscar award winners get money? ›

There is no monetary reward for winning an Oscar, but there are significant benefits in other ways. Oscars Awards Prize Money: When it comes to award events, the Oscars are the best of the best. The dress is perfect, there's a little controversy every now and then, and, of course, the coveted gold trophy.

Is the Oscar award real gold? ›

The statuettes are solid bronze and plated in 24-karat gold. Due to a metal shortage during World War II, Oscars® were made of painted plaster for three years. Following the war, the Academy invited recipients to redeem the plaster figures for gold-plated metal ones.

Will Dune sweep the Oscars? ›

"Every article or everything that is written about 'Dune' must start with the words 'Denis Villeneuve,'" cinematography winner Greig Fraser said. Denis Villeneuve was not nominated for Best Director, but his sci-fi epic “Dune” swept the Oscars Sunday night with six wins — the most of any film.

Which movie won the most Oscars in history? ›

Ben-Hur won with: Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor; Best Supporting Actor; Cinematography; Art Direction; Sound; Music Score; Film Editing; Special Effects; Costume and loosing out to Room at the Top for Screenplay based on material from another medium.

Why did Dune win an Oscar? ›

' epic sci-fi adaptation entered the gala occasion with ten nominations, and when the night ended, "Dune" took home Oscars for cinematography, editing, score, visual effects, production design and sound.

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