Let’s try to analyze this. It is going to be really hard. Before you scream at your screen, just a reminder that these are only from movies that I have seen from the allotted pool of movies.

These are strictly from the movies I have seen. In some category I had to bend the rules just because I have not seen all the nominees possible, all the possible movies, etc. I have noted these. Be sure to check out blogs that have been completed and upcoming regarding the Oscars. I will be updating my personal nominations and personal winners as we all approach the Academy Awards which will take place on March 27, 2022.


My Nominations

  • Nicolas Cage – “Pig”
  • Bradley Cooper – “Nightmare Alley”
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Power Of The Dog”
  • Andrew Garfield – “tick, tick…BOOM!”
  • Will Smith – “King Richard”

MY WINNER: Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Power Of The Dog”

Phil Burbank is one of the most complicated and hatable characters I have seen on screen in a long time. Benedict Cumberbatch has a maniacal laugh and taunting whistle that can haunt your dreams, as it does Rose Gordon in The Power Of The Dog. Cumberbatch doesn’t need to add weight to appear more menacing, he simply does it with talent and commitment. Also a credit to director Jane Campion for working in his sexual past with beautiful haunting.


My Nominations

  • Ben Affleck – “The Last Duel”
  • Jon Bernthal – “King Richard”
  • Alex Hassell – “The Tragedy Of Macbeth”
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee – “The Power Of The Dog”
  • J.K. Simmons – “Being The Ricardos”

MY WINNER: Kodi Smit-McPhee – “The Power Of The Dog”

Have you seen the end of The Power Of The Dog? Have you seen the way Kodi Smit-McPhee acts out the final manipulative scene as Peter Gordon? Have you seen how his character shapes like a chameleon adapting to whatever is needed to slowly suffocate Phil Burbank with just enough mystery for the final killing blow? Smit-McPhee is remarkable.


My Nominations

  • Jessica Chastain – “The Eyes Of Tammy Faye”
  • Olivia Coleman – “The Lost Daughter”
  • Jodie Cromer – “The Last Duel”
  • Nicole Kidman – “Being The Ricardos”
  • Kristen Stewart – “Spencer”

MY WINNER: Nicole Kidman – “Being The Ricardos”

Well, Jodie Cromer has been knocked off the pedestal. Nicole Kidman is an absolute star, and she is mesmerizing as Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin’s Being The Ricardos. There is something to when you know that a high profile star is playing a part, but you are still utterly convinced they are the character they are playing. Frankly, it is the opposite of Tom Hanks at the moment. Kidman ate up the screen and chewed up Sorkin’s dialogue like it was a midnight snack.


My Nominations

  • Cate Blanchet – “Nightmare Alley”
  • Jesse Buckley – “The Lost Daughter”
  • Kathryn Hunter – “The Tragedy Of Macbeth”
  • Madelyn Pugh – “Being The Ricardos”
  • Anya Taylor-Joy – “Last Night In Soho”

MY WINNER: Jesse Buckley – “The Lost Daughter”

I am just so embarrassed with myself that I did not include Jesse Buckley on my initial list. Like honestly I need a slap on the wrist.

With all that being said, The Lost Daughter’s most emotionally gut-wrenching scenes take place when it is a young Leda. She is drowning herself in her own mistakes and her own ambitions, and to see those action’s consequences played out in the older Leda is heartbreaking. Buckley has the confidence in young Leda to act out on her own, but that confidence is what kills her.


My Nominations

  • “America: The Motion Picture”
  • “Encanto”
  • “The Mitchells Vs. The Machines”
  • “Space Jam: A New Legacy”
  • “The Witcher: Nightmare Of The Wolf”

MY WINNER: “Encanto”

I know for a fact that America: The Motion Picture, Space Jam: The New Legacy and The Witcher: Nightmare Of The Wolf do not deserve on this list and they may not even be eligible at all. I just put them on here to fill out the list.

With that being said, Encanto wins this hands down. I am still going to try and see Raya And The Last Dragon and Luca before the Oscars, but I imagine it is going to be hard for them to match up for a movie that is on people’s contenders list for Best Picture.


My Nominations

  • “Dune” – Greig Fraser
  • “The Green Knight” – Andrew Droz Palermo
  • “Nightmare Alley” – Dan Laustsen
  • “The Power Of The Dog” – Ari Wegner
  • “The Tragedy Of Macbeth” – Bruno Delbonnel

MY WINNER: “The Tragedy Of Macbeth” – Bruno Delbonnel

Good lord almighty, all hale the power of Bruno Delbonnel. I did not think that Dune would be replaced as my winner here, but the way that The Tragedy Of Macbeth jumps off the screen despite being in black makes it undeniable. Macbeth is a known story that has been modeled over countless times. Despite that, this visual presentation of it raises it above not only the lore, but also expectations.


My Nominations

  • “Cruella” – Jenny Beavan
  • “Dune” – Jacqueline West
  • “Nightmare Alley” – Luis Sequeira
  • “Last Night In Soho” – Odile DIcks-MIreaux
  • “Spencer” – Jacqueline Durran

MY WINNER: “Dune” – Jacqueline West

The different races of Arrakis and the Dune world means that you need to create different looks for each and everyone one of them. You can tell who is from where just by the way they dress, and everyone’s apparel is appropriate for where they are from. Look at the scene where Duke Leto Atreides got the emperor’s decree to go to Arrakis. There are so many different looks there and how cool did the Bene Gesserit.


My Nominations

  • Jane Campion – “The Power Of The Dog”
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal – “The Lost Daughter”
  • Guillermo del Toro – “Nightmare Alley”
  • Joel Coen – “The Tragedy Of Macbeth”
  • Denis Villeneuve – “Dune”

MY WINNER: Denis Villeneuve – “Dune”

Denis Villeneuve created a science-fiction masterpiece from seemingly unadaptable source. He compacted all the right things and emerged exposition seamlessly into scenes so that the audience wouldn’t even know it’s being educated. He made Dune both a commercial and blockbuster success and that needs to be rewarded. I am shocked at how much I wanted to put Joel Coen in this spot, but can’t let recency bias influence the way my heart as always felt.


My Nominations

  • “14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible”
  • “The Alpinist”
  • “Operation Varsity Blues”
  • “Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”
  • “Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, And Rage”

MY WINNER: “The Alpinist”

I know that most of these movies on my nomination list are no eligible, but that is why it is my nominations list and not the Academy’s. For myself, and my girlfriend, The Alpinist is an emotional journey with a shocking end for those who do not know Marc-André Leclerc.


My Nominations

  • “Camp Confidential: America’s Secret Nazis”
  • “Lead Me Home”
  • “The Queen Of Basketball”
  • “Three Songs for Benazir”

MY WINNER: “The Queen Of Basketball”

So simple. This documentary is simple, but in the best way. Told strictly from the point of view of the documentary’s subject, the charisma of Lucy Harris and her own storytelling is remarkable. It is just close up on her face and the infectious smile is impossible not love it. By the end you are in tears and giggling along with her as she is describing how proud she is of her family. It is just remarkable stuff.


My Nominations

  • “Dune” – Joe Walker
  • “King Richard” – Pamela Martin
  • “Last Night In Soho” – Paul Machliss
  • “The Power Of The Dog” – Peter Sciberras
  • “The Tragedy Of Macbeth” – Lucian Johnston

MY WINNER: “The Power Of The Dog” – Peter Sciberras

The Power Of The Dog tells sooooo much about the story through non-visual cues. The best way to dictate this type of storytelling is through an amazing screenplay and slick editing. The editor, writer and director all have to be on the same page, and they all are in The Power Of The Dog.


My Nominations

  • N/A



My Nominations

  • “Cruella” – Nadia Stacey, Carolyn Cousins
  • “Dune” – Donald Mowat, Love Larson, Eva von Bahr
  • “The Eyes Of Tammy Faye” – Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram, Justin Raleigh
  • “King Richard” – Jacenda Burkett, Jennifer Zide
  • “Last Night In Soho” – Lizzie Yianni-Georgiou

MY WINNER: “The Eyes Of Tammy Faye” – Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram, Justin Raleigh

The stupid amount of make up different style hairdos that Tammy Faye goes through in the story is insane, and credit to those people who are heaving to create the preposterous looks of Tammy that fit her over-the-top personality.


My Nominations

  • “Dune” – Hans Zimmer
  • “Encanto” – Germaine Franco
  • “The Harder They Fall” – Jeymes Samuel
  • “The Power Of The Dog” – Jonny Greenwood
  • “Spencer” – Jonny Greenwood

MY WINNER: “Dune” – Hans Zimmer

I have not listened to a score of any of movie this year more than Dune. It is the only one you’ll find on my Spotify history. I will be honest with all of you, The Harder The Fall fits into second place on my billing. But as I am typing this I am watching Spencer and my god I want to jump out of the train window with the tension this score is providing right now.


My Nominations

  • “Be Alive” – Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson (King Richard)
  • “Guns Go Bang” – Jeymes Samuel, Scott Mescudi, Shawn Carter (The Harder They Fall)
  • “No Time To Die” – Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell (No Time To Die)
  • “Surface Pressure” – Lin Manuel Miranda (Encanto)
  • “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” – Lin Manuel Miranda (Encanto)

MY WINNER: “Guns Go Bang” – Jeymes Samuel, Scott Mescudi, Shawn Carter (The Harder They Fall)

The more I look back, the more I admire The Harder They Fall. The entire movie is a vibe and this song captures it. It has the calm confidence starting out, followed by the organized chaos with attempts at calm conflict resolution. With that being said, the guns do indeed go bang in The Harder They Fall. The entire score for this remixed western cranks it up a notch and this song is at its centerpiece.


My Nominations

  • “Being The Ricardos”
  • “Dune”
  • “The Last Duel”
  • “Last Night In Soho”
  • “The Lost Daughter”
  • “Nightmare Alley”
  • “Pig”
  • “The Power Of The Dog”
  • “tick, tick…BOOM!”
  • “The Tragedy Of Macbeth”


I have consistently stated how much I love Dune. It has the best combination of all the aspects that I love in a movie. While it may not have and super standout performances, It has consistent acting throughout. It has writing that is to be commended, more so by someone who has read the book because they know all the condensing that needed to be done. It has amazing scale that is shown in both the close ups and the landscape spectacles. It has a blend of tasteful CGI and practical effects, and the score will become a worm ear. Also speaking for myself, it is a classic heroes tale which I have always been a fan of on a personal level, and I am one to admit my own biases when I see them.


My Nominations

  • “Dune”
  • “The Green Knight”
  • “Nightmare Alley”
  • “The Power Of The Dog”
  • “The Tragedy Of Macbeth”

MY WINNER: “The Tragedy Of Macbeth”

Simplicity is a fine art. The willingness to go minimalist when telling a story like this makes The Tragedy Of Macbeth an achievement in filmmaking. This castle setting and constructions allows for Joel Coen to amplify the intriguing parts of the story with his unbelievable eyes. The Production Design in The Tragedy Of Macbeth allow Coen and cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel to shine (and shadow…you know because they play with lights a lot).


My Nominations

  • “Far From The Tree”
  • “Namoo”
  • “Twenty Something”
  • “Us Again”

MY WINNER: “Us Again”

I mislabeled Us Again on my list so I forgot to put it on the first time around with my nominations, and that is a major mistake. The movie is excellent and extra pungent for my now with my grandfather dying recently.


My Nominations

  • N/A

MY WINNER: Haven’t seen any. (Hides face in shame)


My Nominations

  • “A Quiet Place: Part II” – Ethan Van Der Ryn, Erik Aadahl, Michael Barosky, Brandon Proctor
  • “Dune” – Gary Rydstrom, Brian Chumney, Andy Nelson, Tod Maitland, Shawn Murphy
  • “No Time To Die” – Simon Hayes, Oliver Tarney, Paul Massey
  • “tick, tick…Boom!” – Paul Hsu, Todd A. Maitland
  • “The Tragedy Of Macbeth” – Carter Burwell

MY WINNER: “Dune” – Gary Rydstrom, Brian Chumney, Andy Nelson, Tod Maitland, Shawn Murphy

Dune has moments of intense madness and moments of intense patience and quiet. It has the sounds of the city, the sounds of a palace and the sounds of the desert. All things put together, The variety of different noises needed for different environments, races and events make this one a pleasure on the ears.


My Nominations

  • “Dune” – Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor, Gerd Nefzer
  • “Free Guy” – Swen Gillberg, Bryan Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis, Dan Sudick
  • “Godzilla vs. Kong” – John Desjardin, Bryan Hirota, Kevin Smith, Mike Meinardus
  • “The Matrix Resurrections” – Dan Glass, Huw J Evans, Tom Debenham, J.D. Schwalm
  • “No Time To Die” – Charlie Noble, Chris Corbould

MY WINNER: “Dune” – Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor, Gerd Nefzer

If anyone wins this award besides Dune then I am going to very very very pissed.


My Nominations

  • “Dune” – Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth
  • “The Lost Daughter” – Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • “Nightmare Alley” – Guillermo del Toro, Kim Morgan
  • “The Power Of The Dog” – Jane Campion
  • “The Tragedy Of Macbeth” – Joel Coen, William Shakespeare

MY WINNER: “The Power Of The Dog” – Jane Campion

I know I have raved about Dune and its ability to bring forward everything from the book, but I can not get over how well Jane Campion was able to bring forward the evocative and ultra depressing ending in The Power Of The Dog. You have to adapt a screenplay to play up all the deep motifs of the original novel and do it well; thankfully for all of us, that is exactly what happened. The ending of The Power Of The Dog will leave you gasping.


My Nominations

  • “Being The Ricardos” – Aaron Sorkin
  • “King Richard” – Zach Baylin
  • “Last Night In Soho” – Edgar Wright
  • “Pig” – Vanessa Block, Michael Sarnoski
  • “Spencer” – Steven Knight

MY WINNER: “Being The Ricardos” – Aaron Sorkin

As time has gone on, I have realized that Last Night In Soho is not up to snuff in terms of the writing as some other original screenplays. I have seen more original screenplay nominations now, and again I find myself falling in love with Aaron Sorkin. Call me a sucker, that is fine. His screenplays allow for the actors to shine best, and Nicole Kidman runs with the dialogue and creates something extraordinary from it. I do not think that Being The Ricardos is going to win. I am pretty

Films Ranked By Nominations
  • Dune (11)
  • The Power Of The Dog (9)
  • The Tragedy Of Macbeth (9)
  • Nightmare Alley (8)
  • King Richard (6)
  • Last Night In Soho (6)
  • Being The Ricardos (5)
  • Encanto (4)
  • The Lost Daughter (4)
  • Spencer (4)
  • The Last Duel (3)
  • No Time To Die (3)
  • Pig (3)
  • tick, tick…BOOM! (3)
  • Cruella (2)
  • The Eyes Of Tammy Faye (2)
  • The Green Knight (2)
  • The Harder They Fall (2)
  • 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible (1)
  • A Quiet Place: Part II (1)
  • The Alpinist (1)
  • America: The Motion Picture (1)
  • Camp Confidential: America’s Secret Nazis (1)
  • Far From The Tree (1)
  • Free Guy (1)
  • Godzilla vs. Kong (1)
  • Lead Me Home (1)
  • The Matrix Resurrections (1)
  • The Mitchells Vs. The Machines (1)
  • Namoo (1)
  • Operation Varsity Blues (1)
  • The Queen Of Basketball (1)
  • Space Jam: A New Legacy (1)
  • Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (1)
  • Three Songs For Benazir (1)
  • Twenty Something (1)
  • Us Again (1)
  • The Witcher: Nightmare Of The Wolf (1)
  • Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, And Rage (1)

Films Ranked By WINS
  • Dune (6)
  • The Power Of The Dog (4)
  • Being The Ricardos (2)
  • The Tragedy Of Macbeth (2)
  • The Alpinist (1)
  • Encanto (1)
  • The Eyes Of Tammy Faye (1)
  • The Harder They Fall (1)
  • The Lost Daughter (1)
  • The Queen of Basketball (1)
  • Us Again (1)

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