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Oscars Predictions: Best Supporting Actor – Jeffrey Wright Could Strike an Overdue Narrative For ‘The French Dispatch’

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UPDATED: Aug 19, 2021

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” premiered at Cannes, garnering positive word and one of the high points were actors Benicio del Toro and Jeffrey Wright. The latter has never been nominated, and if you pay attention to history, no actor from a Wes Anderson movie has ever been nominated (which is crazy, right?). Can either of the two break the curse?

It’s challenging to know who will stand out in large ensemble films (i.e., “Don’t Look Up,” “Dune,” “Tick, Tick…Boom!”) without anyone seeing it. We’re just operating on the rumor mill to try to make the best-educated guesses. The trailer for Jeymes Samuel’s “The Harder They Fall” presents a very polished, cool-looking western with Idris Elba possibly having some scenery to chew on, but it could be a leading performance, so we’ll sit tight on that. Also of note, he’s already delivered an outstanding performance in “Concrete Cowboy” earlier this year and is owed one after his snub for “Beasts of No Nation” in 2015. Corey Hawkins is said to be something special in Joel Coen’s upcoming “The Tragedy of Macbeth” as Macduff, but we won’t know until critics get eyes on it. Finally, can Benedict Wong capitalize on his Independent Spirit Awards nomination last year for “Nine Days,” or can someone like Colman Domingo receive a career-type nom for “Zola?” 

The story here is there is no frontrunner at the moment, and the race is open, so have it as Telluride, TIFF and Venice loom.

Oscar nominations voting begins on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, and will end on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. The official Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, with the ceremony taking place on Sunday, March 27, 2022.

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The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. The most awarded films in Oscar history are “Ben-Hur,” “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” at 11 statuettes. The most nominated films in Academy history are “All About Eve,” “Titanic” and “La La Land” at 14. “La La Land” is the only film of the three to have lost best picture. The biggest Oscar “losers,” meaning most nominated and walk away with zero awards, are 1977’s “The Turning Point” and 1985’s “The Color Purple” at 11 each. Walter Brennan has the most wins in this category with three, while Mahershala Ali, Michael Caine, Melvyn Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Jason Robards, Peter Ustinov and Christoph Waltz have two. The most nominations in this category are shared between seven actors – Brennan, Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall, Arthur Kennedy, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino and Claude Rains, with four apiece. Christopher Plummer distinguishes being the oldest winner ever at 82 for “Beginners” and nominee for “All the Money in the World” at 88. The youngest winner is Timothy Hutton for his debut performance at 20 for “Ordinary People,” while Justin Henry is the youngest nominee ever at eight for “Kramer vs. Kramer.”.

2022 Academy Awards Predictions

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Best Animated Feature
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling
  • Best Sound
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Original Score
  • Best Original Song
  • Best Documentary Feature
  • Best International Feature
  • Best Animated Short
  • Best Documentary Short
  • Best Live-Action Short

2021 Oscars predictions are here.

About the Academy Awards (Oscars)

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. Since 1927, nominees and winners are selected by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). 17 branches are represented within the near 10,000 person membership. The branches are actors, associates, casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, documentary, executives, film editors, makeup and hairstylists, marketing and public relations, members-at-large, members-at-large (artists’ representatives), music, producers, production design, short films and feature animation, sound, visual effects and writers.

  • The date for the 94th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2022


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