2022 Oscar Predictions


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Michelle Yeoh in Everything Everywhere All At Once

Sophia Prichard, Sr. Editor

For this article, my predictions will be what I think will win each category, not necessarily who I want to win.

Actor in a Lead Role: Austin Butler

While the internet may find his voice annoying at this point, his performance was one of the most dynamic and moving of the year. Critics will criticize Elvis, as they rightfully should, but the one thing most viewers agreed on is that Austin Butler’s Elvis almost transcended acting. He masterfully adopted each mannerism, nuance, and flaw of his character. I believe he deserves this award, and am excited to see what he does next.

Brendan Fraser could also definitely win this category, however, I’m unsure if The Whale was nearly as mainstream or successful. But if Hollywood truly seeks redemption in the story of Brendan Fraser, this award would be his.

Actor in a Supporting Role: Barry Keoghan

This category is the least confident of my picks, as most films and actors are all quite deserving. But Keoghan’s filmography and acting style are phenomenal for his age, and I thoroughly enjoy his work.

Actress in a Lead Role: Michelle Yeoh

Each year there seems to be a film that sweeps the Oscars and wins almost every category it is nominated for. 2022s will probably be Everything Everywhere All At Once, and I am so happy about it. Anyone knows that it is not only beautiful and emotional, but the acting in it is simply phenomenal.

And Michelle Yeoh takes it in this, in a tear-jerking, sensitive, and beautiful performance. Yeoh is finally getting recognition for the absolute powerhouse she is, and I am thrilled.

Actress in a Supporting Role: Angela Bassett or Stephanie Hsu

I loved Hsu in Everything Everywhere All At Once, and unfortunately have not yet seen the latest Black Panther. But in the few clips and reviews available, Angela Bassett’s performance is rather inspiring. The nature of the Supporting Role categories is much less predictable, so I have difficulty deciding who I believe will win.

Hsu especially stands out among nominees this year since her audition tape went viral on Twitter.

Animated Feature Film: Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio

The animated films of 2022 varied so much in form, tone, and style that I find it challenging to compare them, as each is so special and unique. And yet, the film I come back to is Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio. It was raw and emotional and balanced the star-studded cast without dragging.

Best Picture: Everything Everywhere All At Once

Not only was this film praised for its vulnerability, excellent casting, and general artistic qualities. The film is considered one of the best films of the year. Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Schienert, the film follows a Chinese immigrant family navigating the difficulties of generational gaps and the meaning of life.

The cast of Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, and Ke Huy Quan all play wonderfully off of one another, and the larger budget does not hinder the emotional beats. With multiple blockbusters also nominated, Everything Everywhere All At Once stands out.