Indie Outlook Picks the 2022 Nominees

The more one is aware of how politicized award seasons are, the less one cares about who actually wins. Last year’s Oscar telecast was such a travesty that it left me with no appetite for any more of them. In the three consecutive years I spent covering the Academy Awards for RogerEbert.com, my goal was to keep the focus on where it should be—the work itself—and that’s what I continue to do with my annual list revealing whom I would personally nominate in each of the award season categories, including a few I made up myself, such as Best Vocal Performance. 

Racking up the most nominations this year—a grand total of eleven—is Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s marvelously creative opus “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” which was a triumph in every department. Earning nine nominations is Todd Field’s cinematic gift that keeps on giving, “TÁR,” followed by my top film of 2022, Audrey Diwan’s “Happening,” and Justin Kurzel’s career-best achievement, “Nitram,” which each earned seven nominations apiece. Lukas Dhont’s exceptionally cast “Close” received six nods, while Sophie Hyde’s exhilarating study of a sexual awakening, “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande,” Ti West’s horror masterwork, “Pearl,” and Jamie Dack’s shattering Sundance prize-winner, “Palm Trees and Power Lines,” all earned five nominations each.

Five films received a total of four nods apiece: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s achingly personal dreamscape, “Bardo: False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths,” Mamoru Hosoda’s animated marvel, “Belle,” Rian Johnson’s enormously entertaining crowd-pleaser, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” the stunning stop-motion adaptation of “Pinocchio” from directors Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson, and Sarah Polley’s magnificent ensemble piece, “Women Talking.” Also be sure to stick around for the twelve special mentions at the end of this list, which honor such achievements as Best Tour de Force in Front Of and Behind the Camera.

And the nominees are…

BEST PICTURE

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

Nitram

Palm Trees and Power Lines

TÁR

BEST FOREIGN FILM

Bardo: False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

Close

Happening

Vortex

You Resemble Me

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Bad Axe

Let the Little Light Shine

Lynch/Oz

Mama’s Boy

Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America

BEST ANIMATED FILM

Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood

Belle

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Mad God

Turning Red

BEST SHORT FILM

Essentials

Fontis Nympha

My Summer Vacation

My Year of Dicks

September

BEST DIRECTOR

Lukas Dhont, “Close”

Audrey Diwan, “Happening”

Todd Field, “TÁR”

Sophie Hyde, “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande”

Justin Kurzel, “Nitram”

BEST ACTOR

Dario Argento, “Vortex”

Brendan Fraser, “The Whale”

Caleb Landry Jones, “Nitram”

Daryl McCormack, “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande”

Jeremy Pope, “The Inspection”

BEST ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett, “TÁR”

Essie Davis, “The Justice of Bunny King”

Mia Goth, “X” and “Pearl”

Emma Thompson, “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande”

Anamaria Vartolomei, “Happening”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Colin Farrell, “The Batman”

Francis Guinan, “Relative”

Kakhi Kavsadze, “Brighton 4th”

Barry Keoghan, “The Banshees of Inisherin”

Jonathan Tucker, “Palm Trees and Power Lines”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Jessie Buckley, “Women Talking”

Judy Davis, “Nitram”

Émilie Dequenne, “Close”

Thomasin McKenzie, “The Justice of Bunny King”

Elizabeth Stam, “Relative”

BEST ENSEMBLE

Everything Everywhere All At Once

The Fabelmans

Happening

Relative

Women Talking

BEST DEBUT PERFORMANCE

Hunter Bryant, “Provo”

Gracija Filipović, “Murina”

Sofia Kappel, “Pleasure”

Lily McInerny, “Palm Trees and Power Lines”

Malek Rahbani, “Jacir”

BEST ACTOR UNDER 18

Eden Dambrine, “Close”

Gustav De Waele, “Close”

Kate Hallett, “Women Talking”

Lumi Pollack, “The Fallout”

Siiri Solalinna, “Hatching”

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE

David Bradley, “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio”

Rosalie Chiang, “Turning Red”

Kylie McNeill, “Belle”

Jenny Slate, “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On”

Brie Tilton, “My Year of Dicks”

BEST CAMEO

Cate Blanchett, “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio”

Sylvia Flote, “TÁR”

Angela Lansbury & Stephen Sondheim, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”

David Lynch, “The Fabelmans”

Devin Ratray, “Kimi”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Katy Brand, “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande”

Lukas Dhont & Angelo Tijdens, “Close”

Todd Field, “TÁR”

Shaun Grant, “Nitram”

Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, “Everything Everywhere All At Once”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Jamie Dack & Audrey Findlay, “Palm Trees and Power Lines”

Audrey Diwan & Marcia Romano, “Happening”

Mia Goth & Ti West, “Pearl”

Rian Johnson, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”

Sarah Polley, “Women Talking”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Chananun Chotrungroj, “Palm Trees and Power Lines”

Florian Hoffmeister, “TÁR”

Darius Khondji, “Bardo: False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths”

Hélène Louvart, “Murina”

Laurent Tangy, “Happening”

BEST EDITING

Bob Ducsay, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”

Nick Fenton, “Nitram”

David Lawrence, “Lynch/Oz”

Paul Rogers, “Everything Everywhere All At Once”

Monika Willi, “TÁR”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Ruth E. Carter, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”

Shirley Kurata, “Everything Everywhere All At Once”

Catherine Martin, “Elvis”

Sandy Powell, “Mothering Sunday”

Malgosia Turzanska, “Pearl”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Rossitsa Bakeva, “Barbarian”

Hannah Beachler, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”

Eugenio Caballero, “Bardo: False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths”

Rick Heinrichs, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”

Jason Kisvarday, “Everything Everywhere All At Once”

BEST SCORE

Yûta Bandoh, Ludvig Forssell, Miho Hazama & Taisei Iwasaki, “Belle”

Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury, “Men”

Tyler Bates & Tim Williams, “Pearl”

Hildur Guðnadóttir, “TÁR”

Son Lux, “Everything Everywhere All At Once”

BEST SONG

“Everything is New to Me” from “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio”

“Hot Girl” from “Bodies Bodies Bodies”

“Lend Me Your Voice” from “Belle”

“Life Can Be So Delicious” from “Everything Everywhere All At Once”

“(Nothing Like the Coffee) At the Automat” from “The Automat”

BEST SOUND

Bardo: False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

Elvis

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Nitram

TÁR

BEST MAKEUP

The Batman

The Eternal Daughter

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Men

X

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Avatar: The Way of Water

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Happening

Top Gun: Maverick

You Resemble Me

Twelve Special Mentions

BEST OVERALL YEAR

Jenna Ortega in “The Fallout,” “Scream,” “X” and “Wednesday”

BEST TOUR DE FORCE IN FRONT OF AND BEHIND THE CAMERA

Emma Thatcher, “Provo”

BEST SCENE-STEALER

Rachel Sennott, “Bodies Bodies Bodies”

BEST CHANNELING OF A LIVING ICON 

Taylor Henderson, “Hocus Pocus 2”

BEST DOCUSERIES

The Last Movie Stars

BEST CRINGE-INDUCING COMEDY

I Love My Dad

BEST MADE FOR TV HISTORICAL PORTRAIT

Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches

BEST MADE FOR TV HORROR FILM

The Murmuring

BEST BELATED THEATRICAL RELEASE

The Worst Person in the World

BEST FINAL SHOT

Pearl

MOST OVERUSED LINE

“I see you” in “Avatar: The Way of Water”

WORST FILM OF THE YEAR

Disney’s Pinocchio

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