Tracking the top Oscars contenders for 2022

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It's time to get serious about predicting the top contenders for the Oscars 2022 ceremony. As critics groups and Academy Awards precursors deem the best films of the year in the weeks ahead, we'll keep tabs on who's winning (or losing) what in the hunt. Updating as the year progresses, check back with EW's Oscars scoreboard below to find out which players are making strides in the race, and which contenders are hanging on by a prayer (in the name of the Father, Son, and House of Gucci) throughout awards season.

Awards bodies tracked so far:

Awardist Scoreboard
Awardist Scoreboard

Chiabella James/Warner Bros.; Glen Wilson/Amazon Studios; Niko Tavernise/20th Century Studios Will Smith, Nicole Kidman, and Ariana DeBose are the top Oscars contenders.

Contenders for Best Picture

1. Belfast
Best Picture (or equivalent) wins: TIFF People's Choice Award, PSIFF Vanguard Award, AFI Special Award
Best Picture (or equivalent) nominations: NBR Top 10, Golden Globes (Drama), Critics Choice, SAG ensemble

2. The Power of the Dog
Best Picture (or equivalent) wins: VIFF Silver Lion, AFI Top 10, Golden Globes (Drama)
Best Picture (or equivalent) nominations: TIFF People's Choice Award runner-up, Critics Choice

3. King Richard
Best Picture (or equivalent) wins: AFI Top 10
Best Picture (or equivalent) nominations: NBR Top 10, Golden Globes (Drama), Critics Choice, SAG ensemble

4. West Side Story
Best Picture (or equivalent) wins: AFI Top 10, Golden Globes (Musical/Comedy)
Best Picture (or equivalent) nominations: NBR Top 10, Critics Choice

5. CODA
Best Picture (or equivalent) wins: Sundance Grand Jury Prize, AFI Top 10
Best Picture (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes (Drama), Critics Choice, SAG ensemble

6. Licorice Pizza
Best Picture (or equivalent) wins: NBR, AFI Top 10
Best Picture (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes (Musical/Comedy), Critics Choice

7. Don't Look Up
Best Picture (or equivalent) wins: AFI Top 10
Best Picture (or equivalent) nominations: NBR Top 10, Golden Globes (Musical/Comedy), Critics Choice, SAG ensemble

8. Dune
Best Picture (or equivalent) wins: AFI Top 10
Best Picture (or equivalent) nominations: NBR Top 10, Golden Globes (Drama), Critics Choice

9. Tick, Tick... Boom!
Best Picture (or equivalent) wins: AFT Top 10
Best Picture (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes (Musical/Comedy), Critics Choice

10. Nightmare Alley
Best Picture (or equivalent) wins: AFI Top 10
Best Picture (or equivalent) nominations: NBR Top 10, Critics Choice

11. The Tragedy of Macbeth
Best Picture (or equivalent) wins: AFI Top 10
Best Picture (or equivalent) nominations: NBR Top 10

12. Drive My Car
Best Picture (or equivalent) wins: NYFCC, Gotham Awards (International)
Best Picture (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

13. The Lost Daughter
Best Picture (or equivalent) wins: Gotham Awards
Best Picture (or equivalent) nominations: Indie Spirits

14. Red Rocket
Best Picture (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Picture (or equivalent) nominations: NBR Top 10

15. The Last Duel
Best Picture (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Picture (or equivalent) nominations: NBR Top 10

Belfast
Belfast

Rob Youngson/Focus Features Caitriona Balfe in 'Belfast.'

Contenders for Best Director

1. Jane Campion — The Power of the Dog
Best Director (or equivalent) wins: PSIFF Director of the Year Award, Golden Globes
Best Director (or equivalent) nominations: Critics Choice

3. Kenneth Branagh — Belfast
Best Director (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Director (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes, Critics Choice

3. Steven Spielberg — West Side Story
Best Director (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Director (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes, Critics Choice

4. Maggie Gyllenhaal — The Lost Daughter
Best Director (or equivalent) wins: Gotham Awards (Breakthrough)
Best Director (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes, Indie Spirits

5. Denis Villeneuge — Dune
Best Director (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Director (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes, Critics Choice

6. Paul Thomas Anderson — Licorice Pizza
Best Director (or equivalent) wins: NBR
Best Director (or equivalent) nominations: Critics Choice

7. Guillermo del Toro — Nightmare Alley
Best Director (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Director (or equivalent) nominations: Critics Choice

The Power of the Dog
The Power of the Dog

KIRSTY GRIFFIN/NETFLIX Jane Campion directs 'The Power of the Dog.'

Contenders for Best Actor

1. Will Smith — King Richard
Best Actor (or equivalent) wins: SBIFF Outstanding Performer of the Year, NBR, Golden Globes (Drama)
Best Actor (or equivalent) nominations: Critics Choice, SAG

2. Andrew Garfield — Tick, Tick… Boom!
Best Actor (or equivalent) wins: PSIFF Desert Palm Achievement Award, Golden Globes (Musical/Comedy)
Best Actor (or equivalent) nominations: Critics Choice, SAG

3. Benedict Cumberbatch — The Power of the Dog
Best Actor (or equivalent) wins: TIFF Tribute Actor, NYFCC
Best Actor (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes (Drama), Critics Choice, SAG

4. Denzel Washington — The Tragedy of Macbeth
Best Actor (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Actor (or equivalent) nominations:
Golden Globes (Drama), Critics Choice, SAG

5. Javier Bardem — Being the Ricardos
Best Actor (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Actor (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes (Drama), SAG

6. Peter Dinklage — Cyrano
Best Actor (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Actor (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes (Musical/Comedy), Critics Choice

7. Mahershala Ali — Swan Song
Best Actor (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Actor (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes (Drama)

8. Leonardo DiCaprio — Don't Look Up
Best Actor (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Actor (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes (Musical/Comedy)

9. Joaquin Phoenix — C'mon C'mon
Best Actor (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Actor (or equivalent) nominations: Gotham Awards

10. Cooper Hoffman — Licorice Pizza
Best Actor (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Actor (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes (Musical/Comedy)

11. Anthony Ramos — In the Heights
Best Actor (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Actor (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes (Musical/Comedy)

12. Nicolas Cage — Pig
Best Actor (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Actor (or equivalent) nominations: Critics Choice

13. Simon Rex — Red Rocket
Best Actor (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Actor (or equivalent) nominations: Gotham Awards

KING RICHARD
KING RICHARD

Warner Bros. Pictures

Contenders for Best Actress

1. Nicole Kidman — Being the Ricardos
Best Actress (or equivalent) wins: PSIFF Career Achievement Award, Golden Globes (Drama)
Best Actress (or equivalent) nominations: Critics Choice, SAG

2. Lady Gaga — House of Gucci
Best Actress (or equivalent) wins: NYFCC, PSIFF Icon Award
Best Actress (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes (Drama), Critics Choice, SAG

3. Jessica Chastain — The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Best Actress (or equivalent) wins: TIFF Tribute Actor, PSIFF Desert Palm Achievement Award
Best Actress (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes (Drama), Critics Choice, SAG

4. Olivia Colman — The Lost Daughter
Best Actress (or equivalent) wins: Gotham Awards
Best Actress (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes (Drama), Critics Choice, SAG

5. Jennifer Hudson — Respect
Best Actress (or equivalent) wins: PSIFF Chairman's Award
Best Actress (or equivalent) nominations: SAG

6. Kristen Stewart — Spencer
Best Actress (or equivalent) wins: PSIFF Spotlight Award
Best Actress (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes (Drama), Critics Choice

7. Rachel Zegler — West Side Story
Best Actress (or equivalent) wins: NBR, Golden Globes (Musical/Comedy)
Best Actress (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

8. Alana Haim — Licorice Pizza
Best Actress (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Actress (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes (Musical/Comedy), Critics Choice

9. Penélope Cruz — Parallel Mothers
Best Actress (or equivalent) wins: PSIFF International Star Award, VIFF Volpi Cup
Best Actress (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

10. Jennifer Lawrence — Don't Look Up
Best Actress (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Actress (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes (Musical/Comedy)

11. Tessa Thompson — Passing
Best Actress (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Actress (or equivalent) nominations: Gotham Awards

12. Marion Cotillard — Annette
Best Actress (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Actress (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes (Musical/Comedy)

13. Emma Stone — Cruella
Best Actress (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Actress (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes (Musical/Comedy)

Being The Ricardos
Being The Ricardos

Glen Wilson/Amazon Studios Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball in 'Being the Ricardos.'

Contenders for Best Supporting Actor

1. Kodi Smit-McPhee — The Power of the Dog
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) wins: NYFCC, Golden Globes
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) nominations: Critics Choice, SAG

2. Troy Kotsur — CODA
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) wins: Gotham Awards
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes, Critics Choice, Indie Spirits, SAG

3. Ben Affleck — The Tender Bar
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes, SAG

4. Jared Leto — House of Gucci
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) nominations: Critics Choice, SAG

5. Jamie Dornan — Belfast
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes, Critics Choice

6. Ciarán Hinds — Belfast
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) wins: NBR
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes, Critics Choice

7. Bradley Cooper — Licorice Pizza
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) nominations: SAG

8. J.K. Simmons — Being the Ricardos
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Supporting Actor (or equivalent) nominations: Critics Choice

The Power of the Dog
The Power of the Dog

KIRSTY GRIFFIN/NETFLIX Kodi Smit-McPhee in 'The Power of the Dog'

Contenders for Best Supporting Actress

1. Ariana DeBose — West Side Story
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) wins: Golden Globes
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) nominations: Critics Choice, SAG

2. Caitríona Balfe — Belfast
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes, Critics Choice, SAG

3. Kirsten Dunst — The Power of the Dog
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes, Critics Choice, SAG

4. Ruth Negga — Passing
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) nominations: Gotham Awards, Golden Globes, Indie Spirits, SAG

5. Aunjanue Ellis — King Richard
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) wins: SBIFF Outstanding Performer of the Year, NBR
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) nominations: Golden Globes, Critics Choice

6. Cate Blanchett — Nightmare Alley
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) nominations: SAG

7. Kathryn Hunter — The Tragedy of Macbeth
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) wins: NYFCC
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) nominations: N/A

8. Jessie Buckley — The Lost Daughter
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) nominations: Gotham Awards, Indie Spirits

9. Rita Moreno — West Side Story
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) nominations: Critics Choice

10. Ann Dowd — Mass
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) nominations: Critics Choice

11. Marlee Matlin — CODA
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) nominations: Gotham Awards

12. Gaby Hoffman — C'mon C'mon
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) wins: N/A
Best Supporting Actress (or equivalent) nominations: Gotham Awards

West Side Story
West Side Story

Niko Tavernise/20th Century Studios

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