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The Circuit’s 94th Oscars Nominations

As the calendar races towards February, it’s time to start looking towards the Academy Awards! From Best Picture to Best Original Song, there are 23 prestigious awards up for grabs this spring.

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Before we dive into all the nominations, I need to be clear about this piece; these are my nominations. These are not what I think the nominations will be. I will be writing another article after the official nominations are released on February 8th predicting all the winners. But for now, these are the nominations I would make if I were the sole voting member of the Academy. (bolded names indicates who I would vote for to win)

Best Picture Nominees:



West Side Story

The Power of the Dog

King Richard

Licorice Pizza

Nightmare Alley


Don’t Look Up

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Best Director Nominees:

Steven Spielberg (West Side Story)

Kenneth Branagh (Belfast)

Denis Villeneuve (Dune)

Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog)

Sian Hader (CODA)

Best Actor Nominees:

Andrew Garfield (Tick…Tick…Boom!)

Will Smith (King Richard)

Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog)

Denzel Washington (Tragedy of Macbeth)

Nicholas Cage (Pig)

Best Actress Nominees:

Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos)

Kristen Stewart (Spencer)

Rachel Zegler (West Side Story)

Emelia Jones (Coda)

Lady Gaga (House of Gucci)

Best Supporting Actor Nominees:

Kodi-Smit McPhee (The Power of the Dog)

Jared Leto (House of Gucci)

Bradley Cooper (Licorice Pizza)

Jamie Dornan (Belfast)

JK Simmons (Being the Ricardos)

Best Supporting Actress Nominees:

Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog)

Ariana DeBose (West Side Story)

Meryl Streep (Don’t Look Up)

Caitriona Balfe (Belfast)

Cate Blanchett (Nightmare Alley)

Best Cinematography Nominees:

Greg Fraser (Dune)

Bruno Delbonnel (Tragedy of Macbeth)

Haris Zambarloukos (Belfast)

Janusz Kaminski (West Side Story)

Dan Lautsen (Nightmare Alley)

Best Production Design Nominees:


Nightmare Alley

Tragedy of Macbeth

West Side Story


Best Original Screenplay Nominees:

Kenneth Branagh (Belfast)

Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza)

Zach Baylin (King Richard)

Aaron Sorkin (Being the Ricardos)

Adam McKay (Don’t Look Up)

Best Adapted Screenplay Nominees:

Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog)

Denis Villeneuve (Dune)

Guillermo del Toro (Nightmare Alley)

Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Lost Daughter)

Sian Heder (Coda)

Best Animated Feature Nominees:



Sing 2

The Mitchells vs. The Machines


Best Animated Short Nominees:


Us Again

Robin Robin


The Musician

Best International Feature Nominees:

Drive My Car (Japan)

The Worst Person in the World (Norway)

Flee (Denmark)

I’m Your Man (Germany)

The Hand of God (Italy)

Best Documentary Feature Nominees:


Summer of Soul

The Velvet Underground

The Rescue


Best Documentary Short Nominees:


The Queen of Basketball

When We Were Bullies

The Facility

Terror Contagion

Best Live Action Short Nominees:

The Long Goodbye

When the Sun Sets

Under the Heavens

You’re Dead Helen

Censor of Dreams

Best Costume Design Nominees:

Paul Tazwell (West Side Story)

Luis Sequeira (Nightmare Alley)

Jenny Beavan (Cruella)

Jacqueline West (Dune)

Janty Yates (House of Gucci)

Best Editing Nominees:

Peter Sciberras (The Power of the Dog)

Una Ni Dhonghaile (Belfast)

Sarah Broshar (West Side Story)

Geraud Brisson (Coda)

Myron Kerstein (Tick…Tick…Boom!)

Best Makeup & Hairstyling Nominees:

House of Gucci


The Suicide Squad

The Eyes of Tammy Faye


Best Sound Nominees:


West Side Story

No Time to Die

Spider-Man: No Way Home

A Quiet Place Part II

Best Visual Effects Nominees:

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings


Free Guy

Godzilla vs. Kong

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Best Original Score Nominees:

Hans Zimmer (Dune)

Hans Zimmer (No Time to Die)

Jonny Greenwood (The Power of the Dog)

Nicholas Britell (Don’t Look Up)

Alexandre Sesplat (French Dispatch)

Best Original Song Nominees:

Billie Eilish- No Time to Die (No Time to Die)

Lin-Manuel Miranda- Dos Oruguitas (Encanto)

Nicholas Britell- Just Look Up (Don’t Look Up)

Jennifer Hudson- Here I Am (Respect)

Bono- Your Song Save My Life (Sing 2)

Total Nominations (Wins)

Dune- 10 (3)

West Side Story- 9 (4)

The Power of the Dog- 8 (2)

Belfast- 8 (1)

Nightmare Alley- 6

Don’t Look Up- 5 (1)

Coda- 5

House of Gucci- 4

Being the Ricardos- 3 (1)

Spider-Man: No Way Home- 3

Licorice Pizza- 3

King Richard- 3

Tragedy of Macbeth- 3

No Time to Die- 3

Flee- 3

Tick…Tick…Boom!- 2 (1)

Cruella- 2 (1)

Encanto- 2 (1)

Sing 2- 2

A Quiet Place Part II- 1 (1)

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings- 1 (1)

The Eyes of Tammy Faye- 1 (1)

Drive My Car- 1 (1)

Namoo- 1 (1)

Summer of Soul- 1 (1)

The Long Goodbye- 1 (1)

Terror Contagion- 1 (1)

Pig- 1

Spencer- 1

The Lost Daughter- 1

The Suicide Squad- 1

The Suicide Squad- 1

Godzilla vs. Kong- 1

Free Guy- 1

The French Dispatch- 1

Respect- 1

The Hand of God- 1

The Worst Person in the World- 1

I’m Your Man- 1

Luca- 1

The Mitchells vs. The Machines- 1

Us Again- 1

Robin Robin- 1

Bestia- 1

The Musician- 1

The Velvet Underground- 1

The Rescue- 1

Attica- 1

Audible- 1

The Queen of Basketball- 1

The Facility- 1

When We Were Bullies- 1

When the Sun Sets- 1

Under the Heavens- 1

You’re Dead Helen- 1

Censor of Drama- 1

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