For the first time since 2018, the Academy Awards will have a host. Three of them, actually. Actresses/comedians Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Sykes will host this year’s ceremony and now, more than ever, we could use some laughs.
As a gradual return to normalcy following the COVID-19 pandemic, the Academy Awards seems to be slowly making its way back to its February showing, this year’s ceremony hosted in March as opposed to last year’s April. Films eligible for this year’s ceremony include those released from March 1, 2021 to the end of the year. The nominees this year see a number of firsts – The Power of the Dog becomes the first film directed by a woman to receive more than ten nominations and Drive My Car becomes the first Japanese film nominated for Best Picture – and we’re optimistic this year’s Academy Awards will be one to remember.
For each of the award categories, we provide a brief description of the nominees and our prediction. As in previous years, we also choose our own nominees and recognize films that have made an impression on ourselves during the past year in these designated categories.
We hope our guide will shine light on the nominated qualities recognized in these films or even assist in making your own predictions for the 94th Academy Awards, celebrated March 27th.
Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography- page 2
Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best International Feature Film- page 3
Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Screenplay- page 4
Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Animated Feature Film, and Best Animated Short Film- page 5
Best Documentary- Feature, Best Documentary- Short and Best Live Action Short Film- page 6
Best Original Score, Best Original Song, and Best Sound- page 7
Best Film Editing and Best Visual Effects- page 8
Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design- page 9
If We Chose the Nominees…- page 10
Predictions Summary- page 11