Wednesday, February 9, 2022



The 2022 Oscar nominations are out. And while the book cover is not splashed with much color, what with only the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories being POC adorned, the inner pages have a good color balance.

Turning the pages, the stand-out category for me is Best Feature Documentary with all 5 nominated films having a person of color included in the nominated list. The feature documentary Writing with Fire is the first time a film from India has made it to the top 5 in this category.

Other stops I found exciting were Best Original Score - Germaine Franco for Encanto; Best International Feature - Drive My CarJapan, and Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, Bhutan; Best Live Action Short Film - Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed for The Long Goodbye. 

Read on for the full list of POC nominees in the 2022 Oscars handbook:

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role  

                 Will Smith in "King Richard"

Denzel Washington in "The Tragedy of Macbeth"

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role        

Ariana DeBose in "West Side Story"

Aunjanue Ellis in "King Richard"

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

"Raya and the Last Dragon" Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho

    "Encanto" Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino, and Clark Spencer

Best Documentary Feature

 "Writing with Fire" Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh

       "Ascension" Jessica Kingdon, Kira Simon-Kennedy, and Nathan Truesdell

     "Attica" Stanley Nelson and Traci A. Curry

     "Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)" Ahmir "Questlove"   Thompson,  Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein

     "Lead Me Home" Pedro Kos and Jon Shenk

Achievement in Costume Design

                  "West Side Story" Paul Tazewell

Best Short Documentary Short Subject

 "Three Songs for Benazir" Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei

Best International Feature Film of the Year

 "Drive My Car" Japan

 "Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom" Bhutan

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

 "Coming 2 America" Mike Marino, Stacey Morris, and Carla Farmer

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)

                    "Encanto"  Germaine Franco                 

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)

 "Be Alive" from "King Richard" Music and Lyric by DIXSON and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

 "Dos Oruguitas" from "Encanto" Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Best Motion Picture of the Year

                  "King Richard" Tim White, Trevor White and Will Smith, Producers

                  "Drive My Car" Teruhisa Yamamoto, Producer

                  "Nightmare Alley" Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale and Bradley Cooper, Producers

Best Animated Short Film

                  "Bestia" Hugo Covarrubias and Tevo Díaz

Best Live Action Short Film                        

 "The Long Goodbye" Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed             

Adapted Screenplay

 "Drive My Car" Screenplay by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe

The 94th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood & Highland® in Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

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