Oscars 2022 predictions: Who will win the ‘Big Five’?

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The 2022 Oscars take place later this month on March 27 and for moviegoers, it’s like our Super Bowl. The program lasts about three hours and awards films that premiered in 2021. Here are the predictions for the “Big Five” categories.

Best Picture

Best Picture is probably the biggest prize of the night, as a movie gets the honor of being named Best Picture of the Year. There are a total of 10 nominees, but only one will win the Oscar.

After winning big at the SAG Awards last February, “CODA” is currently the frontrunner for Best Picture. It stars Emilia Jones, Tony Kotsur, Daniel Durant and Marlee Matlin.

Available to stream on Apple TV+, “CODA” follows Ruby as she navigates life and her future while being the only hearing person in her family. She works mornings before school to help the family business, but after joining her high school choir, she begins to consider going to Berklee College of Music.

Ruby must choose between staying home to keep the family business afloat or continuing it dream of music.

Best Director

For this category, we see Jane Champion and Steven Spielberg again competing for the Oscar, just as they did at the 67th Academy Awards with their films “The Piano” and “Schindler’s List”. Spielberg won that year, but it looks like Champion could win this year.

Champion directed “The Power of the Dog” with Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Champion is currently the only woman to have been nominated for Best Director twice.

“The Power of the Dog” is a Western drama and deals with themes of love, jealousy, heartbreak, and sexuality. It follows rancher Phil Burbank, played by Cumberbatch, as he cares for his brother who brings home his new wife and son. He tries to keep his distance because he is not open to the possibility of love.

Best actor

After winning the SAG Award for Male Actor in a Leading Role, Will Smith is well on his way to winning the Oscar for Best Actor. This is the third time Smith has been nominated for Best Actor, but he has yet to win an Oscar.

Smith stars in “King Richard” alongside Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton and Tony Goldwyn. The film tells the story of Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena Williams, and his plan to make them the tennis superstars they are today.

Best Actress

While it might look like Kristen Stewart could take home the Oscar for her portrayal of Princess Diana in ‘Spencer,’ Jessica Chastain, fresh off her SAG win for Actress in a Leading Role, should take home the award for Best actress.

Chastain stars in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” with Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones, Mark Wystrach and Vincent D’Onofrio. The film looks at the life of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, the rise and fall of her career, and her marriage to Jim Bakker.

This is Chastain’s third nomination and could be her first Oscar win.

Best Screenplay

Best Screenplay is split into two subcategories of Original and Adapted as they go to two different movies.

Kenneth Branagh is set to win the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for ‘Belfast,’ which he also directed. The film stars Jamie Dornan, Jude Hill, Caitriona Balfe and Judi Dench.

“Belfast” is a coming-of-age drama following Buddy’s childhood in Northern Ireland at the start of The Troubles in 1969.

Jane Champion, writer and director of ‘The Power of the Dog,’ is set to win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film is based on a novel of the same name.