Paris, 2022-03-27 12:40:00. Oscars 2022: Here are the films expected to win big prizes
Starring some of Hollywood’s brightest stars, including Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst, the western psychological drama, Dog Power, is expected to be a big hitter at this year’s Academy Awards, with 12 nominations.
However, film critic Richard Krause expects the most sought-after statue of the night to be submitted to “Cuda” for the best picture. “CODA,” short for Deaf Adult Children, is a coming-of-age comedy about a teenage girl named Ruby, the only deaf member of a deaf family in Massachusetts.
“I think it’s going to be CODA’s year for disturbing the ‘Power of the Dog’ train that seems to have been going all the way during awards season,” Krause told CTV News on Sunday before the Oscars. “Every year there’s a movie that comes out of nowhere, and all of a sudden, everyone’s talking about it the next day, and I think CODA is going to be that movie this year.”
Ahead of Hollywood’s biggest night, Crouse also shared his predictions for who’s going to take some hardware home for the rest of the top categories at the party.
Krause said Jessica Chastain was the best actress in the Best Actress category for the win. As she started awards season as an underdog, her performance in “The Eyes of Tami Fay” quickly gained momentum, he said, and won Best Actress at the Screen Actors Guild Awards last month.
“When you use the algorithm, the Oscars algorithm, which is simply looking at who has won what has been won over the course of an awards season, it is the number one winner here,” Krause said.
This image published by Searchlight Pictures shows Andrew Garfield as Jim Packer, center, and Jessica Chastain as Tami Faye Packer in a scene from “The Eyes of Tami Fay.” (Scout photo via AP)
“The Eyes of Tammy Faye” is a romantic drama that tells the story of the rise, fall and redemption of TV model Tammy Faye Packer. Nicole Kidman and Kristen Stewart offer some fierce competition in this category for their roles in “Being the Ricardos” and “Spencer” respectively. Other nominees include Olivia Colman, “The Lost Daughter” and Penelope Cruz, “Parallel Mothers.”
Among the nominees for Best Actor, Krause sees the award going to Will Smith for his role in King Richard. After losing a Best Actor award in 2002 for his portrayal of boxer Muhammad Ali, Cross expects that nomination to end with a knockout win for Smith’s talented performance.
“Richard Williams was someone who went his own way and made decisions that often seemed inexplicable, and you can’t always understand his motives,” Krause said. “So I needed an actor who would bring the weight of a real movie star [and] The charisma of a real movie star for keeping us aware of this character all the time, and Will Smith does.”
“King Richard” is a biographical sports drama about Richard Williams and his two daughters, tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams. Smith is up against some big names for the award, including Javier Bardem for “Being the Ricardos,” Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Power of the Dog,” and Andrew Gardield for “Tick, Tick…Boom!” Denzel Washington on The Tragedy of Macbeth.
This image was published by Warner Bros. The photos show Will Smith in a scene from the movie “King Richard”. (Warner Bros. photos via AP)
For Best Supporting Actress, Krause expects the winner to be Ariana DeBose for her performance in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story directed and co-produced. DeBose plays Anita in the film, a role that also won an Academy Award for actress Rita Moreno in 1962.
“There’s a bit of history on the side of it,” Krause said. “[And] She’s great in the movie. She can sing, dance, act – she’s a trifecta there.”
Other nominees in this category include Jesse Buckley for “The Lost Daughter”, Judi Dench for “Belfast”, Kirsten Dunst for “The Power of the Dog” and Onjano Ellis for “King Richard”.
For Best Supporting Actor, Crouse expects Kodi Smit-McPhee from “The Power of the Dog” to take the statue home.
“He’s one of the only characters in the movie that you can really understand their motivation behind what they’re doing,” Krause said.
Also nominated in the same category was Jesse Plemons for his performance in “The Power of the Dog”, Kiaran Hinds for “Belfast”, Troy Kotsur for “CODA” and JK Simmons for “Being the Ricardos”.
The 94th Academy Awards are expected to return to their original form this year, with the red carpet rolled out at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theater for the first time since 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Last year has been very bleak, and it has been an epidemic show,” Krause said. “I didn’t feel like the Oscars were supposed to feel, and it’s kind of fun, kind of petty [and] Glamorous. It’s where we can see Hollywood on its biggest night.”
This image released by Apple TV+ shows Troy Kotsur, left, and Marley Matlin in a scene from the movie “CODA.” (Apple TV + via AP)
However, the awards appear with a number of changes, including the removal of several awards that are expected to result in a shorter broadcast. The event will also be led by three hosts, comedians Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall, who are each expected to run the show for one hour.
“I hope that works and keeps him on the right track,” Krause said. “It’s important to conserve energy, and that’s what’s been missing in the last year.”
This year’s Academy Awards telecast will begin at 8 p.m. EST.
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