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Predictions For The 2022 Oscars: Best Actor:

Commentary On Awards Prediction: Will Smith lost his first Oscar nomination for “Ali” to Denzel Washington for “Training Day” 20 years ago, and the two greatest superstars might face off again, depending on early word on “King Richard” and “The Tragedy of Macbeth.” It won’t be easy since Andrew Garfield is a sight to behold in “tick, tick… Boom,” and Benedict Cumberbatch might be in the running for “The Power of the Dog” or “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain.” The Oscar nomination voting period begins on Thursday, January 27, 2022, and ends on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. The official Academy Awards nominations will be revealed on February 8, 2022, with the ceremony taking place on March 27, 2022.

All Awards Finalists & Rankings:

Predictions For The 2022 Oscars: Best Actor

A ranked list of films and actors nominated for Academy Awards in 2022. All information and publication dates are subject to change.

1 Will Smith King Richard Warner Bros 11/19/2021
2 Andrew Garfield tick, tick…Boom! Netflix 11/12/2021
3 Denzel Washington The Tragedy of Macbeth A24 TBA
4 Benedict Cumberbatch The Power of the Dog Netflix TBA
5 Clifton Collins, Jr. Jockey Sony Pictures Classics TBA
NEXT IN LINE:
6 Leonardo DiCaprio Don’t Look Up Netflix TBA
7 Javier Bardem Being the Ricardos Amazon Studios TBA
8 Nicolas Cage Pig Neon 7/16/2021
9 Peter Dinklage Cyrano United Artists Releasing/MGM 12/24/2021
10 Simon Rex Red Rocket A24 TBA
OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS:
11 Matt Damon Stillwater Focus Features 7/30/2021
12 Adam Driver House of Gucci United Artists Releasing/MGM 11/24/2021
13 Bradley Cooper Nightmare Alley Searchlight Pictures 12/3/2021
14 Joaquin Phoenix C’mon C’mon A24 TBA
15 Udo Kier Swan Song Magnolia Pictures 8/6/2021
16 Riz Ahmed Encounter Amazon Studios TBA
17 Justin Chon Blue Bayou Focus Features 9/17/2021
18 Winston Duke Nine Days Sony Pictures Classics 7/30/2021
19 Oscar Isaac The Card Counter Focus Features 9/10/2021
20 Jake Gyllenhaal The Guilty Netflix TBA
ALSO IN CONTENTION:
21 Benedict Cumberbatch The Electrical Life of Louis Wain Amazon Studios TBA
22 Jonathan Majors The Harder They Fall Netflix TBA
23 Cooper Hoffman Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Film United Artists Releasing/MGM 11/26/2021
24 Jude Hill Belfast Focus Features 11/12/2021
25 Mahershala Ali Swan Song Apple TV Plus TBA
26 Michael B. Jordan A Journal for Jordan Sony Pictures 12/22/2021
27 Timothée Chalamet Dune Warner Bros 10/1/2021
28 Amir Jadidi A Hero Amazon Studios TBA
29 Adam Driver Annette Amazon Studios 7/6/2021
30 Anthony Ramos In the Heights Warner Bros 6/11/2021
OTHER POSSIBILITIES:
31 Clint Eastwood Cry Macho Warner Bros 10/22/2021
32 Ben Platt Dear Evan Hansen Universal Pictures 9/24/2021
33 Zachary Levi American Underdog Lionsgate 12/10/2021
34 Tye Sheridan The Tender Bar Amazon Studios TBA
35 Toni Servillo The Hand of God Netflix TBA
36 Matt Damon The Last Duel 20th Century Studios 10/15/2021
37 Dev Patel The Green Knight A24 7/30/2021
38 Tim Roth Bergman Island IFC Films TBA
39 Eric Bana The Dry IFC Films 5/21/2021
40 Ed Helms Together Together Bleecker Street 4/23/2021
UNRANKED LISTING:
— Andrew Garfield Mainstream IFC Films 5/7/2021
— Andrew Garfield The Eyes of Tammy Faye Searchlight Pictures 9/17/2021
— Ansel Elgort West Side Story 20th Century Studios 12/10/2021
— Benedict Cumberbatch The Courier Lionsgate 3/19/2021
— Christoph Waltz Georgetown Vertical Entertainment 5/14/2021
— Clayne Crawford The Killing of Two Lovers Neon 5/14/2021
— Daniel Craig No Time to Die United Artists Releasing/MGM 10/8/2021
— Don Cheadle No Sudden Move HBO Max 6/18/2021
— Eddie Murphy Coming 2 America Amazon Studios 3/5/2021
— Jim Broadbent The Duke Sony Pictures Classics TBA
— John Leguizamo Dark Blood FilmRise 9/10/2021
— Keanu Reeves The Matrix Resurrections Warner Bros 12/22/2021
— Max Harwood Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Amazon Studios 9/17/2021
— Michael C. Hall John and the Hole IFC Films 8/6/2021
— Michael Gandolfini The Many Saints of Newark Warner Bros 9/24/2021
— Michael Keaton Worth Netflix 9/3/2021
— Numan Acar The Way of the Wind No U.S. Distribution TBA
— Ryan Reynolds Free Guy 20th Century Studios 8/13/2021
— Simu Liu Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Marvel Studios 9/3/2021
— Tom Cruise Top Gun: Maverick Paramount Pictures 11/19/2021
— Tom Hanks Finch Apple TV Plus TBA
— Tom Hardy Venom: Let There Be Carnage Sony Pictures 10/15/2021
— Tom Holland Spider-Man: No Way Home Sony Pictures 12/17/2021
— Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Candyman Universal Pictures 8/27/2021

History Of The Award Categories (Best Actor):

The Academy Awards, or Oscars, are Hollywood’s most prestigious creative awards in the film business. With 11 statuettes, “Ben-Hur,” “Titanic,” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” are the most awarded films in Oscar history. At 14, “All About Eve,” “Titanic,” and “La La Land” have received the most Academy Award nominations. “La La Land” is the only one of the three that did not win best picture. “The Turning Point” (1977) and “The Color Purple” (1985) are the largest Oscar “losers,” meaning they were nominated for the most Oscars but received none. Daniel Day-Lewis has three victories in this category, followed by Marlon Brando, Gary Cooper, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Fredric March, Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, and Spencer Tracy, all of whom have two. Tracy and Sir Laurence Olivier have received the most nominations in this category, both with nine. At 82, Anthony Hopkins is the oldest winner and nominee ever for “The Father,” having just surpassed Henry Fonda for “On Golden Pond” and Richard Farnsworth for “The Straight Story.” Adrien Brody, at 29, is the youngest winner of “The Pianist,” whereas Jackie Cooper, aged 9, is the youngest nominee for “Skippy.”

Predictions For The Academy Awards In 2022:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Best Animated Feature
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling
  • Best Sound
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Original Score
  • Best Original Song
  • Best Documentary Feature
  • Best International Feature
  • Best Animated Short
  • Best Documentary Short
  • Best Live-Action Short

Predictions for the 2021 Academy Awards are now available.

Concerning the Academy Awards (Oscars):

The Academy Awards, or Oscars, are Hollywood’s most prestigious creative awards in the film business. Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have chosen candidates and winners since 1927. (AMPAS). Within the almost 10,000-person membership, 17 branches are represented. Actors, associates, casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, documentaries, executives, film editors, makeup and hairstylists, marketing and public relations, members-at-large, members-at-large (artists’ representatives), music, producers, production design, short films and feature animation, sound and visual effects, and writers are among the branches. The 94th Academy Awards will be held on March 27, 2022. The 94th Academy Awards will be held on March 27, 2022.

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