The 15 most shocking, shocking and surprising characters to be nominated for an Oscar 2022, from Kristen Stewart to Lady Gaga

It’s never been a surprise that the Academy, which prides itself on its membership of the most thrilling and innovative storytellers alive, has made it an annual tradition to announce Oscars nominations corny, corny, with actors Leslie Jordan and Tracee Ellis Ross being the proud standard- bearer/victim Tuesday morning.

But, in a rare case, it’s neither here nor there because 2022 Academy Award nominations is — dare I say — pretty good? At least, consider cereals a mountain of salt, a movie lover should get these, in terms of The tastes of Oscar voters and how things trended ahead of Tuesday’s announcement. (See Full list here.)

There are few things the Academy loves more than mediocre movie bathing with lots of nods while pretending to be your favorite movie of the year doesn’t even exist. This year they… do less of it than usual? In any case, the surprises are, for once, overwhelmingly good things.

As expected, the nominations were dominated by Netflix The power of the dogscored 12 nods. Sand dunes earn 10, with Belfast and West story increased to seven each — again, hardly a shock. But what are the other main storylines? Below, we unpack the biggest surprises, surprises, plots and curiosities.

Kristen Stewart In, Lady Gaga Out!

I don’t think I’ll make this year’s list of Best Actress in six guesses by Wordle. That’s because of how powerful and versatile the category is throughout the season, not to mention the hardest to predict — as demonstrated by the fact that Jennifer Hudson (Respect), Alana Haim (Licorice pizza), Rachel Zegler (West story), and in particular, Lady Gaga (Gucci house) missed.

All have been nominated and/or won major awards for leading the Oscars, but The biggest shock is Gagapeople not only movement is more difficult more than any other performer this year, but being the only candidate to score points is considered every major predecessor nomination that would normally warrant a nod. It was also a surprise when Kristen Stewart, who confounded critics when she was dropped from all of those lists, appeared again because played Princess Diana in Spencer.

It shows that those traditional bell bells are not as reliable as they used to be. (Joining Stewart in the category is Jessica Chastain for Tammy Faye’s EyesOlivia Colman for Daughter is gonePenelope Cruz cho Parallel mothersand Nicole Kidman for Being a Ricardian).

Jane Campion makes history

It’s outrageous that this is the case, but Jane Campion is currently the first (and obviously only) woman to be nominated twice for Best Director. Her nod to leadership The power of the dog to 28 years after she was nominated for Piano in this directory. This year, she was also nominated in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay.

Drive my car“It’s a surprise Oscar, honey

Ask any reviewer what they think the best movie of the year is, and they’ll probably tell you Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive my car. Ask if they think that means Best Picture at the Oscars, and they’ll laugh at you.

The tension between critics and award voters is as much an Oscar tradition as red carpet halo, Billy Crystal singing silly songs, and Meryl Streep. Few would have predicted that critical support for a Japanese film with a screen time of nearly 3 hours and a box office gross of less than $1 million would surpass voters, especially since the film International is still a rare film to participate in the Best Picture race.

But Drive my car not only won the Best Picture nod; it also surprised in the categories of Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, alongside Best International Film.

Beyoncé is (Finally) an Oscar Nominee

No one has been a more serious advocate (perhaps a campaigner) for the Academy Awards than Beyoncé, who has performed at numerous ceremonies even though voters rejected some of her submissions. for Best Original Song — and a Best Actress award, for Dream girls-over the years. The most recent exclusion is her ballad cho Lion King remake, “Spirit.”

But in a particularly competitive year, she finally received her first Oscar for co-writing the song “Be Alive” for King Richard. Nod to powerhouse colleagues Billie Eilish, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Van Morrison and Diane Warren (never bet against her, especially if you’re not sure the movie she’s nominated for actually exists. ) means that the likes of Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi, Jennifer Hudson and Jay-Z have missed out.

Escape“Pull out of a historic hat trick

Cartoon Danish documentaries Escape, about a gay man who reveals his past experiences fleeing his homeland Afghanistan, was the first film to receive nominations in the seemingly disparate categories of Best Documentary Feature, Animated Feature Film, and Animated Feature Film. Best and Best International Film. Limit!

World’s ugliest person“Defeat Aaron Sorkin

One of the best surprises of the morning is this beautiful Norwegian romantic drama World’s ugliest person-we were in swoon over it here at Beast—Put it in the stacked Best Original Screenplay category. It is assumed that the heavy weight it has not been extended is Being a Ricardianwritten by the Golden Boy of Aaron Sorkin Academy.

Give a way allergic to many critics have to Sorkin’s quick and loose historical fiction (that scene by J. Edgar Hoover…) and how fascinated they are by Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt’s devastating, creative script, which somehow it feels like the universe is having some creative blunder. At least, a win for me personally.

What of “Being a Ricardian

There are few films competing for awards this year that are more divisive Being a Ricardian (however, that title was ultimately reserved for Don’t look up). Despite the polarizing reviews and some backlash, Being a Ricardian to be a major player in the forerunner awards and a huge success for Amazon, top experts predict it will outpace all nominations on Tuesday. It was… but it wasn’t either.

Surprise acting nominations for JK Simmons and Javier Bardem, along with a firm nod from Nicole Kidman, suggest that voters are optimistic about that. But then it was eliminated in the main categories of Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture, which is rare for a film to attract so much support from its actors. Some award announcers have some ‘work to do.

Big year for married couples

The fact that Jesse Plemons made the list for Best Supporting Actor is a bit of a surprise, as most of the attention this year has been on him. The power of the dog co-star Kodi Smit-McPhee. But his mention there means he will be joining his wife (and The power of the dog Kirsten Dunst on the red carpet as one of two couples nominated for acting. The other is Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, who were barely cast for the Lead Actress and Leading Actor for their films (Parallel mothers and Being a Ricardian, corresponding). While married couples have been nominated in the same year before, this is the first time there have been two.

And openly gay performers!

Kristen Stewart (Spencer) and Ariana DeBose (West story) to be first openly LGBT actor nominated for 20 years, since Ian McKellen’s 2002 nod to Lord of the Rings: Friendship of the Ring. (Lady Gaga and Angelina Jolie, both bisexual, have also been nominated for an Academy Award. Others, like Elliot Page, appeared years after their nominations.) It also marked the first time. Two openly LGBT actors were nominated in the acting category in the same year.

Jessie Buckley is the biggest surprise actor

What could go down because the biggest surprise nomination is actually the first name read on Tuesday morning: Jessie Buckley for Daughter is gone. Many people have predicted Belfastby Caitriona Balfe or PassRuth Negga was in that position, and perhaps foolishly underestimated the inability of the Academy to resist the nomination of Judi Dench for Belfast. However, it was seen as a victory for the critics who were championed Maggie Gyllenhaal to make her directorial debut and hope Buckley’s performance can be groundbreaking.

Big “Snubs” in Best Documentary and International Film

It’s hard to use the word “snub” in a technical sense in highly competitive categories, but two of the heaviest categories of the year in their respective fields—Documentary by Nat Geo Rescue and Asghar Farhadi .’s Cannes Winner A hero—These are obvious shortcomings. Nat Geo has a long track record in Best Documentary, and Rescue is a pandemic. And Farhadi has been an Oscar contender in the past. The muffled groans you hear at around 8:35 a.m. this morning are the collective sound of the professionals realizing that their nominated Bingo cards have been ruined by these categories.

Confusion”West story“Snubs”

To listen, West story certainly did well with its seven nods. But Don’t look upOut of all the movies, instead, getting an editing nod is one of the biggest things of the morning. hmmm‘S. It’s also a shame that Tony Kushner’s great adaptation was left out of Adapted Screenplay — even though it’s a tight genre.

What did Denis Villeneuve have to do to get a directing nod?

Sand dunes received an impressive 10 nominations, including Imagery, Adapted Screenplay, and a host of technical categories such as Editing and Cinematography. When every work of the film, from the costumes, the sound to the effects and the screenplay, deserves a nomination, how could the opinion of director Denis Villeneuve not be?

Nightmare Alley” End “Clap, Clap… Boom!” (and “Spiderman! ”) In Best Picture

The general consensus in the Best Picture category is that there are eight pretty safe bets on nominations, similar or not: Belfast, CODA, No Lookup, Sand Dunes, King Richard, Licorice Pizza, The Power of the Dogand West story. This is the Academy’s first year back with 10 guaranteed contenders, and no one seems to agree on how this final pairing will perform.

Spider-Man: There’s no way home launched an active campaign by everyone— “We are the movie that people actually saw this year! ”—and it is argued that an expanded lineup was intended to make it so that these crowd-pleasing types are not overlooked. Others looked at the increase in support for Clap, Clap… Boom!received a critical Best Editing nod in addition to one for Andrew Garfield’s performance, and thought perhaps the captivating musical would make it in. Other contenders include smaller indie fare like MacBeth’s Tragedy and Daughter is gone.

But, beyond the surprise of Drive my carthere’s a legion of fervent supporters likely to help it score a nod, that’s by Guillermo Del Toro Nightmare Alley took the last place. While it performed well in the technical categories, it was not rewarded in any major categories, and overall, it was cautiously received upon release. It’s hardly an obvious choice for Best Picture.

And this year’s Oscar villain emerges…

Your name is Don’t look up.

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