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Predictions are in boldface, followed by those which I personally would nominate in italics. As with previous years' lists, for several categories I have NOT provided my own nominations, since frankly I know jack about costumes, sound and so forth, though more and more I try to pay attention to sound in particular. Films that I have listed as my own personal nominations yet which will definitely not be nominated -- either because they are ultimately ineligible in those categories or simply not shortlisted -- are marked with an asterisk.

BEST PICTURE
 
BABYLON
THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN
DECISION TO LEAVE
ELVIS
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
THE FABELMANS
GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY
TAR
TOP GUN: MAVERICK
THE WOMAN KING
 
ARMAGEDDON TIME
THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN
BONES AND ALL
DECISION TO LEAVE
EMILY THE CRIMINAL
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY
THE MENU
NITRAM
TAR 

ACTOR
 
AUSTIN BUTLER – Elvis
COLIN FARRELL – The Banshees of Inisherin
BRENDAN FRASER – The Whale
PAUL MESCAL - Aftersun
BILL NIGHY – Living
 
COLIN FARRELL – The Banshees of Inisherin
BRENDAN FRASER – The Whale
BRENDAN GLEESON – The Banshees of Inisherin
BILL NIGHY – Living
JEREMY POPE – The Inspection

ACTRESS
 
CATE BLANCHETT – Tar
VIOLA DAVIS – The Woman King
DANIELE DEADWYLER – Till
MICHELLE WILLIAMS – The Fabelmans
MICHELLE YEOH – Everything Everwhere All at Once
 
CATE BLANCHETT - Tar
ANA DE ARMAS - Blonde
JENNIFER LAWRENCE - Causeway
AUBREY PLAZA – Emily the Criminal
MICHELLE YEOH – Everything Everywhere All at Once

SUPPORTING ACTOR
 
PAUL DANO – The Fabelmans
BRENDAN GLEESON – The Banshees of Inisherin
BRIAN TYREE HENRY – Causeway
BARRY KEOGHAN – The Banshees of Inisherin
KE HUY QUAN – Everything Everywhere All at Once
 
PAUL DANO – The Fabelmans
BRIAN TYREE HENRY – Causeway
BARRY KEOGHAN – The Banshees of Inisherin
EDWARD NORTON – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
JEREMY STRONG – Armageddon Time

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
 
HONG CHAU – The Whale
KERRY CONDON – The Banshees of Inisherin
STEPHANIE HSU – Everything Everywhere All at Once
JANELLE MONAE – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
JEAN SMART – Babylon 
 
HONG CHAU – The Whale
KERRY CONDON – The Banshees of Inisherin
ANNE HATHAWAY – Armageddon Time
JEAN SMART – Babylon
GABRIELLE UNION – The Inspection

DIRECTING
 
DAMIEN CHAZELLE  Babylon
TODD FIELD  Tar
ALEJANDRO GONAZLEZ INARRITU – Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
PARK CHAN-WOOK – Decision to Leave
STEVEN SPIELBERG – The Fabelmans
 
TODD FIELD – Tar
LUCA GUADAGNINO – Bones and All
JED KURZEL – Nitram
MARTIN MCDONAGH – The Banshees of Inisherin
PARK CHAN-WOOK – Decision to Leave

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
 
THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
THE FABELMANS
TAR
TRIANGLE OF SADNESS
 
ARMAGEDDON TIME
THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN
DECISION TO LEAVE
EMILY THE CRIMINAL
THE MENU

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
 
GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY
LIVING
SHE SAID
THE SON
WOMEN TALKING
 
AFTER YANG
BONES AND ALL
GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY
LIVING
LOST ILLUSIONS*

CINEMATOGRAPHY
 
AMSTERDAM
BABYLON
BARDO, FALSE CHRONICLE OF A HANDFUL OF TRUTHS
EMPIRE OF LIGHT
TOP GUN: MAVERICK
 
AMSTERDAM
BARDO, FALSE CHRONICLE OF A HANDFUL OF TRUTHS
BLONDE
EMPIRE OF LIGHT
TAR

PRODUCTION DESIGN
 
AMSTERDAM
BABYLON
BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER
ELVIS
THE FABELMANS
 
AMSTERDAM
EMPIRE OF LIGHT
GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY
TAR
THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING

FILM EDITING
 
AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER
BABYLON
ELVIS
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
TOP GUN: MAVERICK
 
DECISION TO LEAVE
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY
THE MENU
TAR

COSTUME DESIGN
 
AMSTERDAM
BABYLON
BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER
ELVIS
THE WOMAN KING

ORIGINAL SCORE
 
BABYLON - Justin Hurwitz
THE FABELMANS - John Williams
GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO - Alexandre Desplat
THE WOMAN KING - Terence Blanchard
WOMEN TALKING - Hildur Guonadottir
 
AMSTERDAM – Daniel Pemberton*
THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN – Carter Burwell
EO – Pawel Mykietyn*
WHITE NOISE – Danny Elfman*
THE WOMAN KING – Terence Blanchard

ORIGINAL SONG
 
"Carolina" – WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING
"Good Afternoon" – SPIRITED
"Hold My Hand" – TOP GUN: MAVERICK
"Lift Me Up" – BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER
"Stand Up" – TILL
 
"Good Afternoon" - SPIRITED
"Naatu Naatu" - RRR
“New Body Rhumba” – WHITE NOISE
"Stand Up" – TILL
“Time” - AMSTERDAM

SOUND
 
AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER
BABYLON
ELVIS
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
TOP GUN: MAVERICK

MAKEUP
 
BABYLON
THE BATMAN
BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER
ELVIS
THE WHALE
 
THE BATMAN
BLONDE
ELVIS
THE WHALE
X*

VISUAL EFFECTS
 
AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER
THE BATMAN
BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER
DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS
JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION
 
AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER
THE BATMAN
DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS
JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION
MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON*

ANIMATED FEATURE
 
GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO
MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON
MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU
PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH
TURNING RED
 
GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO
MAD GOD
MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON
PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH
TURNING RED
 
Normally, I use this spot to list my favorite title sequences of the year, but to be honest this year none of them stuck in my memory, so I’m skipping this “category” for once.

MY FAVORITE FILMS OF 2022
 
THE BATMAN
CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH
CONFESS, FLETCH*
DECISION TO LEAVE
DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY
JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION
THE MENU
TAR

The inclusion of Confess, Fletch may tell you that it was not an amazing year for movies. Not a great film, but the kind of light, fun, consistently funny star vehicle that the film industry used to make regularly in a probably non-existent past.

MY LEAST FAVORITE FILMS OF 2022
 
Not necessarily the worst – just ones that left me especially dissatisfied.
 
AMSTERDAM 
BARDO, FALSE CHRONICLE OF A HANDFUL OF TRUTHS
BLACKLIGHT*
BOTH SIDES OF THE BLADE
ELVIS
FIRESTARTER
HALLOWEEN ENDS
PREY FOR THE DEVIL
RIFKIN’S FESTIVAL*
SUMMERING

*These two films, though, definitely belong on a worst list. A little ironic that one shoud be a Liam Neeson vehicle and the other a new Woody Allen film, as Neeson co-starred in what I consider to be Allen's masterpiece, Husbands and Wives (though Love and Death and Manhattan are my favorites among his films - 47 years after I first saw it, Love and Death probably still makes me laugh more than any other movie. Only Duck Soup comes close.).

MY FAVORITE THINGS FROM THE MOVIES OF 2022

Carey Mulligan telling off a persistent guy at a bar in She Said. The film isn't bad overalll, but like most of the journalism docudramas that have been made since 1976 - including Spotlight, Truth and The Post - it suffers in comparison with All the President's Men.
 
DC League of SuperPets was infinitely better and funnier than the trailers would have let one to expect, and the bit that cracked me up the most was the parody of Jor-El’s messages-from-the-grave from the 1978 Superman.
 
Emily the Criminal – one of the most underrated films of the year, and I especially enjoyed the scene where Aubrey Plaza discovers that the job she’s been hoping to get from Gina Gershon is actually just an unpaid internship. Rarely does a contemporary noir feel so much like real life.
 
I was not remotely surprised that Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery turned out to be my favorite film of the year. Two moments in particular gave me particular pleasure on both viewings – when Miles’ fake-murder-plot is solved, and when Jessica Henwick realizes why Kate Hudson allowed herself to get into business with a notorious sweatshop. 
 
The Los Angeles Theater, my favorite building in Southern California, showing up more often than ever as a filming location – in Amsterdam, Babylon, Blonde, Don’t Worry Darling, Everything Everywhere All at Once, Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody, and even in the trailer for the new House Party.
 
The Menu was one of the best films of the year overall, especially the screenplay and Anya Taylor-Joy’s typically charismatic performance, but my favorite moment by far was the small gesture Judith Light makes to Taylor-Joy near the end of the film.
 
Michelle Yeoh in Everything Everywhere All at Once. Pretty much my favorite female star working today (cover your ears, Emily Blunt), and the film is an amazing showcase for her extraordinary range.

The opening credits dance montage from After Yang.  A fine science-fiction drama overall, but an especially delightful way to start the movie.
 
Phil Tippet's decades-in-the-making stop-motion feature Mad God, a work of cinematic art in every sense.

The solution to the mystery in Bodies Bodies Bodies - the perfect capper to an already surprisingly enjoyable film.
 
Stanley Tucci, effortlessly enjoyable as always, in which I can only assume is an improbably airbrushed depiction of music industry legend Clive Davis in Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (as Davis was one of the film’s producers, the unceasingly positive characterization is hardly a surprise but still – I have trouble believing anyone so successful in the music business is THAT much of a mensch).

Steven Yuen's traumatic past in Nope - my favorite part of the film, and for me the most unsettling thing in any of Jordan Peele's horror movies.
 
Two of my old friends from UCLA (and not even the usual suspects) independently being responsible (as co-writer/director and as writer) of two acclaimed, popular films – Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris and The Woman King.
 
The volcano footage from Fire of Love – I suspect we’ll start seeing imagery inspired by this film in visual effects sequences for the next several years.
 
But most of all, I was thrilled to have twelve full months of moviegoing for the first time since 2019. (In 2020, L.A. theaters closed in mid-March, and in 2021 I didn't return to theaters until the start of May, after receiving my second vaccine shot). In 2019, I saw 242 movies released during that year. In 2022, I saw only 145 movies from the year, but 331 "older" films (including ones released late in 2021 that I didn't see until early 2022, partly because I finally caught COVID at Christmas). Before the pandemic I was largely only seeing older films at the New Beverly, but since then the Academy Museum has opened with regular screenings, and I've also added BrainDead Studios (formerly Silent Movie Theater aka Cinefamily) as well as the Cinematheque screenings at the Aero and the Los Feliz 3. I saw lots of great older films in 2022, but my first theatrical screening of Earthquake (at the Los Feliz 3) was a definite highlight, as were new 70mm prints of Airport and Khartoum at the Aero.

MY TEN FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK RELEASES OF 2022
 
CONAN THE DESTROYER [Intrada Special Collection]
DEAD MEN DON’T WEAR PLAID [Intrada Special Collection]
FRENZY [Quartet]
THE GODFATHER [La-La Land]
HOLLOW MAN [Intrada Special Collection]
TOMORROW NEVER DIES [La-La Land]

THE BEST SCORES OF 2022 COMMERCIALLY UNRELEASED ON CD
 
AMSTERDAM – Daniel Pemberton
THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN – Carter Burwell
CRIMES OF THE FUTURE – Howard Shore
DECISION TO LEAVE – Cho Young-wuk
DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS – Danny Elfman
EO – Pawel Mykietyn
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE – Son Lux
GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY – Nathan Johnson
THE MENU – Colin Stetson
THE WOMAN KING – Terence Blanchard
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Would be surprised if BABYLON scores a Best Picture nomination. More likely they'll feel obliged to acknowledge AVATAR's box office clout.

Can't see McDonagh missing out on a nomination for Directing (nor should he, IMHO -- BANSHEES was my best film of the year). All of Chazelle, Inarritu and Chan-Wook seem unlikely to me; Kosinski, the Daniels and Luhrmann are better bets.

THE WOMAN KING might get nods under the inclusivity quota but EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE conveniently soaks up a lot of that energy -- Yeoh for Best Actress. (I found EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE a mite tiresome and aesthetically ugly.)

Carter Burwell will get a nomination and could win partly for the Bulgarian love-chant he ddn't compose.

THE MENU was the most curiously underrated film of the year, superior to TRIANGLE OF SADNESS in every way. Would love to see it get some belated recognition (and maybe it will if enough screeners are sent out).

What is the Glass Onion screenplay adapted from?

Yavar

Where the hell was Mia Goth's deserved nomination for Pearl? Also one of the best scores of the year.



[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyyNa5Lul18[/youtube]

What is the Glass Onion screenplay adapted from?


Curious about this as well, unless it's "Based on the character of Benoit Blanc created by Rian Johnson".

I just watched Amsterdam and was very disappointed in the movie but the SOUNDTRACK I cannot stop listening to it! I have noticed a number of movies from this past year in a similar situation where the movie was adequate but the soundtrack was impeccable.

Any sequel is considered an adaptation because it is based on a previous work (the original movie). There have occasionally been questionable exceptions, such as the Original Screenplay nomination for The Barbarian Invasions, which reunited the characters from The Decline of the American Empire.

I was definitely tempted to include Mia Goth on my personal list; that was a hell of a performance.

I definitely think X should have been shortlisted for makeup - I had no idea throughout the entire film that was Goth in that second role.

I was definitely tempted to include Mia Goth on my personal list; that was a hell of a performance.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sRQMdVCuSg[/youtube]

If that monologue were in a non-horror movie, Goth would be a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination. Too bad the Academy has a shameful bias against horror movies.

I definitely think X should have been shortlisted for makeup - I had no idea throughout the entire film that was Goth in that second role.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ybzi3phkT8U[/youtube]

Some people think NOPE could get some major nominations, and that's definitely not the kind of movie that would have been thought of as an Oscar movie a few years ago.

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