2022 Best Picture Oscar Nominees – Movie Reviews – Deadline

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Beginning with our critical coverage through the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, through Cannes in July, Venice and Telluride in late summer, and finally through to the end-of-season holiday releases that have Qualifying just under the gun for Oscar eligibility, Deadline has been at the forefront of opinion for this year’s 10 eventual nominees for the Best Picture Oscar.

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When CODA premiered at the first all-virtual Sundance over a year ago, I watched it alone on my couch at home and still wanted to get up and cheer it on. It was obvious the festival had a real winner, and proved it when it scooped an unprecedented four awards at Sundance and sold Apple for $25 million. He’s been an awards gamer ever since, so his Best Picture nomination today is richly deserved all this time after first seeing him, letting Deadline readers know a real winner is among us for 2021. , although this year’s Oscar race still had months to go.

With Cannes determined to hold its festival in person even in July, I found myself rewatching films for it instead at my home in Los Angeles. The very first was another film that I watched alone on my sofa: an international publicist sent me one that I hadn’t heard of and that had been selected for the Official Competition, the film from Japan Drive my car. As you can see from the review I eventually wrote – it was the first to appear when the film finally had its world premiere on the Croisette – it was clearly another discovery that was something special, even if I had no idea at the time that it would be this special in earning Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and International Feature Film nominations after its Best Picture triumphs from New York, Los Angeles and other critics groups . For Cannes, this represents another big win after its 2019 Palme d’Or winner’s Oscar success. Parasiteand it is well deserved.

Moving on to the Venice Film Festival, where our review team covered all the major entries, I was covering it again remotely from LA where I saw several films that earned Oscar nominations today, including dunewhich won 10 nominations including Best Picture and proved an epic of genuine weight and wonder from director Denis Villeneuve. My colleague Todd McCarthy took over Jane Campion’s The power of the dog also a Venice premiere, and found much of the same things to admire that the Academy apparently did in delivering 12 nominations, including Best Picture.

At Telluride, where Todd and I were both in the field, we said the first word in terms of reviewing two other films that ended up in the Best Picture race. Very popular Todd King Richard and Will Smith’s title performance, as I found a reason to call Kenneth Branagh Belfast “without a doubt the best picture of the year.” Both films solidify Telluride as a must-stop on the festival circuit in terms of creating Oscar buzz (power of the dog was there too).

Finally, in the post-festival world, there are always promising films held up until December. I was happy to see some powerful remakes that in some ways even surpassed the originals with both West Side Story and alley of nightmaresas well as Netflix’s star satire Don’t look up which also carried a strong message on climate change. And then the great Paul Thomas Anderson came along with what I called maybe his best movie of all time. licorice pizza, and a film that ended up at the top of my list of the best films of the year that I had reviewed on Deadline in 2021.

It’s been a good year, and the list of 10 nominated films was a worthy bunch, just like we were the first to tell you.

Here they are:

Belfast

Belfast
Focus characteristics

Belfast

Focus characteristics
A TKBC production
Producers: Laura Berwick, Kenneth Branagh, Becca Kovacik and Tamar Thomas
To free: Venice Film Festival; US Theaters November 12, 2021

Hammond writes: “It’s a film about home and family and our earliest memories, and what it all means filtered through a prism half a century later.”

Read the full review here.

CODA

“CODA”
Apple Original Movies

CODA

Apple Original Movies
A Vendôme Pictures/Pathé in association with Apple Original Films Production
Producers: Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi and Patrick Wachsberger
To free: Sundance Film Festival; US theaters August 13, 2021 (day and date with streaming)

Hammond writes: “It hits you right in the heart, not only as a moving story about what it’s like to be in a family, but also about becoming your own person and chasing a dream.”

Read the full review here.

Don't look up

“Don’t look up”
netflix

Don’t look up

netflix
A Netflix/Hyperobject Industries production
Producers: Adam McKay and Kevin Messick
To free: US theaters on December 10, 2021; broadcast on December 24

Hammond writes: [Adam] McKay turns his satire into a sort of Crazy Crazy Crazy Crazy World approach to show our utter ignorance in a world that now exists in 24-hour news cycles and stupid Twitter comments.

Read the full review here.

drive my car

“Driving My Car”
Attraction; Janus Movies

drive my car

Sideshow and Janus Films
A C&I Entertainment/Culture Entertainment/Bitters End Production
Producer: Teruhisa Yamamoto
To free: Cannes Film Festival; US Theaters November 24, 2021

Hammond writes: With sharp insights into love, loss, marriage, grief, truths on and off stage, and what we can – or can’t – know about our loved ones, drive my car takes his time to explore all his themes.

Read the full review here.

dune

“Dunes”
Warner Bros.

dune

Warner Bros.
A production of legendary images
Producers: Mary Parent, Denis Villeneuve and Cale Boyter
To free: Venice Film Festival; US theaters October 21, 2021 (day and date with streaming)

Hammond writes: [Denis] Villeneuve went faithfully, along with co-writers Jon Spaiths and Eric Roth, to the heart and soul of Herbert’s vision, focusing on the human element of the futuristic story…when a crisis of the ecology and the environment triggers a massive turf war between two families.

Read the full review here.

King Richard

“King Richard”
Warner Bros.

King Richard

Warner Bros.
A Star Thrower Entertainment / Westbrook Production
Producers: Tim White, Trevor White and Will Smith
To free: Telluride Film Festival; US theaters November 19, 2021 (day and date with streaming)

McCarthy writes: Director Reinaldo Marcus Green keeps a firm hand on the tone, sliding smoothly from warm family interludes to tense scenes of hometown clashes, professional disputes and tennis action. To be sure, it’s [Will] Smith’s show from start to finish…

Read the full review here.

Licorice Pizza

“Licorice Pizza”
MGM/United Artists release

Licorice Pizza

MGM/United Artists release
A production of the Ghoulardi cinematographic company
Producers: Sara Murphy, Adam Somner and Paul Thomas Anderson
To free: US Theaters November 26, 2021

Hammond writes: One of the few American authors who can do just about anything he wants, Paul Thomas Anderson once again takes us in new directions with licorice pizza, perhaps its lightest, most engaging and – dare we say it? — film accessible to date.

Read the full review here.

alley of nightmares

“Alley of Nightmares”
Projector images

alley of nightmares

Projector
A Double Dare You production
Producers: Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale and Bradley Cooper
To free: Theatrical in the US on December 16, 2021; broadcast on February 1

Hammond writes: Perhaps for the times we live in now – where a crook and huckster-style crook can become president and where, as a society, we seem to be drifting down darker alleyways every day – now is the time for another stab at this material. And [Guillermo] del Toro, whose mantra tries to decide if we’ll be monsters or humans, is probably the perfect person to do it.

Read the full review here.

The power of the dog

“The Power of the Dog”
Kirsty Griffin/Netflix

The power of the dog

netflix
A See-Saw Films/Bad Girl Creek/Max Films in association with Brightstar/The New Zealand Film Commission/Cross City Films/BBC Film Production
Producers: Jane Campion, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Roger Frappier
To free: Venice Film Festival; American Theater on November 17, 2021; broadcast on December 1

McCarthy writes: It is a serious, ambitious, lively and breathing work, a film that stays in the mind, ignites a mixture of feelings that you can simmer for days and makes you want to examine it in the light from different angles.

Read the full review here.

West Side Story

“West Side Story”
Niko Tavernise/20th Century Studios

West Side Story

disney
A 20th Century Studios Production
Producers: Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger
To free: US release December 9, 2021

Hammond writes: West Side Story presents itself not only as an imposing masterpiece of entertainment and music, but with real seriousness and urgency for today, even if Spielberg and company did not change the era of the 1950s in which it has always been situated.

Read the full review here.

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