Final Nomination Predictions for the 94th Annual Academy Awards by Scott Menzel

Best Picture

Predicted Nominees:

1. “Belfast” (Focus Features)
2. “CODA” (Apple)
3. “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
4. “Dune” (Warner Brothers)
5. “King Richard” (Warner Brothers)
6. “Licorice Pizza” (United Artists)
7. “West Side Story” (20th Century Studios)
8. “Being the Ricardos” (Amazon Studios)
9. “House of Gucci” (United Artists)
10. “tick, tick…BOOM!” (Netflix)

Best Actor

Predicted Nominees:

1. Andrew Garfield, “tick, tick…BOOM!” (Netflix)
2. Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
3. Will Smith, “King Richard” (Warner Brothers)
4. Denzel Washington, “The Tragedy of Macbeth” (Apple/A24)
5. Peter Dinklage, “Cyrano” (United Artists)

Best Actress

Predicted Nominees:

1. Kristen Stewart, “Spencer” (Neon)
2. Nicole Kidman, “Being the Ricardos” (Amazon Studios)
3. Jessica Chastain, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” (Searchlight)
4. Lady Gaga, “House of Gucci” (United Artists)
5. Emilia Jones, “CODA” (Apple)


Predicted Nominees:

1. Troy Kotsur, “CODA” (Apple)
2. Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
3. Ciarán Hinds., “Belfast” (Focus Features)
4. Jared Leto, “House of Gucci” (United Artists)
5. Ben Affleck, “The Tender Bar” (Amazon Studios)

Best Supporting Actress

Predicted Nominees:

1. Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story” (20th Century Studios)
2. Aunjanue Ellis, “King Richard” (Warner Brothers)
3. Marlee Matlin, “CODA” (Apple)
4. Caitríona Balfe, “Belfast” (Focus Features)
5. Kirsten Dunst, “The Power of The Dog” (Netflix)


Predicted Nominees:

1. Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
2. Denis Villeneuve, “Dune” (Warner Brothers)
3. Kenneth Branagh, “Belfast” (Focus Features)
4. Steven Spielberg, “West Side Story” (20th Century Studios)
5. Paul Thomas Anderson, “Licorice Pizza” (United Artists)

Best Original Screenplay

Predicted Nominees:

1. Aaron Sorkin, “Being the Ricardos” (Amazon Studios)
2. Kenneth Branagh, “Belfast” (Focus Features)
3. Zach Baylin, “King Richard” (Warner Brothers)
4. Adam McKay, “Don’t Look Up” (Netflix)
5. Paul Thomas Anderson, “Licorice Pizza” (United Artists)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Predicted Nominees:

1. Siân Heder, “CODA” (Apple)
2. Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
3. Tony Kushner, “West Side Story”
4. Guillermo del Toro & Kim Morgan, “Nightmare Alley” (Searchlight)
5. Rebecca Hall, “Passing” (Netflix)

Best International Feature

Predicted Nominees: 

1. “Drive My Car” (Bitters End)
2. “The Worst Person in the World” (Neon)
3. “Flee” (Neon)
4. “A Hero” (Amazon Studios)
5. “The Hand of God” (Netflix)


Predicted Nominees:

1. Greig Fraser, “Dune” (Warner Brothers)
2. Ari Wegner, “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
3. Bruno Delbonnel, “The Tragedy of Macbeth” (Apple/A24)
4. Dan Laustsen, “Nightmare Alley” (Searchlight)
5. Janusz Kamiński, “West Side Story” (20th Century Studios)

Best Animated Film

Predicted Nominees:

1. “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” (Netflix)
2. “Encanto” (Disney)
3. “Raya and The Last Dragon” (Disney)
4. “Luca” (Pixar)
5. “Flee” (Neon)

Best Visual Effects

Predicted Nominees:

1. “Dune” (Warner Brothers)
2. “The Matrix: Resurrections” (Warner Brothers)
3. “Shang-Chi and The Legend of the 10 Rings” (Disney)
4. “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (Sony Pictures)
5. “Godzilla vs. Kong” (Warner Brothers)

BEST Documentary

Predicted Nominees:

1. “Flee” (Neon)
2. “Summer of Soul” (Searchlight)
3. “Simple as Water” (HBO)
4. “The Rescue” (National Geographic)
5. “The First Wave” (Neon)

Best Documentary Short

Predicted Nominees:

1. “Terror Contagion” (Neon)
2. “The Queen of Basketball” (New York Times)
3. “When We Were Bullies (Locomotion Films)
4. “Audible” (Netflix)
5.”Sophie & the Baron” (Disney)

Best Animated Short

Predicted Nominees:

1. “Us Again” (Disney)
2. “Blush” (Apple)
3. “Far From The Tree(Disney)
4. “Nona” (Disney)
5. “Robin Robin” (Netflix)

Best Live-Action Short

Predicted Nominees:

1. “The Long Goodbye” (WePresent)
2. “The Criminals” (Lights On)
3. “When the Sun Sets” (HBO)
4. “Censor of Dreams” (Salaud Morisset)
5. “Under the Heavens” (New Yorker)

Best Original Score

Predicted Nominees:

1. Hans Zimmer, “Dune” (Warner Brothers)
2. Jonny Greenwood, “Spencer” (Neon)
3. Jonny Greenwood, “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
4. Nicholas Britell, “Don’t Look Up” (Netflix)
5. Alexandre Desplat, “The French Dispatch” (Searchlight)

Best Original Song

Predicted Nominees:

1. “No Time to Die” from “No Time to Die” (United Artists)
2. “Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto” (Disney)
3. “Be Alive” from “King Richard” (Warner Brothers)
4. “Beyond the Shore” from CODA (Apple)
5. “Down to Joy” from “Belfast” (Focus Features)

Best Costume Design

Predicted Nominees:

1. Jenny Beavan, “Cruella” (Disney)
2. Jacqueline West, “Dune” (Warner Brothers)
3. Luis Sequeira, “Nightmare Alley” (Searchlight)
4. Paul Tazewell, “West Side Story” (20th Century Studios)
5. Massimo Cantini Parrini, “Cyrano” (United Artists)

Best Production Design

Predicted Nominees:

1. Tamara Deverell and Shane Vieau, “Nightmare Alley” (Searchlight)
2. Patrice Vermette, Richard Roberts, and Zsuzsanna Sipos, “Dune” (Warner Brothers)
3. Stefan Dechant and Nancy Haigh, “The Tragedy of Macbeth” (Apple/A24)
4. Adam Stockhausen and Rena DeAngelo, “The French Dispatch” (Searchlight)
5. Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo, “West Side Story” (20th Century Studios)


Predicted Nominees:

1. Joe Walker, “Dune” (Warner Brothers)
2. Úna Ní Dhonghaíle, “Belfast” (Focus Features)
3. Peter Sciberras, “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
4. Tom Cross and Elliot Graham, “No Time to Die” (United Artists)
5. Hank Corwin, “Don’t Look Up” (Netflix)


Predicted Nominees:

1. “Dune” (Warner Brothers)
2. “House of Gucci” (United Artists)
3. “The Suicide Squad” (Warner Brothers)
4. “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” (Searchlight)
5. “Cruella” (Disney)


Predicted Nominees:

1. “Dune” (Warner Brothers)
2. “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (Sony Pictures)
3. “West Side Story” (20th Century Studios)
4. “A Quiet Place Part 2” (Paramount Pictures)
5. “No Time to Die” (United Artists)

Written by
Born in New Jersey, Scott Menzel has been watching film and television since he was three years old. Growing up, he watched as many movies as he could and was highly influenced by the films of Tim Burton, John Hughes, Robert Zemeckis, and Steven Spielberg. Scott has an Associate's Degree in Marketing, a Bachelor's in Mass Media, Communications, and a Master's in Electronic Media. He has been writing film reviews under the alias of MovieManMenzel since 2003 and started his writing career as a contributing critic at and In 2009, Scott launched where he posted several of his film reviews but in 2011 decided to shut down the site when he launched We Live In 2015, We Live Film became We Live Entertainment. The domain name change occurred after months of debate but was done so that he and his fellow staff members could write about anything and everything in the world of entertainment.

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