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Another awards season is here and this year’s Oscars marks the 94th time gold statues will be handed out to what are considered the best films of the year by the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Their voting process is a little weird, but it always leaves one film standing on top – except for the odd occasion where someone mixes up the envelopes.
Let’s look at the 2022 nominees and winners for Best Picture in each of the film categories, including the Academy Award for Best International Picture, Animated Film and Documentary – along with where you can find historic films from past years.
Best Picture is the award every feature film strives for. It’s one of the few awards categories that every single member of the Academy is eligible to vote for, so it’s one of the most hotly contested.
The producers of the winning film will typically take the stage to accept the award, but it’s one of the few Oscars that rewards the efforts of every single member who worked on the film.
Best Picture Oscar Predictions 2022
A whopping ten films are up for Best Picture this year, which is the maximum number that can be nominated in the category.
Here are all the nominees vying for the top spot:
- Don’t Look Up
- Drive My Car
- King Richard
- Licorice Pizza
- Nightmare Alley
- The Power of the Dog
- West Side Story
So who’s going to win? Obviously, we won’t know until that fateful envelope is opened but some of the best odds are on Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast and Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog.
Recent wins for The Power of the Dog at the BAFTAs, the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards certainly give Campion’s film the edge, but we won’t know for sure until Best Picture is awarded on Oscar night.
If you’re hoping to watch all these nominees yourself before the big ceremony here’s where you can find them:
- Belfast – Cinemas
- CODA – Apple TV+
- Don’t Look Up – Netflix
- Drive My Car – Cinemas
- Dune – Cinemas or digital rental
- King Richard – Cinemas
- Licorice Pizza – Cinemas
- Nightmare Alley – Disney+
- The Power of the Dog – Netflix
- West Side Story – Disney+
Previous Best Picture winners
Nomadland is the most recent film to pick up the Best Picture award and also garnered wins for Frances McDormand for Best Actress and Chloe Zhao as Best Director – making her only the second female to ever do so.
You can find it on Disney+ in Australia.
It seems so long ago that Parasite made history with its Best Picture win, back in a time where social distancing was non-existent. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but that did only happen in 2020, despite it feeling like 20 years ago.
You can stream it on Stan.
Starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, Green Book explores the true story of a friendship between a world-class African American pianist and his Italian-American driver. The film picked up Best Picture, along with plenty of controversies, at the 91st Academy Awards.
Aussies can watch it on Netflix.
Best Animated Feature Film
Animated films get their own category at the Oscars, but it’s not unheard of for an animated film to be included in the Best Picture category as well. For a film to gain a nomination in the Best Animated category it must run longer than 40 minutes and at least 75% of its runtime needs to consist of animation.
Best Animated Feature Film Oscar winner 2022
There was some tough competition in this year’s crop of Best Animated picture nominees. Disney had not one, not two, but three potential winners on its hands. With ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ making it to the top of music charts around the world, it’s hardly surprising that the touching Charm took home the Oscar award in 2022.
Here is the full list of Best Animated Feature Film nominees:
- The Mitchells vs. the Machines
- Raya and the Last Dragon
Previous Best Animated Film winners
Disney Pixar is generally a safe bet when it comes to Best Animated Feature Film. Pixar’s 2020 film Soulabout a man seeking to reunite his soul with his body, was no different and was rewarded with Oscar gold.
Watch it on Disney+.
Toy Story 4
No one really expected there would be another Toy Story film after the trilogy was effectively completed in 2010, but Toy Story 4 didn’t disappoint. Its resolution to the tale of Woody the Cowboy was heartfelt enough to earn it the Oscar two years ago.
Watch Toy Story 4 on Disney+.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
It’s rare for superhero films to make it to the Academy Awards but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse broke the mould in every way. The film’s unique animation style and its compelling story of the Spider-Man multiverse struck a chord with audiences and Academy members alike. Now let’s wait and see if the sequel can earn gold next year.
Watch it on Netflix.
Best Documentary Feature Film
Not to be forgotten is the documentary category which, like the Animation categories, is split into both Feature and Short film awards.
Best Documentary Feature Film Oscar predictions
Some films that have been garnering attention in the Best Documentary category are the animated documentary hybrid Flee (which is also nominated in the Best Animated category) and Questlove’s documentary feature The Summer of Soul (which you can watch on Disney+).
The Summer of Soul recently took home a win at the BAFTAs so that could tip things in its favour.
Here are the nominees in 2022:
- Summer of Soul
- Writing with Fire
Previous Best Documentary Feature winners
My Octopus Teacher
My Octopus Teacher took home the Oscar last year with its beautiful story of a groundbreaking friendship between one diver and an octopus in the kelp forests off of South Africa.
Check out this heartwarming/heartbreaking story for yourself on Netflix.
American Factory uncovered the intriguing story of a Chinese billionaire who employed 2000 Americans at a factory in Ohio but saw its potential fade due to a clash between American and Chinese industries.
Watch it on Netflix.
Free Solo is the literal white-knuckle journey of pro rock climber Alex Honnold who attempts to complete the first solo free climb of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
Watch it on Disney+.
Best International Feature Film
The Best International Feature Oscar is given to the top film that is presented predominantly in a language other than English. The director(s) of the film will accept the award on stage at the ceremony, but the Oscar is generally considered to be awarded to the country as a whole.
Best International Feature Film Oscar winner 2022
Here are the nominees for Best International Feature Film at the 2022 Oscars:
- Drive My Car (Japan)
- Flee (Denmark)
- The Hand of God (Italy)
- Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Bhutan)
- The Worst Person in the World (Norway)
Japan’s entry Drive My Car took home the Academy Award in this category. Drive My Car has also won this category the most at major awards ceremonies this year including the BAFTAS, Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards. What a year for the film.
– The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 28, 2022
Previous Best International Feature winners
Another Round (Denmark)
Another Round was technically a co-production between Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands. Led by Mads Mikkelsen the story follows four men who decide to keep some level of alcohol in their system every day.
Stream Another Round on SBS On Demand.
Parasite (South Korea)
Parasite achieved an incredibly rare feat being both the Best International Feature and Best Picture winner at the 2020 Oscars ceremony. The film definitely deserves it for its dark and compelling insight into the class distinction between families in South Korea.
Watch it on Stan.
Alfonso Cuaron did it again at the 2019 Oscars with his semi-autobiographical tale Roma. The film tells the story housekeeper working for a middle-class family in Mexico City.
Watch it on Netflix.
We’ll keep you posted on this year’s Oscar Best Picture winners as soon as they’re announced, and you can also follow the announcements on Best Actor and Best Actress too.
This article has been updated since its original publish date.