The Oscar nominations have been sitting in our minds for a bit now. On the one hand, it can make some of the immediate emotions feel less fresh. On the other hand, however, it allows for perhaps a bit more rational thinking. To that end, I wanted to play around with an exercise to see who and what just missed on an Academy Award nomination. Imagine if, in most categories, we had six nominees instead of five? What would nomination morning have looked like? To some degree, this is an expansion of the annual “alternate” Oscar nominations piece (found here) that I do. Hopefully, it’s fun, and as always, it’s a clear invitation to submit your own picks.
Some categories are pretty cut and dry. Best Actress and Best Director immediately come to mind there. Others, however, are far from obvious. Best Supporting Actor, for example, could have seen at least three or four gentlemen conceivably laying claim to that sixth slot. Below the line is harder to figure out, as we all know, but most of them have one or two fairly clear probabilities. Mostly, it’s just a fun little exercise, especially as you see how much better something like Being the Ricardos or Belfast might have done, if only one or two more things would have broken their way.
Obviously, I’m going to want you all to chime in, but first…my picks are up. Here now are the sixth (or in one case, eleventh) place Oscar finishers, in my humble opinion:
BEST PICTURE: Being the Ricardos
BEST DIRECTOR: Denis Villeneuve – Dune
BEST ACTOR: Leonardo DiCaprio – Don’t Look Up
BEST ACTRESS: Lady Gaga – House of Gucci
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jamie Dornan – Belfast
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Caitriona Balfe – Belfast
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Being the Ricardos
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Nightmare Alley
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Sing 2
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Belfast
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Belfast
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: House of Gucci
BEST FILM EDITING: Belfast
BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING: The Suicide Squad
BEST SOUND: Spider-Man: No Way Home
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: The Matrix Resurrections
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: The French Dispatch
BEST ORIGINAL SONG: Don’t Look Up (Just Look Up)
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: The Rescue
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE: A Hero
Who and what did you think were next in line for Oscar nominations? Let us know!