The 10 movies that make up 2022's Best Picture field are Belfast, CODA, Don’t Look Up, Drive My Car, Dune, King Richard, Licorice Pizza, Nightmare Alley, The Power of the Dog, and West Side Story, so there's something for every movie lover—true story dramas and star-studded crowd-pleasers, plus science fiction and musicals and a Western to boot!
Below, A.frame has compiled a viewing guide with all Best Picture nominees.
Five-time Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh mined his own childhood to chronicle the story of a working-class family – with Caitriona Balfe as Ma and Jamie Dornan as Pa, plus newcomer Jude Hill as their son, Buddy – amid the turmoil of Northern Ireland in the '60s.
Total nominations: 7, including Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Ciarán Hinds), Supporting Actress (Judi Dench), Directing (Kenneth Branagh), Original Song (“Down to Joy” by Van Morrison), Original Screenplay and Sound.
From Sundance – where writer-director Sian Heder's feel-good drama swept the festival's top awards – to the Oscars, CODA keeps inspiring with the story of Ruby (Emilia Jones), who is the only hearing person in her deaf family (Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur and Daniel Durant).
Total nominations: 3, including Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Troy Kotsur) and Adapted Screenplay (Siân Heder).
Oscar winner Adam McKay puts his signature spin on this end-of-the-world satire, which boasts the cast of all casts: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Rob Morgan, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande and more.
Total nominations: 4, including Best Picture, Original Screenplay (Adam McKay, story by Adam McKay and David Sirota), Editing and Original Score.
Watch on HBO Max.
An award-winner out of Cannes, Japanese filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi's three-hour drama, adapted from a short story by Haruki Murakami, explores nothing short of the meaning of life, loss and art. Drive My Car is also nominated for Best International Feature Film.
Total nominations: 4, including Best Picture, International Feature Film (Japan), Directing (Ryusuke Hamaguchi) and Adapted Screenplay (Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe).
Oscar nominee Denis Villeneuve's big screen adaptation of Frank Herbert's notoriously difficult to adapt sci-fi opus casts Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, prince of the titular sand planet and would-be messiah to the entire galaxy. Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya co-star.
Total nominations: 10, including Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay (Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth), Cinematography, Costume Design, Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Production Design, Sound and Visual Effects.
Venus and Serena Williams’ tennis superstardom began with a 78-page plan created by their father. Reinaldo Marcus Green's biopic features Oscar nominee Will Smith as Richard Williams, newcomers Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton as the future tennis GOATs, and Oscar nominee Aunjanue Ellis as their mother.
Total nominations: 6, including Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role (Will Smith), Supporting Actress (Aunjanue Ellis), Editing, Original Song (“Be Alive” by Beyoncé and DIXSON) and Original Screenplay
In theaters only.
Now eleven-time Oscar nominee Paul Thomas Anderson returns to his San Fernando Valley roots for this coming-of-age comedy about a precocious boy (Cooper Hoffman) who meets a reluctant-to-grow-up gal (Alana Haim) in the Los Angeles suburb in 1973. Hijinks ensue.
Total nominations: 3, including Best Picture, Directing (Paul Thomas Anderson) and Original Screenplay (Paul Thomas Anderson).
Watch on Hulu.
After winning Best Picture in 2018 with The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro swaps sci-fi for noir to tell this tale of an ambitious carny (Bradley Cooper) who partners with an unscrupulous psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) for the ultimate grift.
Total nominations: 4, including Best Picture, Cinematography, Costume Design and Production Design.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Jane Campion's first movie in more than a decade is this Western drama about the hardscrabble living of ranchers in 1920s Montana, starring Oscar nominees Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Total nominations: 12, including Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role (Benedict Cumberbatch), Supporting Actor (Jesse Plemons), Supporting Actor (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Supporting Actress (Kirsten Dunst), Cinematography, Directing (Jane Campion), Editing, Original Score, Production Design, Sound and Adapted Screenplay (Jane Campion).
Watch on HBO Max.
Sixty years later, Stephen Sondheim's musical about Sharks and Jets returns to the big screen, this time directed by the filmmaker who brought audiences cinema’s most famous shark, Steven Spielberg, with Rachel Zegler as María, Ansel Elgort as Tony, Ariana DeBose as Anita, and a supporting turn by original star and Oscar winner Rita Moreno.
Total nominations: 7, including Best Picture, Supporting Actress (Ariana DeBose), Directing (Steven Spielberg), Cinematography, Costume Design, Production Design and Sound.