Ron HowardThailand 2018 Rescue. It deserves another look.
Joseph Kosinski, Top Gun: Maverick:
Maverick One of the most critically and commercially successful films of 2022. It wasn’t directing itself. Kosinski may not have a high reputation, but he deserves respect.
Paul Mescal, After the sun
For his subtle performance as a struggling young father Charlotte Wellsacclaimed indie, Normal people the star is already up for Critics Choice and Spirit Awards. (His young partner, Frankie Coriois just as worthy.)
Ana de Armas, Blonde
Sure, the film is overlong and, in the eyes of some, exploitative, but that’s not the fault of this Cuban talent, who made a huge comeback and hit home with his performance.
Best Supporting Actor
Mark Strong, Year:
It’s hard not to act off-screen Cate Blanchettbut this veteran character actor, donning a funny shirt to play a moneyed man who wishes Lydia Tarry had the talent, holds his own.
Best Supporting Actress
Gabriel Union, The inspection
Mo’Nique won this award for playing a fanatical nightmare of a mother Expensive; Union, for an equally terrifying twist Jeremy Popeis equally worthy.
Best Adapted Screenplay
Lady Chatterley’s lover
DH LawrenceThe 1928 novel has been adapted many times, but never better than the two-time Oscar nominee David Mageewho also adapted this season A man called Otto.
Best Original Screenplay
More polarizing than Jordan Peele’s previous films Get out (for which he won this Oscar) and Us, no it’s still relatively smart and funny, and arguably even more ambitious.
Best Documentary Feature
David SievThe Oscar-shortlisted debut is a portrait of America in the age of COVID, seen through the lens of her Cambodian Mexican-American family in small-town Michigan.
Best Original Song
“Naatu Naatu” RRR:
Chandrabose and: MM KeravaniThe shortlisted tune is the centerpiece of a huge blockbuster from India and has people dancing in the aisles of cinemas across the world.
A version of this story first appeared in a separate January issue of The Hollywood Reporter. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.