Do you remember the iconic La La Land and Moonlight Best Picture mix-up or Leonardo DiCaprio’s first Oscar win? The Academy Awards has surely announced a number of unexpected winners over the past years. More than surprises, though, viewers have also seen the annual show make history, like last year’s Chloe Zhao being named the first woman of color to win Best Director. As the Oscars draws near once again, we definitely can’t wait to see if we’re in for more groundbreaking moments this time around.
While waiting for the show to air on March 27, 2022 (March 28 here in the Philippines), here’s a list of some 2022 Oscar-nominated movies you can stream on Netflix:
2022 Oscar-Nominated Films Available on Netflix:
1. The Power of the Dog
With a lead of 12 Oscar nominations, The Power of the Dog should definitely be the first movie on your watch list. This psychological drama film based on Thomas Savage’s novel of the same name tells the story of two estranged rancher brothers. The younger brother increasingly loses his connection with his older brother after marrying a widow who has a son aspiring to study medicine. Benedict Cumberbatch's fearsome performance as the cruel older brother tormenting his sister-in-law and her son is one to watch!
Categories: Actor in a Leading Role [Benedict Cumberbatch], Actress in a Supporting Role [Kirsten Dunst], Actor in a Supporting Role [Kodi Smit-McPhee and Jesse Plemons], Directing [Jane Campion], Writing (Adapted Screenplay) [Jane Campion], Sound [Richard Flynn, Robert Mackenzie, Tara Webb], Original Score [Jonny Greenwood], Film Editing [Peter Sciberras], Cinematography [Ari Wegner], Production Design [Production Design: Grant Major; Set Decoration: Amber Richards], Best Picture [Jane Campion, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Roger Frappier, Producers]
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Thomasin McKenzie, Genevieve Lemon, Keith Carradine, Frances Conroy
2. The Lost Daughter
Did you know that Jake Gyllenhaal’s older sister directed this film? The Lost Daughter is Maggie Gyllenhaal’s writing and directorial debut. Based on Elena Ferrante’s 2006 novel, the film is about Leda Caruso, a college professor and translator who meets a young mother and her three-year-old daughter during a short vacation in Greece. Ultimately, Leda’s growing fixation with the two reminds her of her own past. Prepare your tissues as the movie reveals painful and confrontational truths about daughters and mothers.
Categories: Actress in a Leading Role [Olivia Colman], Actress in a Supporting Role [Jessie Buckley], Writing (Adapted Screenplay) [Maggie Gyllenhaal]
Starring: Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley, Paul Mescal, Dagmara Dominczyk, Jack Farthing
3. Tick, tick…Boom!
Are you a fan of Broadway musicals? Or maybe you just want to fangirl over Andrew Garfield? Well, Tick, tick…Boom! delivers both! With Lin-Manuel Miranda's directorial debut and Andrew Garfield’s stellar performance, this film is a total must-watch. Based on a stage musical written by Jonathan Larson, this biopic depicts the said 30-year-old theater composer’s journey as he weathers through the pressures of being an artist wanting to create the next big thing. Tick, tick…Boom! hits close to home for every single creative struggling with their craft.
Categories: Actor in a Leading Role [Andrew Garfield], Film Editing [Myron Kerstein and Andrew Weisblum]
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Vanessa Hudgens, Robin de Jesús, Joshua Henry, Judith Light
4. The Hand of God
Italy’s official submission to the Academy follows the coming-of-age story of 16-year-old Fabietto living with his noisy and chaotic family in Naples during the 1980s. The film is the director’s autobiographical letter to his youth spent in Naples.
Category: International Feature Film [Italy]
Starring: Filippo Scotti, Toni Servillo, Teresa Saponangelo
5. Lead Me Home
Lead Me Home is a documentary short film showing real life stories of homelessness in America. The film features more than two dozen subjects and their own perspectives as they grapple with the issues that have lead them to their current circumstances. This includes mental illness, disability, sexual abuse, homophobia, and lack of access to healthcare and education.
Category: Documentary Short Subject [Pedro Kos and Jon Shenk]
6. The Mitchells vs The Machines
Can you imagine your family saving the whole world? Watching The Mitchells vs The Machines might give you the answer. The animated film shows the dysfunctional Mitchell family on a road trip when suddenly, the world's electronic devices stage a takeover. It’s now up to their weird family, and their dog, to save the world. The plot seems purely enjoyable at first, but the film is actually also a clever commentary on society's reliance on technology. If you're curious how it plays out, this movie is perfect for your next Sunday family movie night.
Category: Animated Feature Film [Mike Rianda, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Kurt Albrecht]
Starring: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Mike Rianda
7. Don’t Look Up
Who would have thought we would see Ariana Grande and Merly Streep in one room? The apocalyptic black comedy film was one of the most anticipated films of 2021 due to its star-studded cast. One might be skeptical of the ensemble’s chemistry but the movie brilliantly uses this once-in-a-lifetime chance of gathering Hollywood's biggest actors to tell a compelling commentary on social media, technology, global warming, and the culture of celebrity.
Categories: Best Picture [Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, Producers], Original Score [Nicholas Britell], Writing (Original Screenplay) [Screenplay by Adam McKay; Story by Adam McKay and David Sirota], Film Editing [Hank Corwin]
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi
In this Netflix documentary short, we get a closer look at the lives of a unique American football team. Audible introduces high school star athlete Amaree McKenstry and his close friends at Maryland School for the Deaf during their senior year. Here, we see them navigating being deaf, family life, and losing a friend to suicide.
Category: Documentary Short Subject (Matt Ogens and Geoff McLean)
9. Robin Robin
It’s never too late to watch a Christmas-themed animated film, especially if it's an adorable animal heist. Robin Robin is a stop motion animated musical about, you guessed it, a robin bird also named Robin. But in an unusual twist, Robin is born and raised to a family of mice, and she ends up messing up their operations every time they break into human homes. To prove that she can be a good mouse, Robin sets off on her own to steal a Christmas star decoration.
Category: Animated Short Film (Dan Ojari and Mikey Please)
Starring: Bronte Carmichael, Richard E. Grant, Gillian Anderson, Adeel Akhtar
10. Three Songs for Benazir
This 22 minute Afghan-American documentary short film features a young Afghan refugee named Shaista who lives in a camp for the displaced. He aims to join the Afghan National Army and to become the first one from his tribe to do so. However, he is pressured by his father and brother to start a family. Newly married to Benazir, Shaista struggles to balance and choose between his dreams and his duty.
Category: Documentary Short Subject (Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei)
For the full list of the 2022 Oscar nominees, read on here.
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