Oscars 2022 first half contenders: ‘Elvis’, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Multiverses, flying jets, and a film that speaks to the horrors of our political realities are just some of the films from the first half of 2022. Now that we’re halfway there, the return to cinemas has become a hopeful development for the biggest blockbusters. At the same time, studios are already strategizing their plans for the fall festival circuit.

Disabling the upcoming film award season is an annual tradition at Variety† While there have been clear festival standouts (i.e. Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or-winning “Triangle of Sadness”), this list doesn’t include movies yet to open to the public, nor films like Marvel’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” that are in premiered but won’t open until July 8.

You’ll find an eclectic mix of genres and mediums, which could whet the appetite of Oscar voters, including the 397 new members invited to join. Features to choose from include major blockbuster goggles (“Top Gun: Maverick”), martial arts movies (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”), sci-fi allegories (“Crimes of the Future”), meta comedies (“The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent”), current abortion movies (“Happening”), transformative biopics (“Elvis”), animated gems (“Marcel the Shell with Shoes On”) and small independent films that hope to get into the conversation. stay (“Montana Story”).

There are already talent-packed categories that can build bridges to mainstream audiences and voters, such as Netflix’s Hustle with Adam Sandler (still seeking his first nomination after “Uncut Gems”) or films that will appeal to craft industries such as Universal’s “Jurassic World: Dominion” and Sony Pictures’ “Uncharted.”

The box office has often been used as a talking point throughout the season, but sadly, movies like ‘Scream’ or ‘The Lost City’ don’t help voters. However, it just might provide a path to one of the races for movies like “Jackass Forever” and “The Bad Guys.”

Sometimes critics and reviews don’t matter, which is why we shouldn’t count mentions like ‘Morbius’, ‘Death on the Nile’ or ‘Ambulance’.

In order to name as many films as possible, a film is only mentioned once as a top highlight, even though it can compete in multiple categories.

The first best picture prediction chart can be found here, and updates from the top contenders for the Oscars Collective are here.

Read the list of contenders, one from each of the 19 Oscar categories, below:

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