Academy Awards 2022: The winners

The 94th Academy Awards have been and gone – read our summary to find out what happened. 

Academy Awards 2022: The winners

The 94th Academy Awards were televised on Sunday night (well, the early hours of Monday for UK viewers) and they featured one of the most insane moments since the Oscars’ inception: Will Smith walking on stage and smacking Chris Rock for joking about his wife Jada. Since that has been all everyone is talking about, you might not know this if you didn’t watch the ceremony, but they also handed out a few awards, too. 

CODA, the coming-of-age comedy drama film about a child of deaf adults, took home all three of the awards it was nominated for, including the biggest award of the night – Best Picture. Troy Kotsur also became the first deaf actor to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Jane Campion won the award for Best Director for her film The Power of the Dog, which marks the first time in Academy Award history that women have taken home the award in successive years. It also makes Jane Campion only the third woman to have ever won. Oddly, it is the first time since 1968 – when Mike Nichols won for The Graduate – that a film won Best Director and nothing else.

Similarly to the BAFTAs, Dune won the most awards, with six total, including Best Cinematography. Drive My Car picked up Best International Feature, while Jessica Chastain and Will Smith picked up the Best Actress and Best Actor awards respectively. (The latter apologised to the Academy, but not to Chris Rock, and said that he hopes he is invited back in his speech.)

See the full list of winners and nominees below.

Best Picture



Don’t Look Up

Drive My Car


King Richard

Licorice Pizza

Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

West Side Story 

Best Actress

Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye) (WINNER)

Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter)

Penélope Cruz (Parallel Mothers)

Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos)

Kristen Stewart (Spencer)

Best Actor

Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos)

Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog)

Andrew Garfield (tick, tick … BOOM!)

Will Smith (King Richard) (WINNER)

Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth)

Best Director

Kenneth Branagh (Belfast)

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car)

Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza)

Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog) (WINNER)

Steven Spielberg (West Side Story)

Best Supporting Actress

Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter)

Ariana DeBose (West Side Story) (WINNER)

Judi Dench (Belfast)

Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog)

Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard)

Best Supporting Actor

Ciarán Hinds (Belfast)

Troy Kotsur (CODA) (WINNER)

Jesse Plemons (The Power of the Dog)

JK Simmons (Being the Ricardos)

Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power of the Dog)

Best Costume Design

Cruella (WINNER)



Nightmare Alley

West Side Story

Best Sound



No Time to Die

The Power of the Dog

West Side Story

Best Original Score

Don’t Look Up



Parallel Mothers

The Power of the Dog

Best Adapted Screenplay

CODA (Sian Heder) (WINNER)

Drive My Car (Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe)

Dune (Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve)

The Lost Daughter (Maggie Gyllenhaal)

The Power of the Dog (Jane Campion)

Best Original Screenplay

Belfast (Kenneth Branagh) (WINNER)

Don’t Look Up (Adam McKay, David Sirota)

Licorice Pizza (Paul Thomas Anderson)

King Richard (Zach Baylin)

The Worst Person in the World (Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier)

Best Animated Short

Affairs of the Art



Robin Robin

The Windshield Wiper (WINNER)

Best Live Action Short

Ala Kachuu – Take and Run

The Dress

The Long Goodbye (WINNER)

On My Mind

Please Hold

Best Film Editing

Don’t Look Up


King Richard

The Power of the Dog

tick, tick… BOOM!

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

Coming 2 America



The Eyes of Tammy Faye (WINNER)

House of Gucci

Best Animated Feature

Encanto (WINNER)



The Mitchells Vs the Machines

Raya and the Last Dragon

Best Documentary Feature




Summer of Soul (WINNER)

Writing With Fire

Best Documentary Short


Lead Me Home

The Queen of Basketball (WINNER)

Three Songs for Benazir

When We Were Bullies

Best Original Song

Be Alive (King Richard)

Dos Oruguitas (Encanto)

Down to Joy (Belfast)

No Time to Die (No Time to Die) (WINNER)

Somehow You Do (Four Good Days)

Best Cinematography


Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

The Tragedy of Macbeth

West Side Story

Best International Feature

Drive My Car (WINNER)


The Hand of God

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

The Worst Person in the World

Best Production Design


Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

The Tragedy of Macbeth

West Side Story

Best Visual Effects


Free Guy

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

No Time to Die

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Header Image Credit: Flickr - Davidlohr Bueso


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