March 28 is shaping up to be an afternoon of celebration to rival 1994 and 2004.
But could 2022 be another year when New Zealand cinema is once again the center of attention at the Oscars?
Jane Campion’s mostly Otago-shot The power of the dog leads the way with 12 nominations, but he certainly has some impressive rivals for the top prize.
Things to watch ran the rule on the top 10 contenders for this year’s best movie in this handy guide, which also lets you know where you can currently watch them.
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Belfast (in cinemas)
What is it about : Winner of the prestigious People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, Kenneth Branagh’s “most personal film to date” is a coming-of-age comedy-drama set in the eponymous capital of Northern Ireland at the tumultuous end of the 1960s. The impressive cast includes Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan and Ciaran Hinds.
What it is nominated for: Best Picture, Original Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Hinds), Sound, Direction, Original Song, Supporting Actress (Dench).
What we thought: “At a time of growing intolerance, opposition to worldviews and stressors, Belfast is a picture-perfect, resonant and, at times, joyous celebration of childhood and community spirit. (*****, James Croot)
Passcode (Apple TV+)
What is it about : A remake of the 2014 French film The Aries family, the charming tale from writer-director Sian Heder centers on Ruby, the child of deaf adults in the title, who is torn between keeping her clan’s fishing business afloat and pursuing her passion for singing. It won four Sundance Film Festival awards last year.
What it is nominated for: Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Troy Kotsur)
What we thought: “Heder delivers the perfect balance of heart and humor, beautifully integrating sign language organically into the story and presenting a fabulous quintet of performances.” (****½, James Croot)
Don’t Look Up (Netflix)
What is it about : Presenter and The big court Creator Adam McKay’s latest tale is a sci-fi comedy about two low-level astronomers who are forced to go on a giant media tour to warn humanity of an approaching comet that’s about to destroy our planet. planet.
The star-studded ensemble includes Timothee Chalamet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Meryl Streep and our very own Melanie Lynskey.
What it is nominated for: Best Cinematography, Film Editing, Original Score, Original Screenplay
What we thought: “It’s the starry, scabrous, scathing political and social satire the world needs right now. Perfectly launched and awfully timed at the end of a year in which the war on truth has escalated and the climate crisis facing humanity has been made even more explicit than before, Don’t look up is likely to decline as this generation Dr Strangelove.” (*****, James Croot)
Drive My Car (coming to theaters March 24)
What is it about : Based on Haruki Murakami’s 2014 short story of the same name, Japanese writer-director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s three-hour drama follows Yūsuke Kafuku as he attempts to craft a multilingual production of Uncle Vanya in Hiroshima and grappling with the death of his wife Oto.
What it is nominated for: Best Film, International Feature, Direction, Adapted Screenplay.
What others thought: “What it is can be summed up in one word that is often used loosely but fits the case here – a masterpiece, a mysteriously captivating creation that leaves you guessing where it is going, then reveals its essence with clarity. surprising.” (Joe Morganstern, the wall street journal)
Dune (in theaters and available to rent on iTunes, Neon, GooglePlay and YouTube)
What is it about : Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival director Denis Villeneuve is the latest to attempt to tackle Frank Herbert’s 1965 space opera. Planned and recently confirmed as a two-movie venture, this adventure on the desert planet Arrakis is populated by Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, and Zendaya.
What it is nominated for: Best Picture, Sound, Visual Effects, Production Design, Original Score, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Costume Design, Cinematography and Adapted Screenplay.
What we thought: “Villeneuve made Dunes into something accessible and human, while retaining and celebrating the epic scale of the source material. It is a stunning achievement. (****½, Graeme Tuckett)
King Richard (at the cinema)
What is it about : Will Smith plays tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams’ father Richard in this biopic that charts the pair’s rise, thanks to his coaching and determination.
What it is nominated for: Best Picture, Actor (Smith), Supporting Actress (Aunjanue Ellis), Film Editing, Original Screenplay, Original Song.
What we thought: “A truly heartwarming story, well told, beautifully filmed by veteran Robert Elswit and written to take us beyond the headlines to a place that feels authentic – and human.” (****, Graeme Tucket)
Licorice Pizza (in cinemas)
What is it about : Magnolia, there will be blood and ghost yarn The latest creation from filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson is a 1970s romantic comedy about the blossoming and deepening relationship between photographer’s assistant Alana Kane and high school student Gary Valentine.
What it is nominated for: Best Picture, Direction, Original Screenplay.
What we thought: “A beautiful, layered, idiosyncratic love letter to a time and place that couldn’t bear much more mythology, so someone had to finally show it for what it was. It will be endlessly compared to that by Tarantino Once upon a time in Hollywood — and for its scope, its loose retelling of real events and thinly disguised characters, the comparison stands. Corn Licorice Pizza is a more sinister, funnier and more believable vision. (*****, Graeme Tuckett)
Nightmare Alley (in cinemas)
What is it about : Fantasy scholar Guillermo Del Toro’s latest tale is a lavish, star-studded remake of a 1947 carnival noir film about hapless Stanton Carlyle (Bradley Cooper) who learns the ropes of the “mind-reading” trade. in an attempt to infiltrate high society. Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett also have prominent roles.
What it is nominated for: Best Picture, Production Design, Costume Design, Cinematography.
What we thought: “As you’d expect from a Del Toro production, the costumes are exquisite, the cinematography immersive and evocative, and the production design at times stunning. The sets are sometimes so detailed that you find yourself constantly scanning the frame to enjoy all their delights.(*****, James Croot)
The Power of the Dog (Netflix)
What is it about : The movie that brought Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons to our shores and farms last year, this western mostly shot by Otago in the 1920s also stars Thomasin McKenzie. Adapted from the cult novel of the same name by Thomas Savage, it marks the return of Kiwi Jane Campion to the big screen for the first time since 2009 Shining star.
What it is nominated for: Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Plemons, Kodi Smith-McPhee), Direction, Adapted Screenplay, Actor (Cumberbatch), Supporting Actress (Dunst), Production Design, Sound, Cinematography, Film Editing, Music original.
What we thought: “A slow combustion and a film of very many layers. The story twists and turns to a few possible endings – and ways to get there – but, like Phil of Cumberbatch, Campion keeps his truest story hidden in plain sight, only resolving and letting us in. into what really happened in the very last scenes. (****½, Graeme Tuckett).
West Side Story (in theaters)
What is it about : Steven Spielberg and Angels in America scribe Tony Kushner teams up for a new version of the beloved Romeo and Juliet-esque music. Sticking closer to the original Broadway script than the Oscar-winning 1961 take, it sees Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler play star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria.
What it is nominated for: Best Picture, Production Design, Sound, Costume Design, Cinematography, Directing, Supporting Actress (Ariana DeBose)
What we thought: “What Spielberg has achieved here is very special. This West Side Story respects where it comes from, stays true to its sources, and won’t offend the nostalgic among you. But it is also a fiery, combative and relevant reading of the text that brings the trampling and singing show into the 21st century. (****, Graeme Tucket).