Ranking The Oscars 2022 Best Picture Candidates

Last year, I spoke about how, initially, the nominees for Best Picture seemed pretty solid, but the opportunity to watch all of them proved to be lackluster. This year was kind of the opposite. At first, the nominees seemed very… we’ll say “odd” to me. Then, after viewing most of them, I’ve come around on them more than last year’s batch. It’s more consistently solid, though perhaps not entirely sensational.

Note that I said I saw most of them this year. Unlike last year, I did not have the same opportunity to see every nominee. As of writing, I have not seen Licorice Pizza (which, to me, seems like the frontrunner), CODA, or Belfast. As such, they will not appear on this list. Should that ruin this ranking for you, by all means, close the tab.

As frequent readers are aware, I did view a few Best Picture nominees during my currently continuing March of the Movies block, so I will simply link to those reviews for extended thoughts. All other extended thoughts on individual films will have links to their parent sources. (I believe I have reviews for all of them somewhere.)

And if, for whatever reason, you with to see prior years’ rankings, you can see my 2018, 2019, and 2020 lists before this one. (The 2021 list is linked in the first two words.)

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Day Two: The Power of the Dog (March of the Movies 2022)

As a nominee for Best Picture at this year’s Oscar’s, The Power of the Dog immediately became an intriguing prospect to view for me. I tend to like these slow-burn, “artsy-fartsy” films about gradually rising tensions and symbolic gobbledygook. After sitting down to watch this—shoddy internet and all—I can see what all the hub-bub is about!

To be transparent, this isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. Much of the first half was somewhat hard to get through; like watching The Office without any affection for its characters. Uncomfortable and hostile, it takes its time to show its true colors. Well, “true” may be misleading; it’s certainly something that’s up for debate. Nevertheless, those fond of psychological dissection are in for a treat.

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