Rachel Zegler is going to the Oscars! Rejoice!

Rachel Zegler Is Officially Presenting At The Oscars

So is Jacob Elordi, BTW.

by Ani Bundel
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It’s awards season again. Even after a year when theaters finally reopened in earnest in 2021, the 94th annual Academy Awards are still pretty streaming-heavy, especially with nearly all major studios releasing films simultaneously in theaters and streaming over the past year. But that only makes this year’s Oscars race all the more enjoyable. Let’s run down everything to know about the 2022 Oscars, from the nominations to the when the show will air.

After the 93rd Annual Academy Awards was pushed back to April 2021, this year’s ceremony is trying to scoot back up the calendar toward its previous February slot. But with large gatherings still up in the air, the Oscars producers wisely didn’t jump to rush all the way back so soon. For 2022, the nominations were announced on Feb. 8, with plans for a late March show. (Hopefully, there won’t be any shutdown-related delays for this show, but watch this space for any changes that may arise.)

So, which movies are going to be feted at the party, and which actors will walk the red carpet to tell everyone how much it’s an honor just to be nominated? Here’s everything known so far about this year's Oscars.

Who’s Nominated For The 2022 Oscars?

Nominations for the 2022 Oscars were announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8, by Leslie Jordan and Tracee Ellis Ross, with guest appearances by movie fans from around the country. Here’s the list of nominees.

Best Picture

  • The Power of the Dog
  • Dune
  • Don't Look Up
  • Licorice Pizza
  • West Side Story
  • King Richard
  • CODA
  • Belfast
  • Drive My Car
  • Nightmare Alley

Best Director

  • Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog)
  • Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza)
  • Kenneth Branagh (Belfast)
  • Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car)
  • Steven Spielberg (West Side Story)

Best Actor

  • Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog)
  • Will Smith (King Richard)
  • Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick... Boom!)
  • Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth)
  • Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos)


Best Actress

  • Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos)
  • Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter)
  • Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye)
  • Kristen Stewart (Spencer)
  • Penélope Cruz (Parallel Mothers)

Best Supporting Actor

  • Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power of the Dog)
  • Troy Kotsur (CODA)
  • Ciarán Hinds (Belfast)
  • J.K. Simmons (Being the Ricardos)
  • Jesse Plemmons (The Power of the Dog)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter)
  • Ariana DeBose (West Side Story)
  • Judy Dench (Belfast)
  • Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog)
  • Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard)

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Encanto
  • Flee
  • Luca
  • The Mitchells vs the Machines
  • Raya and the Last Dragon
Walt Disney Pictures

Best Animated Short Film

  • Affairs of the Art
  • Bestia
  • Boxballet
  • Robin Robin
  • The Windshield Wiper

Best Live Action Short Film

  • Ala Kachuu – Take and Run
  • The Dress
  • The Long Goodbye
  • On My Mind
  • Please Hold

Best International Feature Film

  • Drive My Car
  • Flee
  • The Hand of God
  • Lucana: A Yak in the Classroom The Worst Person in the World

Best Original Screenplay

  • Licorice Pizza
  • Belfast
  • Don't Look Up
  • King Richard
  • The Worst Person in the World
Warner Bros. Pictures

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • The Power of the Dog
  • Dune
  • CODA
  • The Lost Daughter
  • Drive My Car

Best Documentary Feature

  • Ascension
  • Attica
  • Flee
  • Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
  • Writing With Fire

Best Documentary Short Subject

  • Audible
  • Lead Me Home
  • The Queen of Basketball
  • 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)
  • “Somehow You Do” (Four Good Days)

Best Original Score

  • Nicholas Britell (Don’t Look Up)
  • Hans Zimmer (Dune)
  • Germaine Franco (Encanto)
  • Alberto Iglesias (Parallel Mothers)
  • Jonny Greenwood (The Power of the Dog)

Best Sound

  • Belfast
  • Dune
  • No Time to Die
  • The Power of the Dog
  • West Side Story

Best Costume Design

  • Cruella
  • Cyrano
  • Dune
  • Nightmare Alley
  • West Side Story

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

  • Coming 2 America
  • Cruella
  • Dune
  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye
  • House of Gucci
Warner Bros. Pictures

Best Production Design

  • Dune
  • Nightmare Alley
  • The Power of the Dog
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • West Side Story

Best Cinematography

  • Dune
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • The Power of the Dog
  • West Side Story
  • Nightmare Alley

Best Film Editing

  • Don’t Look Up
  • Dune
  • King Richard
  • The Power of the Dog
  • Tick, Tick… Boom!

Best Visual Effects

  • Dune
  • Free Guy
  • No Time to Die
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

Who is Hosting & Presenting At The 2022 Oscars?

After trying the “hostless” model for three years, the Academy is back to having someone to lead the live event other than the revolving cast of presenters. As if trying to make up for the lack of host the last couple of telecasts, this year will have three hosts: Amy Schumer, Regina Hall, and Wanda Sykes. Each will lead one of the show’s three hours, instead of working together as co-hosts. It is not clear if this means viewers will have to sit through three different opening monologues.

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As for presenters, the first batch was announced on March 3: Kevin Costner, Zoë Kravitz, Lady Gaga, Rosie Perez, Chris Rock, and Yuh-Jung Youn. Although the announcement didn’t indicate who will present what, as the Best Actress in a Supporting Role winner from last year, Yuh-Jung Youn is anticipated to to present this year’s Actor in a Supporting Role, as is tradition. (Daniel Kaluuya, who won Actor in a Supporting Role last year, is expected to be in a future announcement, to present Actress in a Supporting Role.) According to Deadline, the show is expected to bring back Anthony Hopkins and Frances McDormand, last year’s Best Actor and Best Actress in a Leading Role winners, to present Actress and Actor in a Leading Role this year, respectively.

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The second batch of presenters were confirmed on March 8, which included last year’s best actor winner, Anthony Hopkins. Also presenting: Simu Liu, Uma Thurman, Lily James, Rami Malek, Ruth E. Carter, and John Leguizamo.

The next batch was announced on March 11th, starting with the expected Daniel Kaluuya, plus Mila Kunis, Lupita Nyong'o, Naomi Scott, Wesley Snipes and John Travolta.

On March 15th, the Oscars added the upcoming live-action Little Mermaid Halle Bailey, along with Samuel L. Jackson, Sean Combs, Jamie Lee Curtis, Woody Harrelson, Shawn Mendes, Tyler Perry and Tracee Ellis Ross. A week later, on March 21, yet more celebrities were added to the lineup, including Stephanie Beatriz, DJ Khaled, Jennifer Garner, H.E.R., Tiffany Haddish, Tony Hawk, Bill Murray, Elliot Page, Kelly Slater, and Shaun White.

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The final batch of presenters was announced on March 23, with a confirmation that after a ticketing snafu, Rachel Zegler was offered a presenter slot and confirmed her attendance. Along with her, the Academy also confirmed Josh Brolin, Jacob Elordi, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Momoa, Jill Scott, J.K. Simmons, Serena Williams, and Venus Williams will all be presenting during the show.

Who Will Perform At The Oscars?

As is tradition, the Oscars will feature musical numbers, mostly pulled from the slate of 2022 Original Song nominees. Beyoncé, Billie Eilish and FINNEAS, Reba McEntire, and Sebastián Yatra are all confirmed to be performing their nominated songs.

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Beyoncé will sing “Be Alive” from King Richard; Billie Eilish and FINNEAS will sing the titular track from No Time to Die; Reba McEntire is singing “Somehow You Do” from Four Good Days; and Sebastián Yatra will perform “Dos Oruguitas” from Encanto. The fifth nominee, Van Morrison’s “Down To Joy” from Belfast, will not be performed on the broadcast, as the singer will not be in attendance due to his tour schedule.

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The list of musical performers for the show also contains some surprises. Apparently, there will be an all-star band lead by Oscars music director Adam Blackstone. He’ll be joined on stage by Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, percussionist and singer Sheila E., and genre-spanning pianist Robert Glasper. They will be part of the overall musical score performers, along with a live orchestra.

Also, DJ D-Nice will be everywhere at this year’s Oscars. He’ll be spinning and hosting the official pre-party, as well as performing during the show itself and at the Governors Ball, the official Oscars post-celebration party.

And best of all, Encanto’s big hit number “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” may not have been nominated, but the Oscars will pay tribute to the viral sensation. The Academy is planning a big production number, which will be the first time the song has been performed live for an audience.

What Categories Are Being Televised At The 2022 Oscars?

In a controversial move, the Academy has decided some mainstay categories will not be part of this year’s televised broadcast, but rather will be presented early while the red carpet is still in full swing. Those awards that will not make the live show (but will be taped) include Documentary (Short Subject), Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Production Design, Short Film (Animated), Short Film (Live Action), and Sound.

The categories that will be part of the live broadcast include Actor in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Animated Feature Film, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Documentary (Feature), International Feature Film, Music (Original Song), Visual Effects, Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Writing (Original Screenplay) and Best Picture.

When Will The 2022 Oscars Take Place?

The 94th annual Academy Awards will broadcast live Sunday, March 27, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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