Oscar Predictions 2022: Who will win each category at the Oscars?

Predicted winner: Dunes
Could win: alley of nightmares
Should Win: West Side Story

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR

Mike Marino, Stacey Morris and Carla Farmer, Coming 2 America
Nadia Stacey, Naomi Donne and Julia Vernon, Cruel
Donald Mowat, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr, Dunes
Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh, Tammy Faye’s eyes
Göran Lundström, AnnaCarin Lock and Frederic Aspiras, Gucci House

A solid series of industry awards puts Tammy Faye’s eyes at the top spot here, which fits comfortably into the subcategory of dramatic transformation from star to historical icon. It also helps that Jessica Chastain is a strong lead candidate: there’s a parallel between those and this category, from The iron woman for Darkest hour. Cruelthe punk glamor of could certainly shine here too, and pay attention to the Dunes if his incredibly detailed ensemble work resonates with enough voters. —DC

Predicted winner: Tammy Faye’s eyes
Could win: Dunes
Should Win: Dunes

BEST SOUND

Denise Yarde, Simon Chase, James Mather and Niv Adiri, Belfast
McRuth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett, Dunes
Simon Hayes, Oliver Tarney, James Harrison, Paul Massey and Mark Taylor, no time to die
Richard Flynn, Robert Mackenzie and Tara Webb, The power of the dog
Tod A. Maitland, Gary Rydstrom, Brian Chumney, Andy Nelson and Shawn Murphy, West Side Story

Winners of this category, which combines the old mixing and sound editing categories, tend to fall into two groups: giant effects shows or musicals. There is a bit of both this year, with Dunes and no time to die providing plenty of crashes and explosions, while the many layers of vocals, musicians, and dancing feet in West Side Story bring new life to this iconic musical. We continue to encourage West Side Storyin the artisan categories, but cannot deny the power of Dunes and her beautiful sandworm, may she reign long. —KR

Predicted winner: Dunes
Could win: West Side Story
Should Win: West Side Story

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer, Dunes
Swen Gillberg, Bryan Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis and Dan Sudick, free guy
Charlie Noble, Joel Green, Jonathan Fawkner and Chris Corbould, no time to die
Christopher Townsend, Joe Farrell, Sean Noel Walker and Dan Oliver, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Kelly Port, Chris Waegner, Scott Edelstein and Dan Sudick, Spider-Man: No Coming Home

super hero movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is pretty much out of the running with the category’s most random nominee, Free guy. There is always a chance that voters could give it to Spider-Man: No Coming Home, the biggest box office hit of the year, which we know means a lot of people saw it. As for the last episode of Bond, No time to die, it’s actually quite rare for a Bond film to even get a nomination in this category, the last being in 1980, and only one…thunder ball– never won, in 1966. Dunes, which swept through the March 8 Visual Effects Society Awards, taking home four trophies, including top prize for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photorealistic Feature, should easily win this category. —RF