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Cinema Chat: 2022 Oscar nods, Valentine's Day screenings, and more

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"The Power of the Dog" leads the nominees for the 94th annual Academy Awards, which were unveiled Tuesday morning. The film landed a total of 12 noms, including best picture, best director for Jane Campion, and acting noms for star Benedict Cumberbatch and supporting players Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

"Dune" follows with a total of 10 noms, including best picture, but the film was left out of the directing and acting categories. West Side Story and Belfast earned seven noms, while King Richard was nominated in six categories. Those three also will compete for best picture in a category that includes a total of 10 nominees; "CODA," "Don’t Look Up," "Drive My Car," "Licorice Pizza" and "Nightmare Alley" round out the list.

Nominees were unveiled in all 23 categories, from best picture to best director, along with the acting categories and crafts categories including best sound, best production design, best makeup and hairstyling, and best visual effects. Leslie Jordan and Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the announcement.

The Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 27. The broadcast will air live at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


  • "Belfast" (Laura Berwick, Kenneth Branagh, Becca Kovacik and Tamar Thomas, Producers)
  • "CODA" (Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi and Patrick Wachsberger, Producers)
  • "Don’t Look Up" (Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, Producers)
  • "Drive My Car" (Teruhisa Yamamoto, Producer)
  • "Dune" (Mary Parent, Denis Villeneuve and Cale Boyter, Producers)
  • "King Richard" (Tim White, Trevor White and Will Smith, Producers)
  • "Licorice Pizza" (Sara Murphy, Adam Somner and Paul Thomas Anderson, Producers)
  • "Nightmare Alley" (Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale and Bradley Cooper, Producers)
  • "The Power of the Dog" (Jane Campion, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Roger Frappier, Producers)
  • "West Side Story" (Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers)


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


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


  • Javier Bardem ("Being the Ricardos")
  • Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Power of the Dog")
  • Andrew Garfield ("tick, tick … BOOM!")
  • Will Smith ("King Richard")
  • Denzel Washington ("The Tragedy of Macbeth")


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


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


  • "Cruella" (Jenny Beavan)
  • "Cyrano" (Massimo Cantini Parrini and Jacqueline Durran)
  • "Dune" (Jacqueline West and Robert Morgan)
  • "Nightmare Alley" (Luis Sequeira)
  • "West Side Story" (Paul Tazewell)


  • "Belfast" (Denise Yarde, Simon Chase, James Mather and Niv Adiri)
  • "Dune" (Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett)
  • "No Time to Die" (Simon Hayes, Oliver Tarney, James Harrison, Paul Massey and Mark Taylor)
  • "The Power of the Dog" (Richard Flynn, Robert Mackenzie and Tara Webb)
  • "West Side Story" (Tod A. Maitland, Gary Rydstrom, Brian Chumney, Andy Nelson and Shawn Murphy)


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


  • "CODA" (Screenplay by Siân Heder)
  • "Drive My Car" (Screenplay by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe)
  • "Dune" (Screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth)
  • "The Lost Daughter" (Written by Maggie Gyllenhaal)
  • "The Power of the Dog" (Written by Jane Campion)


  • "Belfast" (Written by Kenneth Branagh)
  • "Don’t Look Up" (Screenplay by Adam McKay; Story by Adam McKay & David Sirota)
  • "King Richard" (Written by Zach Baylin)
  • "Licorice Pizza" (Written by Paul Thomas Anderson)
  • "The Worst Person in the World" (Written by Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier)


    • "Affairs of the Art" (Joanna Quinn and Les Mills)
    • "Bestia" (Hugo Covarrubias and Tevo Díaz)
    • "Boxballet" (Anton Dyakov)
    • "Robin Robin" (Dan Ojari and Mikey Please)
    • "The Windshield Wiper" (Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez)


    • "Ala Kachuu — Take and Run" (Maria Brendle and Nadine Lüchinger)
    • "The Dress" (Tadeusz Łysiak and Maciej Ślesicki)
    • "The Long Goodbye" (Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed)
    • "On My Mind" (Martin Strange-Hansen and Kim Magnusson)
    • "Please Hold" (K.D. Dávila and Levin Menekse)


    • "Don’t Look Up" (Hank Corwin)
    • "Dune" (Joe Walker)
    • "King Richard" (Pamela Martin)
    • "The Power of the Dog" (Peter Sciberras)
    • "tick, tick… BOOM!" (Myron Kerstein and Andrew Weisblum)


    • "Coming 2 America" (Mike Marino, Stacey Morris and Carla Farmer)
    • "Cruella" (Nadia Stacey, Naomi Donne and Julia Vernon)
    • "Dune" (Donald Mowat, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr)
    • "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" (Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh)
    • "House of Gucci" (Göran Lundström, Anna Carin Lock and Frederic Aspiras)


    • "Encanto" (Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino and Clark Spencer)
    • "Flee" (Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen and Charlotte De La Gournerie)
    • "Luca" (Enrico Casarosa and Andrea Warren)
    • "The Mitchells vs. The Machines" (Mike Rianda, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Kurt Albrecht)
    • "Raya and the Last Dragon" (Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho)


    • "Ascension" (Jessica Kingdon, Kira Simon-Kennedy and Nathan Truesdell)
    • "Attica" (Stanley Nelson and Traci A. Curry)
    • "Flee" (Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen and Charlotte De La Gournerie)
    • "Summer of Soul" (Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein)
    • "Writing With Fire" (Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh)


    • "Audible" (Matt Ogens and Geoff McLean)
    • "Lead Me Home" (Pedro Kos and Jon Shenk)
    • "The Queen of Basketball" (Ben Proudfoot)
    • "Three Songs for Benazir" (Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei)
    • "When We Were Bullies" (Jay Rosenblatt)


    • “Be Alive” — Music and Lyric by DIXSON and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter ("King Richard")
    • “Dos Oruguitas” — Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda ("Encanto")
    • “Down to Joy” — Music and Lyric by Van Morrison ("Belfast")
    • “No Time to Die” — Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell ("No Time to Die")
    • “Somehow You Do” — Music and Lyric by Diane Warren ("Four Good Days")


      • "Dune" (Greig Fraser)
      • "Nightmare Alley" (Dan Laustsen)
      • "The Power of the Dog" (Ari Wegner)
      • "The Tragedy of Macbeth" (Bruno Delbonnel)
      • "West Side Story" (Janusz Kaminski)


      • "Drive My Car" (Japan)
      • "Flee" (Denmark)
      • "The Hand of God" (Italy)
      • "Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom" (Bhutan)
      • "The Worst Person in the World" (Norway)


      • "Dune" (Production Design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Zsuzsanna Sipos)
      • "Nightmare Alley" (Production Design: Tamara Deverell; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau)
      • "The Power of the Dog" (Production Design: Grant Major; Set Decoration: Amber Richards)
      • "The Tragedy of Macbeth" (Production Design: Stefan Dechant; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh)
      • "West Side Story" (Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo)


      • "Dune" (Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer)
      • "Free Guy" (Swen Gillberg, Bryan Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis and Dan Sudick)
      • "No Time to Die" (Charlie Noble, Joel Green, Jonathan Fawkner and Chris Corbould)
      • "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" (Christopher Townsend, Joe Farrell, Sean Noel Walker and Dan Oliver)
      • "Spider-Man: No Way Home" (Kelly Port, Chris Waegner, Scott Edelstein and Dan Sudick)



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      "Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America"

      A selection of the SXSW Film Festival. Interweaving lecture, personal anecdotes, interviews, and shocking revelations, criminal defense/civil rights lawyer (and former ACLU deputy legal director) Jeffery Robinson draws a stark timeline of anti-Black racism in the United States, from slavery to the modern myth of a post-racial America. This moving documentary is released as the US stands on the precipice of significant deterioration in historical education. Founder of the Who We Are project Jeffrey Robinson has spent the last decade lecturing about anti-black racism and white supremacy in America.

      Emily Kunstler (Producer/Director/Editor) and Sarah Kunstler(Producer/Director) are the founders of Off Center Media, a documentary production company dedicated to racial justice and social change. Their film, "William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe" (Sundance '09, POV/PBS), was shortlisted for the Best Documentary Academy Award. The film is an examination of their father’s life and choices, tracing his career as a civil rights lawyer and fighter for racial justice, as well his representation of society’s most despised. Other Off Center Media films have contributed to campaigns to stay executions, convince decision makers to reopen cases, and exonerate the wrongfully convicted.

      "Parallel Mothers"

      2 Academy Award Nominations: Best Original Score and Best Actress for Penelope Cruz

      A 2021 Spanish drama film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. The film stars Penélope Cruz.

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      3 Academy Award Nominations: Best Animated Feature, Best Documentary Feature, and Best International Feature Film

      An animated documentary film directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen. It follows the story of a man named Amin Nawabi, who shares his hidden past for the first time, of fleeing his country. The film had its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival on January 28, 2021 It received unanimous acclaim from film festivals and critics, with critical praise for animation, story, thematic content, and subject matter; winning numerous awards. It was selected as the Danish entry for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film and was shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature. Flee tells the story of Amin Nawabi as he grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon to be husband. Recounted mostly through animation to director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, he tells for the first time the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan.

      "The Tragedy of Macbeth"

      3 Academy Award Nominations: Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Actor for Denzel Washington.

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      "Drive My Car"

      4 Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film

      Two years after his wife's unexpected death, Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima), a renowned stage actor and director, receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya at a theater festival in Hiroshima. There, he meets Misaki Watari (Toko Miura), a taciturn young woman assigned by the festival to chauffeur him in his beloved red Saab 900. As the production's premiere approaches, tensions mount amongst the cast and crew, not least between Yusuke and Koji Takatsuki, a handsome TV star who shares an unwelcome connection to Yusuke's late wife. Forced to confront painful truths raised from his past, Yusuke begins -- with the help of his driver -- to face the haunting mysteries his wife left behind. Adapted from Haruki Murakami's short story, Ryusuke Hamaguchi's film is a haunting road movie traveling a path of love, loss, acceptance, and peace. Winner of three prizes at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, including Best Screenplay.


      An American slasher film directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett and written by James Vanderbiltand Guy Busick. It is the fifth installment in the "Scream film" series. Though billed as a relaunch of the film series, the film is a direct sequel to "Scream 4" (2011), and the first in the series not to be directed by Wes Craven, who died in 2015. The film is dedicated to Craven at the beginning of the closing credits. The film stars Melissa Barrera, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, and Jack Quaid, alongside Marley Shelton, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, and Neve Campbell, who reprise their roles from previous installments. Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, Calif., a new killer dons the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town's deadly past.

      "Licorice Pizza"

      3 Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Director for Paul Thomas Anderson

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      "The French Dispatch"

      A 2021 American comedy-drama anthology film written, directed, and produced byWes Andersonfrom a story he conceived with Roman Coppola, Hugo Guinness, andJason Schwartzman. The film stars an ensemble cast featuring Benicio del Toro,Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson. Its plot follows three different storylines, as the French foreign bureau of a fictional Kansas newspaper creates its final issue. Filming took place between November 2018 and March 2019, with cinematographer Robert Yeoman, in the city of Angoulême, France. Following a delay, the film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on July 12, 2021.


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      Award-winning director Joe Wright envelops moviegoers in a symphony of emotions with music, romance, and beauty in this re-imagining the timeless tale of a heartbreaking love triangle. A man ahead of his time, Cyrano de Bergerac (played by Peter Dinklage) dazzles whether with ferocious wordplay at a verbal joust or with brilliant swordplay in a duel. But, convinced that his appearance renders him unworthy of the love of a devoted friend, the luminous Roxanne (Haley Bennett), Cyrano has yet to declare his feelings for her -- and Roxanne has fallen in love, at first sight, with Christian (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.).

      "The Batman" -- OPENS FRIDAY, MARCH 4 AT THE STATE

      The Riddler plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with Batman (Robert Pattinson) and Commissioner Gordon in Gotham City. Director:Matt Reeves

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