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It’s the Last Day of Oscar Nomination Voting — Here’s What Our Ballot Would Look Like



We are entering the final hours of electronic voting for this year’s Oscar nominations, which close at 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday. The Academy’s 9,487 eligible voting members (out of 10,487 total members) have likely already decided on their favorites of the year, but for the last-minute stragglers out there, I’ve put together my own ballot for Below the Line.

My wishlist of nominees doesn’t necessarily reflect my favorite films of the year — that’s a different list — but it represents how I would actually vote for the Oscars if I had that privilege. So I might’ve loved Coming Home in the Dark, but I recognize that the violent genre film isn’t exactly Best Picture material, though I did find a way to honor that film (within reason) below.

If you’re an Academy voter, by all means, you do you, but if you didn’t see all the awards movies this year or you just aren’t sure how to vote, or maybe you don’t quite trust your grandson’s taste, feel free to take some cues from the ballot below.

Without further ado, behold my faux Oscar ballot (sans the short film categories), and remember that an asterisk (*) denotes my personal vote to win as opposed to an actual prediction.

Image via Apple TV+

Best Picture

King Richard
Licorice Pizza
Red Rocket
Shiva Baby
Spider-Man: No Way Home
Tick, Tick… Boom!

Best Director

Sean Baker, Red Rocket
Reinaldo Marcus Green, King Richard
Sian Heder, CODA*
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tick, Tick… Boom!
Joachim Trier, The Worst Person in the World

Will Smith King Richard
Image via Warner Bros.

Best Actor

Nicolas Cage, Pig
Matt Damon, Stillwater
Andrew Garfield, Tick, Tick… Boom!
Simon Rex, Red Rocket
Will Smith, King Richard*

Best Actress

Emilia Jones, CODA*
Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza
Kristen Stewart, Spencer
Rachel Sennott, Shiva Baby
Renate Reinsve, The Worst Person in the World

Best Supporting Actor

Anders Danielsen Lie, The Worst Person in the World
Eugenio Derbez, CODA
Daniel Gillies, Coming Home in the Dark
Troy Kotsur, CODA*
Jared Leto, House of Gucci

Best Supporting Actress

Abigail Breslin, Stillwater
Camille Cottin, Stillwater
Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard*
Gaby Hoffmann, C’mon, C’mon
Marlee Matlin, CODA

Best Original Screenplay

Zach Baylin, King Richard*
Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza
Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch, Red Rocket
Tom McCarthy, Marcus Hinchey, Thomas Bidegain and Noé Debré, Stillwater
Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt, The Worst Person in the World

Best Adapted Screenplay

Sian Heder, CODA*
Eli Saslow and Rodrigo García, Four Good Days
John Pollono, Small Engine Repair
Steven Levenson, Tick, Tick… Boom!
Tony Kushner, West Side Story

Image via Neon

Best Animated Feature

The Mitchells vs. the Machine

Best Documentary Feature

The Alpinist
The Rescue*
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

Best International Feature

A Hero
Riders of Justice
The Worst Person in the World*

Image via Neon

Best Cinematography

Jonathan Griffith, Brett Lowell and Austin Siadak, The Alpinist
Ari Wegner, The Power of the Dog
Ruben Impens, Titane*
Bruno Delbonnel, The Tragedy of Macbeth
Janusz Kaminski, West Side Story

Best Costume Design

Jenny Beavan, Cruella
Jacqueline West and Robert Morgan, Dune
Antoinette Messam, The Harder They Fall
Janty Yates, House of Gucci*
Jacqueline Durran, Spencer

Best Editing

Úna Ní Dhonghaíle, Belfast*
Geraud Brisson, CODA
Sean Baker, Red Rocket
Bob Eisenhardt, The Rescue
Hanna Park, Shiva Baby

Image via Disney+

Best Makeup/Hairstyling

Nadia Stacey, Naomi Donne and Julia Vernon, Cruella*
Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh, The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Göran Lundström, Anna Carin Lock and Frederic Aspiras, House of Gucci
Stacey Panepinto and Wakana Yoshihara, Spencer
Jean Ann Black and Cydney Cornell, The Tragedy of Macbeth

Best Original Score

Hans Zimmer, Dune
Alexis Grapsas and Philip Klein, Pig
Jonny Greenwood, The Power of the Dog
Stephen McKeon, Rose Plays Julie*
Jonny Greenwood, Spencer

Best Original Song

“So May We Start?” from Annette*
“Down to Joy” from Belfast
“Guns Go Bang” from The Harder They Fall
“Be Alive” from King Richard
“No Time to Die” from No Time to Die

Image via Warner Bros.

Best Production Design

Patrice Vermette (production design) and Zsuzsanna Sipos (set decoration), Dune*
Arthur Max, House of Gucci
Florencia Martin, Licorice Pizza
Tamara Deverell (production design) and Shane Vieau (set decoration), Nightmare Alley
Guy Hendrix Dyas, Spencer

Best Sound

Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett, Dune*
The Matrix Resurrections
Simon Hayes, Oliver Tarney, James Harrison, Paul Massey and Mark Taylor, No Time to Die
Spider-Man: No Way Home

Best Visual Effects

Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer, Dune*
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
The Suicide Squad

Best Ensemble (If We Had a Ballot for the SAG Awards)

The Harder They Fall
King Richard
Red Rocket
Spider-Man: No Way Home


CODA6 (Picture, Director, Actress, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Ensemble)
Dune3 (Production Design, Sound, Visual Effects)
King Richard3 (Actor, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay)
Annette1 (Original Song)
Belfast1 (Editing)
Cruella1 (Makeup/Hairstyling)
Flee1 (Animated Feature)
House of Gucci – 1 (Costume Design)
The Rescue1 (Documentary Feature)
Rose Plays Julie1 (Original Score)
Titane1 (Cinematography)
The Worst Person in the World1 (International Feature)

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