94th Academy Awards Betting: Final Oscar Nominations Predictions Update

94th Academy Awards Betting: Final Oscar Nominations Predictions Update

Oscar nominations happen next Tuesday on Feb. 8, which means we’ve got one final chance to make predictions. Which movie will receive the most nominations? Is there a film that could get shut out from the major categories? Will the Academy nominate 10 films for Best Picture and what will the Best Director category look like? Check out our final Oscar nomination predictions for the Academy Awards so you can keep betting against the Academy Award odds

Final Oscar Nomination Betting Predictions

2022 Academy Awards Oscar Nominations

  • When: Tuesday, Feb. 8

Dune will receive the most Oscar nominations

Dune, the lone true Oscar worthy blockbuster of the year, could grab at least 9 nominations, including a nom for Best Picture and a Best Director nomination for Denis Villeneuve.

There’s also a big chance Dune grabs a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie is based on Frank Herbert’s novel, which, as anyone who has read it will tell you, isn’t the easiest tome to translate to the screen.

Nominations for Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hair Styling, Best Sound, and Best Visual Effects are also possible.  

Don’t Look Up will get shut out from the major categories

Early indications had Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up grabbing nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, a Best Actor nom for Leonardo DiCaprio and a possible Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress nomination for Jennifer Lawrence.

But after mostly negative reviews, the film figures to get shut out from the top categories. Often, the Academy zeros in on a single comedy to throw out Oscar nominations. This year, that comedy is Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza.

Don’t be surprised if Don’t Look Up ends up with two nominations at the most, or maybe even zero after the Feb. 8 nominating ceremony. 

The Power of the Dog will receive nominations in three acting categories

The Power of the Dog is a lock to grab nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. Director Jane Campion is also a lock to garner a nom.

The movie should also grab nominations in 3-of-4 acting categories. Benedict Cumberbatch will get another Oscar nomination for Best Actor. 

Kodi Smit-McPhee is a lock to get a nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Kirsten Dunst should get a nomination for Best Supporting Actress. If we’re right and all three grab acting nominations, The Power of the Dog could push Dune for total nominations.   

Neither Kenneth Branagh nor Steven Spielberg will get nominated for Best Director

Most feel Kenneth Branagh is a lock to get a nomination for Best Director. We’re going the opposite direction.

While Belfast landed with great fanfare, the movie has lost some juice. Same goes for Steven Spielberg’s movie, West Side Story.

Instead of nominating Branagh or Spielberg, the Academy will reward a combination of Guillermo Del Toro, one of their favorites, for Nightmare Alley, Sian Heder for CODA, Joel Cohen for The Tragedy of McBeth, Maggie Gyllenhaal for The Lost Daughter, and Reinaldo Marcus Green for King Richard.

2 of those directors will join the 3 locks: Jane Campion for The Power of the Dog, Paul Thomas Anderson for Licorice Pizza, and Denis Villeneuve for Dune.     

10 movies will grab nominations for Best Picture

The Academy will hand out nominations to 10 movies for Best Picture. Check out our predicted list for the 10 nominated films.

  • The Power of the Dog
  • Belfast
  • Licorice Pizza
  • Dune
  • Being the Ricardos
  • King Richard
  • The Tragedy of McBeth
  • CODA
  • Nightmare Alley
  • The Lost Daughter

The Academy Awards nomination ceremony happens on Feb. 8. After nominations are set, MyBookie will post Oscar odds and then the real fun begins, picking winners for the various categories.