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Hollywood Prepares For Nominations Ahead of Academy Awards

The Oscar nominations will be announced today with an expanded best picture category which it is hoped will make room for a wider range of films.

British acting nominees could include Andrew Garfield, Benedict Cumberbatch, Olivia Colman and Ciarán Hinds.

The Academy has confirmed the ceremony will have a host this year, but has not yet revealed who it will be.

There is pressure to make the Oscars more popular with and relevant to young audiences, after 2021’s pared-down ceremony tanked in the ratings, partly due to the absence of big film releases during lockdown.

Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan will announce the nominations from Los Angeles at 13:20 GMT.

There is only one guarantee ahead of the nominations: with far more big films in the race this year and only a limited number of slots available, several high-profile films and their stars will inevitably miss out.

Equally, we could see some lower-profile films spring surprise nominations. While expecting the unexpected, here are a few of the films and actors who stand the strongest chance:

For the last decade or so, the Academy’s best picture category has featured anywhere between five and 10 nominees (there were eight last year).

However, from this year, the governing body has ruled there must be the full 10, in an effort to make the shortlist more diverse, inclusive and, frankly, popular.

In theory, that should have made some room for blockbusters such as the phenomenally successful Spider-Man: No Way Home or the James Bond film No Time To Die but neither are traditional Oscar films and the poor showing for both at the recent guild ceremonies suggests neither has the momentum for a best picture nomination. They might, however, show up in some of the technical categories.

Instead, expect Steven Spielberg’s towering remake of the musical West Side Story, Sir Kenneth Branagh’s autobiographical Belfast, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s ode to 1970s youth Licorice Pizza to show up in best picture.


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