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WHEN: Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 8PM ET
WHERE: on ABC live from the Dolbey Theater in Los Angeles

And the OSCAR goes to ....

Movie fans will be glued to the small screen when the 94th edition of the Academy Awards is televised from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 27, 2022 live on ABC begnning at 8PM ET.

Meanwhile, keep it here for a complete list of 2022 Oscar nominees when they are unveiled in January -- plus WHO will host this year's show -- along with presenters and performers, and the announcement of major winners on awards night!

Early 2022 Oscar contenders

Although still too early to tell, the most mentioned Best Picture nominees include "Belfast", "Power of the Dog", the Spielberg reboot of "West Side Story"; and "Dune".

With 2022 SAG Awards nominess announced in January, you can also add "King Richard" "Don't Look Up", and "CODA" to the mix.

Rounding out the Top Ten are "The Tragedy of Macbeth", "Tick, Tick ... Boom!" and "Drive My Car".

Best Animated Film? No contest -- bet the rent that it will be Disney's "Encanto".

2022 Oscar movie contenders
"Power of the Dog", the Spielberg reboot of "West Side Story"; Kenneth Branaugh's "Belfast"
and "Dune" are all early contenders in the race for Best Picture at the 2022 Oscar Awards.

Meanwhile, keep it here for more upates on who is in and out of the running as another exciting Oscar season approaches in 2022.

2021 Oscar rewind

2021 Oscar nominations (also see WINNERS, below) had "Mank" leading the way with a whopping 10 nominations, but the night belonged to "Nomadland" with wins for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress, Frances McDormand.

This year''s presenters? They included Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger, Brad Pitt, Laura Dern, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Reese Waitherspoon, and Zendaya.

Zhao became the first woman of color, the first Chinese woman, and second woman ever to win an Academy Award for directing.

Another notable winner included Korean actress Yuh-Jung Youn who received the best supporting actress Oscar for her touching portrayal of the grandmother in "Minari" -- and Daniel Kaluuya. who became the only 2021 acting winner  to sweep the awards season with his best supporting actor Oscar -- having already won at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Critics Choice Awards, and the BAFTA Film Awards for his role in "Judas and the Black Messiah."

Just up ahead, check out the complete list of this year's Oscar winners together with movie trailers, related resources and fun facts about Hollywood's biggest night.

2021 Oscar contenders

Top Oscar-worthy contenders in 2021 included "Mank" starring Hollywood veteran Gary Oldman joined by Amanda Seyfried with the year's most talked about breakout performance.

Another notable frontrunner "Nomadland", starred Frances McDormand (she also produced) in a gritty tale of real-life nomads who are forced to hit the road in search of work in America.

Rounding out the Top 5 were "The Trial of the Chicago 7" starring Sacha Baron Cohen and Eddie Redmayne; "Minari" starring Steven Yeun (the first Asian-American performer to ever be nominated in the Best Actor category): and "Judas and the Black Messiah" starring Daniel Kaluuya.

For more, check out the movie trailers coming up:


also see -> BAFTA movie awards | Critics Choice Awards | Golden Globes | SAG Awards

DID YOU KNOW? Oscar trivia & fun facts

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• There's good reason that stars holding the Oscar are surprised by its sheer weight. Each 24-karat gold-plated Oscar award stands 13.5 inches tall and weighs around 8 1/2 lbs. or about the equivalent of a gallon of milk.

The worst Oscars performance of all time goes to unlucky aspiring actress Eileen Bowman who appeared as Snow White during the 1989 show. She was there to entertain stars such as Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, and Sigourney Weaver who sat in the audience, dumbstruck. (An awkward duet with actor Rob Lowe didn't help.) The following day, The New York Times declared that the performance earned "a permanent place in the annals of Oscar embarrassments."

• In 1974, actor David Niven appeared to introduce the Best Picture nominees when a streaker stormed the stage and ran behind him. The witty British actor quickly remarked, "The only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping ... and showing his shortcomings.”

• Midnight Cowboy (1969) is the only X-rated film to ever win the Best Picture award.

• In 1940, The Los Angeles Times leaked the complete winners list the night before the ceremony. So Hollywood star Vivien Leigh, for example, arrived at the Oscars already aware that she had won Best Actress for "Gone with Wind" that year. Academy voting results have been a closely guarded secret ever since.

2021 Oscar Nominees & WINNERS

Best Picture
The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Nomadland - WINNER
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins, The Father - WINNER
Gary Oldman, Mank
Steven Yeun, Minari

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland - WINNER
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari - WINNER

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah - WINNER
Leslie Odom, Jr., One Night in Miami
Paul Raci, Sound of Metal
LaKeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Director
Thomas Vinterburg, Another Round
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
David Fincher, Mank
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland - WINNER

Best Adapted Screenplay
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Peter Baynham, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jena Friedman, Anthony Hines, Lee Kern, Dan Mazer, Erica Rivinoja & Dan Swimer)
The Father (Christopher Hampton & Florian Zeller) - WINNER
Nomadland (Chloé Zhao)
One Night in Miami (Kemp Powers)
The White Tiger (Ramin Bahrani)

Best Original Screenplay
Judas and the Black Messiah (Will Berson, Shaka King, Keith Lucas & Kenny Lucas)
Minari (Lee Isaac Chung)
Promising Young Woman (Emerald Fennell) - WINNER
Sound of Metal (Derek Cianfrance, Abraham Marder & Darius Marder)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Aaron Sorkin)

Best Costume Design
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom - WINNER

Best Original Score
Da 5 Bloods
News of the World

Best Animated Short Film
Genius Loci
If Anything Happens I Love You - WINNER

Best Live-Action Short Film
Feeling Through
The Letter Room
The Present
Two Distant Strangers - WINNER
White Eye

Best Documentary Feature
Crip Camp
The Mole Agent
My Octopus Teacher - WINNER

Best Documentary Short Subject
Colette - WINNER
A Concerto Is a Conversation
Do Not Split
Hunger Ward
A Love Song for Latasha

Best International Feature Film
Denmark, Another Round - WINNER
Hong Kong, Better Days
Romania, Collective
Tunisia, The Man Who Sold His Skin
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Quo Vadis, Aida?

Best Sound
News of the World
Sound of Metal - WINNER

Best Production Design
The Father
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
News of the World

Best Film Editing
The Father
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal - WINNER
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Cinematography
Judas and the Black Messiah
News of the World
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Visual Effects
Love and Monsters
The Midnight Sky
The One and Only Ivan
Tenet - WINNER

Best Animated Feature Film
Over the Moon
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Hillbilly Elegy
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom - WINNER

Best Original Song
“Husavik” from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
“Fight For You” from Judas and the Black Messiah - WINNER
“lo Sì (Seen)” from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)
“Speak Now” from One Night in Miami
“Hear My Voice” from The Trial of the Chicago 7

More about the Oscars around the Web:

The Oscars
- The official site features the glitz, the glamour, and the movies, actors and actresses of the past, as well as Academy Award history and video clips, this year's Oscar fashion trends, with more news & features as Oscar night draws near.

Academy Awards - Wikipedia - Check out the whole story from its earliest days until the present including voting rules, what's in those gift bags, and more with photos and related resources.

The Academy Awards through the years - Check out his special feature from the Los Angeles Times with a year-by-year at the Oscars.

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