2022 Long Lists

Me eating a tasty treat as I contemplate how much time I have to watch 50 more movies and post a personal ballot with full write-ups before the Oscars

Much like last year, I decided to put together a long list of all the 2022 films I have in contention for my personal ballot. The first row in each category are all films I would consider nominating, while the second row are all films I wanted to shout out without feeling tempted to put them in a final lineup. Feel free to check out my lists of all the films I’ve seen from this year (arranged alphabetically, by grade, and chronologically), as well as my Letterboxd account. Oh, and please share your own faves and recommendations,! Which films do I need to see? Where do our list sync up and where do they diverge completely? What would you do if a bristly, handsome young donkey wandered into your life? I must know!

Director

  • Aftersun, Charlotte Wells
  • All That Breathes, Shaunak Sen
  • Babu Yar. Context, Sergei Loznitsa
  • BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths, Alejandro G. Inaritu
  • Catherine Called Birdy, Lena Dunham
  • Children of the Mist, Ha Le Diem
  • Decision to Leave, Park Chan-wook
  • Descendant, Margaret Brown
  • Donbass, Sergei Loznitsa
  • EO, Jerzy Skolimowski
  • Great Freedom, Sebastian Meise
  • The Great Movement, Kiro Russo
  • Happening, Audrey Diwan
  • Holy Spider, Ali Abbasi
  • Lux AEterna, Gaspar Noe
  • Mad God, Phil Tippet
  • Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle, Arthur Haran
  • Pleasure, Ninja Thyburg
  • Return to Seoul, Davy Chou
  • Riotsville USA, Sierra Pettingill
  • RRR, S. S. Rajamouli
  • Saint Omer, Alice Diop
  • Sharp Stick, Lena Dunham
  • The Territory, Alex Pritz
  • TÁR, Todd Field
  • Vortex, Gaspar Noe
    • After Blue, Bertrand Mendico
    • Armageddon Time, James Gray
    • All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, Laura Poitras
    • Benediction, Terence Davies
    • Bodies Bodies Bodies, Halina Reijn
    • Cow, Andrea Arnold
    • Elvis, Baz Luhrmann
    • Everything Everywhere All At Once, The Daniels
    • The Fabelmans, Steven Spielberg
    • Hit the Road, Panah Panahi
    • Lost Illusions, Xavier Giannoli
    • Katrina Babies, Edward Buckles
    • A Man of Integrity, Mohammad Rasoulof
    • Murina, Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic
    • Neptune Frost, Anisia Uzeyman and Saul Williams
    • Nitram, Justin Kurzel
    • Playground, Laura Wandel
    • Rothaniel, Bo Burnham
    • Till, Chinonye Chukwu
    • We’re All Going to the World’s Fair, Jane Schoenbrun
    • The Woman King, Gina-Pryce Blythewood
    • Women Talking, Sarah Polley
    • Zero Fucks Given, Julie Lecoustre and Emmanuel Marre

Documentary Film

  • All That Breathes
  • All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
  • Babi Yar. Context
  • Children of the Mist
  • Descendant
  • A House Made of Splinters
  • The Janes
  • Katrina Babies
  • Last Flight Home
  • Riotsville USA
  • Rothaniel
  • The Territory
    • Cow
    • Fire of Love
    • The Fire Within: A Requiem for Katia and Maurice Krarft
    • Framing Agnes
    • Navalny
    • Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliche

International Film

  • Alcarras
  • All That Breathes
  • BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
  • Corsage
  • Decision to Leave
  • EO
  • Holy Spider
  • A House Made of Splinters
  • Joyland
  • Return to Seoul
  • RRR
  • Saint Omer
    • After Blue
    • Both Sides of the Blade
    • Close

Animated Film

  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
  • The House
  • Inu-Oh
  • Mad God
  • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
  • Wendell and Wild
    • The Bob’s Burgers Movie
    • The Sea Beast
    • Turning Red

Ensemble

  • Armageddon Time
  • The Bob’s Burgers Movie
  • Decision to Leave
  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
  • Hit the Road
  • Holy Spider
  • Murina
  • Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle
  • Pleasure
  • Poppy Field
  • To Leslie
  • Triangle of Sadness
  • The Woman King
  • Women Talking
    • Benediction
    • Bodies Bodies Bodies
    • Catherine Called Birdy
    • Causeway
    • Cha Cha Real Smooth
    • Close
    • Confess, Fletch
    • Donbass
    • Everything Everywhere All At Once
    • The Fabelmans
    • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
    • Great Freedom
    • Lost Illusions
    • Moneyboys
    • Nitram
    • The Outfit
    • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
    • Sharp Stick
    • Smile

Actress

  • Aftersun, Frankie Corio
  • Blonde, Ana d Armas
  • Catherine Called Birdy, Bella Ramsay
  • Corsage, Vicky Krieps
  • Decision to Leave, Tang Wei
  • Don’t Worry Darling, Florence Pugh
  • Everything Everywhere All At Once, Michelle Yeoh
  • The Fabelmans, Michelle Williams
  • Happening, Anamaria Vartolomei
  • Hit the Road, Pantea Panahiha
  • Holy Spider, Zar Amir Ebrahimi
  • Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul, Regina Hall
  • In Front of Your Face, Lee Hye-young
  • A Love Song, Dale Dickey
  • A Man of Integrity, Soudabeh Bayzai
  • Paris, 13th District, Lucie Zhang
  • Pearl, Mia Goth
  • Resurrection, Rebecca Hall
  • Return to Seoul, Park Ji-min
  • Saint Omer, Guslagie Malanga
  • Sharp Stick, Kristine Forseth
  • Stars at Noon, Margaret Qualley
  • TÁR, Cate Blanchett
  • Till, Danielle Deadwyler
  • To Leslie, Andrea Riseborough
  • The Woman King, Viola Davis
    • After Blue, Elina Lowensohn
    • Babylon, Margot Robbie
    • Barbarian, Georgina Campbell
    • Bones & All, Taylor Russell
    • Both Sides of the Blade, Juliette Binoche
    • Causeway, Jennifer Lawrence
    • The Eternal Daughter, Tilda Swinton
    • The Good Nurse, Jessica Chastain
    • Lingui the Sacred Bonds, Achouackh Abakar Soouleymane
    • Lux AEterna, Beatrice Dalle
    • The Menu, Anya Taylor-Joy
    • Master, Regina Hall
    • Men, Jessie Buckley
    • Nitram, Judy Davis
    • Paris, 13th District, Noemie Merlant
    • Pleasure, Sofia Kappel
    • She Said, Carey Mulligan
    • Smile, Sosie Bacon
    • Vortex, Francois Lebrun
    • The Woman King, Thuso Mbedu
    • The Wonder, Florence Pugh
    • Zero Fucks Given, Adele Exarchopolis

Actor

  • Aftersun, Paul Mescal
  • Armageddon Time, Banks Repeta
  • The Banshees of Inisherin, Colin Farrell
  • The Batman, Robert Pattinson
  • Benediction, Jack Lowden
  • Both Sides of the Blade, Vincent Lindon
  • Close, Eden Dambrine
  • Crimes of the Future, Viggo Mortensen
  • Decision to Leave, Park Hae-il
  • Elvis, Austin Butler
  • Elvis, Tom Hanks
  • The Fabelmans, Gabriel LaBelle
  • Great Freedom, Franz Rogowski
  • Good Luck to You Leo Grande, Daryl McCormack
  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Gregory Mann
  • Holy Spider, Mehdi Bajestani
  • Living, Bill Nighy
  • A Man of Integrity, Reza Akhaghirad
  • Nitram, Caleb Landry Jones
  • Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle, Yuya Endo
  • Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle, Kanij Tsuda
  • Poppy Field, Conrad Mericoffer
  • Rothaniel, Jerrod Carmichael
  • RRR, Ram Charam
  • RRR, N. T. Rama Rao Jr.
    • After Yang, Colin Farrell
    • Ambulance, Yaya Abdul-Maheen III
    • Ambulance, Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Barbarian, Justin Long
    • The Black Phone, Jason Thomas
    • Bones & All, Timothee Chalamet
    • Cha Cha Real Smooth, Cooper Raiff
    • Deep Water, Ben Affleck
    • Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul, Sterling K. Brown
    • Men, Rory Kinnear
    • Moneyboys, Kai Ko
    • The Outfit, Mark Rylance
    • Triangle of Sadness, Harris Dickinson
    • Vortex, Dario Argento

Supporting Actress

  • Armageddon Time, Anne Hathaway
  • The Banshees of Inisherin, Kerry Condon
  • Bodies Bodies Bodies, Rachel Sennott
  • Causeway, Jayne Houdeyshell
  • Cha Cha Real Smooth, Dakota Johnson
  • Close, Emilie Dequenne
  • The Fabelmans, Chloe East
  • Happening, Anna Mouglalis
  • Master, Amber Gray
  • The Menu, Hong Chau
  • Pleasure, Revika Roustle
  • She Said, Jennifer Ehle
  • She Said, Samantha Morton
  • Smile, Caitlin Stasey
  • TÁR, Nina Hoss
  • Triangle of Sadness, Vicky Berlin
  • Triangle of Sadness, Dolly de Leon
  • The Woman King, Sheila Atim
  • Women Talking, Jessie Buckley
  • Women Talking, Claire Foy
  • Women Talking, Judith Ivey
  • Women Talking, Sheila McCarthy
    • Avatar: The Way of Water, Zoe Saldana
    • Avatar: The Way of Water, Sigourney Weaver
    • Babylon, Olivia Hamilton
    • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Angela Bassett
    • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Danai Guriria
    • Bodies Bodies Bodies, Myna’la Herrold
    • Catherine Called Birdy, Sophie Okonedo
    • Causeway, Linda Emond
    • Close, Lea Drucker
    • Confess, Fletch, Marcia Gay Harden
    • Crimes of the Future, Kristen Stewart
    • Death on the Nile, Sophie Okonedo
    • The Fabelmans, Julia Butters
    • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Isabella Rossellini
    • Nitram, Essie Davis
    • The Northman, Björk
    • The Northman, Nicole Kidman
    • The Outfit, Nikki Amuka-Bird
    • Paris, 13th District, Jehnny Beth
    • She Said, Angela Yeoh
    • Smile, Gillian Zisner
    • TÁR, Noemie Merlant
    • To Leslie, Allison Janney
    • Turning Red, Sandra Oh
    • The Whale, Hong Chau
    • The Woman King, Lashanna Lynch
    • X, Brittanny Snow

Supporting Actor

  • Armageddon Time, Anthony Hopkins
  • Armageddon Time, Jeremy Strong
  • Armageddon Time, Jaylin Webb
  • The Batman, Colin Farrell
  • Benediction, Ben Daniels
  • Bones & All, Mark Rylance
  • Catherine Called Birdy, Andrew Scott
  • Causeway, Brian Tyree Henry
  • Close, Gustav de Waele
  • Everything Everywhere All At Once, Ke Huy Quan
  • Fire Island, Bowen Yang
  • Great Freedom, Georg Friedrich
  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, David Bradley
  • Hit the Road, Rayan Sarlak
  • In Front of Your Face, Kwon Hae-hyo
  • Lost Illusions, Xavier Dolan
  • Nope, Steven Yeun
  • Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle, Tetsuya Chiba
  • Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle, Issey Ogata
  • Pleasure, Chris Cock
  • Poppy Field, Radoun Leflahl
  • Sharp Stick, Jon Berenthal
  • Till, John Douglas Thompson
  • To Leslie, Marc Maron
  • To Leslie, Owen Teague
    • After Yang, Justin H Min
    • The Banshees of Inisherin, Brendan Gleeson
    • The Banshees of Inisherin, Barry Keoghan
    • BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths, Francisco Rubio
    • Benediction, Simon Russell Beale
    • The Black Phone, Ethan Hawke
    • Causeway, Russell Hovard
    • Everything Everywhere All At Once, James Wong
    • The Fabelmans, Paul Dano
    • The Fabelmans, Seth Rogen
    • Fire Island, Tomas Matos
    • Fire Island, Conrad Ricamora
    • The Good Nurse, Eddie Redmayne
    • Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Ewan McGregor
    • Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Christoph Waltz
    • Lost Illusions, Vincent Lacoste
    • A Love Song, Wes Studi
    • The Northman, Claes Bang
    • Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle, Taiga Notaro
    • Women Talking, Ben Whishaw

Original Screenplay

  • Aftersun
  • Armageddon Time
  • Benediction
  • Decision to Leave
  • Donbass
  • Everything Everywhere All At Once
  • Great Freedom
  • Hit the Road
  • Holy Spider
  • A Man of Integrity
  • The Menu
  • Return to Seoul
  • Saint Omer
  • Sharp Stick
  • TÁR
  • Zero Fucks Given
    • Babi Yar. Context
    • The Banshees of Inisherin
    • Causeway
    • Cha Cha Real Smooth
    • Close
    • The Eternal Daughter
    • The Fabelmans
    • In Front of Your Face
    • Nitram
    • Nope
    • Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle
    • Poppy Field

Adapted Screenplay

  • Both Sides of the Blade
  • Catherine Called Birdy
  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
  • Happening
  • Lost Illusions
  • Pleasure
  • The Quiet Girl
  • Women Talking
  • The Wonder
    • After Yang
    • The Black Phone
    • Blonde
    • Bones & All
    • Confess, Fletch
    • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
    • Inu-Oh
    • Living
    • Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
    • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
    • Stars at Noon

Cinematography

  • Aftersun
  • All That Breathes
  • BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
  • Blonde
  • Bones & All
  • Children of the Mist
  • EO
  • Great Freedom
  • The Great Movement
  • Happening
  • A Love Song
  • Mad God
  • Murina
  • The Northman
  • Rothaniel
  • Saint Omer
  • TÁR
  • The Wonder
  • Vortex
    • After Blue
    • Ambulance
    • Avatar: The Way of Water
    • The Batman
    • Bodies Bodies Bodies
    • Both Sides of the Blade
    • Cow
    • Decision to Leave
    • Descendant
    • Earwig
    • The Eternal Daughter
    • Neptune Frost
    • Nitram
    • Nope
    • Pearl
    • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
    • RRR
    • Stars at Noon
    • The Territory
    • X

Editing

  • Aftersun
  • All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
  • Babi Yar. Context
  • Benediction
  • Both Sides of the Blade
  • Decision to Leave
  • Descendant
  • EO
  • Everything Everywhere All At Once
  • The Fabelmans
  • Great Freedoom
  • The Great Movement
  • Happening
  • Mad God
  • Moonage Daydream
  • Pleasure
  • Puss in Boots: The Last WIsh
  • RRR
  • Saint Omer
  • TÁR
  • We’re All Going to the World’s Fair
  • Women Talking
    • After Blue
    • Ambulance
    • Armageddon Time
    • Cow
    • Elvis
    • Fire of Love
    • Great Freedom
    • Lost Illusions
    • Nope
    • Smile
    • The Territory
    • The Woman King

Sound Design

  • Aftersun
  • Ambulance
  • Babi Yar. Context
  • BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
  • Blonde
  • Cow
  • The Great Movement
  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
  • Happening
  • Inu-Oh
  • Mad God
  • Moonage Daydream
  • Nitram
  • Nope
  • Riotsville, USA
  • RRR
  • Smile
  • TÁR
    • After Blue
    • Athena
    • Elvis
    • The Eternal Daughter
    • Fire of Love
    • Pleasure
    • Poser
    • Rothaniel
    • We’re All Going to the World’s Fair
    • Vortex

Score

  • After Yang
  • Babylon
  • Bones & All
  • Both Sides of the Blade
  • Crimes of the Future
  • Decision to Leave
  • EO
  • Everything Everywhere All At Once
  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
  • Kimi
  • Inu-Oh
  • Mad God
  • Smile
  • The Woman King
  • Women Talking
  • The Wonder
    • After Blue
    • Don’t Worry Darling
    • Earwig
    • The Fabelmans
    • Murina
    • Neptune Frost
    • The Northman
    • Nope
    • Poser
    • Prey
    • RRR
    • Stars at Noon
    • We’re All Going to the World’s Fair

Production Design

  • After Blue
  • After Yang
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Avatar: The Way of Water
  • Babylon
  • BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
  • Corsage
  • Decision to Leave
  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
  • Inu-Oh
  • Lost Illusions
  • Lux AEterna
  • Mad God
  • Nitram
  • Nope
  • The Northman
  • TÁR
  • Till
  • Vortex
  • The Woman King
  • The Wonder
    • Armageddon Time
    • Don’t Worry Darling
    • Elvis
    • The Eternal Daughter
    • The Fabelmans
    • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
    • Great Freedom
    • Neptune Frost
    • Onoda: 10,000 Years in the Jungle
    • Pleasure
    • Prey
    • Wendell & Wild

Costume Design

  • After Blue
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • Blonde
  • Bones & All
  • Corsage
  • Elvis
  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
  • Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul
  • Inu-Oh
  • Living
  • Neptune Frost
  • The Northman
  • Pleasure
  • Till
  • The Woman King
  • The Wonder
    • After Yang
    • Babylon
    • The Banshees of Inisherin
    • The Batman
    • Crimes of the Future
    • Don’t Worry Darling
    • EO
    • Framing Agnes
    • Pearl
    • Prey
    • TÁR
    • Women Talking
    • X

Makeup & Hairstyling

  • After Blue
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The Batman
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • Blonde
  • Corsage
  • Elvis
  • Everything Everywhere All At Once
  • Great Freedom
  • Hellraiser
  • Lost Illusions
  • The Northman
  • Pleasure
  • Prey
  • X
    • Barbarian
    • BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
    • Bodies Bodies Bodies
    • Bones & All
    • Catherine Called Birdy
    • Crimes of the Future
    • Don’t Worry Darling
    • The Fabelmans
    • Men
    • Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
    • Neptune Frost
    • Pearl
    • TÁR

Visual Effects

  • Athena
  • Avatar: The Way of Water
  • The Batman
  • The Burning Sea
  • Elvis
  • Everything Everywhere All At Once
  • Mad God
  • Moonfall
  • Nope
  • Pusss in Boots: The Last Wish
  • Top Gun: Maverick
  • Wendell and Wild
    • After Blue
    • All Quiet on the Western Front
    • Ambulance
    • Black Panther: Wakannda Forever
    • Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness
    • Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
    • RRR
    • Smile
    • Turning Red

Song

  • Bones & All, “(You Made it Feel Like) Home”
  • Inu-Oh, “Dragon Commander”
  • RRR, “Naatu Naatu”
  • TÁR, “Apartmen for Sale”
  • Top Gun: Maverick, “Hold My Hand”
  • Turning Red, “Nobody Like U”
    • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, “Lift Me Up”
    • Everything Everywhere All At Once, “This is a Life”
    • Till, “Stand Up”
still to see

Alcarras, All Quiet on the Western Front, Apollo 10 1/2, Bad Axe, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Blonde, Broker, Call Jane, The Cathedral, A Chiara, Children of the Mist, Clara Sola, Close, Dark Glasses, The Divide, Do Revenge, Emily, Emily the Criminal, Empire of Light, Flux Gourmet, Funny Pages, Futura, Girl Picture, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, God’s Country, God’s Creatures, Hatching, Hold Me Tight, Holy Spider, Hustle, I Didn’t See You There, The Inspection, Instinct, Intregalde, Inu-Oh, Living, The Lost City, Midwives, Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon, Montana Story, The Munsters, My Policeman, Nanny, No Bears, Nothing Compares, Official Competition, Olga, One Fine Morning, Piggy, Private Desert, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, The Silent Twins, Skinamarink, The Son, The Swimmers, Terrifier 2, Three Thousand Years of Longing, To Leslie, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, We, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, The Whale, White Noise, You Won’t Be Alone, Zalava.

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