Lady Gaga, Andrew Garfield, Kristen Stewart & other contenders who might be nominated for an Oscar next Year

With the award season coming closer as we finish 2021, here's a look at the actors and actresses who might be among the frontrunners for Oscars 2022.

Updated on Dec 30, 2021 03:14 AM IST  |  804.5K
Oscars 2022 contenders
Actors and actresses who might be nominated for Oscars 2022.
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As 2021 comes to a close, the New Year will kick off with the awards season and we bet all eyes are already on the coveted Oscars 2022 nominations which will be announced on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. Despite the ups and downs that were caused by the pandemic, if there's one thing that kept us entertained through it all, it was the work of some of the finest actors and filmmakers coming together to spin magic, be it on the big screen or streaming platforms. 

Among this year's contenders for Oscars, there is an interesting mix of fresh faces and those who have been regular in the awards circuit. Some of the most surprising Oscars nods this year could be for actors such as Kristen Stewart who may bag her first Best Actress nomination with Pablo Larrian's Spencer where she essayed the role of Princess Diana.

Among the leading actors' race as well, there's a chance that Benedict Cumberbatch may bag his second Best Actor nomination after 2015's The Imitation Game for his performance in Jane Campion's The Power of the Dog which has fetched him rave reviews. Also, an early contender in the Oscars race has been Andrew Garfield for his performance in Lin-Manuel Miranda's directorial debut, Tick, Tick... Boom! Check out the list of actors and actresses who seem to be strong contenders for Oscars 2022 nominations.

Lady Gaga - The House of Gucci

Lady Gaga

After leaving everyone surprised with her exceptional acting talents in Bradley Cooper's A Star is Born (2019), Lady Gaga may return for her second Oscar nomination in the Best Actress category for her performance in the House of Gucci. As Patrizia Reggiani, Gaga managed to transform herself incredibly well as Maurizio Gucci's wife and nailed the Italian accent with such ease that it looked natural enough. She breathed life into the Ridley Scott film with a terrific performance that will remain a notable one for her acting career. 

Kristen Stewart - Spencer

Kristen Stewart

Despite there being several existing cinematic portrayals of Princess Diana, Kristen Stewart brought her own genius to the role of the Princess of Wales in Pablo Larrain's layered drama about the people's princess. Stewart vanished into Diana's broken but beautiful tale of love and loss with a maturity that can be compared to none other onscreen representations of the royal figure before. The film could turn out to be Stewart's crowning jewel for Oscars next year. 

Olivia Colman - The Lost Daughter

Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman has time and again shown that she one of the finest actresses out there and after already bagging an Oscar for her performance in The Favourite in 2019, Colman could very well be back in the contenders for 2022's leading actress award for her performance in Maggie Gyllenhaal's directorial, The Lost Daughter where she represents a different image of motherhood that has never been explored before. 

Nicole Kidman - Being the Ricardos 

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman is no newbie when it comes to the Academy Award nominations. The actress has been nominated in the Best Actress category thrice before and has also bagged the coveted honour once in 2003 for her performance in The Hours. With her performance in Aaron Sorkin's Being the Ricardos, Kidman once again finds herself in the running this year as she plays the role of American TV personality Lucile Ball in the film. 

Alana Haim  - Licorice Pizza 

Alana Haim

If Alana Haim does bag an Oscar nomination for Licorice Pizza, it will mark her first-ever Academy Award nomination for her debut performance itself. In Paul Thomas Anderson's coming of age tale, Haim's confident debut is being loved by critics and hence the musician may find herself among the contenders this year for the coveted honour. 

Rachel Zegler  - West Side Story

Rachel Zegler

Rachel Zegler was being touted to be the year's breakout star even before the release of Steven Spielberg's West Side Story released in theatres. The actress' mesmerising vocals in the musical left everyone swooning over her and as the West Side Story's Maria, Zegler brought onscreen the perfect level of innocence and emotional understanding that was needed for the role and hence her screen debut could very well fetch her first Oscar nomination. 

Ariana DeBose  - West Side Story

Ariana DeBose

If you happened to watch Steven Speilberg's West Side Story, we bet one of the actresses that absolutely left you impressed happened to be Arina DeBose as Anita. While Rita Moreno played the role of Anita in the original film and bagged an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, there's no doubt that DeBose could very well enjoy a similar success thanks to her flawless performance. 

Andrew Garfield - Tick, Tick... Boom!

Andrew Garfield

Even as Andrew Garfield's exceptional acting talents haven't been unknown to us, the actor managed to take everyone by surprise with his performance in Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Tick, Tick... Boom! Who knew Garfield could sing so well and take us on the journey of playwright Jonathan Larson in one of his finest performances of recent times. Hence, it won't be surprising to see Garfield's name in the list of Best Actor contenders at Oscars 2022.

Benedict Cumberbatch - The Power of the Dog

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch is one actor who has an exceptional range and it is evident from the multiple releases he has had this year including The Power of the Dog, Spider-Man: No Way Home and The Mauritanian. As for the Oscars race, it's possible that Cumberbatch may get a nod for his brilliant performance in Jane Campion's Western drama The Power of the Dog. 

Mahershala Ali -  Swan Song 

Mahershala Ali

Mahershala Ali is yet another actor who has consistently shown how he can slip into any role and make it his own. His fate at the Oscars has been exceptional with the actor taking home the Best Supporting Actor honours twice for his performance in Moonlight and Green Book. Although with his latest release, AppleTV+'s Swan Song, the actor could find himself competing in the Best Actor category. 

Peter Dinklage - Cyrano 

Peter Dinklage Cyrano

Peter Dinklage is an actor par excellence and while his act as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones bagged him Emmys and Golden Globe wins, this time the actor may compete for an Oscar with his recent film Cyrano, a musical. The Joe Wright directorial features Dinklage as Cyrano de Bergerac, a romantic poet. 

Denzel Washington - The Tragedy of Macbeth 


One of the most successful and celebrated actors in Hollywood, Denzel Washington is a regular contender at the Academy Awards and has in his career, bagged 8 Oscar acting nominations and won two for  Best Supporting Actor for “Glory” (1989) and Best Actor for “Training Day” (2001). With his performance in The Tragedy of Macbeth, Washington almost seals his place among the year's top contenders for the Best Actor running. 

Jamie Dornan - Belfast 

Jamie Dornan Belfast

While Dornan may not find himself in the Leading Actor race, there's a good chance that he may turn out to be a winner in Kenneth Branagh's Belfast for a Best Actor in the Supporting Role category. Jamie has managed to receive rave reviews for his performance in the film and many even called it a role he was absolutely born to play. This film could mark the actor's first Oscar nomination.

Bradley Cooper - Licorice Pizza 

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper is yet another actor who has proven time and again his acting mettle with eight Academy Award nominations in the past nine years for his films including Silver Linings Playbook, A Star is Born, American Hustle and more. For his performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's Licorice Pizza, Cooper deserves recognition in the Supporting Actor category as he delivers a scene-stealing performance as Barbra Streisand’s former paramour Jon Peters. Will the actor finally bag his first Academy Award win with this movie is what is left to see. 

Which actor/actress are you rooting for at Oscars 2022? Share your views with us in the comments below. 

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