Best Picture at the 2022 Oscars: Which Films Took Home the Biggest Awards of the Event

Best Picture at the 2022 Oscars: Which Films Took Home the Biggest Awards of the Event
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This year’s Oscars marks the 94th time gold statues have been handed out to what are considered the best films of the year by the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Their voting process is a little weird, but it always leaves one film standing on top – except for the odd occasion where someone mixes up the envelopes.

Let’s look at the 2022 nominees and winners for Best Picture in each of the film categories, including the Academy Award for Best International Picture, Animated Film and Documentary – along with where you can find historic films from past years.

Best Picture

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Academy Award for Best Picture. Image: Netflix

Best Picture is the award every feature film strives for. It’s one of the few awards categories that every single member of the Academy is eligible to vote for, so it’s one of the most hotly contested.

The producers of the winning film will typically take the stage to accept the award, but it’s one of the few Oscars that rewards the efforts of every single member who worked on the film.

Best Picture Oscar winner 2022

Best Picture at the 2022 Oscars: Which Films Took Home the Biggest Awards of the Event
Academy Award winner Best Picture, CODA

A whopping ten films were up for Best Picture this year, which is the maximum number that can be nominated in the category.

Here are all the nominees that were vying for the top spot:

  • Belfast
  • Don’t Look Up
  • Drive My Car
  • Dune
  • King Richard
  • Licorice Pizza
  • Nightmare Alley
  • The Power of the Dog
  • West Side Story
  • Winner: CODA

CODA is the film that has taken the biggest gong of the night, winning the Best Picture Academy Award in 2022. The film, which centres on the story of a hearing daughter of deaf parents, was created with a predominantly deaf cast, making this a historic Oscars win.

Troy Kotsur also took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film.

If you’re hoping to watch all these nominees and the winner yourself here’s where you can find them:

  • Belfast – Cinemas
  • CODA – Apple TV+
  • Don’t Look Up – Netflix
  • Drive My Car – Cinemas
  • Dune – Cinemas or digital rental
  • King Richard – Cinemas
  • Licorice Pizza – Cinemas
  • Nightmare Alley – Disney+
  • The Power of the Dog – Netflix
  • West Side Story – Disney+

Previous Best Picture winners

Nomadland 

Nomadland is the most recent film to pick up the Best Picture award and also garnered wins for Frances McDormand for Best Actress and Chloe Zhao as Best Director – making her only the second female to ever do so.

You can find it on Disney+ in Australia.

Parasite

It seems so long ago that Parasite made history with its Best Picture win, back in a time where social distancing was non-existent. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but that did only happen in 2020, despite it feeling like 20 years ago.

You can stream it on Stan.

Green Book 

Starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, Green Book explores the true story of a friendship between a world-class African American pianist and his Italian-American driver. The film picked up Best Picture, along with plenty of controversies, at the 91st Academy Awards.

Aussies can watch it on Netflix.

Best Animated Feature Film

Animated films get their own category at the Oscars, but it’s not unheard of for an animated film to be included in the Best Picture category as well. For a film to gain a nomination in the Best Animated category it must run longer than 40 minutes and at least 75% of its runtime needs to consist of animation.

Best Animated Feature Film Oscar winner 2022

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Academy Award for Best Animated Picture, Encanto. Image: Disney

There was some tough competition in this year’s crop of Best Animated picture nominees. Disney had not one, not two, but three potential winners on its hands. With ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ making it to the top of music charts around the world, it’s hardly surprising that the touching Encanto took home the Oscar award in 2022.

Here is the full list of Best Animated Feature Film nominees:

  • Flee
  • Luca
  • The Mitchells vs. the Machines
  • Raya and the Last Dragon
  • Winner: Encanto

You can watch Encanto now on Disney+.

Previous Best Animated Film winners

Soul

Disney Pixar is generally a safe bet when it comes to Best Animated Feature Film. Pixar’s 2020 film Soul, about a man seeking to reunite his soul with his body, was no different and was rewarded with Oscar gold.

Watch it on Disney+.

Toy Story 4

No one really expected there would be another Toy Story film after the trilogy was effectively completed in 2010, but Toy Story 4 didn’t disappoint. Its resolution to the tale of Woody the Cowboy was heartfelt enough to earn it the Oscar two years ago.

Watch Toy Story 4 on Disney+.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

It’s rare for superhero films to make it to the Academy Awards but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse broke the mould in every way. The film’s unique animation style and its compelling story of the Spider-Man multiverse struck a chord with audiences and Academy members alike. Now let’s wait and see if the sequel can earn gold next year.

Watch it on Netflix.

Best Documentary Feature Film

Not to be forgotten is the documentary category which, like the Animation categories, is split into both Feature and Short film awards.

Best Documentary Feature Film Oscar winner 2022

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Summer of Soul, Academy Award for Best Documentary

Here is the full list of nominees for Best Documentary Feature Film in 2022:

  • Flee
  • Attica
  • Ascension
  • Writing with Fire
  • Winner: Summer of Soul

Questlove’s documentary feature Summer of Soul (which you can watch on Disney+) has taken the Academy Award win for Best Documentary Feature Film in 2022. In a moving acceptance speech, Questlove spoke about the significance of the piece for his parents.

Previous Best Documentary Feature winners

My Octopus Teacher

My Octopus Teacher took home the Oscar last year with its beautiful story of a groundbreaking friendship between one diver and an octopus in the kelp forests off of South Africa.

Check out this heartwarming/heartbreaking story for yourself on Netflix.

American Factory 

American Factory uncovered the intriguing story of a Chinese billionaire who employed 2000 Americans at a factory in Ohio but saw its potential fade due to a clash between American and Chinese industries.

Watch it on Netflix.

Free Solo

Free Solo is the literal white-knuckle journey of pro rock climber Alex Honnold who attempts to complete the first solo free climb of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

Watch it on Disney+.

Best International Feature Film

Academy Award for Best International Picture. Drive My Car
Academy Award for Best International Picture. Drive My Car

The Best International Feature Oscar is given to the top film that is presented predominantly in a language other than English. The director(s) of the film will accept the award on stage at the ceremony, but the Oscar is generally considered to be awarded to the country as a whole.

Best International Feature Film Oscar winner 2022

Here are the nominees for Best International Feature Film at the 2022 Oscars:

  • Flee (Denmark)
  • The Hand of God (Italy)
  • Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Bhutan)
  • The Worst Person in the World (Norway)
  • Winner: Drive My Car (Japan)

Japan’s entry Drive My Car took home the Academy Award in this category. Drive My Car has also won this category the most at major awards ceremonies this year including the BAFTAS, Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards. What a year for the film.

Previous Best International Feature winners

Another Round (Denmark)

Another Round was technically a co-production between Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands. Led by Mads Mikkelsen the story follows four men who decide to keep some level of alcohol in their system every day.

Stream Another Round on SBS On Demand.

Parasite (South Korea)

Parasite achieved an incredibly rare feat being both the Best International Feature and Best Picture winner at the 2020 Oscars ceremony. The film definitely deserves it for its dark and compelling insight into the class distinction between families in South Korea.

Watch it on Stan.

Roma (Mexico)

Alfonso Cuaron did it again at the 2019 Oscars with his semi-autobiographical tale Roma. The film tells the story housekeeper working for a middle-class family in Mexico City.

Watch it on Netflix.

You can check out all the other winning films from this year’s ceremony with our full list of Oscar winners.

This article has been updated since its original publish date.

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