No Time To Die and Dune lead the field in the first round of films shortlisted for the 94th Academy Awards ceremony.
Both films were shortlisted in four categories after 10 were announced on Tuesday 21 December.
The Oscars have been delayed for a second consecutive year, with the date for the 2022 ceremony pushed back from its usual February slot once again.
Here is everything you need to know about 2022’s ceremony.
When is the 2022 Oscars?
For the second year in a row, the Oscars have been delayed due to the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Instead of their usual end of February slot, the awards will again fall a month later, on 27 March 2022.
The postponement also avoids potential scheduling clashes with the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics, both of which are due to take place in mid-February.
The Awards will be held at their usual Dolby Theatre location in Los Angeles and will largely return to their pre-pandemic form, but relaxed eligibility rules allowing films to skip cinemas and debut on streaming services will remain in place.
Previous Academy rules stated a film must be shown in a commercial cinema in Los Angeles for at least seven consecutive days, during which period screenings must occur at least three times daily.
With cinemas closed due to the pandemic, those rules were relaxed last year, in what was widely seen as a boost for films on streaming platforms including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
Two Oscars traditions cancelled in 2021 because of the pandemic, the Governors Awards and nominees luncheon, will also return on 15 January and 7 March respectively.
Which films have been shortlisted?
It’s worth noting that the Academy often shortlists a number of films in the smaller, more technical categories, ahead of the official unveiling of nominees a few months later.
These films are not ones that have been nominated for an Oscar, but they have made it to the shortlist from which nominees are chosen.
Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond was shortlisted for make-up and styling, music (original song), sound and visual effects.
Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic Dune, starring Timothee Chalamet and Oscar Isaac, was shortlisted for make-up and styling, music (original score), sound, and visual effects.
Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film Belfast, starring Jamie Dornan, was shortlisted for sound and music (original song) for Down To Joy.
Spiderman: No Way Home, starring Tom Holland and Zendaya, also picked up two shortlist nominations for sound and visual effects.
Three more Marvel films were nominated for visual effects; Black Widow, Eternals and Shang Chi: Legend Of The Ten Rings.
Netflix's The Power Of The Dog – starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons – was shortlisted for music (original score) and sound.
Singer Billie Eilish also picked up two shortlist nominations for her documentary The World’s A Little Blurry and Bond theme tune No Time To Die, having written and performed the song with her brother Finneas O’Connell.
Other categories announced were documentary feature, documentary short subject, international feature film, animated short film, and live action short film.
When will the nominees be announced?
Nominations will be announced on Tuesday 8 February 2022, although, due to coronavirus, the academy warned dates may be subject to change.
Films expected to do well included Sir Kenneth Branagh’s autobiographical film Belfast, and western The Power of the Dog starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
Both of those films scored multiple nominations for next year’s Golden Globe awards, often seen as a precursor to Oscar success.
Among those nominated in the Golden Globes’ Best Actress category are Olivia Coleman for her role in The Lost Daughter, singer and actress Lady Gaga for House of Gucci, and Kristen Stewart for her role as Princess Diana in epic royalist drama, Spencer.
How can I watch the Oscars?
Details on how film fans can watch the ceremony live have yet to be confirmed, but last year’s event was broadcast live in the UK on the Sky Cinema Oscars channel.
Given the time difference, the show will start at 1am UK time in the early hours of Monday (28 March) morning, and run until around 4am to 5am.
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