Oscars 2022 was an emotional rollercoaster for many.
After front lining almost every award show with multiple accolades for the Netflix film The Power of the Dog, surprisingly, the highly-coveted gong for the Best Picture Award went to AppleTV Plus’ family drama film CODA.
Netflix was ahead of all its competitors, with a whopping number of 27 nominations. Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog had amassed 12, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor and more.
While Netflix was expected to pick up the Best Picture gong for Campion’s alternative western, which was an exemplary examination of toxic masculinity, internalised homophobia and insecurities, it was Apple TV that defeated Netflix, reigning supreme in the war of the streaming services.
Netflix picked up the Best Director Award for Campion, losing out on the other categories.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst and Kodi Smit-McPhee, all nominated for individual awards, were all snubbed a the 2022 Oscars.
While we are happy that the Adam McKay disaster satirical comedy Don’t Look Up did not take home a single Award, Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley’s snubs for The Lost Daughter remain surprising.
Michael Rianda’s The Mitchells vs the Machines, which turned out to be Bong Joon-ho’s favourite 2021 film, did not win the Animated Feature Award.
While 2022 Oscars could have been a defining moment for Netflix and helped validate the relentless efforts of the professionals who are constantly striving to produce better and more original content, The Power of the Dog snub hints at the Academy’s closed-off mindset again. Campion’s brilliant discourse on gender and identity somehow failed to catch their attention, and that’s on them.
Read the complete list of Netflix nominations here.