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Why Next Week’s Oscar Nominations Could Surprise All of Us

Assume nothing about this year's nominations as recent developments suggest a wide open race.

"West Side Story"

On Tuesday, months of speculation about Oscar contenders will give way to a much smaller field, and the possibilities among the potential 2022 nominees are more unpredictable than ever. The recent BAFTA nominees suggest that “The Power of the Dog” and “Dune” have a lot of support alongside “Belfast,” while “West Side Story” isn’t nearly as strong as some thought.

But BAFTA doesn’t tell the whole story of Academy membership. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson go category by category to explore the possible finalists — and why even the most informed predictions could be wrong.

Stay tuned for a full predictions article from Thompson over the weekend.

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below.

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