2022 Oscars Best Documentary Short Predictions

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2022 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

UPDATED: Dec 23, 2021

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: Though he wouldn’t be an Oscar-nominee like the late Kobe Bryant was able to do (and win) for the animated short winner “Dear Basketball,” NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal’s name on Ben Proudfoot’s “The Queen of Basketball” will surely help in the awards campaign. It also helps that many feel that Proudfoot should have won the Oscar last year, along with Kris Bowers (who is on the shortlist this year for his score on “King Richard”) for “A Concerto is a Conversation.”

While final credited nominees are not final, we could see Emmy-nominee Courteney Cox, most famous for playing Monica Gellar on “Friends,” add an Oscar nomination to her list of accolades. After impressive acting and producing career, she finally nabbed her first Emmy nomination last year as one of the executive producers on HBO Max’s “Friends: The Reunion.” As one of the producers on Alexandria Jackson’s “Sophie & the Baron,” she could become the first “friend” to land an Oscar nom. A sad fact considering Oscar nominations should have been given to Jennifer Aniston for “Cake” (2014) and Lisa Kudrow for “The Opposite of Sex” (1998)

Documentarian Laura Poitras is back in the fray with Neon’s “Terror Contagion,” It helps when the branch is familiar with your work. She’s a two-time nominee for “My Country, My Country” (2006) and “Citizenfour” (2014), the latter of which won her the Oscar for documentary feature.

Netflix has going to be juggling four doc shorts in the field of 15 – “Audible” from Matt Ogens, “Camp Confidential: America’s Secret Nazis” from Daniel Sivan and Mor Loushy, “Lead Me Home” from Pedro Kos (who’s documentary feature “Rebel Hearts” failed to make the shortlist) and Jon Shenk, and “Three Songs for Benazir” from Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei. Unsure which one will make the cut, but the films from Ogens, Sivan and Loushy seem to have the best shot at the moment.

Oscar nominations voting begins on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, and will end on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. The official Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, with the ceremony taking place on Sunday, Mar. 27, 2022.

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ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:
RANK FILM DISTRIBUTOR DIRECTOR
1 “Audible” Netflix Matt Ogens
2 “The Queen of Basketball” The New York Times Ben Proudfoot
3 “Terror Contagion” Neon Laura Poitras
4 “Coded: The Hidden Love of J.C. Leyendecker” MTV Ryan White
5 “The Facility” A Field of Vision Seth Freed Wessler
NEXT IN LINE
6 “When We Were Bullies” Locomotion Films Jay Rosenblatt
7 “Sophie & the Baron” Disney Original Documentary Alexandria Jackson
8 “Aguilas” The New Yorker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
9 “Camp Confidential: America’s Secret Nazis” Netflix Daniel Sivan, Mor Loushy
10 “A Broken House” The New Yorker and POV Shorts Jimmy Goldblum
OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS
11 “Lynching Postcards: Token of a Great Day” MTV Christine Turner
12 “Lead Me Home” Netflix Pedro Kos, Jon Shenk
13 “Takeover” The New York Times Emma Francis-Snyder
14 “Three Songs for Benazir” Netflix Elizabeth Mirzaei, Gulistan Mirzaei
15 “Day of Rage” The New York Times David Botti, Malachy Browne

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