Let’s keep it real: the 2022 Oscars nominations were boring AF. As they read the nominees I realized how far apart the films hitting the Academy’s eyes and the films hitting the masses are. Dune is an exception, but this year, it looks like many may be skipping the ceremony. There’s just no connection between the mainstream and what's going down during AWARDS SZN.

You can blame COVID for a lot of this; the films bringing people to cinemas aren’t the films that are being voted on by the Academy, and the films the Academy swoon over don't have the oomph to keep today's movie audience intrigued. That said, those same films pride themselves in world-building, not awards fodder. We still recommend checking out what interests you; just know that the film that moved you in 2021 ain’t the same things hitting you in 2022.

All of that said, we still have an Oscars to watch, and there is still news being made. Here are the biggest takeaways from the 2022 Oscars nominations.