These are the 2022 Endy Award Nominations, wherein I pretend to give out maneki-neko statues to the best movies, performances, etc of this year in film. Awards for many other years can be found in the Rankings & Awards Index. Eligibility is determined by imdb date and by whether or not I’ve seen the movie in question. Films are presented in alphabetical order, and the winners will be announced on Oscar night. As always, the awards and nominees are subject to change as I watch more movies. And the Endy goes to. . .

Best Picture:

1. Captain Ahab: The Story of Dave Stieb
2. Decision to Leave
3. Detective vs. Sleuths
4. The Fabelmans
5. The King of Wuxia
6. The Novelist’s Film
7. Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1
8. Shin Ultraman
9. Three Thousand Years of Longing
10. Walk Up

Best Director:

1. James Cameron, Avatar: The Way of Water
2. Park Chan-wook, Decision to Leave
3. Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans
4. Hong Sangsoo, The Novelist’s Film
5. Mani Ratnam, Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1

Best Actor:

1. Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin
2. Lau Ching-wan, Detective vs. Sleuths
3. Austin Butler, Elvis
4. Gabriel LaBelle, The Fabelmans
5. Karthi, Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1
6. Ram Charan, RRR
7. NT Rama Rao Jr, RRR
8. Idris Elba, Three Thousand Years of Longing
9. Kwon Hae-hyo, Walk Up
10. Kamal Haasan, Vikram
11. Adam Driver, White Noise

Best Actress:

1. Tang Wei, Decision to Leave
2. Aubrey Plaza, Emily the Criminal
3. Tilda Swinton, The Eternal Daughter
4. Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once
5. Janelle Monáe, Glass Onion
6. Bae Doona, Next Sohee
7. Keke Palmer, Nope
8. Lee Hye-young, The Novelist’s Film
9. Amber Midthunder, Prey
10. Cate Blanchett, Tár
11. Tilda Swinton, Three Thousand Years of Longing

Supporting Actor:

1. Anthony Hopkins, Armageddon Time
2. Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once
3. Paul Dano, The Fabelmans
4. Judd Hirsch, The Fabelmans
5. Michael Wincott, Nope
6. Vikram, Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1
7. Ray Stevenson, RRR
8. Vijay Sethupathi, Vikram

Supporting Actress:

1. Sigourney Weaver, Avatar: The Way of Water
2. Zoe Saldana, Avatar: The Way of Water
3. Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin
4. Kristen Stewart, Crimes of the Future
5. Jessica Henwick, Glass Onion
6. Kim Min-hee, The Novelist’s Film
7. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1
8. Trisha, Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1

Original Screenplay:

1. Captain Ahab: The Story of Dave Stieb, Jon Bois & Alex Rubenstein
2. Detective vs. Sleuths, Wai Ka-fai, Ray Chan, & Mak Tin-shu
3. The Fabelmans, Steven Spielberg & Tony Kushner
4. The Novelist’s Film, Hong Sangsoo
5. Walk Up, Hong Sangsoo

Adapted Screenplay:

1. Confess, Fletch, Zev Borow & Greg Mottola
2. Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1, Mani Ratnam & Elango Kumaravel
3. Shin Ultraman, Hideaki Anno
4. Three Thousand Years of Longing, George Miller & Augusta Gore
5. White Noise, Noah Baumbach

English Language Film:

1. Avatar: The Way of Water (James Cameron)
2. Captain Ahab: The Story of Dave Stieb (Jon Bois)
3. The Fabelmans (Steven Spielberg)
4. Nope (Jordan Peele)
5. Three Thousand Years of Longing (George Miller)

Non-English Language Film:

1. Detective vs. Sleuths (Wai Ka-fai)
2. The Novelist’s Film (Hong Sangsoo)
3. Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1 (Mani Ratnam)
4. Shin Ultraman (Higuchi Shinji)
5. Walk Up (Hong Sangsoo)

Non-Fiction Feature Film:

1. Blue Island (Chan Tze-woon)
2. Captain Ahab: The Story of Dave Stieb (Jon Bois)
3. Fire of Love (Sara Dosa)
4. The King of Wuxia (Lin Jing-jie)
5. Turn Every Page (Lizzie Gottlieb)

Short Film:

1. How to Score Ten Runs in the First Inning and Lose (Jon Bois)
2. Section 1 (Jon Bois)

Unseen Film:

1. Apollo 10 1/2 (Richard Linklater)
2. Benediction (Terence Davies)
3. Both Sides of the Blade (Claire Denis)
4. Stars at Noon (Claire Denis)
5. The Woman King (Gina Prince-Bythewood)

Film Editing:

1. Avatar: The Way of Water
2. Decision to Leave
3. Detective vs. Sleuths
4. RRR
5. Tár

Cinematography:

1. Avatar: The Way of Water
2. Decision to Leave
3. Nope
4. Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1
5. RRR

Art Direction:

1. Avatar: The Way of Water
2. The Munsters
3. Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1
4. Three Thousand Years of Longing
5. White Noise

Costume Design:

1. Elvis
2. The Munsters
3. Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1
4. Three Thousand Years of Longing
5. White Noise

Make-Up and Hair:

1. Elvis
2. The Munsters
3. Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1
4. RRR
5. White Noise

Original Score:

1. Crimes of the Future
2. Decision to Leave
3. Nope
4. Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1
5. RRR

Adapted Score:

1. Confess, Fletch
2. Decision to Leave
3. Don’t Worry Darling
4. Elvis
5. Tár

Sound:

1. Avatar: The Way of Water
2. Decision to Leave
3. The Fabelmans
4. Nope
5. Tár

Sound Editing:

1. Ambulance
2. Avatar: The Way of Water
3. The Battle at Lake Changjin II
4. Nope
5. Top Gun: Maverick

Visual Effects:

1. Avatar: The Way of Water
4. Nope
3. RRR
5. Shin Ultraman
5. Three Thousand Years of Longing

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