Too soon? Our ridiculously early predictions for 2022s Oscar contenders

After the pandemic-delayed, anticlimactic, rather disastrous 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday night, is it a bit premature to start looking forward to next year? Of course not!

COVID-19 still might play a role in the 94th edition of the Oscars (currently scheduled for Feb. 27, 2022), especially if major film festivals – which introduce many awards-season regulars – go virtual again. However, theaters reopening up for the summer is a good sign that Oscar bait will be back on the big screen before you know it.

And the race toward the 2022 Academy Awards could be a packed one, with projects punted out of last year because of coronavirus and a fresh batch of newer films finished under COVID protocols.

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