A round-up of the Best Picture nominees at the 2022 Oscars

We've collated a list of the 10 films nominated in the Best Picture category, ahead of this year's prestigious Oscars. The winner will be revealed at the 94th Academy Awards ceremony, taking place on Sunday 27 March.


moderate threat, discrimination, infrequent strong language

Belfast is a drama in which a boy's future in his home town hangs in the balance when violence breaks out.

threat and horror

A villainous character threatens to shoot a nine year-old boy, but his father quickly intervenes. The boy is caught up in sectarian rioting as petrol bombs are thrown. He cowers under a table with his family as cars explode and windows break.


There is infrequent use of strong language ('f**k'), and milder terms such as 'bloody', 'bugger', 'shite', 'arsehole', 'Christ', 'hell' and 'God'.


The sectarianism of the Troubles is a theme of the film, which carries an anti-discriminatory message.

There is brief mild violence: a villain is disarmed by a thrown brick; there is a slow-motion punch to the face. There are infrequent mild sex references. Children steal from shops, but the negative consequences of doing so are clear. There are upsetting scenes relating to the death of a loved-one.


infrequent strong language, moderate sex references, drug misuse

CODA is a drama in which a young woman who is the only hearing person in her deaf fishing family is torn between duty to them and pursuing her dreams of becoming a singer.


There is infrequent strong language ('f**k'), as well as milder terms such as 'twat', 'bitch', 'dick', 'ass', 'asshole', 'shit', 'screw', 'freaking', 'God', 'hell', 'Christ' and 'damn'. A man makes makes a rude middle finger gesture.


A man smokes a joint briefly. There are also references to bongs and getting high.


A couple are interrupted as they make love noisily; both are clothed. In a comic scene, a deaf man attempts to give another character advice about safe sex by using his arm and hand to mime the putting on of a condom, the ejaculation into it and discarding the item. A young woman makes suggestive comments and hand movements to describe a sexual encounter. A man uses the phrase "suck my dick" in a dismissive reaction.

Occasional discriminatory remarks, which are not endorsed by the film, are made about deaf people. In one scene, a deaf man is called a 'freak' and reacts to the insult, starting a brief fight in a bar. Mild rude humour includes jokes about farting and skin rashes. A man makes a nervous joke about leaving "a note in case people think it's a joint suicide" as he is challenged by a woman to dive from a high ledge into a waterhole.


moderate violence, threat, bloody images

Dune is a sci-fi drama in which a noble household are tasked with overseeing the harvesting of a rare commodity on a desert planet, but their role makes them the target of multiple adversaries.


Scenes include close-quarters combat with bladed weapons, including slashes and stabbings resulting in brief sight of blood. There is occasional focus on bloodied blades, or blood on hands and clothes. Other sequences depict large scale attacks in which ships and buildings are bombed and explode, and a number of deaths caused by toxic gas.

threat and horror

Scenes of threat include characters being pursued and attempting to escape giant worms, flying through a sandstorm, fleeing from explosions, being held at knife point, and being targeted by remote devices that inject poison. A character is left paralysed by poison, and his body is seen naked in a chair as his enemies mock him.

There are occasional mild sex references, including in a sequence in which men's comments suggest threatening intent towards a woman. There is use of mild bad language ('ass') and milder terms including 'God', 'hell', and 'damn'. Occasional reference is made to the hallucinogenic properties of a fictional substance.

King Richard

moderate violence, threat, references to racism, infrequent strong language

King Richard is a US drama following the father of aspiring tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams as he tries to help his daughters achieve their dreams.


There are various verbal references to racism, including to segregation and the physical violence a black man suffered at the hands of white people when he was growing up. A black family is conscious of how they are being received within a predominantly white community, but the film as a whole carries positive messages of overcoming prejudice and achieving success. There is a use of 'cracker' in relation to a white person, but racist behaviour is not condoned.


There is infrequent strong language ('f**k') and milder terms including 'bitch', 'ass', 'crap', 'bullshit', 'god', 'damn', 'butt', 'frickin', 'freakin', 'screw' and 'hell'. There is also peer-to-peer use of 'n***a' and 'n****r'.

threat and horror

A small gang of men behave in a threatening and intimidating way towards a man and his family, initially trying to get the attentions on his eldest daughter and making threatening sexualised comments. When the father attempts to warn the men off, he is beaten and a gun is held to his head.


Scenes of violence include a gang kicking and punching a man, leaving his head bruised and bloodied, and brief sight of a drive-by shooting. A news report also features footage of Rodney King being beaten by police officers.

There are occasional references to drugs, including cocaine, heroin and marijuana, but largely within a condemnatory context. There are occasional sex references.

The Power Of The Dog

moderate injury detail, sex references, discrimination, language, threat

The Power Of The Dog is a Western in which a rancher takes against his brother's new wife.


A group of cowboys jeer at an effeminate young man. There is use of terms such as 'nancy', 'faggot and 'sissy'.


It is implied that a man masturbates, with a hand inside his trousers. A couple's sexual moaning is heard briefly. A man looks at a magazine dedicated to the male nude. There is a reference to 'hard-ons'.

injury detail

A man sustains a bloody hand wound. Animal butchery, dissection, castration and skinning are seen, sometimes in close-up detail.


There is use of moderate bad language ('bitch', 'whore'), as well as milder terms such as 'Christ', 'damn', 'bugger', 'hell', 'ass' and 'God'.

threat and horror

A man terrorises his sister-in-law, causing her to turn to alcohol. He also whips up a group of cowboys to terrorise her son.

A man is briefly shown beating a horse, without visible injury detail, and a rabbit’s neck is broken off-screen, creating a quiet ‘crack’ sound. There are references to suicide. Characters smoke tobacco, reflecting the period.

West Side Story

moderate violence, discrimination, sexual threat, implied strong language

West Side Story is a romantic musical drama, set in 1950s New York City, in which a Puerto Rican teenager falls for the former leader of a local gang.


There are scenes of racist behaviour, including use of the terms 'spic' and 'coloured'. In another scene teenagers mock and misgender a person who is implied to be a trans man, and one of the bullies brags about ‘pantsing’ him and seeing his genitals. Further discriminatory language includes ‘polack’ and ‘pansy’.


There is implied use of strong language (e.g. “motherloving”, “Krup you”). Milder terms include ‘puto’, ‘dick’, ‘shit’, ‘bullshit’, ‘titties’, ‘ass’, ‘bastard’, ‘SoB’, ‘crap’, ‘pendejo’, ‘Christ’ and ‘goddamn’.

sexual violence and sexual threat

A large group of white men corner and harass a Puerto Rican woman, making racist comments. They push her to the ground and surround her, but she is then rescued by another person.


Two people are fatally stabbed during a knife fight, and another is shot, resulting in brief moderate bloody detail. Rival gangs brawl with fists, sticks, bats and chains, with occasional sight of crunchy blows and blood on faces. There is also brief sight of a nail driven through a boy’s bloody ear in the aftermath of a brawl.

Other issues include mild sex and drug references.

Don't Look Up

strong language

Don't Look Up is a sci-fi comedy drama in which a pair of astronomers try to warn humanity about an imminent apocalyptic event.


There is use of strong language (‘f**k’). Milder terms include ‘prick’, ‘pussy’, ‘cooch’, ‘skank’, ‘shit’, ‘screw’, ‘bullshit’, ‘asshole’, ‘ass’ and ‘crap’.

There are scenes of moderate fantasy threat. There are brief scenes involving misuse of Xanax and marijuana, as well as passing comic references to MDMA and cocaine. There is a fleeting image of a couple kissing and embracing in bed, with visible breast nudity; another scene features non-sexualised full frontal and rear nudity. There are also moderate comic verbal references to pornography, erections, ‘sexting’ and ‘screwing’, as well as use of ‘f**k’ in the sexual sense. There are infrequent comic scenes of racist behaviour and references to racism, such as when a white man refers to “both kinds” of ‘Indians’: “the ones with the elephants and the ones with bows and arrows”. Other issues include mild violence and very brief images of moderate bloody injury detail.

Drive My Car

strong sex

Drive My Car is a Japanese drama film in which a bereaved stage actor befriends his young driver.


There are strong scenes of sex with occasional rear nudity. Moderate sex references include ones to masturbation, orgasms and adultery. There is natural breast nudity.

Actors rehearse a scene from a play which involves moderate gun threat and shooting, but there are no realistic injuries. There are infrequent non-graphic references to domestic abuse and to sexual violence. Other issues include a brief car crash scene without visible injury, mild scenes of bereavement, and brief mild references to miscarriage, mental illness and suicide.

Licorice Pizza

strong language, sex references

Licorice Pizza is a US drama in which a teenager and his 25 year old crush navigate life and first loves whilst growing up in 1973 in the San Fernando Valley.


There is use of strong language (‘motherf**ker’, ‘f**k’) and use of milder terms (‘prick’, 'dickhead', ‘bitch’, ‘shit’, ‘ass’, ‘asshole’, ‘balls’, ‘God’, ‘damn’, ‘hell’).


Strong sex references include a visually discreet scene in which a woman shows a teenager her breasts, references to hand jobs, sexual innuendo and sex adverts from a newspaper referring to oral sex.

There is a scene of sexual harassment in which a woman’s employer smacks her backside without her consent. Drug misuse includes characters smoking marijuana and being visibly high. There are verbal references to acid. There are moments of racist behaviour, such as a white American talking in an offensive Japanese accent and a comment about the size of a Jewish woman’s nose by a talent agent. There is a scene of dangerous behaviour in which a man wanting to jump a petrol queue holds an open flame next to a pump nozzle.

Nightmare Alley

strong violence, injury detail, language

Nightmare Alley is a drama in which an ambitious male carnival worker pursues the art of mentalism.


There is strong language ('f**k', 'motherf**ker'), as well as milder terms such as 'bitch', 'bastard', 'shit', 'piss' and 'crap'.

injury detail

A man suffers a facial injury after repeatedly punches to the face. A person is run over, with sight of the bloody head wound sustained. There are other bloody images, including sight of a man biting the head off of a chicken.


There are bloody shootings, including those that occur within a suicide context. A person is run over, with strong impact detail. There are also fist fights.

A man is forcibly drugged and held against his will in order to perform in a carnival act. There are scenes of moderate sex, references to addiction, miscarriage, domestic abuse and sexual violence, but these are all fairly discreet.

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