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The Bloomies for 2022

With the closing of cinemas because of the pandemic and the general fragmentation of film distribution, I have been unable to view some major 2022 films. For purposes of The Bloomies, these will be treated as 2023 films.

English Language Films
Foreign Language Films

Women Talking (S. Polley)
*The New Pope (P. Sorrentino)
Tár (T. Field)
The Banshees of Inisherin (M. McDonagh)
Coda (S. Heder)
Where the Crawdads Sing (O. Newman)
The Fabelmans (S. Spielberg)
The Northman (R. Eggers)
*The Good Nurse (T. Lindholm)
Till (C. Chukwu)
The Duke (R. Michell)
Babylon (D. Chazelle)
Blonde (A. Dominik)
Empire of Light (S. Mendes)
My Salinger Year (P. Falardeau)
Being the Ricardos (A. Sorkin)
No Sudden Move (S. Soderbergh)
Rifkin's Festival (W. Allen)
Beans (T. Deer)
Lady Chatterley's Lover (L. de Clermont-Tonnerre)
The Card Counter (P. Schrader)
The Woman King (G. Prince-Bythewood)
Percy vs Goliath (C. Johnson)
She Said (M. Schrader)
Thirteen Lives (R. Howard)

*TV miniseries in which all episodes have the same director and writer. Equivalent to a long movie.

Parallel Mothers (P. Almodóvar)
All Quiet on the Western Front (E. Berger)
Willow (M. Manchevski)
Happening (A. Diwan)
Munich: The Edge of War (C. Schwochow)
The Forgotten Battle (M. van Heijningen)
Drive My Car (R. Hamaguchi)
Bardo (A. Iñárritu)
Vortex (G. Noé)
Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (P.C. Dorji)
The Worst Person in the World (J. Trier)
Hope (M. Sødahl)
Argentina, 1985 (S. Mitre)
Miracle (B.G. Apetri)
Hive (B. Basholli)
Who You Think I Am (S. Nebbou)
EO (J. Skolimowski)
Mosul (M. Carnahan)


English Language Film – Women Talking

Foreign Language Film – Parallel Mothers

Director – (1) Sarah Polley (Women Talking); (2) Paolo Sorrentino (*The New Pope)

Original Screenplay – Pedro Almodóvar (Parallel Mothers)

Screenplay Adaptation – Sarah Polley (Women Talking)

Cinematography – Darius Khondji (Bardo)

Film Editing – All Quiet on the Western Front

Original Music Score – Justin Hurwitz (Babylon)

Actor – Austin Butler (Elvis)

Others  –  Silvio Orlando (*The New Pope); John Malkovich (*The New Pope); Brendan Fraser (The Whale); Jim Broadbent (The Duke); Troy Kotsur (Coda); Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos); Bill Nighy (Living); Brendan Gleeson (The Banshees of Inisherin); Clifton Collins (Jockey); Diego Calva (Babylon); Oscar Isaac (The Card Counter)

Actress – Cate Blanchett (Tár)

Others  – Ana de Armas (Blonde); Daisy Edgar-Jones (Where the Crawdads Sing); Emilia Jones (Coda); Danielle Deadwyler (Till); Penelope Cruz (Parallel Mothers); Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos); Michelle Williams (The Fabelmans); Juliette Binoche (Who You Think I Am); Jessica Chastain (*The Good Nurse); Andrea B. Hovig (Hope); Anamaria Vartolomei (Happening); Margaret Qualley (My Salinger Year); Hong Chau (The Whale); Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin; Olivia Colman (Empire of Light); Viola Davis (The Woman King); Kiawentio (Beans); Emma Corrin (Lady Chatterley's Lover)

Special Note - "The Offer" is an excellent miniseries, with multiple directors and writers, on the making of "the Godfather." "Everything Everywhere All At Once" is the worst film ever (95 years) to win the Oscar for best picture.

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