Six of the best? John Maguire gives his Oscars forecast

Our resident movie critic casts an eye over the runners and riders of the 2022 Academy Awards, and boldly predicts who’ll take home the ‘Big Six’ gongs at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles tonight

Jane Campion and Benedict Cumberbatch on the set of The Power of the Dog

Which acclaimed film will take home the big prize at the Academy Awards? Which much-fancied veteran will be shockingly snubbed, and which new star will be crowned from among the first-time nominees? We can’t see into the future, but we can give you our best guesses in the “Big Six” categories ahead of tonight’s glittering ceremony.

After a second year of Covid-19, a congested release calendar and subsequent box office disappointments (to say nothing about ...