Oscars 2022: Which film might be named fan favourite?

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in best picture favourite The Power of the Dog, but fan favourite could reward a more mainstream film

Oscars 2022: Which film might be named fan favourite?

Far be it from us to suggest The Power of the Dog isn't a crowd-pleasing thrill ride,

Oscars 2022: Which film might be named fan favourite?

but it's safe to say this year's best picture favourite doesn't have mass appeal.

Oscars 2022: Which film might be named fan favourite?

The slow-burn Western, which should not be viewed while operating heavy machinery,

Oscars 2022: Which film might be named fan favourite?

is a strong contender at Sunday's Oscars alongside films such as Coda, King Richard and West Side Story.

Oscars 2022: Which film might be named fan favourite?

But there are plenty of more mainstream films that missed out on nominations.

Oscars 2022: Which film might be named fan favourite?

Which is why the Academy has introduced the "fan favourite" this year - a prize decided entirely on public votes from social media and the Academy website.

Oscars 2022: Which film might be named fan favourite?

The winning film won't receive one of the gold statuettes like the others, so it's more of a bonus category, introduced for younger and more online-skewing audiences.