- Jane Campion became the first woman to be nominated for the Best Director award twice, while Kirsten Stewart received a Best Actress nod for her role in ‘Spencer’
- Netflix’s ‘Don’t Look Up’ is in the running for Best Picture, as well as ‘Drive My Car’ – the first Japanese film to ever be nominated for this category
The nominations for the 94th Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday evening, announced via global live stream by American actors Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan.
Jane Campion’s film The Power of the Dog – a Western psychological drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, and Jesse Plemons – took the lead with 12 nominations. Campion also made history by becoming the first woman to be nominated for the Best Director award more than once – her first nomination came in 1993 for her film The Piano.
Dune, the science fiction film starring Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet based on the bestselling novel, garnered 10 nominations, including Best Picture.
Netflix’s recent hit Don’t Look Up also made it into the running for Best Picture, as well as the history-making Drive My Car by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, the first Japanese film to ever be nominated for this category.
Kristen Stewart, praised for her spot on portrayal of Princess Diana in Spencer, was nominated for Best Actress, joining the mix with past winners such as Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos) and Olivia Coleman (The Lost Daughter).
Andrew Garfield, who recently won a Golden Globe for his performance in the musical Tick, Tick … Boom!, was nominated for Best Actor, along with Will Smith (King Richard) and Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog).
West Side Story, directed by Steven Spielberg, hopes to replicate its success at the Golden Globes, where it took home four awards, with seven Oscars nominations -including Best Supporting Actress for Golden Globe winner Ariana DeBose.
DeBose posted her reaction on social media soon after the nominations were announced.
“WHAT JUST HAPPENED!?!” DeBose posted on Instagram.
Meanwhile, Beyoncé received her first Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for Be Alive, written for the film King Richard. Billie Eilish also received her first Oscar nod for No Time to Die, the titular song for the Bond film of the same name.
“It was an absolute dream to write a song for a @007 film and I’m so honoured that it’s nominated,” the singer wrote on Instagram, calling the nomination a “peak life experience.”
The Oscars are set to take place on March 27 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.