Oscar nominations herald this year’s shocks and snubs

Oscar nominations herald this year’s shocks and snubs

The Best Actor and Actress nominees are packed with Hollywood veterans.

Los Angeles, California – Appointments for the 94th edition Oscars are there, and boy are there shocks and rebuffs.

This year’s Oscar nominees include Will Smith (top right) and early nominations for Kristen Stewart (bottom right) and Billie Eilish (left). © Collage: IMAGO/Independent photo agency, Future Image and Matrix

Actors Leslie Jordan and Tracee Ellis Ross did the honors by leading a lighthearted virtual announcement on Tuesday morning to unveil this year’s Oscar nominees, many of whom were predicted on the previously released shortlist.

The Best Picture of 2022 category names ten films, including Netflix’s Don’t Look Up and The Power of the Dog, the musical remake of the movie West Side Story, King Richard, Licorice Pizza, Nightmare Alley, Coda, Drive My Car, Dune and Belfast.

The Power of the Dog leads the pack with 12 nods, the most of any film this year.

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Best Actor in a Leading Role is the race to watch, pitting Hollywood legends Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Javier Bardem, Andrew Garfield and Benedict Cumberbatch against each other. Best Actress in a Leading Role also includes heavyweights Penélope Cruz, Jessica Chastain, Nicole Kidman, Olivia Colman and Kristen Stewart.

Music stars Beyoncé and Billie Eilish both scored their first-ever Oscar nominations for Best Song. They face competition from Van Morrison, Diane Warren and the music of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Encanto – which gave Disney its first chart-topping hit in decades.

Eilish, who wrote the James Bond theme song No time to die wwith his brother Finneas, reacted to the news on instagram: “It was an absolute dream to write a song for an @007 movie and I’m so honored to have it nominated. An exceptional life experience.”

Lady Gaga did not receive a nomination for her role in this year's film House of Gucci, which received mixed reviews.

Lady Gaga did not receive a nomination for her role in this year’s film House of Gucci, which received mixed reviews. © IMAGO/Italy Photo Press

Yet other pop music royalty got one of the biggest snubs of the year: Lady Gaga’s turn in House of Gucci was conspicuously omitted from the list.

Additionally, Dune director Denis Villeneuve surprisingly wasn’t nominated for Best Director despite bringing the epic to life that had been widely deemed “unfilmable” and the film landed ten. other nominations, including Best Picture. Among this year’s Best Director nominees, veterans Steven Spielberg, Kenneth Branagh or Jane Campion – whose nomination marks the first ever two-time nomination for a woman – will most likely win the coveted statue.

The 2022 Oscars will air live on ABC on Sunday, March 27 at 8:00 p.m. EST from the auditorium of the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

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“The theme for this year’s Oscars is ‘Movie Lovers Unite,'” Ross said. “Oscar nominees in most categories are chosen by members of their respective branches, but nominees for Best Picture are chosen by the full membership of the Academy.”

The Oscars this year include an interactive element by allowing fans to vote for their favorite movies, which will be revealed when the show airs. For the first time since 2018, an as-yet-unannounced emcee will be helming the event – who a lot of speculation on who the chosen gold host might be.