We finally have our nominations for the 94th Academy Awards…but how do we feel about them?
Netflix’s “The Power of the Dog” led with 12 nominations including four in the acting categories, plus Best Picture and writing and directing for Jane Campion, who made history as the first female director to be nominated twice. “Dune” followed with 10 noms including Best Picture.
Japan’s Oscar entry “Drive My Car” also is in the running for Best Picture, along with directing and screenwriting noms, plus its International Feature selection. The Best Picture category also includes “CODA,” “Don’t Look Up,” “King Richard,” “Licorice Pizza,” “Nightmare Alley,” and “West Side Story.”
While “Spider-Man: No Way Home” failed to land in the Best Picture category after busting box office records, festival favorite — and indie award-winning — “Passing” was also iced out entirely. “Licorice Pizza” breakout stars Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman similarly failed to land respective Best Actress or Best Actor recognition, and we clutched our pearls when Lady Gaga’s name was left out of the Best Actress category. “A Star” may have been born but has its clout faded?
“Dune” director Denis Villeneuve similarly was snubbed for Best Director, but the “Cruella” costume nod was a pleasant surprise for fans of fashion.
“Belfast” star Caitriona Balfe proved that a BAFTA nomination isn’t always indicative of Oscar appeal, and “Don’t Look Up” director Adam McKay didn’t find his way into the Best Directing circle this time.
Check out IndieWire’s picks for some of the biggest snubs and surprises of this year’s announcement below.
The 94th Academy Awards will air Sunday, March 27.