‘The Power of the Dog’ Leads With 12 Oscar Nominations

Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog led the pack with 12 nominations as the 94th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning.

The Netflix drama will compete against BelfastCODADon’t Look UpDuneDrive My CarKing RichardLicorice PizzaNightmare Alley and West Side Story for best picture.

Emmy-winning actor Leslie Jordan and Emmy-nominated Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross announced the nominations in all 23 Oscar categories in a live presentation. In addition to the nominations, it was revealed that the March 27 Oscar ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theatre.

Following last year’s subdued ceremony, which took place largely in L.A.’s Union Station and the Dolby Theatre, this year’s cinematic offerings represented Hollywood’s optimistic return to the movie theater — although a second year of the global coronavirus pandemic saw many contenders go straight to streaming. Netflix has two best picture contenders this year with Don’t Look Up and The Power of the Dog. Warner Bros.’ Dune and King Richard had simultaneous releases in theaters and on HBO Max, while Apple TV+ earned its first Oscar nomination in the best picture category with the Sundance hit CODA. (The streamer, which launched Nov. 19, also had its first Oscar nominations for best animated feature and best sound.) Focus Features’ Belfast, Janus Films’ Drive My Car, MGM/United Artists’ Licorice Pizza, Searchlight’s Nightmare Alley and 20th Century Studios’ West Side Story had traditional theatrical releases.

Netflix has a potential frontrunner with The Power of the Dog. Its nominations include two for writer-director Jane Campion, who is the first woman in Oscars history to be nominated for best director twice, having first received a nomination for The Piano in 1994. She also earned a nod for best adapted screenplay — and is one of three female nominees (alongside CODA‘s Sian Heder and The Lost Daughter‘s Maggie Gyllenhaal) in the category. Its four cast members also received nominations: Benedict Cumberbatch for best actor, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee for best supporting actor and Kirsten Dunst for best supporting actress. Ari Wegner also made history as the second woman to be nominated for best cinematography.

Biopics also fared well this year, particularly in the acting categories. Kirsten Stewart earned her first nomination for Spencer, in which she plays Princess Diana. Being the Ricardos stars (and previous Oscar winners) Javier Bardem and Nicole Kidman earned nods for playing actor-producers Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, respectively, and J.K. Simmons earned a best supporting actor nod for his role as I Love Lucy co-star William Frawley; King Richard‘s Will Smith and Aunjanue Ellis were nominated for another married couple, Richard Williams and Oracene “Brandy” Price in the sports drama that traces the origin story of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams. Andrew Garfield earned his second nomination for best actor for his portrayal of Rent composer Jonathan Larson in Tick, Tick … Boom!, while Garfield’s The Eyes of Tammy Faye co-star Jessica Chastain also earned a best actress nod for playing the eponymous televangelist.

(Excerpt) Read more in: The Hollywood Reporter

‘The Power of the Dog’ Leads With 12 Oscar Nominations

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