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 Belfast, CODA, Don’t Look Up, Dune, Drive My Car, King Richard, Licorice Pizza, Nightmare 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.