Oscar nominations for 2022 have been released and there are several snubs and some sweeps that are worth mentioning above all. This year’s nominations have both created history and could create one if some nominations result in wins.
The major sweep in the nominations this year was ‘The Power of the Dog’ directed by Jane Campion, taking 12 nominations including Best Picture and Best Director. Jane Campion has made history by being the first woman to be nominated for Best Director more than once, her previous nomination was for ‘The Piano’.
Ariana DeBose has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress for ‘West Side Story’, already winning a Golden Globe for her role as Anita in the movie previously. If she wins, DeBose can make history as one of the only pair of actors to win an Oscar for playing the same role, as her predecessor Rita Moreno also won an Oscar for portraying Anita in the 1961 rendition of the film. The pair can join Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro as Vito Corleone and Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, in their wins for playing the same character in different movies.
Another one of the history-making Oscar nominations from this year could be Ari Wegner if she wins the Cinematography award for ‘The Power of the Dog’. Cinematography is the only Oscar category to not have a woman winner over all of its years. The other nominees in the category are Greig Fraser for “Dune”, Dan Laustsen for “Nightmare Alley”, Bruno Delbonnel for “The Tragedy of Macbeth”, Janusz Kamiński for “West Side Story”.
Steven Spielberg has set a new record for producing a total of 11 films that have been nominated for Best Picture, after ‘West Side Story’ was nominated in the category. No other producer has achieved this feat before.
The Oscar nominations for Best Picture include; Belfast, CODA, Don’t Look Up, Drive My Car, Dune, King Richard, Licorice Pizza, Nightmare Alley, The Power of the Dog, West Side Story.
Singer Beyoncé has also been nominated for her first Oscar for Original Song, with “Be Alive” for ‘King Richard’. The same category also includes Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell, for “No Time to Die”, also her first Oscar nomination.
Apart from major names reclaimed and newer ones uplifted, awards season is now also time for streaming platforms to one-up each other with nominations and wins.