The nominations list for 94th Academy Awards was announced last night. The Oscars 2022 saw several first time nominees like Billie Eilish, Ariana DeBose, Kristen Stewart and many others. However, the list left a lot of people from fans to actors and directors disappointed as they could not bag a nomination.
Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog topped the Oscar nominations with 12 nodes but Dune that followed with 10 nominations was not that lucky in Best Director category as Denis Villeneuve failed to make the cut. Other snubs included Lady Gaga for House of Gucci, Nicholas Cage for Pig and Jennifer Hudson for Respect. Take a look at some of the biggest snubs this year.
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Lady Gaga’s stellar act as Patrizia Reggiani in Ridley Scott's House of Gucci failed to earn a nomination in Best Actress category. Unfortunately for Gaga, who received nominations in every other major Award show including Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Critic's Choice Awards-the four precursors to Oscars nominations. She was also named best actress by the New York Film Critics Circle.
Nicholas Cage received rave reviews from critics for his performance in Michael Sarnoski’s Pig. The film was much appreciated for its story and Cage’s performance but he failed to make the cut in the Best Actor category.
Jennifer Hudson blew everyone’s mind with her Aretha Franklin biopic titled Respect but could not make it to the Oscars race.
Dune received 10 nominations at Oscars 2022 but could not get a Best Director nod for Denis Villeneuve which left many surprised.
The Green Knight
Dev Patel’s The Green Knight was left from the Oscars race completely. Despite receiving rave reviews the film garnered zero nominations.
Bradley Cooper’s performance in Nightmare Alley earned him applause but many expected him to bag a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's Licorice Pizza. However, he received a nom as producer for Nightmare Alley.
Records and firsts
However, there was lots of joy as well with the Oscar nominations. Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos) and Penelope Cruz (Parallel Mother) became the sixth married couple to be nominated for acting in the same year. Romantic partners Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons, who co-star in The Power of the Dog, were also nominated in supporting acting categories. Kenneth Branagh, who earned a nomination for Belfast in Best Director category became the first artiste in Oscars history to establish a lifetime record of notching up seven nominations in seven different categories. He has been nominated for directing, producing and writing the original screenplay of his semi-autobiographical coming-of-age film. Previously, he had earned Oscar nominations for best actor and best director for Henry V, best live-action short film for Swan Song, best-supporting actor for My Week With Marilyn and best-adapted screenplay for Hamlet. On the other hand, Steven Spielberg earned his eighth nomination in the Best Director category for West Side Story. Jane Campion earned a Best Director nomination for The Power of Dog making Oscars history by becoming the first woman to be nominated twice for Best Director. CODA star Troy Kotsur became only the second deaf actor to be nominated for playing a deaf character, following in the footsteps of his co-star, Marlee Matlin, who won an Oscar for her leading role in Children of a Lesser God at age 21 becoming the youngest winner in the category as well as the only deaf winner in Oscar history at 59th Academy Awards held in 1987.
Spider-Man alumni Andrew Garfield, Kirsten Dunst and JK Simmons receive Oscar nods
Andrew Garfield, Kirsten Dunst and JK Simmons- all of whom have worked in Spider-Man films have been nominated for Oscars this year. Garfield who is most famous for playing Peter Parker aka Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man series and reprised his role in the latest film Spider-Man: No Way Home snag14ged a Best Actor nomination for Tick, Tick...Boom! while Simmons who has played journalist J Jonah Jameson in the original series as well as in the Tom Holland films, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of American comedian William Frawley in Being The Ricardos. Kirsten Dunst, who played Mary Jane in the original Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire, was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in The Power of the Dog.