The 94th annual Academy Awards will be on March 27 at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.
Netflix’s The Power of the Dog, directed by Jane Campion, has emerged with 12 nominations for the 2022 Oscar awards, followed by Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic Dune, which has 10, and Belfast and West Side Story, which have seven each.
The Power Of The Dog secured 12 nods including best picture, directing and cinematography as well as four acting nominations for lead actor Benedict Cumberbatch, supporting actors Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smith-McPhee, and actress Kirsten Dunst.
Dune received 10 nominations including best picture and across the technical categories for sound, visual effects, cinematography and costume design among others. The movie is based on Frank Herbert’s classic 1965 novel, which spawned a series of sequels and a 1984 film that was panned by critics.
The epic action-adventure movie, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, was filmed at the Liwa desert in Abu Dhabi over 11 days with a team of local and international talent.
Dune’s dozen helped Warner Bros to 16 nominations, with the remaining four claimed by King Richard, while Walt Disney also scored 16, which included seven for West Side Story, three for Encanto and two for Cruella.
New Zealand filmmaker Campion is now the first woman to have secured two nominations in the best director category, after The Piano in 1994 for which she won the Oscar for original screenplay. She is also nominated this year for adapted screenplay, having written the psychological western drama based on the Thomas Savage novel of the same name.
Another notable international nominee was Flee, an animated documentary by Danish director Jonas Poher Rasmussen. The film, which debuted at Sundance, received three nods for best-animated feature, documentary feature and international feature for Denmark. It makes Flee the first documentary to be nominated in all three categories.
Netflix led the pack with 26 nominations, of which four were for shorts. This year’s total was helped by four nods for Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up, which is also in the running for best picture, as well as three for Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter and two for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tick, Tick… Boom!.
Among the other streamers, Apple Original Films secured six nominations with CODA and The Tragedy Of Macbeth each receiving three nods, while Amazon Studios had four, made up of three nominations for Being The Ricardos and makeup and hairstyling nod for Coming 2 America.