The Power of the Dog leads Oscar nominations, with Dune close behind


Check out all this year’s nominees, as well as some early thoughts on surprises and snubs.

The Power of the Dog leads this year’s Academy Awards race, with 12 nominations—surpassing the eight nominations (and memorable trifecta of wins) for The Piano in 1994 and close to the all-time record of 14. The Power of the Dog is up for Best Picture, with New Zealand’s Dame Jane Campion becoming the first woman to be nominated more than once for Best Director.

Other notable nominations for The Power of the Dog (which has already taken home numerous trophies this awards season), include acting nods for Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Kirsten Dunst; inclusion in the Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography categories; and a nomination for Jonny Greenwood’s score, among others.

In the Best Picture category, The Power of the Dog perhaps faces its toughest competition from Sir Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical Belfast, which also has good odds in the Best Director and both Supporting Actor categories.

After a polarising reaction on release, Adam McKay’s black comedy Don’t Look Up is perhaps a surprise inclusion for Best Picture, and also competes for Best Original Screenplay (against Belfast)—but the biggest surprise in the Best Picture field may be Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car. The critical fave follows other recent non-Western films in smashing its way out of the Best International Feature ghetto as Japan’s first Best Picture nominee, and also picking up noms for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Perhaps the most surprising omission this year is Denis Villeneuve, who wasn’t nominated for Best Director—even though Dune picked up 10 nominations, including Best Picture, and a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, recognising his superb work bringing Frank Herbert’s dense novel to the screen.

Elsewhere, actors Caitriona Balfe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lady Gaga and Ruth Negga may be wondering where their good news is today—though perhaps none are as hard done by as The Worst Person in the World’s superb lead Renate Reinsve, whose performance is the best thing about a film that has picked up Oscar noms for Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature.

Best Picture

Belfast
CODA
Don’t Look Up
Drive My Car
Dune
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Javier Bardem – Being the Ricardos
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog
Andrew Garfield – tick, tick…Boom!
Will Smith – King Richard
Denzel Washington – The Tragedy of Macbeth

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Olivia Colman – The Lost Daughter
Penélope Cruz – Parallel Mothers
Nicole Kidman – Being the Ricardos
Kristen Stewart – Spencer

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Ciarán Hinds – Belfast
Troy Kotsur – CODA
Jesse Plemons – The Power of the Dog
J.K. Simmons – Being the Ricardos
Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Power of the Dog

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Jessie Buckley – The Lost Daughter
Ariana DeBose – West Side Story
Judi Dench – Belfast
Kirsten Dunst – The Power of the Dog
Aunjanue Ellis – King Richard

Best Director

Kenneth Branagh – Belfast
Ryusuke Hamaguchi – Drive My Car
Paul Thomas Anderson – Licorice Pizza
Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog
Steven Spielberg – West Side Story

Best Adapted Screenplay

CODA – Siân Heder
Drive My Car – Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe
Dune – Jon Spaihts and Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth
The Lost Daughter – Maggie Gyllenhaal
The Power of the Dog – Jane Campion

Best Original Screenplay

Belfast – Kenneth Branagh
Don’t Look Up – Adam McKay; Story by Adam McKay & David Sirota
King Richard – Zach Baylin
Licorice Pizza – Paul Thomas Anderson
The Worst Person in the World – Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier

Best Documentary Feature

Ascension
Attica
Flee
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Writing with Fire

Best Animated Feature Film

Encanto
Flee
Luca
The Mitchells vs. the Machines
Raya and the Last Dragon

Best International Feature Film

Drive My Car – Japan
Flee – Denmark
The Hand of God – Italy
Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom – Bhutan
The Worst Person in the World – Norway

Best Cinematography

Dune
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
The Tragedy of Macbeth
West Side Story

Best Film Editing

Don’t Look Up
Dune
King Richard
The Power of the Dog
tick, tick…Boom!

Best Live Action Short Film

Ala Kachuu – Take and Run
The Dress
The Long Goodbye
On My Mind
Please Hold

Best Animated Short Film

Affairs of the Art
Bestia
Boxballet
Robin Robin
The Windshield Wiper
Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez

Best Documentary Short Subject

Audible
Lead Me Home
The Queen of Basketball
Three Songs for Benazir
When We Were Bullies

Best Original Score

Don’t Look Up – Nicholas Britell
Dune – Hans Zimmer
Encanto – Germaine Franco
Parallel Mothers – Alberto Iglesias
The Power of the Dog – Jonny Greenwood

Best Original Song

“Be Alive” – King Richard
Music and Lyric by DIXSON and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

“Dos Oruguitas” – Encanto
Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

“Down To Joy” – Belfast
Music and Lyric by Van Morrison

“No Time To Die” – No Time to Die
Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell

“Somehow You Do” – Four Good Days
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

Best Production Design

Dune
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
The Tragedy of Macbeth
West Side Story

Best Costume Design

Cruella
Cyrano
Dune
Nightmare Alley
West Side Story

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Coming 2 America
Cruella
Dune
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
House of Gucci

Best Sound

Belfast
Dune
No Time to Die
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story

Best Visual Effects

Dune
Free Guy
No Time to Die
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Spider-Man: No Way Home