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The Power of the Dog scores big at the Oscar nominations

Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench and Olivia Colman all pick up Academy Award nods

Phil de Semlyen
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Phil de Semlyen

This year’s Oscar candidates have been unveiled and had plenty of good news for The Power of the Dog and Dune. Jane Campion’s neo-western picked up 12 nominations, including Best Picture, while Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic collected nods like a spice harvester – including Best Picture, Best Cinematography and Best Editing, among its ten nominations.

There was love, too, for Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, which was nominated in seven categories, and Adam McKay’s polarising client change satire Don’t Look Up. The Netflix film pulled in four nods, including Best Picture. It will be a major contender in that category, even if McKay missed out on a Best Director nod and Leonardo DiCaprio on an expected Best Actor nomination.

Will Smith’s twin roles in King Richard – as producer and lead – yielded Best Actor and Best Picture nominations. The 
Richard Williams biopic earned six nominations in total. 

There was good news, too, for Kristen Stewart, nominated for her portrayal of Princess Diana in Spencer, and for West Side Story. A frontrunner-turned-outsider-turned-frontrunner again, it was nominated for Best Picture and also scored Spielberg his eighth Best Director nomination, amongst its seven nominations. 

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car was rewarded with four nominations, including a surprise Best Picture nod and a predicted nomination for Best International Film.

The nominees in full:

Best Picture
Don't Look Up

Drive My Car
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog
West Side Story

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

Best Actor
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
Will Smith, King Richard
Andrew Garfield, Tick, Tick... Boom!
Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth
Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos

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

Best Supporting Actor
Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog
Troy Kotsur, CODA
Ciarán Hinds, Belfast
Jesson Plemons, The Power of the Dog
JK Simmons, Being the Ricardos

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

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

Best Documentary 
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Writing with Fire

Best Animation
The Mitchells vs the Machines
Raya and the Last Dragon

Best Editing
Don’t Look Up
King Richard
The Power of the Dog
Tick, Tick… Boom!

Best International Feature Film
Drive My Car
The Worst Person in the World
The Hand of God
Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

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

Best Adapted Screenplay
Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
Sian Heder, CODA
Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe, Drive My Car
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter
Denis Villeneuve, Erith Roth and Jon Spaihts, Dune

Best Original Screenplay
Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza
Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
Zach Baylin, King Richard
Adam McKay and David Sirota, Don’t Look Up
Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt, The Worst Person in the World

Best Sound
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story
No Time to Die

Best Costume Design
Nightmare Alley
West Side Story

Best Animated Short
Affairs of the Art
Robin Robin
The Windshield Wiper

Best Documentary Short 
The Queen of Basketball
Lead Me Home
Three Songs for Benazir
When We Were Bullies

Best Live Action Short
Ala Kachuu – Take and Run
The Dress
The Long Goodbye
On My Mind
Please Hold

Best Make-up and Hairstyling
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Coming to America
House of Gucci

Best Song
‘No Time to Die’, No Time to Die
‘Be Alive’, King Richard
Dos Oruguitas’, Encanto
Down to Joy, Belfast
‘Somehow You Do’, Four Good Days

Best Production Design
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story
The Tragedy of Macbeth

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

The 94th Academy Awards takes place on Sunday, March 27. Head to the official Academy site for all the info.

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