Nominations

Actor–comedian Leslie Jordan and actor, CEO and producer Tracee Ellis Ross announced the 94th Oscars nominations on Tuesday. 8 February 2022.

Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and International Feature Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi–branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees. This year, the Academy saw its highest ever voter participation in the organization’s history, with members submitting ballots from 82 countries.

Nominations for the 94th Academy Awards

Best motion picture of the year

  • “Belfast” Laura Berwick, Kenneth Branagh, Becca Kovacik and Tamar Thomas, Producers
  • “CODA” Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi and Patrick Wachsberger, Producers
  • “Don’t Look Up” Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, Producers
  • “Drive My Car” Teruhisa Yamamoto, Producer
  • “Dune” Mary Parent, Denis Villeneuve and Cale Boyter, Producers
  • “King Richard” Tim White, Trevor White and Will Smith, Producers
  • “Licorice Pizza” Sara Murphy, Adam Somner and Paul Thomas Anderson, Producers
  • “Nightmare Alley” Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale and Bradley Cooper, Producers
  • “The Power of the Dog” Jane Campion, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Roger Frappier, Producers
  • “West Side Story” Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers

Achievement in directing

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

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Javier Bardem in “Being the Ricardos”
  • Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Power of the Dog”
  • Andrew Garfield in “tick, tick…BOOM!”
  • Will Smith in “King Richard”
  • Denzel Washington in “The Tragedy of Macbeth”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

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

Performance by an actress in a leading role

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

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

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

Best animated feature film of the year

  • “Encanto” Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino and Clark Spencer
  • “Flee” Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen and Charlotte De La Gournerie
  • “Luca” Enrico Casarosa and Andrea Warren
  • “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” Mike Rianda, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Kurt Albrecht
  • “Raya and the Last Dragon” Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho

Achievement in cinematography

  • “Dune” Greig Fraser
  • “Nightmare Alley” Dan Laustsen
  • “The Power of the Dog” Ari Wegner
  • “The Tragedy of Macbeth” Bruno Delbonnel
  • “West Side Story” Janusz Kaminski

Achievement in costume design

  • “Cruella” Jenny Beavan
  • “Cyrano” Massimo Cantini Parrini and Jacqueline Durran
  • “Dune” Jacqueline West and Robert Morgan
  • “Nightmare Alley” Luis Sequeira
  • “West Side Story” Paul Tazewell

Best documentary feature

  • “Ascension” Jessica Kingdon, Kira Simon-Kennedy and Nathan Truesdell
  • “Attica” Stanley Nelson and Traci A. Curry
  • “Flee” Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen and Charlotte De La Gournerie
  • “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein
  • “Writing with Fire” Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh

Best documentary short subject

  • “Audible” Matt Ogens and Geoff McLean
  • “Lead Me Home” Pedro Kos and Jon Shenk
  • “The Queen of Basketball” Ben Proudfoot
  • “Three Songs for Benazir” Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei
  • “When We Were Bullies” Jay Rosenblatt

Achievement in film editing

  • “Don’t Look Up” Hank Corwin
  • “Dune” Joe Walker
  • “King Richard” Pamela Martin
  • “The Power of the Dog” Peter Sciberras
  • “tick, tick…BOOM!” Myron Kerstein and Andrew Weisblum

Best international feature film of the year

  • “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

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

  • “Coming 2 America” Mike Marino, Stacey Morris and Carla Farmer
  • “Cruella” Nadia Stacey, Naomi Donne and Julia Vernon
  • “Dune” Donald Mowat, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
  • “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh
  • “House of Gucci” Göran Lundström, Anna Carin Lock and Frederic Aspiras

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (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

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • “Be Alive” from “King Richard”
    Music and Lyric by DIXSON and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
  • “Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto”
    Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • “Down To Joy” from “Belfast”
    Music and Lyric by Van Morrison
  • “No Time To Die” from “No Time to Die”
    Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell
  • “Somehow You Do” from “Four Good Days”
    Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

Achievement in production design

  • “Dune” Production Design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Zsuzsanna Sipos
  • “Nightmare Alley” Production Design: Tamara Deverell; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau
  • “The Power of the Dog” Production Design: Grant Major; Set Decoration: Amber Richards
  • “The Tragedy of Macbeth” Production Design: Stefan Dechant; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
  • “West Side Story” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo

Best animated short film

  • “Affairs of the Art” Joanna Quinn and Les Mills
  • “Bestia” Hugo Covarrubias and Tevo Díaz
  • “Boxballet” Anton Dyakov
  • “Robin Robin” Dan Ojari and Mikey Please
  • “The Windshield Wiper” Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez

Best live action short film

  • “Ala Kachuu – Take and Run” Maria Brendle and Nadine Lüchinger
  • “The Dress” Tadeusz Łysiak and Maciej Ślesicki
  • “The Long Goodbye” Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed
  • “On My Mind” Martin Strange-Hansen and Kim Magnusson
  • “Please Hold” K.D. Dávila and Levin Menekse

Achievement in sound

  • “Belfast” Denise Yarde, Simon Chase, James Mather and Niv Adiri
  • “Dune” Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett
  • “No Time to Die” Simon Hayes, Oliver Tarney, James Harrison, Paul Massey and Mark Taylor
  • “The Power of the Dog” Richard Flynn, Robert Mackenzie and Tara Webb
  • “West Side Story” Tod A. Maitland, Gary Rydstrom, Brian Chumney, Andy Nelson and Shawn Murphy

Achievement in visual effects

  • “Dune” Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer
  • “Free Guy” Swen Gillberg, Bryan Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis and Dan Sudick
  • “No Time to Die” Charlie Noble, Joel Green, Jonathan Fawkner and Chris Corbould
  • “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” Christopher Townsend, Joe Farrell, Sean Noel Walker and Dan Oliver
  • “Spider-Man: No Way Home” Kelly Port, Chris Waegner, Scott Edelstein and Dan Sudick

Adapted screenplay

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

Original screenplay

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


NOMINATIONS FACTS: BEST PICTURE

Belfast (Focus Features) – Laura Berwick, Kenneth Branagh, Becca Kovacik and Tamar Thomas, producers – This is the first Best Picture nomination for all four.

CODA (Apple Original Films) – Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi and Patrick Wachsberger, producers – This is the first nomination for all three.

Don’t Look Up (Netflix) – Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, producers – This is the second Best Picture nomination for both Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, who were previously nominated for Vice (2018).

Drive My Car (Sideshow and Janus Films) – Teruhisa Yamamoto, producer – This is his first nomination.

Dune (Warner Bros.) – Mary Parent, Denis Villeneuve and Cale Boyter, producers – This is the second nomination for Mary Parent, who was previously nominated for Best Picture for The Revenant (2015). This is the first Best Picture nomination for both Denis Villeneuve and Cale Boyter.

King Richard (Warner Bros.) – Tim White, Trevor White and Will Smith, producers – This is the first Best Picture nomination for all three.

Licorice Pizza (Metro Goldwyn Mayer/United Artists Releasing) – Sara Murphy, Adam Somner and Paul Thomas Anderson, producers – This is the first nomination for both Sara Murphy and Adam Somner. This is the third Best Picture nomination for Paul Thomas Anderson. He was previously nominated for There Will Be Blood (2007) and Phantom Thread (2017).

Nightmare Alley (Searchlight) – Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale and Bradley Cooper, producers – This is the second Best Picture nomination for both Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale, who won the award for The Shape of Water (2017). This is the fourth Best Picture nomination for Bradley Cooper. He was previously nominated for American Sniper (2014), A Star Is Born (2018) and Joker (2019).

The Power of the Dog (Netflix) – Jane Campion, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Roger Frappier, producers – This is the first Best Picture nomination for Jane Campion, Tanya Seghatchian and Roger Frappier. This is the third Best Picture nomination for both Emile Sherman and Iain Canning. They won the award for The King’s Speech (2010) and were nominated for Lion (2016).

West Side Story (Walt Disney) – Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger, producers – This is the eleventh Best Picture nomination for Steven Spielberg, who won the award for Schindler’s List (1993). Other nominations were for E.T. The Extra- Terrestrial (1982), The Color Purple (1985), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Munich (2005), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), War Horse (2011), Lincoln (2012), Bridge of Spies (2015) and The Post (2017). This is the third nomination for Kristie Macosko Krieger, who was nominated for Best Picture for Bridge of Spies (2015) and The Post (2017).


NOMINATIONS FACTS: DIRECTION

Belfast – Kenneth Branagh – This is his eighth nomination and second in this category. He is also nominated for Best Picture and Original Screenplay this year. He was nominated for Directing and for his leading role in Henry V (1989), for his live-action short film Swan Song (1992), for his adapted screenplay for Hamlet (1996), and for his supporting role in My Week with Marilyn (2011).

Drive My Car – Ryusuke Hamaguchi – This is his first nomination in this category. He is also nominated in the Adapted Screenplay category this year.

Licorice Pizza – Paul Thomas Anderson – This is his eleventh nomination and third in this category. He is also nominated for Best Picture and Original Screenplay this year. He was nominated for his original screenplays for Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (1999) and for his adapted screenplay for Inherent Vice (2014). He received Directing, Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay nominations for There Will Be Blood (2007) and Directing and Best Picture nominations for Phantom Thread (2017).

The Power of the Dog – Jane Campion – This is her fifth nomination and second in this category. She is also nominated for Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay this year. She was nominated for Directing and won an Oscar for her original screenplay for The Piano (1993).

West Side Story – Steven Spielberg – This is his nineteenth nomination and eighth in this category. He is also nominated in the Best Picture category this year. He won Oscars for Directing and Best Picture for Schindler’s List (1993), and for Directing for Saving Private Ryan (1998). Additional Directing nominations were for Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Munich (2005) and Lincoln (2012). Additional Best Picture nominations were for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, The Color Purple (1985), Saving Private Ryan, Munich, Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), War Horse (2011), Lincoln, Bridge of Spies (2015) and The Post (2017). Spielberg received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1986.


NOMINATIONS FACTS: ACTOR 

Javier Bardem (“Desi Arnaz” in Being the Ricardos) – This is his fourth nomination and third in this category. He was nominated for his leading roles in Before Night Falls (2000) and Biutiful (2010) and won an Oscar for his supporting role in No Country for Old Men (2007).

Benedict Cumberbatch (“Phil Burbank” in The Power of the Dog) – This is his second nomination in this category. His previous nomination was for The Imitation Game (2014).

Andrew Garfield (“Jon” in tick, tick…BOOM!) – This is his second nomination in this category. His previous nomination was for Hacksaw Ridge (2016).

Will Smith (“Richard Williams” in King Richard) – This is his fourth nomination and third in this category. He is also nominated for Best Picture this year. His previous nominations were for his leading roles in Ali (2001) and The Pursuit of Happyness (2006).

Denzel Washington (“Macbeth” in The Tragedy of Macbeth) – This is his tenth nomination and seventh in this category. He won Oscars for his supporting role in Glory (1989) and his leading role in Training Day (2001). He was nominated for his leading roles in Malcolm X (1992), The Hurricane (1999), Flight (2012), Fences (2016) and Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017), and for his supporting role in Cry Freedom (1987). He also received a Best Picture nomination for Fences.


NOMINATIONS FACTS: ACTOR SUPPORTING ROLE

Ciarán Hinds (“Pop” in Belfast) – This is his first nomination.

Troy Kotsur (“Frank Rossi” in CODA) – This is his first nomination.

Jesse Plemons (“George Burbank” in The Power of the Dog) – This is his first nomination.

J.K. Simmons (“William Frawley” in Being the Ricardos) – This is his second nomination in this category. He won an Oscar for his supporting role in Whiplash (2014).

Kodi Smit-McPhee (“Peter Gordon” in The Power of the Dog) – This is his first nomination.


NOMINATIONS FACTS: ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain (“Tammy Faye Bakker” in The Eyes of Tammy Faye) – This is her third nomination and second in this category. She was nominated for her supporting role in The Help (2011) and for her leading role in Zero Dark Thirty (2012).

Olivia Colman (“Leda” in The Lost Daughter) – This is her third nomination and second in this category. She won an Oscar for her leading role in The Favourite (2018) and was nominated last year for her supporting role in The Father (2020).

Penélope Cruz (“Janis” in Parallel Mothers) – This is her fourth nomination and second in this category. She was nominated for her leading role in Volver (2006), and for her supporting roles in Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), for which she won the award, and Nine (2009).

Nicole Kidman (“Lucille Ball” in Being the Ricardos) – This is her fifth nomination and fourth in this category. She was nominated for her leading roles in Moulin Rouge (2001), The Hours (2002), for which she won the award, and Rabbit Hole (2010), and for her supporting role in Lion (2016).

Kristen Stewart (“Diana” in Spencer) – This is her first nomination.


NOMINATIONS FACTS: ACTRESS SUPPORTING ROLE

Jessie Buckley (“Young Leda” in The Lost Daughter) – This is her first nomination.

Ariana DeBose (“Anita” in West Side Story) – This is her first nomination.

Judi Dench (“Granny” in Belfast) – This is her eighth nomination and third in this category. She was nominated for her supporting roles in Shakespeare in Love (1998), for which she won the award, and Chocolat (2000). She was nominated for leading roles for Mrs. Brown (1997), Iris (2001), Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005), Notes on a Scandal (2006) and Philomena (2013).

Kirsten Dunst (“Rose Gordon” in The Power of the Dog) – This is her first nomination.

Aunjanue Ellis (“Oracene ‘Brandy’ Williams” in King Richard) – This is her first nomination.


NOMINATIONS FACTS: ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

CODA – Screenplay by Siân Heder (based on the original motion picture La Famille Bélier written by Victoria Bedos, Stanislas Carré de Malberg, Eric Lartigau and Thomas Bidegain). – This is her first nomination.

Drive My Car – Screenplay by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe (based on the story by Haruki Murakami). – This is the first nomination in this category for Ryusuke Hamaguchi. He is also nominated in the Directing category this year. This is the first nomination for Takamasa Oe.

Dune – Screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth (based on the novel by Frank Herbert). – This is the first nomination for Jon Spaihts. This is the third nomination and first in this category for Denis Villeneuve. He is also nominated for Best Picture this year. He was previously nominated for Directing for Arrival (2016). This is the seventh nomination and sixth in a writing category for Eric Roth. He won an Oscar for his adapted screenplay for Forrest Gump (1994). His other nominations were for his adapted screenplays for The Insider (1999), Munich (2005), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and A Star Is Born (2018), and for Best Picture for Mank (2020).

The Lost Daughter – Written by Maggie Gyllenhaal (based on the novel by Elena Ferrante). – This is her second nomination and first in this category. She was nominated for her supporting role in Crazy Heart (2009).

The Power of the Dog – Written by Jane Campion (based on the book by Thomas Savage). – This is her fifth nomination and second in a writing category. She is also nominated for Best Picture and Directing this year. She won an Oscar for her original screenplay for The Piano (1993), for which she was also nominated for Directing.


NOMINATIONS FACTS: ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Belfast – Written by Kenneth Branagh. – This is his eighth nomination and second in a writing category. He is also nominated for Best Picture and Directing this year. He was nominated for Directing and for his leading role in Henry V (1989), for his live- action short film Swan Song (1992), for his adapted screenplay for Hamlet (1996), and for his supporting role in My Week with Marilyn (2011).

Don’t Look Up – Screenplay by Adam McKay; Story by Adam McKay & David Sirota. – This is the seventh nomination and third in a writing category for Adam McKay. He is also nominated for Best Picture this year. He was nominated for Directing and won an Oscar for his adapted screenplay for The Big Short (2015), and was nominated for Directing, Original Screenplay and Best Picture for Vice (2018). This is the first nomination for David Sirota.

King Richard – Written by Zach Baylin. – This is his first nomination.

Licorice Pizza – Written by Paul Thomas Anderson. – This is his eleventh nomination and fifth in a writing category. He is also nominated for Best Picture and Directing this year. He was nominated for his original screenplays for Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (1999) and for his adapted screenplay for Inherent Vice (2014). He received Directing, Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay nominations for There Will Be Blood (2007) and Directing and Best Picture nominations for Phantom Thread (2017).

The Worst Person in the World – Written by Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier. – This is the first nomination for both.


NOMINATIONS FACTS: ANIMATED FEATURE

Encanto – Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino and Clark Spencer – This is the first nomination for both Jared Bush and Yvett Merino. This is the third nomination for Byron Howard. He was nominated for Animated Feature Film for Bolt (2008) and Zootopia (2016), for which he won the award. This is the third nomination for Clark Spencer. He was nominated for Animated Feature Film for Zootopia (2016), for which he won the award, and for Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018).

Flee – Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen and Charlotte De La Gournerie – This is the first nomination in this category for Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Monica Hellström and Charlotte De La Gournerie. They are also nominated in the Documentary Feature category this year. This is the fourth nomination and first in this category for Signe Byrge Sørensen. She is also nominated in the Documentary Feature category this year. She previously received Documentary Feature nominations for The Act of Killing (2013) and The Look of Silence (2015).

Luca – Enrico Casarosa and Andrea Warren – This is the second nomination and first in this category for Enrico Casarosa. He was nominated for the animated short film La Luna (2011). This is the first nomination for Andrea Warren.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines – Mike Rianda, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Kurt Albrecht – This is the first nomination for both Mike Rianda and Kurt Albrecht. This is the second nomination for both Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. They won Oscars for Animated Feature Film for Spider- Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018).

Raya and the Last Dragon – Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho – This is the second nomination for Don Hall. He won an Oscar for Animated Feature Film for Big Hero 6 (2014). This is the first nomination for Carlos López Estrada.
This is the second nomination for Osnat Shurer. She was nominated for Animated Feature Film for Moana (2016). This is the second nomination for Peter Del Vecho. He won an Oscar for Animated Feature Film for Frozen (2013).


NOT MANY PEOPLE KNOW THAT – OTHER NOMINATION FACTS

Flee is the first documentary to be nominated for Animated Feature Film, and the first animated film to be nominated for Documentary Feature. It is the second animated film, following Waltz with Bashir (2008), and the fifth documentary, following Waltz with Bashir, The Missing Picture (2013), Honeyland (2019) and Collective (2020), to be nominated for International Feature Film. It is the first film to be nominated in all three categories since the creation of the Animated Feature Film category in 2001.

Steven Spielberg receives his eleventh nomination for Best Picture, a record for an individual producer (since 1951 when producers were first named as nominees).

Jane Campion becomes the first woman to have more than one nomination in the Directing category. She is the fourth woman to be nominated for Directing, Writing and Best Picture for the same film, following Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, 2003), Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman, 2020) and Chloé Zhao (Nomadland, 2020).

For the fourth consecutive year, the director of a film nominated in the International Feature Film category has also received a nomination in the Directing category.

Ari Wegner (The Power of the Dog) is the second woman to be nominated for Cinematography. The first was Rachel Morrison, who was nominated for Mudbound (2017).

“No Time To Die” is the sixth song from the James Bond franchise to be nominated for Original Song. Previous nominees were the title song from Live and Let Die (1973); “Nobody Does It Better” from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977); the title song from For Your Eyes Only (1981); the title song from Skyfall (2012), which won the award; and “Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre (2015), which won the award.

Sound mixer Andy Nelson now has a record 22 nominations in the combined Sound categories. He is tied with composer- songwriter Randy Newman for the third highest number of nominations among living persons (John Williams is first with 52; Woody Allen is second with 24).

Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz are the sixth married couple to be nominated for acting in the same year. Previous nominees were Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt, 1931/32; Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, 1953 (in separate films); Elsa Lanchester and Charles Laughton, 1957; Rex Harrison and Rachel Roberts, 1963 (in separate films); and Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, 1966.

Troy Kotsur is the second deaf actor to be nominated for playing a deaf character. Previously, Marlee Matlin won an Oscar for her leading role in Children of a Lesser God (1986).

With his nomination this year for Best Live Action Short Film, Riz Ahmed becomes the fifth person to have nominations in both an acting category and a short film category (not necessarily in the same year). Previous nominees were Peter Sellers, Dyan Cannon, Kenneth Branagh, and Christine Lahti, who won for Best Live Action Short Film in 1995.

In the acting categories, nine individuals are first-time nominees (Jessie Buckley, Ariana DeBose, Kirsten Dunst, Aunjanue Ellis, Ciarán Hinds, Troy Kotsur, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Kristen Stewart). Seven of the nominees are previous acting winners (Javier Bardem, Olivia Colman, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, J.K. Simmons and Denzel Washington). Olivia Colman is the only acting nominee who was also nominated last year.


Best Picture qualifying release dates in US:
CODA – August 13, 2021 (day-and-date theatrical and streaming)
Dune – October 21, 2021 (theatrical)
Belfast – November 12, 2021 (theatrical)
The Power of the Dog – November 17, 2021 (theatrical)
King Richard – November 19, 2021 (day-and-date theatrical and streaming) Drive My Car – November 24, 2021 (theatrical)
Licorice Pizza – November 26, 2021 (theatrical)
West Side Story – December 9, 2021 (theatrical)
Don’t Look Up – December 10, 2021 (theatrical)
Nightmare Alley – December 16, 2021 (theatrical)