In June 2020, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had ensured that as of 2022 all 10 slots in the Best Picture category would be filled.


Apart from the eight nominations of 2014 and 2015, since 2011 (the year in which the slots were increased from 5 to 10) the nine nominations have never been exceeded.

The change of course took place today, with the announcement of the nominations for the 94th edition of the Academy Awards. They will compete for the statuette: Belfast; TAIL; Don’t Look Up; Drive My Car; Dunes; A Winning Family – King Richard; Licorice Pizza; The Fair of Illusions – Nightmare Alley; The Power of the Dog and West Side Story .

First times

Jane Campion is the first female director to get a second Best Director nomination, thanks to The Power of the Dog . She was also nominated in the category for the best non-original screenplay.

With Belfast , Kenneth Branagh becomes the first person to be nominated in seven different categories for the Oscars, he has been nominated for: directing, film (production) and original screenplay. Previously he was nominated for: Best Actor; director ( Henry V ); live-action short ( Swan Song ); Supporting Actor ( My Week With Marilyn ); non-original screenplay ( Hamlet ).

Ariana DeBose (West Side Story) is the first Afro-Latino to receive a nomination. Lupita Nyong’o , born in Mexico, does not identify as Afro-Latina.
As of 2018, two black actresses (DeBose and Aunjanue Ellis in King Richard) were not nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category.


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

Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardo) and Penélope Cruz (Parallel Mother) become the sixth married couple to be nominated in the category for Best Actor / Actress in the same year.

Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons (Dog Power) were nominated in the categories for Best Supporting Actor / Supporting Actress.

In the event of victory Lin-Manuel Miranda could obtain EGOT status , ie winner of a Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Oscar. The filmmaker was nominated in the category for the best original song Dos Oruguitas by Encanto .

Miranda was previously nominated for an Oscar in 2017, with Oceania ‘s How Far I’ll Go but lost to La La Land ‘s City of Stars .

Thanks to the 3 nominations of No Time To Die , the francise of 007 reaches 18 total nominations.

Oscars, platforms and American Box Office

1. Dune ($ 107M) HBO Max
2. West Side Story ($ 36M)
3. King Richard ($ 14M) HBO Max
4. Licorice Pizza ($ 12M)
5. Nightmare Alley ($ 10M)
6. Belfast ($ 7M ) )
7. Drive my car ($ 1M)
Not received: CODA (Apple TV +), Don’t look up (Netflix), Dog power (Netflix)

The ranking of the American box office definitely makes us think, of the titles that today have been nominated in the category for best film. The list is divided into films released exclusively in theaters and films offered day and date / limited distribution + platform.

In total , Netflix garnered 27 nominations this year, down from 35 last year. Apple TV + got 6 (+2), Amazon 3 (-9), and Hulu 1 (=).

The redemption of international works and talents

Thanks to the presence of almost 25% of Academy voters, not from the United States, the nominations this year showed an important presence of international works, absent in the nominations of the Guilds.

Compared to the BAFTA nominations , the presence of Italians at the Oscars is slightly smaller. We find It was the hand of God by Paolo Sorrentino in the category for best international film; Massimo Cantini Parrini competes for the costumes made for Cyrano while Enrico Casarosa in the category for the best animated film with Luca .

Drive my car , based on the short story by Haruki Murakami , is the first Japanese film to be nominated in the category for best film (producer Teruhisa Yamamoto ) and for non-original screenplay ( Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe ).

A Japanese director (Hamaguchi) had not been nominated for 36 years, the last being Akira Kurosawa in 1986. The first was Hiroshi Teshigahara in 1966.

First nomination for Bhutan with Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom .

Record of nominations also for Denmark. Flee the 2D animated documentary about an Afghan refugee gets nominated for Best Animated Film, Documentary and International Film.
Two nominations for the Norwegian Worst Person in the World : international film and screenplay.

Recall that the Academy Awards ceremony will be held on March 27 , in attendance, at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.