'The Power Of The Dog'

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‘The Power Of The Dog’

Jane Campion’s The Power Of The Dog leads the nominations for the 94th Academy Awards, closely followed by Denis Villeneuve’s Dune.

Netflix-backed 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. 

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. The film was developed with and backed by BBC Film.

Sci-fi blockbuster Dune received 10 nominations including best picture and across the technical categories for sound, visual effects, cinematography and costume design among others.

Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast and Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story both secured seven nominations, including best picture and directing, while King Richard received six, including best picture and leading actor for Will Smith, who plays the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams in the biopic.

Japanese drama Drive My Car secured an impressive four nominations that included best picture, directing for Ryusuke Hamaguchi, adapted screenplay and best international feature film. The three-hour drama premiered in Competition at Cannes, where it won best screenplay. It marks a record number of Oscar nominations for a Japanese title, with no feature from the country ever being nominated in more than one category at once.

Another notable international nominee was Flee, an animated documentary from 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 the animated feature category, and the first animation to be nominated for best documentary.

Netflix holds lead

Streamer Netflix comfortably led the pack with 26 nominations, of which four were for shorts. No streaming service has ever won best picture but Netflix appears to have its strongest chance since Roma in 2019. 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 a makeup and hairstyling nod for Coming 2 America.

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.

The nominations were announced by Leslie Jordan and Tracee Ellis Ross today (February 8).

The 2022 Oscars will take place on March 27 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. ABC confirmed that the ceremony would have a host for the first time in three years. Girls Trip’s Will Packer will be the show’s producer, with Glenn Weiss set to direct for the seventh consecutive year.

Full list of nominations

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


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

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

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

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

Actress in a supporting role

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

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)

Documentary feature

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

Animated feature film

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

Adapted screenplay

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

Original screenplay

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

Visual effects

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


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

Production design

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


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

Film editing

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

Costume design

  • Cruella
  • Cyrano
  • Dune
  • Nightmare Alley
  • West Side Story

Music (original score)

  • Don’t Look Up
  • Dune
  • Encanto
  • Parallel Mothers
  • The Power of the Dog

Music (original song)

  • “Be Alive” from King Richard
  • “Dos Oruguitas” from Encanto
  • “Down To Joy” from Belfast
  • “No Time To Die” from No Time to Die
  • “Somehow You Do” from Four Good Days

Makeup and hairstyling

  • Coming 2 America
  • Cruella
  • Dune
  • The Eyes Of Tammy Faye
  • House Of Gucci

Documentary short

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

Animated short film

  • Affairs of the Art
  • Bestia
  • Boxballet
  • Robin Robin
  • The Windshield Wiper

Live-action short film

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