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With the nomination for CODA, Apple TV+ breaks through to earn its first best-picture nomination in only its second year of existence.
With his nomination for West Side Story, Steven Spielberg becomes the first person to get best-director nominations in six separate decades, starting in the 1970s (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), two in the 1980s (Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T.), two in the ’90s (Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan, both wins), one in the aughts (Munich), one in the 2010s (Lincoln), and now one in the 2020s.
With his eighth career nomination, Spielberg is now tied with Billy Wilder with the third-most best-director nominations ever. He’s second among living directors to Martin Scorsese.
Jessica Chastain, Olivia Colman, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Kristen Stewart
None of the five performances nominated—Jessica Chastain for The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Olivia Colman for The Lost Daughter, Penélope Cruz for Parallel Mothers, Nicole Kidman for Being the Ricardos, and Kristen Stewart for Spencer—represent the best-picture nominees, the first time this has happened since the 2006 Oscars, the year that Reese Witherspoon won for Walk the Line.
Best-actress nominees have historically been underrepresented in the best-picture category as compared to their best-actor counterparts, but this is the first year since best picture expanded to more than five nominees that the actresses were blanked entirely.
Javier Bardem, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Garfield, Will Smith, Denzel Washington
For the first time since 1981, the best-actor lineup features zero first-time nominees.
Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos) got his fourth career nom, Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog) and Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick…Boom!) got their second apiece, Will Smith (King Richard) got his third best-actor nom, and Denzel Washington earned his ninth acting nomination for The Tragedy of Macbeth.
Judi Dench, Ariana DeBose,...
With her nomination for Belfast, Judi Dench earned her eighth career acting nomination, making her the most-nominated non-American actress of all time.
She’d previously been tied with Cate Banchett, Kate Winslet, Ingrid Bergman, and Greer Garson at seven.
She is the fourth-most-nominated actress of any extraction, tied with Geraldine Page and Glenn Close, trailing only Meryl Streep (21), Katharine Hepburn (12), and Bette Davis (10).
With her nomination for West Side Story, Ariana DeBose becomes the first contestant from the Fox reality series So You Think You Can Dance to receive an Oscar nomination.
She joins Jennifer Hudson among the ranks of Oscar-nominated contestants from Fox reality competition shows.
Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jesse Plemons,...
Both Kodi Smit-McPhee and Jesse Plemons were nominated for their performances for The Power of the Dog, marking the fifth consecutive year that at least one of the supporting categories has featured double nominees from the same film.
In 2021 it was Judas and the Black Messiah’s Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield, 2020 saw Joe Pesci and Al Pacino from The Irishman, 2019 was Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone in The Favourite, and in 2018 it was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri's Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson.
With her nomination for writing the song “Somehow You Do” from the film Four Good Days, songwriter Diane Warren earned her 13th Oscar nomination, extending her lead as the most-nominated songwriter to never win the Oscar.
This is her fifth consecutive nomination and seventh in the last eight years.
Sian Heder, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jane Campion, ...
The nominations for CODA (written by Sian Heder), The Lost Daughter (written by Maggie Gyllenhaal), and The Power of the Dog (written by Jane Campion) mark the first time since the 1992 Oscars that best adapted screenplay has nominated three films that were either written or cowritten by women.
That year, Becky Johnston cowrote The Prince of Tides with Pat Conroy, Agnieszka Holland earned her only Oscar nomination for writing Europa Europa, and Fannie Flagg and Carol Sobieski were nominated for writing Fried Green Tomatoes.
Ari Wegner, cinematographer for The Power of the Dog, becomes the second woman ever to be nominated in this category, after Rachel Morrison’s nomination in 2018 for Mudbound.
Drive My Car, The Worst Person in the World,...
Nominees Drive My Car and The Worst Person in the World were both nominated here and for their screenplays, marking the first time that two best-international-feature nominees got screenplay nominations since 1977, when both Cousin Cousine and Seven Beauties pulled off that feat.
Dune, Nightmare Alley, The Power of the Dog, The Tragedy of Macbeth, and West Side Story
All five films nominated for best cinematography—Dune, Nightmare Alley, The Power of the Dog, The Tragedy of Macbeth, and West Side Story—were the exact same films nominated in best production design.
This was the first time ever that both of those categories overlapped exactly since the Oscars combined black-and-white and color films to compete in the same categories in 1968.