Netflix’s ‘The Power of the Dog’ Leads Academy Awards Race With 12 Nominations

Netflix’s gritty western The Power of the Dog, directed by Jane Campion, received 12 nominations, including Best Picture, for the upcoming 94th annual Academy Awards, taking place March 27 at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. The first in-person event in two years will be televised on ABC.

The nominations for the Oscars covering 2021 films were made in an early morning Feb. 8 presentation.

Other top nominees include Warner Bros. Pictures’ sci-fi reboot Dune with 10 nominations, Focus Features’ Irish drama Belfast, directed by Kenneth Branagh (who was nominated for Best Director), and Disney’s remake of West Side Story from fellow Best Director nominee Steven Spielberg with seven nominations each. Warner’s biopic King Richard, starring Best Lead Actor nominee Will Smith as Richard Williams, father and coach of famed tennis players Venus and Serena Williams, had six nominations.

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Other Best Picture nominees include CODA, Netflix’s Don’t Look Up, Japan’s Drive My Car, United Artists Releasing’s Licorice Pizza, and Searchlight Pictures’ remake of Nightmare Alley, starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette and William Dafoe.

The Best Director nominations also include Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car), Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza) and Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog).

The Best Lead Actor nominations also include Javier Bardem in Amazon Studios’ Being the Ricardos, Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of the Dog, Andrew Garfield in Netflix’s Tick, Tick … Boom!, and Denzel Washington in Apple TV+ drama The Tragedy of Macbeth.

The Best Lead Actress nominees include Jessica Chastain for The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Olivia Colman in The Lost Daughter, Penélope Cruz (Parallel Mothers), Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos), and Kristen Stewart playing Diana Frances Spencer, a.k.a. Princess Diana, in Spencer.

The Best Supporting Actor nominations went to Ciarán Hinds for Belfast, Troy Kotsur (CODA), Jesse Plemons (The Power of the Dog), J.K. Simmons (Being the Ricardos), and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power of the Dog).

The Best Supporting Actress nominations went to Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter), Ariana DeBose (West Side Story), Judi Dench (Belfast), Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog) and Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard).

Netflix received a total of 72 nominations.


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