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2022 Oscar Nominations Present a Diverse, Barrier-Breaking Collection

'Writing With Fire' chronicles the rise of 'Khabar Lahariya', India's only newspaper run by women from marginalised communities, while Troy Kotsu becomes the first deaf man to earn an acting nomination.

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New Delhi: The 94th edition of Oscar nominations presented a diverse collection of nominees, with many barrier-breaking nods among them.

Starting with the Indian documentary, Writing With Fire, which was nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category, chronicles the rise of Khabar Lahariya, India’s only newspaper run by women from marginalised communities.

Other nominees in the category are: Ascension, Attica, Flee, and Summer of Soul (Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised).

The nominations were announced by Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan on Tuesday evening via the Twitter page of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The filmmakers of Writing With Fire, Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh, both debutantes, jumped around joyfully, hugging each other and whooping with excitement when the announcement was made last evening.

“We are beyond delighted. This is a massive moment for us and for Indian cinema… This film is about fearless Dalit women journalists who are redefining what being powerful means, quintessentially the story of the modern Indian woman,” co-director Ghosh told PTI.

Later, Thomas took to Twitter to share her excitement about the film earning a nod at the 2022 Oscars.

“Oh My God!!!! Writing With Fire just got nominated for @TheAcademy Award. Oh My God!!!!!!!! #OscarNoms #WritingWithFire,” she captioned the video of her celebrating with Ghosh and their family as the nominations in the category were announced.

Breaking barriers

Troy Kotsur, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in CODA, becomes the first deaf man to earn an acting nomination and second deaf acting nominee after co-star Marlee Matlin. Matlin became the first deaf nominee and winner in 1986 for Children of a Lesser God.

Ari Wegner has become the second female cinematographer to be nominated for an Oscar. She received a nomination for Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog. “Nothing compares to hearing your name read out like this,” Wegner told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s a wild experience.” Campion herself became the first woman to be nominated twice in the best director category. Her first nomination came almost 30 years ago, in 1994 for The Piano.

Denzel Washington extended his own record for most nominations by a Black actor. His tenth nomination came in the best actor category for his performance in The Tragedy of Macbeth.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was nominated for the song ‘Dos Oruguitas’ from Disney’s Encanto, brings him one step closer to potentially becoming a member of the elite “EGOT” group – stars who have won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.

The nominations were announced in 23 categories. The 94th edition of the award ceremony will take place on March 27.

Below is the full list of nominations.

Best picture

The Power of the Dog

Dune

Don’t Look Up

Licorice Pizza

West Side Story

King Richard

CODA

Belfast

Drive My Car

Nightmare Alley

Direction

Kenneth Branagh (Belfast)

Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car)

Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza)

Jane Campion (Power of the Dog)

Steven Spielberg (West Side Story)

Adapted Screenplay

CODA

Drive My Car

Dune

The Lost Daughter

The Power of the Dog

Original Screenplay

Licorice Pizza

Belfast

Don’t Look UP

King Richard

The Worst Person in the World

Actor in a supporting role

Ciaran 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)

Judy Dench (Belfast)

Kristen Dunst (The Power of the Dog)

Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard)

Actress in a leading role

Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye)

Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter)

Penelope Cruz (Parallel Mothers)

Nicole Kidman (Being The Ricardos)

Kristen Stewart (Spencer)

Actor in a leading role

Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog)

Will Smith (King Richard)

Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick… Boom)

Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth)

Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos)

International feature film

Drive My Car (Japan)

Flee (Denmark)

The Hand of the God (Italy)

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Bhutan)

The Worst Person in the World (Norway)

Production design

Dune

Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

The Tragedy of Macbeth

West Side Story

Cinematography

Dune

Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

The Tragedy of Macbeth

West Side Story

Visual effects

Dune

Free Guy

No Time to Die

Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings

Spider Man: No Way Home

Documentary feature

Ascension

Attica

Flee

Summer of Soul (…Or When the Revolution Could not Be Televised)

Writing With Fire

Documentary short

Audible

Lead Me Home

The Queen of Basketball

Three Songs for Benazir

When We Were Bullies

Animated feature

Encanto

Flee

Luca

The Mitchells Vs the Machines

Raya and the Last Dragon

Original song

‘Be Alive’ (King Richard)

‘Does Orguitas’ (Encanto)

‘Down to Joy’ (Belfast)

‘No Time to Die’ (No Time to Die)

‘Somehow You Do’ (Four Good Days)

Original score

Don’t Look Up

Dune

Encanto

Parallel Mothers

The Power of the Dog

Make up and hairstyling

Coming 2 America

Cruella

Dune

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

House of Gucci

Film editing

Don’t Look Up

Dune

King Richard

The Power of the Dog

tick, Tick… Boom

Live action short

Ala Kachuu-Take And Run

The Dress

The Long Goodbye

On My Mind

Please Hold

Animated short

Affairs of the Art

Bestia

Boxballet

Robin Robin

The Windshield Wiper

Sound

Belfast

Dune

No Time to Die

The Power of the Dog

West Side Story

Costume design

Cruella

Cyrano

Dune

Nightmare Alley

West Side Story

(With inputs from PTI)