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Cumberbatch-starrer ‘Power of the Dog’ leads Oscar nominations; Lady Gaga snubbed for best actress

HOLLYWOOD — Jane Campion’s gothic Western “The Strength of the Dog” led the Oscars nominations Tuesday, as the Netflix film fended off enormous-screen studio movies from a year wherein Covid-weary audiences slowly headed back into theaters.

The eerie, psychological drama about a repressed 1920s cattle rancher in Montana earned 12 nods sooner than subsequent month’s Oscars gala, alongside with handiest director — making Campion the predominant female auteur nominated twice in Academy Award history.

“The Strength of the Dog” was additionally nominated for handiest impart, and landed appearing nods for Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee. 

Campion was closing nominated 28 years within the past for “The Piano.”

“I’m so deeply honored. And over the moon to dispute the least that we had been all recognized for our work together,” Smit-McPhee stated on Twitter.

The streaming film held off lots of giant cinematic spectacles — many of which had been pushed back into 2021, as theaters had been closed the year sooner than attributable to the coronavirus pandemic — within the a lot of speed for Hollywood’s greatest awards.

Sprawling sci-fi anecdote “Dune,” which premiered in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously, landed in 2nd region total with 10 nods, alongside with one for handiest impart.

As expected, the variation of Frank Herbert’s neatly-liked 1965 unique position on a desert planet plagued by silly sandworms scored neatly at some level of technical classes alongside with cinematography, visible effects and sound.

However its director Denis Villeneuve was surprisingly no longer infamous by the Academy of Motion Image Arts and Sciences.

Other coveted directing nods went to Kenneth Branagh for dark-and-white childhood drama “Belfast” and Steven Spielberg for musical “West Facet Memoir,” with each film securing seven nominations.

Spielberg’s resolution to remake primarily the most honored musical in Oscars history had been criticized as pointless by some, then once more it obtained over voters to construct a handiest impart nomination, and one more for supporting actress for Ariana DeBose as Anita.

The directing category was rounded out by Paul Thomas Anderson for coming-of-age film “Licorice Pizza,” and Japanese filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi — whose subtitled, three-hour drama “Drive My Car” additionally earned a handiest impart nomination, uncommon for a international language film.

‘Wide originate’ speed 

As widely predicted, frontrunner Will Smith earned recognition for his portrayal of the daddy of tennis greats Serena and Venus Williams in “King Richard,” which took six nods total.

He’s up against Cumberbatch, Denzel Washington (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”), Andrew Garfield (“tick, tick…BOOM!”) and Javier Bardem (“Being the Ricardos”).

“From Compton to Wimbledon to Academy awards. Everybody can dream. And your dream can attain real. OK I am undoubtedly crying this morning. Congrats to your whole film and crew,” Serena Williams wrote on Instagram.

Girl Gaga was the shock omission in primarily the most helpful actress category, with “Dwelling of Gucci” earning staunch one nomination — for handiest hair and manufacture-up.

As a substitute, handiest actress will be contested by Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”), Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”), Penelope Cruz (“Parallel Mothers”), Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”) and Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”).

In Madrid, Bardem urged reporters that successful would possibly likely be “no longer doable” for him, but he has “excessive hopes” for Cruz’s potentialities. 

The handiest usual song category additionally featured lots of starry names such as Beyonce, Billie Eilish, Van Morrison and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The plethora of A-listers amongst Tuesday’s nominees will be a welcome peep for the Academy, after closing year’s Oscars gala — which featured many smaller movies barely identified to the wider public — suffered from abysmal tv rankings.

However hopes that elevated-than-existence, unapologetically industrial box region of job hits such as “Spider-Man: No Method Dwelling” and 007 day out “No Time To Die” would possibly likely damage into primarily the most helpful impart speed — and boost flagging Oscars audiences — had been thwarted.

The $1.8 billion-grossing “Spider-Man” film landed only a visual effects nomination, while Daniel Craig’s closing James Bond film earned three nods, alongside with one for Eilish’s theme song.

Global Oscars 

The nominated movies, actors and filmmakers had been unveiled Tuesday in a pre-break of day reside-streamed ceremony hosted by actors Leslie Jordan and Tracee Ellis Ross.

The Academy’s an increasing number of global membership once more recognized non-English-language movies made originate air Hollywood, in particular “Drive My Car.”

The film in line with Haruki Murakami’s instant memoir of the same determine earned an tailored screenplay nomination, to boot to handiest impart and handiest director nods, while Norway’s “The Worst Person within the World” grabbed an usual screenplay nomination.

Both had been nominated for handiest world feature alongside Italy’s “The Hand of God,” Denmark’s “Flee” and — in a predominant for the tiny Himalayan nation — Bhutan’s “Lunana: A Yak within the Faculty room.”

And while it was a really staunch day for Netflix, Apple TV additionally joined the speed between conventional Hollywood studios and streamers, earning its first handiest impart nod for “CODA,” a intriguing drama about a deaf family and their daughter who can hear.

The 94th Academy Awards gala is scheduled for March 27.

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