Los Angeles, Feb 8 (EFE).- The Power of the Dog, directed by Jane Campion, led the nominations for the 94th edition of the Oscars with nods in 12 categories, while Dune, Belfast and Drive My Car also had a strong showing in the Academy announcements Tuesday.
The Power of the Dog received nominations in coveted categories including Best Picture and Best Director, with its stars Benedict Cumberbatch tipped for Best Actor, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee for Best Supporting Actor and Kirsten Dunst for Best Supporting Actress.
Space opera epic Dune came in with 10 nominations, including Best Picture, although Denis Villeneuve missed out on Best Director.
Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical drama Belfast and Stephen Spielberg’s West Side Story will run for seven categories each during the awards ceremony on March 27 while King Richard, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green and starring Will Smith, will vie for six.
Completing the Best Picture Category nominations are: CODA, Japanese feature Drive My Car, the apocalyptic dark comedy Don’t Look Up, King Richard, coming-of-age tale Licorice Pizza, Nightmare Alley and West Side Story.
Alongside Campion for The Power of the Dog in the Best Director category are Spielberg for West Side Story, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi for Drive My Car, Branagh for Belfast and Paul Thomas Anderson for Licorice Pizza.
There was a strong showing for Spain in the Best Actor and Best Actress categories with married couple Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz receiving nominations for their respective roles in Being the Ricardos and Parallel Mothers.
Also in the Best Actor category are Will Smith for his role in King Richard, Denzel Washington in the Tragedy of Macbeth, Andrew Garfield in Tick, Tick… Boom!, as well as Cumberbatch for his gritty role as Phil Burbank in The Power of the Dog.
Olivia Colman is running for her second Oscar in the Best Actress category for her role in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter, but will see competition from Cruz, Nicole Kidman for Being the Ricardos, Kristen Stewart for Spencer, Jessica Chastain for The Eyes of Tammy Faye.
Up against the two nominations for The Power of the Dog in the Best Supporting Actor categories are Ciaran Hinds for Belfast, Troy Kotsur for CODA and JK Simmons for Being the Ricardos.
The nominees for Best Supporting Actress are Ariana DeBose for West Side Story, Judi Dench for Belfast, Aunjanue Ellis for King Richard and Jessis Buckley for the Lost Daughter, as well as Dunst for The Power of the Dog. EFE