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Denzel Washington, Will Smith compete for Best Actor award


“The Power of the Dog” captured a leading 12 nominations–including nods for Best Picture and Best Director, Jane Campion–as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this week announced its 94th Academy Award nominees.

“Dune,” was next with 10 nominations, including Best Picture, followed by “Belfast” and “West Side Story” with seven nods apiece, and “King Richard” with six. Each of those films also captured nominations for Best Picture.

Rounding out the list of 10 nominees for Best Picture were “CODA,” “Don’t Look Up,” “Drive My Car,” “Licorice Pizza” and “Nightmare Alley.”

In major categories, “The Power of the Dog” also garnered Oscar nominations for Benedict Cumberbatch for best actor as well as Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee, both for supporting actor, and Kirsten Dunst for supporting actress.

Nominations were announced on Tuesday during an early-morning live-stream co-hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan.

Besides Campion’s nomination, Best Director nods went to Kenneth Branagh for “Belfast,”  Ryusuke Hamaguchi for “Driver My Car,” Paul Thomas Anderson for “Licorice Pizza” and Steven Spielberg for “West Side Story.”

Campion is the first woman to be nominated for best director twice. She was also nominated for an Oscar for best director for “The Piano.”

For Actor in a Leading Role, the nominees were Cumberbatch, Javier Bardem in “Being the Ricardos,” Andrew Garfield in “tick, tick …BOOM!,” Will Smith in “King Richard” and Denzel Washington in  “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”

Nominations for Actress in a Leading Role went to Jessica Chastain in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” Olivia Colman in “The Last Daughter,” Penélope Cruz in “Parallel Mothers,” Nicole Kidman in “Being the Ricardos” and Kristen Stewart in “Spencer.”

The nominees for Actor in a Supporting role went to Plemons and Smith-McPhee in “The Power of the Dog,” Ciaran Hinds in “Belfast,” Troy Kotsur in “CODA,”  and J.K. Simmons in “Being the Ricardos.”

Nominees for Actress in a Supporting role went to Dunst, Jessie Buckley in “The Lost Daughter,” Adriana DeBose in “West Side Story,” Judi Dench in “Belfast” and Aunjanue Ellis in “King Richard.”

The Oscar ceremony is set for March 27 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The ceremony is expected to have a host again this year, for the first time since 2018, when Jimmy Kimmel led the telecast.

The Academy has not yet announced who will host this year’s event.