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Kristen Stewart, Ariana DeBose, Flee Among LGBTQ+ 2022 Oscar Nominations

Kristen Stewart, Ariana DeBose, Flee Among LGBTQ+ 2022 Oscar Nominations

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This year's Oscar nominees were just announced, and a (small) handful of queer talent and titles were recognized.

Awards season just got a lot more exciting!

The nominations for the 94th annual Academy Awards were just announced earlier today, and while a lot of different talent and titles were given the esteemed recognition of an Oscar nom, only a select handful of LGBTQ+ actors and movies made the cut.

Kristen Stewart leads the pack with a rightfully-deserved nomination in the Best Actress category for the role of Princess Diana in Pablo Larrain's haunting, historical drama Spencer. Making her nomination more notable was the fact that she was snubbed at the Screen Actors Guild Awards earlier this year.

West Side Story actress and Out100 honoree Ariana DeBose also garnered a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category after playing Anita in Steven Speilberg's reimaging of the beloved movie musical. DeBose won a Golden Globe earlier this year for her performance as Anita, which Rita Moreno also won the Oscar for after taking on the role in the 1961 film version.

And Neon's animated documentary feature Flee, which tells the true, emotional story of the plight of a gay Afghan refugee, was nominated for a whopping three awards for the night, including Best Animated Feature, Best Documentary Feature, and Best International Feature Film.

And Audible, a documentary executive produced by out model and actor Nyle DiMarco that tells the story of Maryland School for the Deaf football player Amaree McKenstry, was nominated in the Best Documentary Short category.

Another notable LGBTQ+ title is Jane Campion's latest drama The Power of the Dog, which actually leads this year's nominations in 12 different categories like Best Picture, Best Director (Campion), and Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch). Though the western is queer-themed, telling the story of a sexually-repressed rancher, all of the stars nominated for their performances in the film, Cumberbatch, Kodi Smit-McPhee (Best Supporting Actor), Jesse Plemons (Best Supporting Actor), and Kirsten Dunst (Best Supporting Actress), don't identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community in real life.

Unfortunately, this year's Oscar race included also included a list of noticeable queer snubs, the likes of which included Lady Gaga being shut out for her performance in House of Gucci, as well as folks like Robin DeJesus from Tick, Tick.. Boom and Tessa Thompson from Passing.

The Oscars are set to take place on Sunday, March 27. See below for a full list of this year's nominees:

BEST PICTURE
Belfast
CODA
Don't Look Up
Drive My Car
Dune
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story

BEST DIRECTOR
Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza)
Kenneth Branagh (Belfast)
Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog)
Steven Spielberg (West Side Story)
Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car)

BEST ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye)
Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter)
Penelope Cruz (Parallel Mothers)
Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos)
Kristen Stewart (Spencer)

BEST ACTOR
Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog)
Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick ... Boom!)
Will Smith (King Richard)
Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter)
Ariana DeBose (West Side Story)
Judi Dench (Belfast)
Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog)
Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
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)

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM
Drive My Car
Flee
The Hand of God
Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom
The Worst Person in the World

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Cruella (Jenny Beavan)
Cyrano (Massimo Cantini Parrini)
Dune (Jacqueline West)
Nightmare Alley (Luis Sequeira)
West Side Story (Paul Tazewell)

BEST SOUND
Belfast
Dune
No Time to Die
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Don't Look Up (Nicholas Britell)
Dune (Hans Zimmer)
Encanto (Germaine Franco)
Parallel Mothers (Alberto Iglesias)
The Power of the Dog (Jonny Greenwood)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
CODA (Sian Heder)
Drive My Car (Ryusuke Hamaguchi & Takamasa Oe)
Dune (Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts & Denis Villeneuve)
The Lost Daughter (Maggie Gyllenhaal)
The Power of the Dog (Jane Campion)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Belfast (Kenneth Branagh)
Don't Look Up (Adam McKay & David Sirota)
Licorice Pizza (Paul Thomas Anderson)
King Richard (Zach Baylin)
The Worst Person in the World (Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier)

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Affairs of the Art
Bestia
Boxballet
Robin Robin
The Windshield Wiper

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
Ala Kachuu -- Take and Run
The Dress
The Long Goodbye
On My Mind
Please Hold

BEST FILM EDITING
Don't Look Up (Hank Corwin)
Dune (Joe Walker)
King Richard (Pamela Martin)
The Power of the Dog (Peter Sciberras)
Tick, Tick... Boom! (Myron Kerstein & Andrew Weisblum)

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
House of Gucci
Coming 2 America
Cruella
Dune

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Encanto
Flee
Luca
The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Raya and the Last Dragon

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Ascension
Attica
Flee
Summer of Soul
Writing With Fire

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Audible
Lead Me Home
The Queen of Basketball
Three Songs for Benazir
When We Were Bullies

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Be Alive" -- Beyonce Knowles-Carter & Darius Scott (King Richard)
"Dos Oruguitas" -- Lin-Manuel Miranda (Encanto)
"Down to Joy" -- Van Morrison (Belfast)
"No Time to Die" -- Billie Eilish & Finneas O'Connell (No Time to Die)
"Somehow You Do" -- Diane Warren (Four Good Days)

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