Kristen Stewart picked up her first career nomination for playing Princess Diana in Spencer. In doing so, she becomes just the third out queer woman nominated in an acting category after Angelina Jolie in 2008 for Changeling and Lady Gaga in 2018 for A Star Is Born. West Side Story's Ariana Debose was also nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category, making this the first time two out queer actors have been nominated in the same year.
But despite that progress, once again, no gay male actors were nominated, and several other queer women who deserved noms were also snubbed. Here are the five most egregious examples in our book, especially since these films, actors, and filmmakers definitely deserved some Oscar love!
1. Lady Gaga for 'House of Gucci'
This is definitely the biggest snub this year. While House of Gucci didn't exactly get the rave reviews everyone thought it would initially, Gaga's performance did. When you add that with her wild Oscar campaign that never failed to make headlines, we thought she'd be a lock for her second acting nomination.
Both Thompson and her co-star Ruth Negga were left off the Oscar Nominations list after it seemed like either or both could have made it. The two women were absolutely terrific in this powerful piece exploring race, identity, and sexuality.
4. Pedro Almodóvar for 'Parallel Mothers'
While his lead star Penelope Cruz was nominated for Best Actress, famed filmmaker Almodovar didn't get his much-deserved second Best Director nomination. He was first nominated in that category back in 2002 for Talk to Her, for which he won in the Best Original Screenplay category.
5. 'My Name Is Pauli Murray'
This terrific documentary that debuted at Sundance last year didn't even make the Oscar shortlist for Best Documentary, when many thought it was a strong contender to take home the top prize. Following the life of lawyer and activist Pauli Murray, this documentary shines a light on an important Black queer figure in American history.