All Of The Firsts and Records Broken in The Oscar Nominations 2022

The 94th Academy Awards, aka the biggest night in awards season, is fast approaching and to keep movie buffs in suspense, the nominees have finally been revealed. Ahead of the ceremony on Sunday, March 27, The Power of the Dog is leading the way with 12 nominations and Dune is not far behind with 10.

The 2022 nominations have also seen a lot of firsts, records broken and new records set in many categories including the first deaf actor to secure a nomination and Steven Spielberg setting a new record. Newsweek has a full list of the firsts and records broken in the 2022 Oscar nominations.

All of the Firsts and Records Broken in the Oscar Nominations 2022

1. Kenneth Branagh Has 7 Nominations In 7 Different Categories

Sir Kenneth Branagh has broken the Oscar record for most nominations in the most amount of categories throughout his career.

The previous record of six nominations in six different categories was held by George Clooney and Walt Disney.

Branagh's semi-autobiographical, black and white film Belfast had been the subject of Oscar hype for months and it appears the hype was deserving.

Branagh's current nominations are for Best Original Screenplay, Best Picture, and Best Director and if he wins in any of the three categories, it will be his first Oscar victory after a lengthy career.

In the past he has received nominations for:

  • Best Director and Best Actor (Henry V)
  • Best Live Action Short Film (Swan Song)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay (Hamlet)
  • Best Supporting Actor (My Week With Marilyn)
Jude Hill Belfast
Jude Hill plays Buddy, a younger version of Kenneth Branagh in his Oscar-nominated film, Belfast. Belfast/Kenneth Branagh

2. Kristen Stewart Makes Her Oscar Debut

Kristen Stewart's legacy of portraying Bella Swan in Twilight may have just been overtaken by her performance as Princess Diana in Pablo Larraín's Spencer.

Stewart was unrecognizable as the late princess in the gripping film which follows Diana across three days at Sandringham when she decides to leave her husband, Prince Charles.

3. Beyoncé Lands First Oscar Nomination

Beyoncé has landed her first-ever Oscar nomination for her single "Be Alive" in King Richard.

The film, which is also nominated for Best Picture, tells the story of Richard Williams (played by Will Smith) and his dedication to raising tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams.

Smith has also received a Best Actor nomination alongside Aunjanue Ellis for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

King Richard has also received nominations for original screenplay and film editing.

Up alongside Beyoncé in the category for Best Original Song are Billie Eilish for "No Time to Die," Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Dos Oruguitas" from Encanto, "Down To Joy" from Belfast by Van Morrison, and Diane Warren's track "Somehow You Do" from Four Good Days.

4. Jane Campion Makes Oscar History

Jane Campion has made Oscar history as the first woman to receive two Best Director nominations in her career.

Her first Best Director nomination was in 1994 for The Piano but instead, she took home the Oscar for Original Screenplay.

At the 2022 Oscars, Campion has been nominated for directing The Power of the Dog starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Jesse Plemons, who have all received acting nominations.

Campion is nominated alongside Steven Spielberg for West Side Story, Kenneth Branagh for Belfast, Paul Thomas Anderson for Licorice Pizza, and Ryusuke Hamaguchi for Drive My Car.

5. Animated Movie FLEE Makes Oscar History With 3 Nominations

FLEE has become the first animation film to score three nominations in the categories Best Animated Feature, Best Documentary, and Best International Feature.

It will up alongside Disney's Encanto and Raya and the Last Dragon, Disney and Pixar's Luca and Netflix's The Mitchells vs. the Machines in the Animated Feature category, and Hulu's Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), MTV Documentary Films' Ascension, Showtime's Attica and Music Box Films' Writing with Fire in Best Documentary category.

FLEE will also go head to head with Drive My Car (Japan), Netflix's The Hand of God (Italy), Samuel Goldwyn Films' Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Bhutan), and Neon's The Worst Person in the World (Norway) in Best International Feature.

6. CODA's Troy Kotsur Becomes First Deaf Actor to Land Oscar Nomination

CODA star Troy Kotsur has become the first deaf actor to land a Best Actor in A Supporting Role nomination.

Kotsur's nomination comes 36 years after his CODA co-star Marlee Matlin became the first deaf actor to win Best Actress at the Oscars.

CODA has also received nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture.

7. Apple TV+ Secures Best Picture Nomination And More

With CODA, Apple TV+ has secured its best Best Picture nomination in its second year of eligibility.

Not only that, Apple TV+ has six nominations in total: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay for CODA, and The Tragedy of Macbeth has received nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Denzel Washington).

8. Japan Shines At Oscars with Drive My Car

Ryusuke Hamaguchi's Drive My Car has landed a record number of nominations for Japanese cinema.

The film scored nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best-Adapted Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film.

Japanese cinema is no stranger to the Oscars, but this year is the first time a Japanese film has been nominated in more than one category at once.

9. Steven Spielberg Makes Oscar History

Steven Spielberg has received his eighth Oscar nomination for directing for West Side Story, making him a part of a group of four filmmakers who have received eight Best Director nominations.

At 75-years-old, he joins Billy Wilder, Martin Scorsese, and William Wyler. Not only that, Spielberg has set an entirely new record. As the producer of West Side Story, which earned a total of seven nominations, Spielberg has now produced 11 films nominated for Best Picture.

10. Two Couples Have Been Nominated For Acting Awards

For the first time in Oscar history, two couples have been nominated for acting awards in the same year.

Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst have been together since 2016 and Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz married way back in 2010.

Both Plemons and Dunst have been nominated for their supporting roles in The Power of the Dog whereas Bardem is up for Best Actor for Being the Ricardos and Cruz is up for Best Actress for her role in Parallel Mothers.