The 2022 Oscars are just around the corner with queer titles up for nomination across multiple categories this year.
Kristen Stewart received her first-ever Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her highly anticipated role as Princess Diana in “Spencer.”
Another big nod this year came with actress Ariana DeBose for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Anita in “West Side Story.”
DeBose previously took home a Golden Globe for the same performance. If she wins the Oscars 2022, she’ll be the second actor to win in this role. Rita Moreno earned an Academy Award for her performance as Anita in the original 1961 film.
With Stewart and DeBose both openly out, it will also be the first time more than one openly LGBTQ actor has been nominated in the same year—yet another history-making moment for the queer community.
Leading this year’s nominations is “Power of the Dog” which covers the LGBTQ+ story of a sexually-repressed rancher. The title is up for awards in 12 different categories.
Meanwhile “Flee,” the emotional animated documentary about a gay Afghan refugee, is up for a win for Best Animated Feature, Best Documentary Feature, and Best International Feature Film.
So is “The Mitchells vs. the Machines.” This film focuses on a queer character named Katie, played by out actress Abbi Jacobson who strives to save the world from a robot apocalypse.
Finally, “Audible,” a documentary executive produced by actor and model Nyle DiMarco tells the story of Maryland School for the Deaf football player Amaree McKenstry. It was nominated in the Best Documentary Short category.
And while it is exciting to see so many amazing queer themes this year, there were also quite a few snubs.
For one, many Gaga fans were upset to see the academy excluded the popular “House of Gucci” in all but one category—Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
Performances from Robin DeJesus from “Tick, Tick.. Boom” and Tessa Thompson from “Passing” were also passed up.
Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and Regina Hall will host this year’s awards ceremony, marking the first time in three years the Oscars will have a host.
The 94th annual Academy Awards will be held at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 27. See the full list of film nominations here.
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