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Irish actors Jessie Buckley and Ciarán Hinds among this year's Oscar nominees

Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog led with 12 nominations, while Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast received seven nominations.

Jessie Buckley attends the 23rd Annual Hollywood Film Awards in 2019.
Jessie Buckley attends the 23rd Annual Hollywood Film Awards in 2019.
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Updated Feb 8th 2022, 5:34 PM

IRISH ACTORS JESSIE Buckley and Ciarán Hinds are among the nominations in this year’s Oscars.

Actors Leslie Jordan and Tracee Ellis Ross announced the nominees for the 94th Academy Awards live from Los Angeles this afternoon.

Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film Belfast is nominated in the Best Picture category, alongside: 

  • CODA
  • Don’t Look Up
  • Drive My Car
  • Dune
  • King Richard
  • Licorice Pizza
  • Nightmare Alley
  • The Power of the Dog
  • West Side Story

Belfast received seven nominations in total. Judi Dench was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film, while Ciarán Hinds, who was born in Belfast, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role.

The black-and-white film chronicles the life of a working-class Ulster Protestant family at the beginning of The Troubles in Belfast in 1969.

Inspired by Branagh’s own childhood in Northern Ireland, the film is told from the perspective of the family’s nine-year-old son Buddy, played by Jude Hill.

Branagh said that he was overwhelmed with the “incredible honour” of being nominated, and that he is thinking of his parents and grandparents.

“Today, I think of my mother and father, and my grandparents – how proud they were to be Irish, how much this city meant to them. They would have been overwhelmed by this incredible honour – as am I,” said Branagh.

“Given a story as personal as this one, it’s a hell of a day for my family, and the family of our film.”

He praised the cast and crew for their work on the film, and said that it was an honour to be considered alongside the other “extraordinary” nominees this year.

Critics had widely expected Caitríona Balfe to be nominated for her role in Belfast, but the Outlander actor did not get a nomination.

Irish actress Jessie Buckley was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for her performance in The Lost Daughter.

Reacting to her nomination, Buckley said that she was in “complete shock”.

“I am in complete shock! The Lost Daughter is so special to me. To be recognised for anything connected to it is just a wild dream come true,” said Buckley.

“To gorgeous Olivia Colman and our leader and legend Maggie Gyllenhaal, I’m so lucky to share this ride with you incredible women. Thank you.”

Speaking on the Ray D’Arcy Show earlier today, Jessie’s mother, Marinna Buckley, said that she was at work when she heard the news come in.

On Jessie’s reaction to the news, Marinna said that she was “absolutely bowled over”.

“She can’t believe it because it’s such an incredible honour and recognition of her work. She doesn’t take that lightly or take it for granted in any way,” said Marinna.

Marinna said that while she doesn’t know if she and Jessie’s father, Tim Buckley, will be invited to the Oscars, she said it was “really special” to be there for the premiere of The Lost Daughter with Jessie.

This year’s ceremony will take place on 27 March in Los Angeles. The Academy has confirmed that the ceremony will have a host for the first time since 2018, but has yet to confirm who it will be.

This year’s nominees are:

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

  • Kenneth Branagh – Belfast
  • Ryûsuke Hamaguchi – Drive My Car
  • Paul Thomas Anderson – Licorice Pizza
  • Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog
  • Steven Spielberg – West Side Story

Actor in a Leading Role

  • 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 

Actress in a Leading Role 

  • Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye
  • Olivia Colman – The Lost Daughter
  • Penélope Cruz – Parallel Mothers
  • Nicole Kidman – Being the Ricardos
  • Kristen Stewart – Spencer

Best Supporting Actor

  • Ciarán 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 Supporting Actress

  • Jessie Buckley – The Lost Daughter
  • Ariana DeBose – West Side Story
  • Judy Dench – Belfast
  • Kirsten Dunst – The Power of the Dog
  • Aunjanue Ellis – King Richard

Best Original Screenplay

  • Belfast – Kenneth Branagh
  • Don’t Look Up – Adam McKay, David Sirota
  • King Richard – Zach Baylin
  • Licorice Pizza – Paul Thomas Anderson
  • The Worst Person in the World – Eskil Vogt, Joachim Troer

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • CODA – Siân Heder
  • Drive My Car – Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe
  • Dune – Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth
  • The Lost Daughter – Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • The Power of the Dog – Jane Campion

Best Original Song

  • Be Alive (King Richard) – Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson
  • Dos Oruguitas (Encanto) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Down to Joy (Belfast) – Van Morrison
  • No Time to Die (No Time to Die) – Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell
  • Somehow You Do (Four Good Days) – Diane Warren

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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 Sound

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

Best Cinematography

  • Dune – Greig Fraser
  • Nightmare Alley – Dan Laustsen
  • The Power of the Dog – Ari Wegner
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth – Bruno Delbonnel
  • West Side Story – Janusz Kamiński

Best Film Editing

  • Don’t Look Up
  • Dune
  • King Richard
  • The Power of the Dog
  • Tick, Tick … Boom!

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Encanto
  • Flee
  • Luca
  • The Mitchells vs. the Machines
  • Raya and the Last Dragon

Best Animated Short Film

  • Affairs of the Art
  • Bestia
  • Boxballet
  • Robin Robin
  • The Windshield Wiper

Best Live Action Short Film

  • Ala Kachuu – Take and Run
  • The Dress
  • The Long Goodbye
  • On My Mind
  • Please Hold

Best International Feature Film

  • Drive My Car (Japan)
  • Flee (Denmark)
  • The Hand of God (Italy)
  • Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Bhutan)
  • The Worst Person in the World (Norway)

Best Costume Design

  • Cruella
  • Cyrano
  • Dune
  • Nightmare Alley
  • West Side Story

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Coming 2 America
  • Cruella
  • Dune
  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye
  • House of Gucci

Best Production Design

  • Dune
  • Nightmare Alley
  • The Power of the Dog
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • West Side Story

Best Visual Effects

  • Dune
  • Free Guy
  • No Time to Die
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

Best Documentary Feature

  • Ascension
  • Attica
  • Flee
  • Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
  • Writing With Fire

Best Documentary Short Subject

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

- Additional reporting by Tadgh McNally and Press Association

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