Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Garfield, Olivia Colman, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Kenneth Branagh are among Britain’s stars in the running for the Oscars when Sunday’s star-studded ceremony returns to full power.
umberbatch is nominated for a Best Actor award for his role as a cruel rancher in Jane Campion’s western The Power of the Dog Father of Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard.
They are nominated alongside Garfield for his role as Rent playwright Jonathan Larson in Tick, Tick…Boom!, Javier Bardem for Being The Ricardos and Denzel Washington for The Tragedy Of Macbeth.
Campion made history as the first woman to be twice nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director and is widely believed to take home the award.
She was nominated for “The Piano” in 1994 and became the third woman to win the gong, following Chloe Zhao for last year’s “Nomadland” and Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker” in 2010.
The Power Of The Dog, her return to the big screen after a foray into television, is nominated for 12 awards including Best Picture, while stars Kirsten Dunst, her partner Jesse Plemons and co-star Kodi Smit-McPee all received their Support recognized categories.
Colman, who won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in The Favourite, received her second nomination in this category for her role as a mother who reflects on her past in The Lost Daughter.
She received a nod of support for her role in The Father last year.
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She will be up against Kristen Stewart for her performance as Diana, Princess of Wales in Spencer, Penelope Cruz for Parallel Mothers, Nicole Kidman for Being The Ricardos, and obvious front-runner Jessica Chastain for The Eyes Of Tammy Faye .
Dame Judi and Ciaran Hinds are nominated for their performances in Sir Kenneth’s autobiographical film, Belfast.
The black-and-white film, inspired by the actor’s childhood in Northern Ireland, has also garnered Best Director and Best Original Screenplay nominations, while the film is up for a total of seven Best Picture nominations.
Belfast-born Hinds is nominated for Best Supporting Actor alongside Smit-McPhee and Plemons from The Power Of The Dog, Troy Kotsur for Coda and JK Simmons for Being The Ricardos.
Kotsur, who has won almost all of the previous awards, has already made history as the first deaf actor to be nominated for an Oscar.
Dame Judi is nominated for the Best Supporting Actress award alongside Irish star Jessie Buckley for The Lost Daughter, Ariana DeBose for West Side Story, Aunjanue Ellis for King Richard and Dunst for The Power Of The Dog.
The ceremony will return to the Dolby Theater this year, following a Covid-safe event at a Los Angeles train station in 2021.
Beyonce and Billie Eilish will be part of the musical line-up following their Best Original Song nominations for work on King Richard and No Time To Die, respectively.
Beyonce will perform her track “Be Alive” — rumored to be from a tennis court in Compton, California, where the Williams sisters used to train — while Eilish will perform “No Time To Die,” the theme song from the latest installment in the James Bond franchise. will perform.
Reba McEntire and Sebastian Yatra will also take the stage to perform Diane Warren’s Somehow You Do from Four Good Days and Lin Manuel Miranda’s Dos Oruguitas from Encanto, respectively.
Van Morrison, nominated for Best Song for Belfast’s Down To Joy, has also been invited to perform but is unable to attend the Oscars due to his touring schedule.
Sir Anthony Hopkins, Mila Kunis, John Travolta, Daniel Kaluuya, Wesley Snipes, Zoe Kravitz, Lady Gaga, Lily James, Uma Thurman and Rami Malek are among the stars who will be present at the ceremony.
The Academy Awards will be hosted by Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes on March 27th at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/benedict-cumberbatch-and-olivia-colman-among-brits-in-running-for-oscars-41491755.html Benedict Cumberbatch and Olivia Colman among the Brits in the running for the Oscars