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Kristen Stewart and Ariana DeBose lead LGBT+ Oscar nominations as Lady Gaga snubbed

Patrick Kelleher February 8, 2022
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Lady Gaga, Ariana Debose, Kristen Stewart.

Lady Gaga, Ariana Debose, Kristen Stewart. (Press)

The Oscar nominations 2022 are in and Kristen Stewart is up for Best Actress for her critically-acclaimed performance in Spencer.

Kristen Stewart was considered a frontrunner in the Best Actress race following the release of Spencer last year, but her nod looked to be in doubt as nomination day drew nearer.

However, she ultimately edged out stiff competition to land her first ever Oscar nomination for her performance in the acclaimed film, which is loosely based on a short period in the life of Princess Diana.

Hosts Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan announced the Oscar 2022 nominations Tuesday (8 February) and confirmed Stewart was up for the award.

Actress Ariana DeBose was also nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her acclaimed turn as Anita in West Side Story. Rita Moreno won the Oscar for the same role in 1962.

Meanwhile, Lady Gaga was snubbed for her role in House of Gucci.

Benedict Cumberbatch wins Oscar nomination for noticeably queer performance in The Power of the Dog

Elsewhere, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Benedict Cumberbatch were nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor for their noticeably queer performances in Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog. The film, which was released on Netflix, won significant praise for its cinematography, direction and performances.

BelfastThe Lost DaughterWest Side StoryThe Power of the Dog and Dune were among the big nominees on the day.

The Power of the Dog led the pack with 12 nominations, while Dune followed close behind with 10 nods. Both West Side Story and Belfast received seven nominations each.

The theme for this years Academy Awards is Movie Lovers Unite and the ceremony will take place in Hollywood on 27 March.

Film fans rushed to social media to heap praise on Stewart and DeBose for landing their first ever Oscar nominations. Many were quick to point out that, if DeBose wins, she will be the first queer woman of colour to take the prize.

More: ariana debose, Kristen Stewart, lady gaga, Oscars

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