Films from Steven Spielberg, Bradley Cooper get Oscar Nominations

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“West Side Story” directed by Palisadian Steven Spielberg has been nominated for Best Picture.                       Photo: Niko Tavernise

 

By BERNICE FOX

Once again, Oscar nominations and Steven Spielberg are in the same sentence.

As producer, Spielberg’s new film version of “West Side Story” has been nominated for best picture and he’s up for best director.

With these new nominations, the longtime Palisadian now has 19 Oscar nominations over his career. For those keeping track – and many are – his first directing nomination was for the 1977 sci-fi film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.“

“West Side Story” has a total of seven nominations, including Ariana DeBose for supporting actress, production design, cinematography, costume design and sound.

Palisadian Bradley Cooper has another Oscar nomination. It’s for “Nightmare Alley,” which is up for best picture. Though he stars in this noir film, the nomination is for his role as a producer. Like “West Side Story,” “Nightmare Alley” also is up for best cinematography, production design and costume design.

Former Palisadian Nicole Kidman is nominated for best actress for starring as Lucille Ball in “Being the Ricardos.” In a statement, Kidman says this was “the hardest role” she’s ever done. And she thanks Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. “for trusting me to inhabit your mother.”

Digging deeper into the numbers, this is Kidman’s fifth nomination and the fourth for best actress. Previously she was nominated for her leading roles in “Moulin Rouge” (2001), “The Hours” (2002), which she won, and “Rabbit Hole” (2010). She was nominated for her supporting role in “Lion” (2016).

Bradley Cooper performs in “Nightmare Alley.”
Photo by Kerry Hayes.

Bradley Cooper’s nomination for producing “Nightmare Alley” is his fourth best picture nomination. He previously was nominated for producing “American Sniper” (2014), “A Star is Born” (2018) and “Joker” (2019).

And this is the 11th best picture nomination for Steven Spielberg, who won the award for “Schindler’s List” (1993). Other nominations were for “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982), “The Color Purple” (1985), “Saving Private Ryan” (1998), “Munich” (2005), “Letters from Iwo Jima”  (2006), “War Horse” (2011), “Lincoln” (2012), “Bridge of Spies” (2015) and “The Post” (2017).

Spielberg’s nomination for directing “West Side Story” is his eighth. He won Oscars for directing “Schindler’s List” (1993), and “Saving Private Ryan” (1998). As mentioned above, he also was nominated for directing “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977). Then came directing nods for “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982), “Munich” (2005) and “Lincoln” (2012). And Spielberg received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1986.

The Academy Awards ceremony is set for Sunday, March 27 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. It’ll air on ABC.

Nicole Kidman on the set of “Being the Ricardos.”
Photo: Glen Wilson 

The complete list of this year’s Oscar nominations is below:

Best Picture

BELFAST

Laura Berwick, Kenneth Branagh, Becca Kovacik and Tamar Thomas, Producers

CODA

Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi and Patrick Wachsberger, Producers

DON’T LOOK UP

Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, Producers

DRIVE MY CAR

Teruhisa Yamamoto, Producer

DUNE

Mary Parent, Denis Villeneuve and Cale Boyter, Producers

KING RICHARD

Tim White, Trevor White and Will Smith, Producers

LICORICE PIZZA

Sara Murphy, Adam Somner and Paul Thomas Anderson, Producers

NIGHTMARE ALLEY

Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale and Bradley Cooper, Producers

THE POWER OF THE DOG

Jane Campion, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Roger Frappier, Producers

WEST SIDE STORY

Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers

Actor in a Leading Role

Javier Bardem in BEING THE RICARDOS

Benedict Cumberbatch in THE POWER OF THE DOG

Andrew Garfield in TICK, TICK…BOOM!

Will Smith in KING RICHARD

Denzel Washington in THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH

Actor in a Supporting Role

Ciarán Hinds in BELFAST

Troy Kotsur in CODA

Jesse Plemons in THE POWER OF THE DOG

J.K. Simmons in BEING THE RICARDOS

Kodi Smit-McPhee in THE POWER OF THE DOG

 

Actress in a Leading Role

Jessica Chastain in THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE

Olivia Colman in THE LOST DAUGHTER

Penélope Cruz in PARALLEL MOTHERS

Nicole Kidman in BEING THE RICARDOS

Kristen Stewart in SPENCER

 

Actress in a Supporting Role

Jessie Buckley in THE LOST DAUGHTER

Ariana DeBose in WEST SIDE STORY

Judi Dench in BELFAST

Kirsten Dunst in THE POWER OF THE DOG

Aunjanue Ellis in KING RICHARD

 

Animated Feature Film

ENCANTO

Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino and Clark Spencer

FLEE

Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen and Charlotte De La Gournerie

LUCA

Enrico Casarosa and Andrea Warren

THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES

Mike Rianda, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Kurt Albrecht

RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON

Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho

 

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 Kaminski

 

Costume Design

CRUELLA – Jenny Beavan

CYRANO – Massimo Cantini Parrini and Jacqueline Durran

DUNE – Jacqueline West and Robert Morgan

NIGHTMARE ALLEY – Luis Sequeira

WEST SIDE STORY – Paul Tazewell

 

Directing

BELFAST – Kenneth Branagh

DRIVE MY CAR – Ryusuke Hamaguchi

LICORICE PIZZA – Paul Thomas Anderson

THE POWER OF THE DOG – Jane Campion

WEST SIDE STORY – Steven Spielberg

 

Documentary (Feature)

ASCENSION

Jessica Kingdon, Kira Simon-Kennedy and Nathan Truesdell

ATTICA

Stanley Nelson and Traci A. Curry

FLEE

Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen and Charlotte De La Gournerie

SUMMER OF SOUL (…OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED)

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein

WRITING WITH FIRE

Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh

 

Documentary (Short Subject)

AUDIBLE

Matt Ogens and Geoff McLean

LEAD ME HOME

Pedro Kos and Jon Shenk

THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL

Ben Proudfoot

THREE SONGS FOR BENAZIR

Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei

WHEN WE WERE BULLIES

Jay Rosenblatt

 

Film Editing

DON’T LOOK UP – Hank Corwin

DUNE – Joe Walker

KING RICHARD – Pamela Martin

THE POWER OF THE DOG – Peter Sciberras

TICK, TICK…BOOM! – Myron Kerstein and Andrew Weisblum

 

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)

 

Makeup and Hairstyling

COMING 2 AMERICA

Mike Marino, Stacey Morris and Carla Farmer

CRUELLA

Nadia Stacey, Naomi Donne and Julia Vernon

DUNE

Donald Mowat, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr

THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE

Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh

HOUSE OF GUCCI

Göran Lundström, Anna Carin Lock and Frederic Aspiras

 

Music (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

 

Music (Original Song)

“Be Alive” from KING RICHARD

Music and Lyric by DIXSON and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

“Dos Oruguitas” from ENCANTO

Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

“Down To Joy” from BELFAST

Music and Lyric by Van Morrison

“No Time To Die” from NO TIME TO DIE

Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell

“Somehow You Do” from FOUR GOOD DAYS

Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

 

Production Design

DUNE

Production Design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Zsuzsanna Sipo

NIGHTMARE ALLEY

Production Design: Tamara Deverell; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau

THE POWER OF THE DOG

Production Design: Grant Major; Set Decoration: Amber Richards

THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH

Production Design: Stefan Dechant; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

WEST SIDE STORY

Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo

 

Short Film (Animated)

AFFAIRS OF THE ART

Joanna Quinn and Les Mills

BESTIA

Hugo Covarrubias and Tevo Díaz

BOXBALLET

Anton Dyakov

ROBIN ROBIN

Dan Ojari and Mikey Please

THE WINDSHIELD WIPER

Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez

 

Short Film (Live Action)

ALA KACHUU – TAKE AND RUN

Maria Brendle and Nadine Lüchinger

THE DRESS

Tadeusz Łysiak and Maciej Ślesicki

THE LONG GOODBYE

Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed

ON MY MIND

Martin Strange-Hansen and Kim Magnusson

PLEASE HOLD

K.D. Dávila and Levin Menekse

 

Sound

BELFAST

Denise Yarde, Simon Chase, James Mather and Niv Adiri

DUNE

Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett

NO TIME TO DIE

Simon Hayes, Oliver Tarney, James Harrison, Paul Massey and Mark Taylor

THE POWER OF THE DOG

Richard Flynn, Robert Mackenzie and Tara Webb

WEST SIDE STORY

Tod A. Maitland, Gary Rydstrom, Brian Chumney, Andy Nelson and Shawn Murphy

 

Visual Effects

DUNE

Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer

FREE GUY

Swen Gillberg, Bryan Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis and Dan Sudick

NO TIME TO DIE

Charlie Noble, Joel Green, Jonathan Fawkner and Chris Corbould

SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS

Christopher Townsend, Joe Farrell, Sean Noel Walker and Dan Oliver

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME

Kelly Port, Chris Waegner, Scott Edelstein and Dan Sudick

 

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

CODA

Screenplay by Siân Heder

DRIVE MY CAR

Screenplay by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe

DUNE

Screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth

THE LOST DAUGHTER

Written by Maggie Gyllenhaal

THE POWER OF THE DOG

Written by Jane Campion

 

Writing (Original Screenplay)

BELFAST

Written by Kenneth Branagh

DON’T LOOK UP

Screenplay by Adam McKay; Story by Adam McKay & David Sirota

KING RICHARD

Written by Zach Baylin

LICORICE PIZZA

Written by Paul Thomas Anderson

THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD

Written by Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier

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