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After last year's slightly subdued awards season, the world of genre is back in full force with a pair of noteworthy Oscar noms for Dune and Don't Look Up — both of which are up for the top honor of Best Picture. This is director Denis Villeneuve's second sci-fi project to land the coveted nomination after 2016's Arrival. Don't Look Up, on the other hand, is the third consecutive Adam McKay effort to score a shot at Best Picture (his last two movies, Vice and The Big Short came up... well, short in that regard).
Dune also racked up nine other noms for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, and Best Visual Effects.
Don't Look Up landed three subsequent nominations for Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Editing.
While numerous genre films have been up for Best Picture over the years (the most recent one being Joker in 2020), the actual victories have been few and far between (The Silence of the Lambs, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and The Shape of Water).
While Sony hoped to snag a couple of the top categories for Spider-Man: No Way Home, Tom Holland's third solo outing as Peter Parker only managed to land a nomination for Best Visual Effects. In addition to competing against Dune, No Way Home will also have to wrest the title from another MCU release — Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — as well as Free Guy and No Time to Die.
Speaking of James Bond, Daniel Craig's final outing as British super-spy 007 was nominated for Best Sound and Best Original Song.
As expected, Disney bagged several nominations for Encanto, though "We Don't Talk About Bruno" lost out on Best Original Song to "Dos Oruguitas." In addition, the animated feature has a chance to take home the prize for Best Original Score and Best Animated Feature. The latter category is occupied by Flee, The Mitchells vs. The Machines and two other Disney offerings: Raya and the Last Dragon, and Luca. Over in the realm of live-action, Disney could take home the Best Costume statue for Cruella.
The 94th Annual Academy Awards will air Sunday March 27 on ABC at 8 p.m. EST.