Sunday could make history at the 2022 Oscars.
Some key wins will happen if nominees are ready to be the headlines of this year’s harvest. These moments will include an important first for women, much-needed representation for the deaf community, and a variety of other personal accomplishments.
Couples who won the Oscars the same year
Hollywood couples have a long history of being nominated for an Oscar the same year – and this year there are two
One such couple is Xavier Bardem’s husband and wife, Penelope Cruz, nominated for Best Actor for “Being the Ricardos” and Best Actress for “Parallel Mothers”.
The couple, who married in 2010, have already won Best Supporting Actor for “No Country for Old Men” in Bardem, 53, 2007, and Best Supporting Actor for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” in Cruz, 47, 2008. The actress won. They have also collected four nomination papers each.
The other pair, Engaged Couple Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons, were nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor for “The Power of the Dog”, respectively. This is the first nomination for both Dunst and Plemons.
Should Bardem and Cruz or Dunst and Plemons both win in their respective categories, this would be the first time a couple has won an Oscar in the same year.
Jane Campion is the third female best director winner
“The Power of the Dog” director Jane Campion, who has already become the first woman to be nominated twice for Best Director Oscar, may also be the third woman to win the category.
The New Zealand-born filmmaker, previously nominated for “The Piano” in 1994, will follow in the footsteps of Katherine Bigelow, who won for “The Heart Locker” in 2010, and Chloe Zhao, who won for “Nomadland”. In 2021.
In addition to Campion, Bigelow and Zhao, four other women have been nominated for Best Director: Lina Wartmারller for “Seven Beauties” in 1977, Sophia Coppola for “Lost in Translation” in 2004, and Greta Garwig for “Lady Bird” in 2018. And Emerald Fennel for “Promising Young Women” in 2021.
Campion, 67, also snatched nominations for Best Picture and Best Adaptive Screenplay at this year’s Academy Awards.
Ari Wegner won 1st Female Best Cinematographer
Ari Wegner, director of photography for “The Power of the Dog”, is only the second woman to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Cinematography.
Rachel Morrison was the first woman to break the glass ceiling in the category, being nominated for “Mudbound” in 2018.
Since Morrison lost, Wegner – who is in favor of winning – will be the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Cinematography.
Wagner, originally from Australia, also served as DP on “Lady Macbeth” in 2016 and “Jola” in 2020.
Troy Kotsur is the 1st Deaf Best Actor winner
Troy Kotsur is the first deaf person to be nominated for an Oscar for his performance and he is the favorite to win Best Supporting Actor for the movie “CODA”.
“CODA”, which stands for Deaf Adult Child, follows the story of Ruby Rossi, the only listener in her family, as she balances her dreams with the responsibility she feels to help the family fish business.
In the film, Kotsur plays Ruby’s father Frank, while Marley Matlin and Daniel Durant play his mother Jackie and brother Leo, respectively.
If she wins, she will make history and follow in the footsteps of Matlin, who became the first deaf actor to win an Oscar for Best Actress in 1987 for “Children of a Laser God.”
Kotsur told ABC News in a recent interview that he felt “blessed” and “extremely honored” to be nominated and that he was “thrilled” to see the deaf community capture American sign language on the big screen in the film.
“It’s a blessing that Hollywood will begin to recognize deaf talent and raise awareness for the deaf,” he said. “And I hope it will change their attitude, instead of showing empathy for deaf villains or people. It’s a culture. It’s a language. We have our own language and we have our own culture.”
Lynn-Manuel Miranda is gaining EJOT status
Lynn-Manuel Miranda could achieve the coveted EGOT status if she won an Oscar for Best Original Song for “Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto”.
Miranda has already earned an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony thanks to both the stage and Disney + productions of her landmark Broadway musical “Hamilton”.
It received the Miranda Second Academy Award nomination, a Best Original Song nomination for “How Far I Will Go” from “Moana” in 2017.
If she does EGOT, Miranda will find herself in an elite group that includes Mel Brooks, John Gilgood, Huppy Goldberg, Marvin Hamlesch, Helen Hayes, Audrey Hepburn, John Legend, Robert Lopez, Alan Menken, Rita Moreno, Mike and 16 others. . Nichols, Tim Rice, Richard Rogers, Scott Rudin, Jonathan Tunic and Andrew Lloyd Weber.
There are also five individuals who have earned their EGOT status because one or more of their prizes are non-competitive. These individuals include Harry Bellafonte, James Earl Jones, Quincy Jones, Lisa Minelli and Barbara Streisand.
There are 2 ways ‘Drive My Car’ can make history for Japan
One of this year’s critical favorites is filmmaker Raisuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car”, a three-hour Japanese film set for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adaptive Screenplay and Best International Feature Film.
Hamaguchi is the third Japanese filmmaker to be nominated for Best Director and the first to be nominated in 36 years. She followed in the footsteps of Hiroshi Teshigahar, who was nominated for “Women in the Tunes” in 1966, and Akira Kurosawa, who was nominated for “Run” in 1986.
If he wins, Hamaguchi will be the first Japanese filmmaker to win the Best Director Oscar.
“Drive My Car” is also the first Japanese film to be nominated for Best Picture.
The focus has shifted to “Drive My Car” over the past two years to the historic Oscar-winning heels for films produced and starring people of Asian descent, including “Nomadland,” “Parasite” and “Minaret”.
Ariana Debos won the same role 60 years ago as Rita Moreno
Ariana Debos is the favorite to win Best Supporting Actress for her role as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story”.
If she had won, Debos would have won the same award for the same character Rita Moreno won for her performance in the 1961 edition of the film exactly 60 years ago. On top of that, both actresses are of Puerto Rican heritage, Moreno was born there.
These two actors could join an elite club who both won Oscars for their roles.
The club’s members include Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for their roles as Vito Corleone in 1972’s “The Godfather” and 1974’s “The Godfather: Part II”.
The two additional members are Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix, both of whom played the Joker. Laser posthumously won Best Supporting Actor for 2008’s “The Dark Knight” and Phoenix won Best Actor for 2019’s “Joker”.