The 2022 Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning with Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, and Kristen Stewart among actors nominated for the first time. Notable nods included 12 nominations for The Power of the Dog, 10 nominations for the sci-fi epic Dune, and a breakthrough nomination for Best Picture and Director from the Japanese International Feature contender, Drive My Car.

Below, we’ve rounded up some remarkable firsts.

KIRSTEN DUNST, JESSE PLEMONS, AND ‘THE POWER OF THE DOG’

Married couple Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons each received a first Oscar nomination for the film The Power of the Dog, which led the pack over 12 categories. Despite their long careers in Hollywood, it was the first time either Kirsten Dunst or Jesse Plemons was ,nominated for an Academy Award, let alone as a couple.

Though not their first, married couple Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz also both received acting nominations this year. Kodi Smit-McPhee, who won Best Supporting Actor at the 2022 Golden Globes, received his first nod from the Academy as well.

The Power of the Dog director Jane Campion became the first woman to earn two directing nominations, and she would be just the third woman to win the award if she takes home the top prize.

KRISTEN STEWART UP FOR BEST ACTRESS

Though snubbed by the Golden Globes, many critics believe that Kristen Stewart, nominated for the first time this year, could walk away with the award for Best Actress. Starring as Princess Diana in the royal drama Spencer, Stewart defied expectations and wowed viewers.

She appears in one of the most competitive categories, up against Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter), Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye), Penelope Cruz (Parallel Mothers), and Golden Globes winner Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos). Lady Gaga, who played Patrizia Reggiani in Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci, was snubbed.

Troy Kotsur and Marlee Matlin, the only two deaf actors to ever be nominated, and co-stars in 'CODA'
Troy Kotsur and Marlee Matlin, co-stars in ‘CODA‘ and the only two deaf actors to ever be nominated. Firsts among Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

TROY KOTSUR IS THE FIRST DEAF ACTOR TO BE NOMINATED

Troy Kotsur, star of the coming-of-age family tale CODA, became the first deaf actor to be nominated for an Academy Award. His co-star Marlee Matlin, who plays his wife in the film, was previously the first deaf actress to be nominated back in 1986 when she won for Children of a Lesser God.

CODA is also the first Best Picture nomination for Apple, which purchased the film for a record-breaking $25 million at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film, which features a cast of mostly deaf actors, won top honors with the U.S. Grand Jury Prize, the Audience Award, Best Ensemble Cast, and Best Director.

KENNETH BRANAGH NOMINATED IN SEVEN DIFFERENT CATEGORIES

Kenneth Branagh, the 61-year-old actor who first made waves for his ’90s film adaptations of Shakespeare plays such as Othello, Hamlet, and Henry V, made history on Tuesday after being nominated in seven different categories over the course of his career.

This year, he picked up Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture for the semi-autobiographical Irish drama Belfast, with previous nods for Best Actor, Best Live Action Short Film, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. Belfast also received seven nominations in total this year.

FLEE’ COULD WIN BEST ANIMATED, INTERNATIONAL, AND DOCUMENTARY FILM

Flee, the Danish animated film about the life of an Afghan refugee, was nominated in three major categories this year, including Best Animated Feature, International Picture, and Feature Documentary.

It was the first film to be nominated in all three categories, and it has a decent chance to win at least one. Flee may have a tough time winning in the Animated category, since the story isn’t geared for children, as well as International, where Drive My Car was also nominated for Best Picture and Director, but it presumably has the best chance to walk away with an award for Best Documentary.

BEYONCE NOMINATED FOR BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Look out Lin-Manuel Miranda because that Encanto Billboard No. 1 may not be such a shoo-in for an Academy Award after all. Beyonce earned her first nomination at the Oscars this year for “Be Alive” from King Richard, the Will Smith-led biopic about the rise of the Williams sisters and their tennis-obsessed father.

Though Lin-Manuel is just one Oscar away from becoming an EGOT winner, the 28-time Grammy winner Beyonce Knowles may just give the Hamilton star a run for his money and pick up her first Academy Award. Either way, it would mark a first-time win for both songwriters.

Check out the complete list of the 2022 Oscar nominations below:

BEST PICTURE

Belfast
CODA
Don’t Look Up
Drive My Car
Dune
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story

BEST DIRECTOR

Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza)
Kenneth Branagh (Belfast)
Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog)
Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car)
Steven Spielberg (West Side Story)

BEST ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye)
Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter)
Penelope Cruz (Parallel Mothers)
Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos)
Kristen Stewart (Spencer)

BEST ACTOR

Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog)
Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick … Boom!)
Will Smith (King Richard)
Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter)
Ariana DeBose (West Side Story)
Judi Dench (Belfast)
Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog)
Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Ciarán Hinds (Belfast)
Troy Kotsur (CODA)
Jesse Plemons (The Power of the Dog)
J.K. Simmons (Being the Ricardos)
Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power of the Dog)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Cruella
Cyrano
Dune
Nightmare Alley
West Side Story

BEST SOUND

Belfast
Dune
No Time to Die
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story

BEST 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)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

CODA
Drive My Car
Dune
The Lost Daughter
The Power of the Dog

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Belfast (Written by Kenneth Branagh)
Don’t Look Up (Written 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)

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

Affairs of the Art
Bestia
Boxballet
Robin Robin
The Windshield Wiper

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

Ala Kachuu — Take and Run
The Dress
The Long Goodbye
On My Mind
Please Hold

BEST FILM EDITING

Don’t Look Up
Dune
King Richard
The Power of the Dog
Tick, Tick… Boom!

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Coming 2 America
Cruella
Dune
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
House of Gucci

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Encanto
Flee
Luca
The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Raya and the Last Dragon

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Ascension
Attica
Flee
Summer of Soul
Writing With Fire

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Audible
Lead Me Home
The Queen of Basketball
Three Songs for Benazir
When We Were Bullies

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Be Alive” — Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (King Richard)
“Dos Oruguitas” — Lin-Manuel Miranda (Encanto)
“Down to Joy” — Van Morrison (Belfast)
“No Time to Die” — Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell (No Time to Die)
“Somehow You Do” — Diane Warren (Four Good Days)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Dune
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
The Tragedy of Macbeth
West Side Story

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

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)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Dune
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
The Tragedy of Macbeth
West Side Story

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Dune
Free Guy
No Time to Die
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Spider-Man: No Way Home