Oscar Nominations Diversity 2022

History could be made at this year’s 94th Oscar ceremony. As far as diversity goes, compared to last year, Latino representation is up and there’s a possibility of people of Asian descent making history. Women are not as well represented this year. 

Looking across these 13 categories there are 70 nominations, each category has five nominations, except for Best Picture which has 10. Four categories are gender-based.

  1. Best Picture
  2. Director
  3. Lead Actor
  4. Lead Actress
  5. Supporting Actor
  6. Supporting Actress
  7. Documentary Feature
  8. Best Animated Feature
  9. Best International Film
  10. Music (Original Score)
  11. Music (Original Song)
  12. Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
  13. Writing (Original Screenplay)

Best Picture

Out of 10 films, only two have female leads, (“CODA” and “West Side Story”) with 20 percent representation as opposed 51 percent. In both cases, that actress was not nominated. Latino representation (“West Side Story”) is 1 out of 10 as is Asian (“Drive My Car”) and Black/African American or 10 percent.  Disability representation is 1 out of ten for 10 percent. That would mean Latinos are still under-represented. Nationally, Latinos are 19 percent of the population, but 49 percent of Los Angeles County. African American/Black are close to the 13 percent nationwide or the 9 percent in Los Angeles County. Asian would be over represented for nationwide (5.9 percent), but near the Los Angeles County population (15 percent).

There has never been a Japanese film that has won Best Picture. In 2019, “Parasite,” a South Korean film, won. “Drive My Car” has two chances to win as a film, in this category and in Best International Feature Film. 

Best International Feature Film of the Year

Of these five films, only one has a female lead, “The Worst Person in the World.” None of the directors are women. One film is from Japan, and another is from Bhutan, “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom.” This is only the second time Bhutan has submitted a film. The first time was in 1999, but this is the first time that the film has been nominated. Japan has had 68 submitted films, 17 nominations and four wins: “Rashomon” (1951); “Gate of Hell” (1954); “Samurai, The Legend of Musashi” (1955) and “Departures” (2008). 

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Women are the leads in two out of the five (“Encanto” and “Raya and the Last Dragon”). “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” have a family–mother, father, son and daughter so that’s 50-50 representation. “Encanto” and “Raya” had a female co-writer. “Encanto” is a story based in Columbia. Raya is based on South Asian culture. “Flee” provides gay, Muslim and MENA representation. 

The last film to win this category that had an API theme was “Big Hero 6” in 2013, winning over “The Tale of Princess Kaguya.” “Mulan” was not nominated. “Moana” was nominated in 2016, but lost to “Zootopia.” Last year, “Over the Moon” was nominated (losing to “Soul”). Hayao Miyazaki won in 2002 for “Spirited Away,” but no Japanese animation has won since then. The last Latino themed animated feature that won was “Coco” in 2016. 

Best Documentary Feature

In this category, three of the five films have women directors (Jessica Kingdon for “Ascension,” Traci A. Curry for “Attica” and Rintu Thomas for “Writing with Fire.”). Curry co-directs with Stanley Nelson while Rintu Thomas co-directs with Sushmit Ghosh. Three Black directors are nominated: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Traci A. Curry and Stanley Nelson. Three people of Asian descent were nominated: Jessica Kingdon, Rintu Thomas and Sashimi Ghosh. Ghosh is Hindu. Only one film is focused on women: “Writing with Fire.” 

The last Asian Americans to win in this category were Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin (with Evan Hayes, and Shannon Dill) for “Free Solo” in 2019.  

Achievement in Directing

This year there is only one female director nominated (1 out of 5 for twenty percent). One Asian director was nominated (Ryusuke Hamaguchi for “Drive My Car”) and one Jewish American director was nominated (Steven Spielberg for “West Side Story”). 

Ryusuke Hamaguchi (“Drive My Car”) is not the first Japanese director nominated for Achievement in Directing. Previously, Hiroshi Teshigahara (“Woman in the Dunes,” 1965) and Akira Kurosawa (“Ran,” 1985), but neither won. Previously, Chloé Zhao won in 2020 (“Nomadland”), Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite”) won in 2019, Ang Lee won in 2012 (“Life of Pi”) and 2005 (“Brokeback Mountain”).  

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)

One woman is nominated in this category: Germaine Franco for “Encanto.” Two Latinos were nominated, Franco and Alberto Iglesias (for “Parallel Mothers”). Two of the nominees are of Jewish descent: Nicholas Britell (“Don’t Look Up”) and Hans Zimmer (“Dune”). Jonny Greenwood’s wife is reportedly raising their kids Jewish (“The Power of the Dog”). 

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)

Three women were included in this category: Beyoncé Knowles-Carter with DIXSON for “Be Alive” from “King Richard,” Billie Eilish with Finneas O’Connell for “No Time to Die” from “No Time to Die” and  Diane Warren for “Somehow You Do” from “Four Good Days.”  Knowles-Carter and DIXSON are also African American/Black. Lin-Manuel Miranda for “Dos Oruguitas” for “Encanto” is Latino. 

Adapted Screenplay

Three out of five of the writers are women: Siân Heder (“CODA”), Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Lost Daughter” ) and Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog” ). 

If Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe win for “Drive My Car,” they will be the first Japanese winners in this category. Previously New Zealander Taika Waititi won in 2019 for “Jojo Rabbit.” This might be the first for a script predominately in a foreign language. 

Original Screenplay

No women were nominated in this category. No ethnic minorities were nominated in this category. 

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Two African American/Black actors are nominated (40 percent). One person of Jewish descent (Andrew Garfield for “tick, tick…BOOM!”). One Latino actor is nominated (20 percent). 

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

This year, only one actress is over 50 (Nicole Kidman in “Being the Ricardos”). There is one person who would be considered an ethnic minority (Penélope Cruz in “Parallel Mothers”). 

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

There is one, possibly two people with disabilities in this category. Troy Kotsur (“CODA”) has a hearing disability and is likely the first person nominated in this category for a role that largely depended upon him signing. Jodi Smit-McPhee has ankylosing spondylitis (diagnosed when he was 16), but I did not include him in the category of disability.  Marlee Matlin won a Actress in a Leading Role Oscar in 1987 for “Children of a Lesser God” and plays Kotsur’s wife in “CODA.”  

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Ariana DeBose in “West Side Story” is both African American and Latina. Aunjanue Ellis in “King Richard” is both over 52 and African American/Black.

Judi Dench (87) is also in the mature woman category (“Belfast”). 


Are Women Holding Up Half the Sky?

Women are not at 50 percent in terms of representation as leads to films, directors, writers or musicians in this year’s nominations. Women only have about 26 percent of the nominations. Of the categories which would have women (lead or supporting actress) of if the film could be focused on a woman, only 3 out of 35 were women 50 or above. At 8 percent, this is well below the 20 percent of the population they represent.


Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino both have 13 percent of the nominations. For Black/African Americans, that would be on par with the national average of 13 percent, but above the representation in Los Angeles County. Asian Americans are over represented din the nominations according to the national average population, but under represented for Los Angeles County. 

There are zero nominations for Pacific Islanders, unless one considers Kidman. 

Notable nominations in the other categories include: 

  • “The Long Goodbye” Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed (Best Live Action Short Film)
  • “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” Christopher Townsend, Joe Farrell, Sean Noel Walker and Dan Oliver (Achievement in Visual Effects)

If “Drive My Car” wins, Oscar history could be made. 

Best Motion Picture of the Year

  • “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

Achievement in 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

Performance by an 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”

Performance by an 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”

Performance by an 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”

Performance by an 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”

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

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

Best International Feature Film of the Year

  • “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 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

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

  • “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

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (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

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (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

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Other categories: 

Achievement in 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

Achievement in 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

Best 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

Achievement in 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

Achievement in 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

Achievement in Production Design

  • “Dune” Production Design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Zsuzsanna Sipos
  • “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

Best Animated Short Film

  • “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

Best Live Action Short Film

  • “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

Achievement in 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

Achievement in 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

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