Denzel Washington, left; Ariana DeBose, Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis.Photo: Kevin Winter/Charley Gallay for FIJI Water/ Kevin Winter/Cindy Ord for SCAD (Getty Images)

Oscars Nominees 2022

Additional projects that earned nominations include Questlove’s Summer of Soul and Coming 2 America

Nominations for the 94th annual Academy Awards were revealed on Tuesday.

Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan announced the nominees and projects via live stream across the Oscar’s official YouTube, Twitter, and website. While the hosts for the nominations reveal brought their signature comedic flair to the virtual stage, there’s still no word yet on who could potentially host this year’s awards ceremony next month.

Despite that, this year’s nominees were nothing short of surprising (and I mean that both positively and negatively. We’ll get into it later). And because y’all know how we like to get down over this way—let’s get into the Blackity-black Oscar nominees!

Leading the pack was King Richard. Walking away with six nominations including: Will Smith for Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role. Aunjanue Ellis for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. Original Screenplay, Film Editing. Original Song for “Be Alive” by Beyoncé, and Best Picture.

The Tragedy of Macbeth followed close behind. Earning nominations in the categories of: Best Performance by a Lead Actor (Denzal Washington), Cinematography, and Production Design.

On the documentary front, Questlove’s Summer of Soul ( … Or When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) was nominated for Best Documentary Feature. Congratulations are also due to the Shaquille O’Neal executive-produced project,The Queen of Basketballwhich earned the nomination for Best Documentary Short Subject, as well.

Additionally, congrats are in order for West Side Story’s Ariana DeBose, who earned a nom for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Coming 2 America, which was nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling as well.

Now they’ve been nominated.  Let’s not celebrate prematurely, as we been here before. Lets wait to see if it’s simply a token gesture.

There are snubs all up and through the streets and it’s upsetting to me and my ancestors! First, let’s get into the fact that Tessa Thompson nor Ruth Negga were recognized for either Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress for their phenomenal work in Passing. Second, let’s also get into the fact that Mahershala “Give Him All the Things” Ali didn’t get a nom for Best Actor in a Lead Role for his dual-role in  Sawn Song. The man played two different, distinct versions of himself and it was his first lead role.What does a man gotta do out heeya? 

Last, Its baffling that over 100 voting members of The Academy saw The Harder They Fall . With its cast STACKED AF. Still deciding ‘We’ll pass.’ Welp, that’s exactly what they did. I’ll go drink my sorrows away over a glass of henny on the rocks, while I process this because bayyybeee these snubs are sinceriously perplexing. (Yes I said what you read lol) 

Any who, be sure to set your alerts for the 94th annual Academy Awards. Airing live from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland on Sunday, March 27 at 8p.m. ET only on ABC.

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