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Musical theatre and British theatre stars recognised in Oscar nominations

Kitty Underwood

By Kitty Underwood Published 8 February 2022

It’s been a bit of a stagey and musical year in the 2022 Academy Award nominations, announced live today!

West Side Story picked up nominations for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Production Design and Best Costume design, with Steven Spielberg receiving a nomination for Best Director and Ariana DeBose’s performance as Anita getting a nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. You might recognise her too from Olivier Award-winning Hamilton – she played the role of the Bullet in the original Broadway cast and you can see her in the recorded film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece!

Speaking of Lin-Manuel, his projects have done very well this year with Encanto receiving nominations for Best Music (Original Score) and Best Animated Feature Film as well as “Dos Oruguitas” being recognised for Best Music (Original Song). If you loved Encanto, don’t forget you can catch lead Stephanie Beatriz in 2:22 A Ghost Story at the Gielgud Theatre right now, but hurry – the show ends 12 February!

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical biopic of Rent composer Jonathan Larson tick, tick… BOOM! has also been celebrated, being nominated for Best Film Editing as well as Olivier Award nominee Andrew Garfield recieving a nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Jessie Buckley has also been nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Lost Daughter. The actress is currently starring in Cabaret in the West End at the Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre alongside Eddie Redmayne and Omari Douglas.

Cyrano also got a nod for Best Costume Design. Starring Peter Dinklage as Cyrano De Bergerac, the film is a musical adaptation of the 1897 play by Edmond Rostand. You can catch Jamie Lloyd’s Olivier Award-winning production of the same play starring James McAvoy and Michelle Austin at the Harold Pinter Theatre right now!

New film adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth has also done well this year, receiving nominations fort Best Cinematography and Best Production Design as well as Denzel Washington getting a nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role as the titular King.

Even more London theatre stalwarts were recognised this year too, with Kenneth Branagh being nominated for Best Director for his new film Belfast, which is also up for Best Picture, Best Original screenplay, Best Sound and Best Music (original song) for “Down To Joy”. British theatre legend and 7-time Olivier winner Judi Dench and Olivier nominee Ciarán Hinds also got nominations for their roles in Belfast.

A lot of Olivier Award crossover this year, we can’t wait to see what the nominations for the 2022 Olivier Awards look like!

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