2022 Oscar nominations announced

By Adrienne Vogt, Melissa Macaya, Aditi Sangal and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 4:56 p.m. ET, February 8, 2022
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11:52 a.m. ET, February 8, 2022

Billie Eilish and Finneas react to Oscar nomination: "This is a peak life experience for us"

From CNN's Chloe Melas and Marianne Garvey

Finneas O'Connell, left, and Billie Eilish pose on the red carpet after arriving to attend the World Premiere of "No Time to Die" at the Royal Albert Hall in London on September 28, 2021.
Finneas O'Connell, left, and Billie Eilish pose on the red carpet after arriving to attend the World Premiere of "No Time to Die" at the Royal Albert Hall in London on September 28, 2021. (Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images)

Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O'Connell said it was a "lifelong dream" for them to write a "James Bond" theme song, and now it's "completely unbelievable" to be nominated for "No Time to Die" for the movie of the same name.

In a statement to CNN, they said:

"Words cannot describe how honored and excited we are to have been nominated for an Academy Award for our song 'No Time To Die.' It was a lifelong dream of ours to write a Bond theme, and one we never thought would ever come true. It's completely unbelievable that we are here being recognized for this song, and this is a peak life experience for us as songwriters and artists."

"To be recognized today among these other incredible nominees is something we most certainly do not take for granted. Thank you to the Academy, from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you to Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson for allowing us this incredible opportunity, and to be part of Daniel Craig's unparalleled legacy as James Bond. Thank you to Cary Joji Fukunaga, and last but not least, thank you to Hans Zimmer, Stephen Lipson and Johnny Marr for being an absolute joy to work with on this song," the singer-songwriters added.

11:26 a.m. ET, February 8, 2022

Lucky in love? Two couples receive Oscar nominations

Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst in "The Power of the Dog"
Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst in "The Power of the Dog" (Netflix)

While "The Power of the Dog" got 12 Oscar nominations, it looks like the real winner of this year's Academy Awards is love.

Just in time for Valentine's Day, real-life powerhouse couples Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz plus Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst received nods for their movies.

Cruz was nominated for best actress for "Parallel Mothers," while Bardem received a nod for his role as Ricky Ricardo in "Meet the Ricardos."

Plemons and Dunst were both nominated for their supporting roles in "The Power of the Dog."

The couples who get Oscar nominations together stay together, right? (We won't bring up Brangelina...)

Past married nominees include Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt; Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner; Elsa Lanchester and Charles Laughton; Rex Harrison and Rachel Roberts and Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

CNN's Lisa Respers France contributed to this post.

10:41 a.m. ET, February 8, 2022

"Dune" received 10 Oscar nominations. Here's what the film's director told CNN about his creative process

Denis Villeneuve directs Timothée Chalamet on the set of "Dune." 
Denis Villeneuve directs Timothée Chalamet on the set of "Dune."  (Chiabella James/Warner Bros. Entertainment)

"Dune" was nominated in 10 Oscar categories, including for best picture. Only "Power of the Dog" received more nominations, with 12.

Back in October, CNN interviewed the film's director Denis Villeneuve, who said he had been thinking about "Dune" ever since his teenage years, and for decades, he'd carried images and ideas inside. Villeneuve was not nominated for best director, but aside from best picture, the film also snagged a nomination for cinematography and visual effects.

 "I said to my crew at the beginning I would love it if we were able to try to create images that are not inspired by other influences," the French Canadian director told CNN's Thomas Page. "It's a very romantic approach," the director conceded. "Technically impossible."

Read the full story here.

10:26 a.m. ET, February 8, 2022

Billie Eilish snags first Oscar nod for original song

Musician Billie Eilish attends the World Premiere of "No Time to Die" at the Royal Albert Hall on September 28, 2021, in London.
Musician Billie Eilish attends the World Premiere of "No Time to Die" at the Royal Albert Hall on September 28, 2021, in London. (Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Universal Pictures)

It's time for Billie Eilish's first Oscar nomination.

The song "No Time to Die" for the Bond movie of the same name, by the "Bad Guy" singer-songwriter along with brother Finneas O'Connell, was nominated in the original song category.

The song took home a Golden Globe earlier this year.

The movie "No Time to Die," which had its release delayed multiple times due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was also nominated for visual effects.

10:19 a.m. ET, February 8, 2022

Beyoncé has picked up her first-ever Oscar nomination

Beyoncé is seen onstage during the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021, in Los Angeles.
Beyoncé is seen onstage during the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021, in Los Angeles. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

The Beyhive is abuzz with the news that Beyoncé got nominated for an Oscar for original song.

Queen Bey snagged her first-ever Academy Award nod for the song "Be Alive," in the movie "King Richard" — also a best picture nominee — by her and Darius Scott.

The 28-time Grammy winner has also been nominated for Emmys and Golden Globes.

Husband Jay-Z was also rumored to be getting an Oscars nod for his and Kid Cudi's "Guns Go Bang" in "The Harder They Fall," but alas, Hova didn't get the nomination.

"Dos Oruguitas" by Lin-Manuel Miranda and "No Time to Die" from Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O'Connell are also included in the category. The nomination also marks Eilish's first for the Oscars as well.

9:51 a.m. ET, February 8, 2022

Jane Campion becomes first woman nominated more than once for best director

From CNN's Lisa Respers France

Jane Campion attends the official screening of Netflix's "The Power Of The Dog" during AFI Fest at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 11, 2021, in Hollywood, California.
Jane Campion attends the official screening of Netflix's "The Power Of The Dog" during AFI Fest at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 11, 2021, in Hollywood, California. (Rich Fury/Getty Images)

"The Power of the Dog" director Jane Campion made history today by becoming the first woman to be nominated more than once for best director.

Campion's previous nomination came in 1993 for the film "The Piano." When Campion earned her first nomination, she was only the second woman ever nominated in the category. The first was Lina Wertmüller, nominated for 1976′s "Seven Beauties."

"The Power of the Dog" led among nominated films for the 94th Academy Awards with 12 nods.

The Academy Awards are set to take place on Sunday, March 27.

CNN's Sandra Gonzalez contributed reporting to this post.

9:44 a.m. ET, February 8, 2022

Steven Spielberg just set a new record

From CNN's Lisa Respers France

Steven Spielberg, right, and Rita Moreno as Valentina stand on the set of 20th Century Studios’ "West Side Story."
Steven Spielberg, right, and Rita Moreno as Valentina stand on the set of 20th Century Studios’ "West Side Story." (Niko Tavernise/20th Century Studios)

Steven Spielberg set a new record with the 2022 Oscar nominations.

As producer of "West Side Story," which earned a total of seven nominations, Spielberg has now produced 11 films nominated for best picture, a new record for the Oscars.

11:58 a.m. ET, February 8, 2022

With Oscar nod for "West Side Story," Ariana DeBose could make history

Ariana DeBose as Anita and David Alvarez as Bernardo are seen in 20th Century Studios’ "West Side Story."
Ariana DeBose as Anita and David Alvarez as Bernardo are seen in 20th Century Studios’ "West Side Story." (Niko Tavernise/20th Century Studios)

Ariana DeBose, who plays Anita in the updated version of "West Side Story," scored a supporting actress nomination for the 2022 Oscars.

DeBose, who already won a Golden Globe for the character, took on the role that Rita Moreno originated in the original 1961 version of the film. Moreno, who was born in Puerto Rico, won an Oscar for her portrayal of Anita in 1962, becoming the first Latina to nab an Academy Award. Moreno also appeared in Spielberg's version of the film as Valentina.

Rita Moreno poses with her Oscar in 1962 after she was named best supporting actress for her role in "West Side Story."
Rita Moreno poses with her Oscar in 1962 after she was named best supporting actress for her role in "West Side Story." (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

If DeBose wins, she and Moreno would join a small group of pairs of actors to win the award for playing the same character.

According to the Los Angeles Times:

"The only others: Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro as Vito Corleone ('The Godfather' and 'The Godfather Part II,' respectively); and Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker (in 'The Dark Knight' and 'Joker,' respectively). She and Moreno would be the first women and performers of color to accomplish the feat."

Moreno has called DeBose a "marvelous" actress. "She’s a ferocious dancer. Way better than I was," the EGOT winner told Parade magazine.

DeBose posted her reaction on Instagram: "WHAT JUST HAPPENED!?! 🤯"

9:37 a.m. ET, February 8, 2022

"The Power of the Dog" leads with 12 nominations

From CNN's Megan Thomas

Benedict Cumberbatch as Phil Burbank, left, and Jesse Plemons as George Burbank appear in "The Power of the Dog."
Benedict Cumberbatch as Phil Burbank, left, and Jesse Plemons as George Burbank appear in "The Power of the Dog." (Kirsty Griffin/Netflix)

A few films that arrived exclusively in theaters during the pandemic received some Oscar nominations love on Tuesday. "The Power of the Dog," starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is leading the slate with 12 nominations.

"Belfast," "West Side Story" and "Licorice Pizza" all received nominations as those in contention for best picture.

Actors Leslie Jordan and Tracee Ellis Ross announced the nominees this morning for the 94th Academy Awards, which are set to take place on Sunday, March 27.

See a list of full nominees here.