Kristen Stewart and Ariana DeBose Make Queer Oscars History

The "Spencer" star and "West Side Story" actress could win big at this year's Academy Awards.

The 94th annual Academy Awards could see some historic wins for openly queer actresses.

The 2022 Oscar nominees were unveiled this Tuesday (February 8), with Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog leading the pack — but it was in the acting categories where Hollywood history was made. West Side Story star Ariana DeBose was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, while Kristen Stewart is up for Lead Actress for her starring role as Princess Diana in the historical drama Spencer. This marks the first time that two openly queer actors were nominated in the same year.

DeBose, a Tony-nominated Broadway star and 2018 Logo30 honoree, is also the first out queer woman of color to receive a Best Supporting Actress nod. Needless to say, a win for either actress would be a major win for the queer community.

Another noted bicon was conspicuously absent from the Lead Actress category: Lady Gaga, who starred as the murderous, thickly accented Patrizia Gucci in Ridley Scott’s epic Gucci family drama. In fact, House of Gucci was almost completely shut out from the list, scoring a lone nod for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. (It’s not a total shock considering the nearly three-hour film was panned by critics, but it does spell out the end of Mother Monster’s Oscars campaign. In the name of the father, son, and House of Gucci, RIP.)

Flee, Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s animated feature film about a gay Afghan refugee, scored three nominations: Best Animated Feature, Best Documentary Feature, and Best International Feature Film. Jessica Chastain is also up for Best Lead Actress for her starring role in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Michael Showalter’s campy biopic about the bubbly televangelist and vocal LGBTQ+ ally.

Across the board, The Power of the Dog amassed a whopping 12 nominations, including a Best Picture nod. The long-awaited Dune adaptation trailed closely behind with 10 noms.

Who will win big at this year’s awards? We’ll have to wait until they air live on ABC on Sunday, March 27 to find out.

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