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Fans Wowed by News of 22 More Reasons to Love Disney

On Tuesday, the Walt Disney Company cleaned house at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

On Sunday, March 12, Disney-owned ABC will broadcast the 95th Oscars ceremony with late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel returning to emcee the year’s biggest night in the film and movie industry.

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It’s the first Oscars presentation since the infamous 94th annual Academy Awards, held in 2022, during which the cast of Disney’s Encanto, accompanied by singer/songwriter Megan Thee Stallion, performed “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” live on stage. But sadly, the most memorable part of the night’s festivities was the “slap heard ’round the world.”

Comedian Chris Rock took to the stage to present an award, and after noticing Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith seated in the first row of Guests, he began to interact with the couple, ultimately making a comment about Pinkett-Smith’s very close haircut. Rock referenced the film, G. I. Jane, when speaking about Pinkett-Smith’s hair, and none of it sat well with Will Smith, who stood to his feet, approached the stage, and walked up to Rock, slapping him across the face.

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Because of the incident, Chris Rock turned down the opportunity to host the 2023 Oscars, and Will Smith was banned from the Academy for ten years.

But news yesterday gives movie fans a renewed excitement for the 95th Academy Awards–especially if they double as Disney fans.

On Tuesday, Walt Disney Studios earned a whopping 22 nominations from the Academy for the 95th Oscars. According to the official website for The Walt Disney Company:

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Disney’s film studios led the way with a total of two Best Picture nominations for 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water and Searchlight Pictures’ The Banshees of Inisherin.

The Banshees of Inisherin received a total of nine nominations, including Best Director (Martin McDonagh), Best Actor (Colin Farrell), Best Supporting Actor (Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan), Best Supporting Actress (Kerry Condon), Best Original Screenplay (Martin McDonagh), Best Film Editing (Mikkel E.G. Nielsen), and Best Original Score (Carter Burwell).

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Searchlight Pictures also secured a nomination for Best Cinematography for Empire of Light, bringing its grand total of Academy Award® nominations to 10. To date, Searchlight Pictures has secured a total of 21 Best Picture nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever picked up a total of five nominations, including Best Supporting Actress (Angela Bassett), Best Costume Design (Ruth E. Carter), Best Original Song for “Lift Me Up” (Tems, Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler), Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Visual Effects.

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Avatar: The Way of Water had a total of four nominations, including Best Production Design, Best Sound, and Best Visual Effects.

Pixar’s Turning Red was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, and National Geographic Documentary Films secured a nomination for Best Documentary Feature Film for Fire of Love.

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Rounding out the nominations was Disney Branded Television’s Le Pupille for Best Live-Action Short.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!