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Oscars 2022: Sundance Film Festival Alums Make History

The sun has set on the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, but fear not, film lovers! The independent storytelling spirit that filled all of our homes last month continues to inspire through this year’s Academy Award nominations.

The 2021 Festival alums shine throughout the full list of Oscar nominees, including historical nominations for Flee (the first film to be nominated for Best International Feature, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Animated feature) and Troy Kotsur being the first deaf male actor to be nominated for an Oscar (Best Supporting Actor nomination for CODA).

However, the 2022 iteration of the Festival is also represented by Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World, which picked up two nominations including Best International Feature Film, and Hugo Covarrubias’ Bestia (Best Animated Short). 

Along with Flee, four out of five of the Best Documentary Feature nominees are Sundance–supported films from Festival alums to Documentary Film Program Supported Projects (Ascension, Writing With Fire). You can learn more about the Documentary Film Program, which provides financial and creative resources to nonfiction filmmakers around the world, here.

Find the full list of Sundance–supported Oscar nominees below, and a special congrats to yesteryear alums with other nominations in this year’s Academy Awards including Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza), Kenneth Branagh (Belfast), Denis Villeneuve (Dune), Guillermo del Toro (Nightmare Alley), Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog), and Carlos López Estrada (Raya and the Last Dragon).

Make sure to cheer them all on during the ceremony on March 27, 2022!

Best Picture — CODA 

Best International Film — Flee, The Worst Person in the World

Best Documentary Feature — Ascension, Flee, Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised), Writing with Fire [Catalyst alum as well]

Best Animated Feature — Flee

Best Supporting Actor — Troy Kotsur (CODA)

Best Original Screenplay — The Worst Person in the World

Best Adapted Screenplay — CODA

Best Documentary Short Subject — When We Were Bullies

Best Animated Short — Bestia

Best Original Song — “Somehow You Do” (Four Good Days)

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Who Was… Mark Silverman?

Mark Silverman allied himself with the Coen brothers early in his and their careers. Here, he works as co-producer on the set of “Raising Arizona.”

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