Dame Judi Dench makes history with her Oscar nomination for Belfast as she becomes oldest EVER Best Supporting Actress contender at 87

Dame Judi Dench has made history with her Oscar nod, becoming the oldest nominee ever for Best Supporting Actress at 87.

The veteran actress has been nominated for her role as Granny in Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast.

It marks her seventh Academy Award nomination, the first of which came in 1999 for her role as Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love.

Wow: Dame Judi Dench has made history with her Oscar nod, becoming the oldest nominee ever for Best Supporting Actress at 87 (pictured last year)

Dench’s latest role sees her play grandmother to young lad Buddy (11-year-old Jude Hill) whose parents (Caitriona Balfe and Jamie Dornan) are struggling to decide whether to remain in Belfast as the city descends into a state of war.

Set in 1969, the movie is inspired by Branagh’s early childhood growing up in Northern Ireland during the troubles.

His latest film also landed a spot in the coveted Best Picture list as it continued to dominate awards season.

Speaking after the nominations came out, Sir Kenneth thanked Academy voters for their ‘generous recognition’.

Nomination: The veteran actress has been nominated for her role as Granny in Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast (pictured in a still from Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast)

He said: ‘It’s a long way from the streets of Belfast to the Academy Awards. Today, I think of my mother and father, and my grandparents – how proud they were to be Irish, how much this city meant to them. They would have been overwhelmed by this incredible honour – as am I.’

Belfast also earned Best Director for Kenneth and Supporting Actor for Ciarán Hinds.

Dench has also received nominations for Mrs Brown (1997), Chocolat (2000), Iris (2001), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005), Notes on a Scandal (2006) and the 2013 film Philomena.

However, Belfast’s star Dornan was snubbed in the Leading Actor category, after also missing out in last week’s BAFTA nominations.

Latest role: Dench’s latest role sees her play grandmother to young lad Buddy whose parents are struggling to decide whether to remain in Belfast as the city descends into a state of war

Not slowing down: It comes after Judi insisted ‘she has absolutely no intention of slowing down’ when speaking to The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye at Belfast’s premiere in October

Belfast will battle it out for the top honour against Coda, Don’t Look Up, Drive My Car, Dune, King Richard, Licorice Pizza, Nightmare Alley, The Power Of The Dog and West Side Story.

It comes after Judi insisted ‘she has absolutely no intention of slowing down’ when speaking to The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye at Belfast’s premiere in October.

‘Retirement is not a word used in my house,’ Dench insisted.

Elsewhere, she gushed about working with young actor Jude, saying: ‘Oh, he’s adorable, that boy!’

She added: ‘He was very shy, but not to the extent that he wasn’t able to do the part. There’s a wonderful, real, genuine sweetness about him. He’s a heavenly boy.’

94TH ACADEMY AWARDS: THE NOMINATIONS

BEST PICTURE 

Don’t Look Up (Netflix)

Drive My Car (Janus Films/Sideshow)

Dune (Warner Bros)

King Richard (Warner Bros)

Licorice Pizza (MGM/United Artists Releasing)

Nightmare Alley (Searchlight Pictures)

The Power Of The Dog (Netflix)

West Side Story  (20th Century Studios)

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE 

Jessie Buckley – The Lost Daughter 

Ariana DeBose – West Side Story 

Judi Dench – Belfast 

Kirsten Dunst- The Power Of The Dog

Aunjanue Ellis – King Richard 

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE 

Ciaran Hinds – Belfast 

Troy Kotsur – Coda 

Jesse Plemons – The Power Of The Dog

J.K Simonns – Being The Ricardos 

Kodi Smitt-McPhee – The Power Of The Dog

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Ariana DeBose is nominated for West Side Story

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND 

No Time To Die 

The Power Of The Dog 

West Side Story 

The Power Of The Dog 

The Power Of The Dog 

The Worst Person In The World   

COSTUME DESIGN: Cruella is up for the gong 

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Affairs Of The Heart 

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM 

Ala Kachuu — Take and Run

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

The Worst Person in the World

The Tragedy of Macbeth

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE 

Javier Bardem – Being the Ricardos

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog

Andrew Garfield – tick, tick… BOOM!

Will Smith – King Richard

Denzel Washington – The Tragedy of Macbeth

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Olivia Colman – The Lost Daughter

Penélope Cruz – Parallel Mothers

Nicole Kidman – Being the Ricardos

Kristen Stewart – Spencer

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Kristen Stewart is up for Spencer

DIRECTING 

Kenneth Branagh – Belfast

Paul Thomas Anderson – Licorice Pizza

Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi – Drive My Car

Steven Spielberg – West Side Story  

The Power Of The Dog 

tick, tick…BOOM!

Coming 2 America 

The Eyes Of Tammy Faye 

House Of Gucci

The Mitchells VS The Machine 

Raya And The Lost Dragon   

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: Encanto has bagged a nomination 

ORIGINAL SONG

Be Alive — Beyoncé Knowles-Carter & Darius Scott (King Richard)

Dos Oruguitas — Lin-Manuel Miranda (Encanto)

Down to Joy — Van Morrison (Belfast)

No Time to Die — Billie Eilish & Finneas O’Connell (No Time to Die)

Somehow You Do— Diane Warren (Four Good Days)

The Queen of Basketball

Three Songs for Benazir

When We Were Bullies

Summer of Soul (Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

No Time To Die 

 Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings

Spider-Man: No Way Home 

VISUAL EFFECTS:  Dune has bagged a nomination 

The Power Of The Dog 

Tragedy Of Macbeth 

Dame Judi Dench becomes oldest ever nominee for Best Supporting Actress Oscar

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