Tom Cruise missed Best Actor, but still got his first Oscar nomination in 23 years for Top Gun: Maverick

The Academy didn’t recognize Tom Cruise with a Best Actor nod, but the global superstar still landed a major Oscar nomination for Top Gun: Maverick anyway.

For his work as a producer on the blockbuster sequel that has grossed nearly $1.5 billion to date, the 60-year-old scored his fourth career Oscar nomination as the film appeared Tuesday morning among the Academy’s 10 Best Picture nominees.

Tom Cruise plays Captain. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick from Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Jerry Bruckheimer Films.

Paramount Pictures Tom Cruise in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Tuesday’s nomination marks the fourth time the Academy has recognized Cruise throughout his lengthy career. He was previously nominated for his work as an actor for 1989’s Born on the Fourth of July1996’s Jerry Maguireand 1999’s Magnolia.

Top Gun: Maverickwhich follows Cruise as the returning Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a US Navy captain and test pilot who faces his conflicting past as he leads a new team of Top Gun graduates into the air, also earned 2023 Oscar nominations for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay). ), Original Song (Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand”), Best Sound, and Best Visual Effects.

Cruise made the Joseph Kosinski-directed movie — Paramount’s long-awaited continuation of the original 1986. Top Gun film — alongside veteran Hollywood producers Jerry Bruckheimer, David Ellison, and Christopher McQuarrie, who also co-wrote the movie with Ehren Kruger and Eric Warren Singer.

The 95th Academy Awards will air Sunday, March 12, at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on ABC. See the full list of 2023 Oscar nominations here.

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