Tom Cruise missed out on Best Actor but still earned 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 earned a major Oscar nomination for Top Gun: Maverick Nevertheless.

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

Tom Cruise stars as 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 long career. He was previously nominated for his work as an actor in the 1989s Born on the Fourth of JulyThe 1996s Jerry Maguireand the 1999s Magnolia.

Top Gun: Maverickwhich follows Cruise as the returning Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a US Navy captain and test pilot who faces his conflicted past while leading a new team of Top Gun candidates into the air, also earned Oscar nominations in 2023 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 film — Paramount’s long-awaited sequel to the 1986 original Top Gun film – alongside veteran Hollywood producers Jerry Bruckheimer, David Ellison and Christopher McQuarrie, who also co-wrote the film with Ehren Kruger and Eric Warren Singer.

The 95th Oscars will be broadcast on Sunday 12 March at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on ABC. See the full list of Oscar nominations in 2023 here.

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