Sci-fi blockbuster 'Dune'and moody western 'The Power Of The Dog' were the success story of this afternoon's Oscar nominations.

Jane Campion's Netflix western picked up 12 nominations, with Dune trailing close behind with 10, with director Denis Villeneuve snubbed in Best Director.

Campion and Villeneuve will face off in Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

'Belfast' represented a strong Irish showing at this year's awards, with the Troubles-set film picking up nominations in Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Kenneth Branagh, an acting nomination for Ciaran Hinds, Best Supporting Actor for Judi Dench, as well as a Best Original Song nomination for Van Morrison.

The Kenneth Branagh film secured 7 nominations.

Kerry woman Jessie Buckley picked up a nomination for her performance in 'The Lost Daughter'.

Buckley picked up a nomination in Best Supporting Actress, for her critically-praised turn as the younger version of Olivia Colman's character in 'The Lost Daughter', with the Maggie Gyllenhaal film also securing a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination and Colman herself receiving yet another nomination.

Ciaran Hinds was nominated in Best Supporting Actor for his role in 'Belfast', marking the first-ever nomination for the Irish screen veteran.

Dame Judi Dench picked up yet another nomination for her role in 'Belfast', making this the legendary English actress' 8th Oscar nomination.

Netflix put in a strong showing at this mornings announcement, with 'The Power Of The Dog' seen by many as the main rival for 'Belfast' in Best Picture.

Benedict Cumberbatch
'The Power Of The Dog' was Netflix's big success story

New Zealand director Jane Campion secured nominations in Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, while star Benedict Cumberbatch picked up his second Oscar nomination for his turn as surly rancher Phil.

Cumberbatch will face off against big stars such as Will Smith and Denzel Washington in Best Actor In A Leading Role.

Cumberbatch's co-stars also received some love from the Academy, with Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Kirsten Dunst receiving nominations.

Kristen Stewart received a surprise last-minute nomination for her role in 'Spencer' despite missing all the precursor nominations.

'Nightmare Alley' also defied expectations, with the film thought to be dead and buried in the awards season race, only for the film to scoop technical nominations and a surprise Best Picture nod.

'Don't Look Up' also received nominations, with the Adam McKay comedy picking up nominations in Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

Japanese film 'Drive My Car' received a nomination in Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Norwegian dramedy 'The Worst Person In The World' picked 2 nominations, including Best Original Screenplay, reflecting the Academy's growing tolerance of foreign language films in the wake of 'Parasite' scooping 4 wins in 2020.

This year's Oscars will take place on March 27th.