Tracee Ellis Ross announced the nominees for the 94th Annual Academy Awards with Leslie Jordan via a live-stream hosted on Youtube Tuesday morning.

The actors revealed the on-screen performances, directing turns, set design choices, musical selections, and styling executions that snatched the attention and respect of the filmmaking community. The nominees this year were firmly planted in the usual genres of gripping biopics and big budget musicals with one major surprise upsetting the status quotient. 

Ross and Jordan enlisted help from a number of extraordinary people helping their communities to reveal the nominees including wrestling star turned magnet school founder Titus O’Neil, 8th grader and Twilight devotee Kourtney Anderson, Beaumont Hospital Physician and Assistant Chantia Harden. 

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 07: 2021 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS — Pictured: Tracee Ellis Ross speaks on stage during the 2021 People’s Choice Awards held at Barker Hangar on December 7, 2021 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto Rodriguez/E! Entertainment/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Howard lent a hand by allowing Phylica Rashad Dean of the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts and a few of her students to share a few names who earned the spotlight. 

The 94 Annual Academy Awards will air on ABC on March 27.

Jordan joked that he would never know what hearing your name called as Academy Award nominee felt like declaring that “a boy can dream,” to which Ellis Ross replied “and a girl can dream too.” 

Find out whose dream came true Tuesday morning by checking out the list of the Black Oscar nominees below.

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