Tems makes history as first Nigerian artist to earn Oscar nomination (See Full List)


Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems, the Nigerian sensational singer, has made history by becoming the first Nigerian artist to receive an Oscar nomination.

The 2023 Oscar nomination list was released on Tuesday, January 23, 2023, with Tems making Nigerians proud.

Tems was nominated for her work as a songwriter on ‘Lift Me Up,’ one of the soundtracks for Marvel’s ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Voting for the 2023 Oscars will take place from March 2nd to March 7th, with the ceremony taking place on Sunday, March 12th at the Dolby Theater and hosted by comedian and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.

See the full nomination list below;

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Austin Butler
  • Colin Farrell
  • Brendan Fraser
  • Paul Mescal
  • Bill Nye

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Cate Blanchett
  • Ana de Armas
  • Andrea Riseborough
  • Michelle Williams
  • Michelle Yeoh


  • Martin McDonagh
  • Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Todd Field
  • Ruben Ostlund

Best Picture

  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Avatar: The Way of Water
  • The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Elvis
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • The Fabelmans
  • Tár
  • Top Gun: Maverick
  • Triangle of Sadness

Documentary Feature Film

  • All That Breathes
  • All The Beauty and the Bloodshed
  • Fire of Love
  • A House Made of Splinters
  • Navalny

International Feature Film

  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Argentina, 1985
  • A House Made of Splinters
  • Navalny

Visual Effects

  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Avatar: The Way of Water
  • The Batman
  • Black Panther
  • Top Gun: Maveric

Documentary Short Film

  • The Elephant Whisperers
  • Haulout
  • How Do You Measure a Year
  • Stranger at the Gate

Animated Short Film

  • The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse
  • The Flying Sailor
  • Ice Merchants
  • My Year of Dicks
  • An Ostrich Told Me the World is Fake and I Think I Believe It
  • Women Talking

Music (Original Song)

  • Applause
  • Hold My Hand
  • Lift Me Up
  • Naatu Naatu
  • This Is A Life