Tems Makes History, Becomes First Nigerian Artist To Be Nominated For An Oscar (See Full List)

Temilade Openiyi, professionally known as “Tems”, has become the first Nigerian artist to receive an Oscar nomination for her song, ‘Lift me up’.

The song was written by Temilade Openiyi, Ludwig Goransson, Rihanna, Robyn Fenty, Ryan Coogler and was produced by Ludwig Goransson.

It served as the lead single from the soundtrack of ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’, in the ‘Best Original Song’ category of the 2023 Academy Awards held on January 24, 2023.

The 2023 Oscar award is set to hold on March 12, 2023, at the Dolby Theater. It will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who is a comedian and talk show host.

Voting for the 2023 Oscars will run from March 2 – 7, 2023.

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
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