Fallon Jokes That ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Oscar Nom Marks ‘First Time in a Decade’ People Have Seen a Best Picture Nominee (Video)

In all, “Top Gun: Maverick” scored six nominations

Ahead of Tuesday’s Oscar nominations, “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon had one major prediction for the list: “Top Gun: Maverick.”

Fallon joked Monday that if the Tom Cruise sequel earned a nomination for best picture, it would be a momentous occasion — but more so for average moviegoers. Obviously, taping his show well ahead of the announcements, Fallon couldn’t know for sure who would get nominated, but his hopes for Paramount’s gravity-defying blockbuster came true.

“Apparently, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is expected to be nominated for Best Picture, marking the first time in a decade people have said, ‘Oh my god, I’ve seen one!’” Fallon joked.

Indeed, the sequel did score a best picture nomination on Tuesday, along with five other nominations. Unfortunately, a best actor nod for Tom Cruise was not among them. You can check out the full list of nominations here.

In addition to best picture, “Top Gun: Maverick” scored nominations for Achievement in Film Editing, Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song), Achievement in Sound, Achievement in Visual Effects and Best Adapted Screenplay.

You can watch Fallon’s full “Tonight Show” monologue in the video above.