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Oscars Shortlists: Academy Unveils Contenders in 10 Categories Including Score, Sound and VFX

December 21, 2021 01:06 | By

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled its shortlists in 10 awards categories on Tuesday, including potential nominees in crafts categories such as Sound, Visual Effects, and Makeup and Hairstyling.

The Academy also whittled down the list of contenders in the Documentary Feature and International Feature categories, as well as all three shorts categories (live-action, animated, documentary) in addition to Original Score and Original Song.

Notably, France’s submission in the international feature race, Titane, did not make the cut despite winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes this past year. The unusual, envelope-pushing film was considered a long shot due to how undeniably divisive it is.

The documentary shortlist included frontrunners such as The Rescue, Summer of Soul, and Flee, the last of which also made the shortlists for International Feature and Animated Feature. It could become the first movie to be nominated for all three awards, and it’s also eligible for Best Picture — and it wouldn’t be a bad choice, given how disappointing this year’s crop of awards titles has turned out to be.

Power of the Dog

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of the Dog (Netflix)

As expected, composer Jonny Greenwood made the shortlist twice for his work on The Power of the Dog and Spencer, though the Radiohead guitarist will have to compete with movie maestro Hans Zimmer, whose score for Dune also made the cut.

The original song shortlist features huge stars, ranging from Jay-Z (The Harder They Fall) and Beyonce (King Richard) to Billie Eilish (No Time to Die) and Ariana Grande (Don’t Look Up), in addition to Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose song  “Dos Oruguitas” from Encanto made the cut. Meanwhile, 12-time nominee Diane Warren is back in the mix with her song “Somehow You Do” from the underrated addiction drama Four Good Days.

Dune and fellow blockbuster Spider-Man: No Way Home will participate in the bake-off for Best Sound — eight-minute excerpts and interviews with the artists from each shortlisted film — which will begin on Jan. 28 before the branch votes on its final five nominees.

In the visual effects race, all three Marvel movies (Black Widow, Shang-Chi, and Eternals) made the cut along with the new Spider-Man movie, though a superhero movie hasn’t won the VFX Oscar since 2004’s Spider-Man 2, which is wild to think about. The VFX branch will hold its own bake-off on Jan. 29 featuring 10-minute excerpts and interviews from each shortlisted film.

The Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists branch will have its own bake-off on Jan. 30 featuring seven-minute excerpts and artist interviews from each movie on the shortlist. The branch will have to vote immediately after, as nomination voting only runs through Feb. 1.

The Oscar nominations will be announced on Feb. 8 and the ceremony itself is slated to be held March 27 at the Dolby Theatre.

See all 10 Academy shortlists below:

Summer of Soul

Summer of Soul (Courtesy: Searchlight Studios)

Documentary Feature

Ascension
Attica
Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry
Faya Dayi
The First Wave
Flee
In the Same Breath
Julia
President
Procession
The Rescue
Simple as Water
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
The Velvet Underground
Writing with Fire

Documentary Short Subject

Águilas
Audible
A Broken House
Camp Confidential: America’s Secret Nazis
Coded: The Hidden Love of J. C. Leyendecker
Day of Rage
The Facility
Lead Me Home
Lynching Postcards: Token of a Great Day
The Queen of Basketball
Sophie & the Baron
Takeover
Terror Contagion
Three Songs for Benazir
When We Were Bullies

International Feature Film

Austria, Great Freedom
Belgium, Playground
Bhutan, Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom
Denmark, Flee
Finland, Compartment No. 6
Germany, I’m Your Man
Iceland, Lamb
Iran, A Hero
Italy, The Hand of God
Japan, Drive My Car
Kosovo, Hive
Mexico, Prayers for the Stolen
Norway, The Worst Person in the World
Panama, Plaza Catedral
Spain, The Good Boss

Makeup and Hairstyling

Coming 2 America
Cruella
Cyrano
Dune
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
House of Gucci
Nightmare Alley
No Time to Die
The Suicide Squad
West Side Story

Dune

Timothée Chalamet in Dune (Warner Bros.)

Music (Original Score)

Being the Ricardos
Candyman
Don’t Look Up
Dune
Encanto
The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun
The Green Knight
The Harder They Fall
King Richard
The Last Duel
No Time to Die
Parallel Mothers
The Power of the Dog
Spencer
The Tragedy of Macbeth

Music (Original Song)

“So May We Start?” from Annette
“Down To Joy” from Belfast
“Right Where I Belong” from Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road
“Automatic Woman” from Bruised
“Dream Girl” from Cinderella
“Beyond The Shore” from CODA
“The Anonymous Ones” from Dear Evan Hansen
“Just Look Up” from Don’t Look Up
“Dos Oruguitas” from Encanto
“Somehow You Do” from Four Good Days
“Guns Go Bang” from The Harder They Fall
“Be Alive” from King Richard
“No Time To Die” from No Time to Die
“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from Respect
“Your Song Saved My Life” from Sing 2

Animated Short Film

Affairs of the Art
Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice
Bad Seeds
Bestia
Boxballet
Flowing Home
Mum Is Pouring Rain
The Musician
Namoo
Only a Child
Robin Robin
Souvenir Souvenir
Step into the River
Us Again
The Windshield Wiper

Live-Action Short Film

Ala Kachuu – Take and Run
Censor of Dreams
The Criminals
Distances
The Dress
Frimas
Les Grandes Claques
The Long Goodbye
On My Mind
Please Hold
Stenofonen
Tala’vision
Under the Heavens
When the Sun Sets
You’re Dead Helen

No Time to Die

Sound

Belfast
Dune
Last Night in Soho
The Matrix Resurrections
No Time to Die
The Power of the Dog
A Quiet Place Part II
Spider-Man: No Way Home
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West Side Story

Visual Effects

Black Widow
Dune
Eternals
Free Guy
Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Godzilla vs. Kong
The Matrix Resurrections
No Time to Die
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Spider-Man: No Way Home