Julia Child, “Black Woodstock,” documentaries about the pandemic and The Velvet Underground, and acclaimed international films such as Japan’s “Drive My Car,” Iran’s “A Hero” and Norway’s “The Worst Person in the World” did little of the scoring. Got close. Oscar Nominations,
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday Wednesday unveiled its shortlists for several categories, including documentary feature, international feature, original song, original score, visual effects and makeup and hairstyling. Nominations for all categories for the 94th Oscars will be announced on February 8.
Members of the Academy’s documentary branch selected 15 shortlisted selections from 138 eligible films, including two pandemic-themed films (“In the Same Breath,” “The First Wave”), Questlove’s “Summer of Soul (… or) , when the revolution could not be broadcast)” about a nearly forgotten 1969 concertJulie Cohen and Betsy West’s “Julia” and Todd Haynes’ “The Velvet Underground.” Other notable selections are “The Rescue” about the Thai football team and their rescue, “Procession,” “Attica” and “Flea” about a remote cave. “Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry” also made the cut.
“Run,” an animated documentary about an Afghan refugee Danish filmmaker Jonas Pohr was also among the films produced by Rasmussen that went on to advance into the international feature category. Other strong contenders include Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car,” which has been a critics’ group favorite, Asghar Farhadi’s Iranian drama “A Hero,” Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s semi-autobiographical “The Hand of God.” and Joachim Trier’s dark romantic comedy “The Worst Person in the World” from Norway. France’s entry, “Titan”, did not make the cut, despite winning the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.,
Original songs in contention include Beyonce’s “Be Alive”, “King Richard,” Billie Eilish’s James Bond song “No Time to Die,” Van Morrison’s “Down to Joy” from “Belfast,” U2’s “Sing” Like major music stars. 2″ song, “Guns Go Bang” by Kid Cudi and Jay-Z, “The Harder They Fall”, “Where I Belong” by Brian Wilson and “Don’t Look Up” by Ariana Grande.
Musicians Johnny Greenwood (“The Power of the Dog,” “Spencer”) and Hans Zimmer (“Dune,” “No Time to Die”) could be in store for double original song nominations on February 8. Blockbusters like “Dune” and “No Time to Die” also advanced in several categories, including visual effects, sound and makeup and hairstyling.
The winners will be revealed at the ceremony on Sunday, March 27, which will be broadcast live on ABC.
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