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Academy unveils shortlists for nine Oscar categories

While many pundits and Oscar followers may play the guessing game as to what will and won’t get nominated for big awards like Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director, the Academy ensured we don’t have to waste that same level of brain power on other “below the line” categories. Namely, that means categories like Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup and Best Original Score, and for the first time ever the Academy has wasted no time telling us what movies are indeed in and what movies are for sure out of the race for nine categories all at once.

Yesterday shortlists were unveiled for nine of the 23 Oscar categories, revealing which movies are in contention for a nomination in those categories – and as a result what movies aren’t. For example, in the case of Best Visual Effects, the possible nominees have been whittled down to 10 movies, including all three Marvel movies this year, MARY POPPINS RETURNS and FIRST MAN. Absent from the list are other blockbusters like FANTASTIC BEASTS, AQUAMAN and BUMBLEBEE. I guess the Academy doesn’t like fish or robots.

Then there’s Best Original Score, which has been taken down to 15 scores from the initial 156 and, for the most part, there is a healthy mix of Best Picture contenders and big blockbusters on the list. You have IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, VICE, FIRST MAN and BLACKKKLANSMAN alongside BLACK PANTHER, READY PLAYER ONE and AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR – all of which have excellent music.

There are more categories, including ones where the race has basically already been decided, like “Shallows” for Best Original Song from A STAR IS BORN and ROMA for Best Foreign Language film. I mean, I’ve listened to “All the Stars” from BLACK PANTHER more than my fair share and South Korea’s BURNING is an excellent film, but at this point, they may as well just be happy to be in the mix.

You can scroll on down to take a look at the full list of short-listed movies and rejoice for some of your favorites and lament their fallen comrades. In the game of the Oscars, you either win…or you die.

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DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“Charm City”

“Communion”

“Crime + Punishment”

“Dark Money”

“The Distant Barking of Dogs”

“Free Solo”

“Hale County This Morning, This Evening”

“Minding the Gap”

“Of Fathers and Sons”

“On Her Shoulders”

“RBG”

“Shirkers”

“The Silence of Others”

“Three Identical Strangers”

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

 

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

“Black Sheep”

“End Game”

“Lifeboat”

“Los Comandos”

“My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes”

“A Night at the Garden”

“Period. End of Sentence.”

“’63 Boycott”

“Women of the Gulag”

“Zion”

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Colombia, “Birds of Passage”

Denmark, “The Guilty”

Germany, “Never Look Away”

Japan, “Shoplifters”

Kazakhstan, “Ayka”

Lebanon, “Capernaum”

Mexico, “Roma”

Poland, “Cold War”

South Korea, “Burning”

 

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

 “Black Panther”

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

“Border”

“Mary Queen of Scots”

“Stan & Ollie”

“Suspiria”

“Vice”

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

 “Annihilation”

“Avengers: Infinity War”

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

“Black Panther”

“BlacKkKlansman”

“Crazy Rich Asians”

“The Death of Stalin”

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”

“First Man”

“If Beale Street Could Talk”

“Isle of Dogs”

“Mary Poppins Returns”

“A Quiet Place”

“Ready Player One”

“Vice”

 

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

“Treasure” from “Beautiful Boy”

“All The Stars” from “Black Panther”

“Revelation” from “Boy Erased”

“Girl In The Movies” from “Dumplin’”

“We Won’t Move” from “The Hate U Give”

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns”

“Trip A Little Light Fantastic” from “Mary Poppins Returns”

“Keep Reachin’” from “Quincy”

“I’ll Fight” from “RBG”

“A Place Called Slaughter Race” from “Ralph Breaks the Internet”

“OYAHYTT” from “Sorry to Bother You”

“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”

“Suspirium” from “Suspiria”

“The Big Unknown” from “Widows”

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

“Age of Sail”

“Animal Behaviour”

“Bao”

“Bilby”

“Bird Karma”

“Late Afternoon”

“Lost & Found”

“One Small Step”

“Pépé le Morse”

“Weekends”

 

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

“Caroline”

“Chuchotage”

“Detainment”

“Fauve”

“Icare”

“Marguerite”

“May Day”

“Mother”

“Skin”

“Wale”

 

VISUAL EFFECTS

“Ant-Man and the Wasp”

“Avengers: Infinity War”

“Black Panther”

“Christopher Robin”

“First Man”

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”

“Mary Poppins Returns”

“Ready Player One”

“Solo: A Star Wars Story”

“Welcome to Marwen”

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The nominees in all Oscar categories will be announced January 22, 2019.

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