Oscars announce shortlists for first nine Academy Award categories

February 17, 2021

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced shortlists in nine categories for the 93rd Academy Awards: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, International Feature Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Visual Effects.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Feature category for the 93rd Academy Awards.  Two hundred thirty-eight films were eligible in the category.  Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

 All In: The Fight for Democracy
 Boys State
 Collective
 Crip Camp
 Dick Johnson Is Dead
 Gunda
 MLK/FBI
 The Mole Agent
 My Octopus Teacher
 Notturno
 The Painter and the Thief
 76 Days
 Time
 The Truffle Hunters
 Welcome to Chechnya

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Ten films will advance in the Documentary Short Subject category for the 93rd Academy Awards.  One hundred fourteen films qualified in the category.  Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

 Abortion Helpline, This Is Lisa
 Call Center Blues
 Colette
 A Concerto Is a Conversation
 Do Not Split
 Hunger Ward
 Hysterical Girl
 A Love Song for Latasha
 The Speed Cubers
 What Would Sophia Loren Do?

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM
Fifteen films will advance to the next round of voting in the International Feature Film category for the 93rd Academy Awards.  Films from 93 countries were eligible in the category.

Academy members from all branches were invited to participate in the preliminary round of voting and must have met a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in the category.

In the nominations round, Academy members from all branches are invited to opt in to participate and must view all 15 shortlisted films to vote.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Quo Vadis, Aida?
Chile,  The Mole Agent
Czech Republic,  Charlatan
Denmark,  Another Round
France,  Two of Us
Guatemala,  La Llorona
Hong Kong,  Better Days
Iran,  Sun Children
Ivory Coast,  Night of the Kings
Mexico,  I’m No Longer Here
Norway,  Hope
Romania,  Collective
Russia,  Dear Comrades!
Taiwan,  A Sun
Tunisia,  The Man Who Sold His Skin

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Ten films will advance in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 93rd Academy Awards.  All members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited virtually to view seven-minute excerpts from each of the 10 shortlisted films on Saturday, March 6, 2021.  Branch members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar® consideration.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

 Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
 Emma
 The Glorias
 Hillbilly Elegy
 Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
 The Little Things
 Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
 Mank
 One Night in Miami…
 Pinocchio

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Fifteen scores will advance in the Original Score category for the 93rd Academy Awards.  One hundred thirty-six scores were eligible in the category.  Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The scores, listed in alphabetical order by film title, are:

 Ammonite
 Blizzard of Souls
 Da 5 Bloods
 The Invisible Man
 Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
 The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)
 The Little Things
 Mank
 The Midnight Sky
 Minari
 Mulan
 News of the World
 Soul
 Tenet
 The Trial of the Chicago 7

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
Fifteen songs will advance in the Original Song category for the 93rd Academy Awards.  One hundred five songs were eligible in the category.  Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film title and song title:

 Turntables  from  All In: The Fight for Democracy
 See What You’ve Done  from  Belly of the Beast
 Wuhan Flu  from  Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
 Husavik  from  Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
 Never Break  from  Giving Voice
 Make It Work  from  Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
 Fight For You  from  Judas and the Black Messiah
 Io Sì (Seen)  from  The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)
 Rain Song  from  Minari
 Show Me Your Soul  from  Mr. Soul!
 Loyal Brave True  from  Mulan
 Free  from  The One and Only Ivan
 Speak Now  from  One Night in Miami…
 Green  from  Sound of Metal
 Hear My Voice  from  The Trial of the Chicago 7

ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Ten films will advance in the Animated Short Film category for the 93rd Academy Awards.  Ninety-six films qualified in the category.  Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

Burrow
 Genius Loci
 If Anything Happens I Love You
 Kapaemahu
 Opera
 Out
 The Snail and the Whale
 To Gerard
 Traces
 Yes-People

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
Ten films will advance in the Live Action Short Film category for the 93rd Academy Awards.  One hundred seventy-four films qualified in the category.  Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

 Bittu
 Da Yie
 Feeling Through
 The Human Voice
 The Kicksled Choir
 The Letter Room
 The Present
 Two Distant Strangers
 The Van
 White Eye

VISUAL EFFECTS
Ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 93rd Academy Awards.  The Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist.  All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited virtually to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday 6 March 2021.  Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

 Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
 Bloodshot
 Love and Monsters
 Mank
 The Midnight Sky
 Mulan
 The One and Only Ivan
 Soul
 Tenet
 Welcome to Chechnya

Nominations voting begins on Friday 5 March 2021, and concludes on Wednesday 10 March 2021.

Nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards will be announced on Monday 15 March 2021.

The 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday 25 April 2021, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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