Oscar Shortlists Reveal Twice the Love for Flee, Billie Eilish, Hans Zimmer, Jonny Greenwood

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The Oscar race in 10 categories is becoming clearer now that the Academy has revealed the shortlists for several key groups, including original song, visual effects, and all of the short film categories. The list was led by James Bond film No Time To Die, which earned five mentions and Dune, which earned four.

One of the biggest surprises? Titane, this year’s Palme d’Or winner, was left off the International Feature list. The film was always a risky choice for France’s submission because of its visceral, gory and unconventional story, but it still comes as a surprise that it wouldn’t have at least made the shortlist of 15. The rest of the international feature category includes the expected frontrunners, foremost among them Japan’s Drive My Car, Iran’s A Hero, Finland’s Compartment No. 6, Iceland’s Lamb and Denmark’s Flee. A critically acclaimed refugee story that premiered at Sundance early this year, Flee also landed a spot in the documentary feature list. It’s possible it could land up to three nominations because it’s also eligible in the animated feature category, which does not release a shortlist.

Along with Flee, the documentary feature list includes several of this year’s best music docs, from Summer of Soul to The Velvet Underground and Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry. The Rescue, the documentary from the Oscar-winning team behind Free Solo, also made the list of 15, along with two coronavirus docs: In the Same Breath and The First Wave.

In the score category, two composers earned double slots: Jonny Greenwood, for The Power of the Dog and Spencer; and Hans Zimmer for Dune and No Time to Die. But it’s the original song shortlist that features a slew of A-list stars, from Billie Eilish (for No Time to Die) to Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi (Don’t Look Up), U2 (Sing 2), Van Morrison (Belfast) and H.E.R. (Bruised). Plus Beyonce, for the original song “Be Alive” from King Richard, is competing against her husband Jay-Z, whose “Guns Go Bang” from The Harder They Fall also made the shortlist. When the nominations are eventually announced, this category could be packed with stars, who could potentially perform during the show and hopefully draw in a larger audience. Fingers crossed!

Shortlists for all three short categories, hair and makeup, sound and visual effects, were also revealed ahead of nominations voting, which will begin on January 27. See the complete list below.

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”

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”



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