Academy Releases Oscar Shortlists for Best Original Song, Visual Effects, Documentary, and More

The Academy released shortlists for 9 categories.

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On Monday, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released Oscar shortlists for several categories, including: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Song), Music (Original Score), International Feature Film, Live Action Short Film, Visual Effects and Animated Short Film. 

*Stares at screen for several minutes*

Oh, here's who survived the latest huge cut to get on these lists in each category:

The "Documentary Feature" list has 15 (out of a possible 195) still vying for that sweet, sweet Oscar. In alphabetical order those are:

American Factory
The Apollo
Apollo 11
The Biggest Little Farm
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
The Great Hack
Knock Down the House
Midnight Family
One Child Nation

"Documentary Short Subject" had roughly half the amount of submissions as feature length documentaries did, as their were 10 semifinalists out of 92. In alphabetic— you know what they're all in alphabetical order. Those were:

After Maria
Fire in Paradise
Ghosts of Sugar Land
In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Life Overtakes Me
The Nightcrawlers
St. Louis Superman
Stay Close
Walk Run Cha-Cha​​​​​​​

10 movies made it for "Makeup and Hairstyling," with the Academy adding that "[A]ll members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view seven-minute excerpts from each of the 10 shortlisted films on Saturday, January 4, 2020." Those excerpts will be from:

Dolemite Is My Name
Downton Abbey
Little Women
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Once upon a Time…in Hollywood

For "Music (Original Song)" the Academy chose these 15 out of 75 submissions:

“Speechless” from Aladdin
“Letter To My Godfather” from The Black Godfather
“I’m Standing With You” from Breakthrough
“Da Bronx” from The Bronx USA
“Into The Unknown” from Frozen II
“Stand Up” from Harriet
“Catchy Song” from The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
“Never Too Late” from The Lion King
“Spirit” from The Lion King
“Daily Battles” from Motherless Brooklyn
“A Glass of Soju” from Parasite
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman
“High Above The Water” from Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4
“Glasgow” from Wild Rose​​​​​​​

As for the "Music (Original Score)" category, those entrants are scores from these 15 out of 170 films:

Avengers: Endgame
The Farewell
Ford v Ferrari
Frozen II
Jojo Rabbit
The King
Little Women
Marriage Story
Motherless Brooklyn
Pain and Glory
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

While it's composed of movies you're much less likely to have seen, the "International Feature Film" category is composed of the following 10 movies (out of 91) from the following 10 countries (out idea). The Academy notes that those who vote in this category will have to have seen every movie on the list:

Czech Republic, The Painted Bird
Estonia, Truth and Justice
France, Les Misérables
Hungary, Those Who Remained
North Macedonia, Honeyland
Poland, Corpus Christi
Russia, Beanpole
Senegal, Atlantics
South Korea, Parasite
Spain, Pain and Glory​​​​​​​

The "Live Action Short Film" category had 10 flicks move on to this round out of the 191 that qualified:

The Christmas Gift
Little Hands
Miller & Son
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors’ Window
A Sister
Sometimes, I Think about Dying​​​​​​​

The "Visual Effects" category has 10 films that can still win. Once again The Academy described how the 5 finalists would be chosen. As they said "All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films online or attend satellite bake-off screenings in January 2020." Here's what those excerpts will be clipped from:

Alita: Battle Angel
Avengers: Endgame
Captain Marvel
Gemini Man
The Irishman
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Terminator: Dark Fate​​​​​​​

Finally (and I mean that for me) you got these films still standing for the "Animated Short Film" award. Those 10 (out of 92) are:

Dcera (Daughter)
Hair Love
He Can’t Live without Cosmos
Hors Piste
Mind My Mind
The Physics of Sorrow
Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days​​​​​​​

Nomination voting will take place between January 2-7, 2020. As for when those nominees will become known to the public, that will happen on January 13, with the actual awards show taking place on February 9.

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