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The Shortlists For The 96th Academy Awards

Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced 10 of their shortlists for the 96th Academy Awards including Best Makeup & Hairstyling, Sound, Visual Effects, International Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Original Score, Original Song, Animated Short, Live-Action Short and Documentary Short.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Feature Film category for the 96th Academy Awards. One hundred sixty-seven 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:

American Symphony
Apolonia, Apolonia
Beyond Utopia
Bobi Wine: The People’s President
“Desperate Souls, Dark City and the Legend of Midnight Cowboy”
The Eternal Memory
Four Daughters
Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project
“In the Rearview”
Stamped from the Beginning
Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie
A Still Small Voice
“32 Sounds”
“To Kill a Tiger”
20 Days in Mariupol

Notable Misses: Anselm, The Deepest Breath, Kokomo City, The MissionThe Mother Of All Lies, & Smoke Sauna Sisterhood

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM
Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Short Film category for the 96th 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:

“The ABCs of Book Banning”
“The Barber of Little Rock”
“Bear”
“Between Earth & Sky”
“Black Girls Play: The Story of Hand Games”
“Camp Courage”
“Deciding Vote”
“How We Get Free”
“If Dreams Were Lightning: Rural Healthcare Crisis”
“Island in Between”
“The Last Repair Shop”
“Last Song from Kabul”
“Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó”
“Oasis”
“Wings of Dust”

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM
Fifteen films will advance to the next round of voting in the International Feature Film category for the 96th Academy Awards. Films from 88 countries and regions 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:

Armenia, “Amerikatsi”
Bhutan, “The Monk and the Gun
Denmark, “The Promised Land
Finland, “Fallen Leaves
France, “The Taste of Things
Germany, “The Teachers’ Lounge
Iceland, “Godland
Italy, “Io Capitano
Japan, “Perfect Days
Mexico, “Totem
Morocco, “The Mother of All Lies”
Spain, “Society of the Snow
Tunisia, “Four Daughters
Ukraine, “20 Days in Mariupol
United Kingdom, “The Zone of Interest

Notable Misses: About Dry Grasses, Concrete Utopia, The Peasants, The Settlers & Shayda

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Ten films will advance in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 96th Academy Awards. All members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view excerpts and interviews with the artists from each of the shortlisted films on Sunday, January 14, 2024. Branch members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar® consideration.

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

Beau Is Afraid
Ferrari
Golda
Killers of the Flower Moon
The Last Voyage of the Demeter
Maestro
Napoleon
Oppenheimer
Poor Things
Society of the Snow

Notable Misses: Barbie, The Color Purple, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”, Nyad & Priscilla

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Fifteen scores will advance in the Original Score category for the 96th Academy Awards. One hundred forty-eight 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:

American Fiction
American Symphony
Barbie
The Boy and the Heron
The Color Purple
Elemental
The Holdovers
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
Killers of the Flower Moon
Oppenheimer
Poor Things
Saltburn
Society of the Snow
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
The Zone of Interest

Notable Misses: Asteroid City, The Killer, Nyad, Past Lives & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
Fifteen songs will advance in the Original Song category for the 96th Academy Awards. Ninety-four 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:

“It Never Went Away” from “American Symphony
“Dear Alien (Who Art In Heaven)” from “Asteroid City
“Dance The Night” from “Barbie
“I’m Just Ken” from “Barbie
“What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie
“Keep It Movin’” from “The Color Purple
“Superpower (I)” from “The Color Purple
“The Fire Inside” from “Flamin’ Hot
“High Life” from “Flora and Son
“Meet In The Middle” from “Flora and Son
“Can’t Catch Me Now” from “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes
“Wahzhazhe (A Song For My People)” from “Killers of the Flower Moon
“Quiet Eyes” from “Past Lives
“Road To Freedom” from “Rustin
“Am I Dreaming” from “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Notable Misses: “Gonna Be You” – 80 For Brady, “Steal The Show” – Elemental, “Peaches” – The Super Mario Bros. Movie, “The Wish” – Wish & “A World Of Your Own” – Wonka

ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Fifteen films will advance in the Animated Short Film category for the 96th Academy Awards. Ninety-three 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:

“Boom”
“Eeva”
“Humo (Smoke)”
“I’m Hip”
“A Kind of Testament”
“Koerkorter (Dog Apartment)”
“Letter to a Pig”
“Ninety-Five Senses”
“Once upon a Studio”
“Our Uniform”
“Pachyderme”
“Pete”
“27”
“War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko”
“Wild Summon”

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
Fifteen films will advance in the Live Action Short Film category for the 96th Academy Awards. One hundred eighty-seven films qualified in the category. For the first time, 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 title, are:

“The After”
“The Anne Frank Gift Shop”
“An Avocado Pit”
“Bienvenidos a Los Angeles”
“Dead Cat”
“Good Boy”
“Invincible”
“Invisible Border”
“Knight of Fortune”
“The One Note Man”
“Red, White and Blue”
“The Shepherd”
“Strange Way of Life”
“The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar”
“Yellow”

SOUND
Ten films will advance in the Sound category for the 96th Academy Awards. All eligible members of the Sound Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. Academy members will be invited to view excerpts from each of the shortlisted films beginning Thursday, January 11, 2024, in the San Francisco Bay area, followed by London, Los Angeles and New York. Branch members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

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

Barbie
The Creator
Ferrari
The Killer
Killers of the Flower Moon
Maestro
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
Napoleon
Oppenheimer
The Zone of Interest

Notable Misses: John Wick: Chapter 4, Godzilla Minus One, Rebel Moon: Part One: A Child Of Fire, Society Of The Snow & Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse

VISUAL EFFECTS
Ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 96th Academy Awards. The Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view excerpts and interviews with the artists from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday, January 13, 2024. Branch members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

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

The Creator
Godzilla Minus One
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
Napoleon
Poor Things
“Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire”
Society of the Snow
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Notable Misses: Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among ThievesJohn Wick: Chapter 4, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts & Wonka

Nominations voting begins on Thursday, January 11, 2024, and concludes on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. Nominations for the 96th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. The 96th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

What do you think? We will be updating our Oscar Predictions to reflect these shortlists as quickly as possible. Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below or on our Twitter account.

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Matt Neglia
Matt Negliahttps://nextbestpicture.com/
Obsessed about the Oscars, Criterion Collection and all things film 24/7. Critics Choice Member.

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