Academy Narrows Competition for VFX, Docs, Short Films and More


Complete List of 347 Oscar-Eligible Film Titles Now Available

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) released more Oscar shortlists, including a slate of VFX contenders that narrows the field from 20 titles announced earlier this month to just 10.
Other categories narrowed with the new announcement include Documentary Feature and Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, both Music categories, Animated Short Film and Live Action Short Film.
The Academy also released the complete “reminder list” [PDF] of 347 productions that are eligible for Best Picture and other 2018 Academy Awards, from According to Matthew to Zama.
Visual Effects
Two animated films on the earlier list (Incredibles 2 and Isle of Dogs) failed to make the VFX cut. Also falling off the list was Aquaman, removing DC superheroes from contention while Marvel protags including Ant-Man, the Avengers and Black Panther remain in the mix.
The shortlist was determined by the executive committee of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch. All branch members are invited to view presentations from each shortlisted film at the traditional “VFX bake-off” on Saturday, January 5, 2019. After the screenings, branch members will vote on the nomination of five films for Oscar consideration.
Ant-Man and the WaspAvengers: Infinity WarBlack PantherChristopher RobinFirst ManJurassic World: Fallen KingdomMary Poppins ReturnsReady Player OneSolo: A Star Wars StoryWelcome to Marwen
Documentary Feature
Out of 166 documentary features submitted for consideration this year, just 15 are advancing in the competition for the Oscar. The shortlist as well as the eventual nominees are determined by voting by members of the Academy’s Documentary Branch.
Charm CityCommunionCrime + PunishmentDark MoneyThe Distant Barking of DogsFree Solo Hale County This Morning, This EveningMinding the GapOf Fathers and SonsOn Her ShouldersRBGShirkersThe Silence of OthersThree Identical StrangersWon’t You Be My Neighbor?
Documentary Short Subject
The Academy said 104 films qualified for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category. The 10-film shortlist below, as well as the eventual nominees, are determined by voting by members of the Academy’s Documentary Branch.
“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
L.A.-based members of all Academy branches screened some subset of the 87 films under consideration for the foreign-language film Oscar; their voting accounts for six of the films featured on this shortlist, AMPAS said. In a relatively recent rule change meant to help ensure that important films are not overlooked, the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee selects an additional three titles for a total of nine. In phase-two screening, select Academy members watch all nine films and rank them by preference to determine the final five nominees.
This years list includes what are probably the most widely acclaimed non-English-language releases — Shoplifters from Japan, Roma from Mexico, Cold War from Poland and Burning from South Korea — but omits some high-profile titles, including Cannes Caméra d’Or winner Girl, from Belgium, the Cannes Un Certain Regard winner Border, from Sweden, and the BAFTA-winning, Zambia-set I Am Not a Witch, from the U.K.
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
The Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar nominees will be determined by members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch, who will be invited to see 10-minute excerpts from each shortlisted film on January 5, 2019. Voting will determine the final three Oscar-nominated titles. No real surprises in this category — Oscar voters traditionally love seeing actors either made up to resemble real historical figures in biopics like Bohemian Rhapsody, Mary Queen of Scots, Stan & Ollie and Vice, or at least rendered largely unrecognizable for the sake of a role (Suspiria). It’s interesting that Border earned the attention of the make-up branch, but failed to capture the hearts of the foreign-language voters. Black Panther, meanwhile, earns a spot on the list thanks to its indelible popularization and celebration of Afrofuturism.
Black PantherBohemian RhapsodyBorderMary Queen of ScotsStan & OllieSuspiriaVice
Music (Original Score)
The 156 eligible scores in this category were whittled down to a 15-film shortlist by members of the Academy’s Music Branch, which will also vote to determine the eventual nominees.
AnnihilationAvengers: Infinity WarThe Ballad of Buster ScruggsBlack PantherBlacKkKlansmanCrazy Rich AsiansThe Death of StalinFantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldFirst ManIf Beale Street Could TalkIsle of DogsMary Poppins ReturnsA Quiet PlaceReady Player One
Music (Original Song)
No fewer than 90 original songs were eligible for the Oscars this year, but only 15 survived to make the Academy Music Branch’s shortlist. Branch members will vote again to determine the nominees. It can be hard to predict these matters, but A Star Is Born‘s “Shallow,” performed in the film by both Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, is just about a sure thing in this category.
“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
This 10-film shortlist is determined by members of the Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation Branch, who also vote to determine the final list of nominees.
“Age of Sail”“Animal Behaviour”“Bao”“Bilby”“Bird Karma”“Late Afternoon”“Lost & Found”“One Small Step”“Pépé le Morse”“Weekends”
Live-Action Short Film
Just like the previous category, this one has a 10-film shortlist that is determined by members of the Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation Branch, who also vote to determine the final list of nominees.
“Caroline”“Chuchotage”“Detainment”“Fauve”“Icare”“Marguerite”“May Day”“Mother”“Skin”“Wale”
Nominations voting runs from Monday, January 7, 2019, through Monday, January 14, 2019. The nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 22.
The 91st Oscars are scheduled to be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, CA.


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