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The Oscar Shortlists Are Out In 10 Categories With Some Familiar Names — And Some Snubs

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The red carpet is unrolled along Hollywood Boulevard in March 2022. The next Oscars are scheduled for on March 23, 2022, for the 94th Academy Awards on March 12, 2023.
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Before Oscar voters can mark their ballots for the next Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences whittles down submissions in 10 categories.

Some Highlights

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While some familiar names made the cut — including Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift — the news was not as good for the critically acclaimed documentary Goodnight Oppy, a film about the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and Sr.,Robert Downey Jr.'s personal tribute to his late father.

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The song shortlist (culled from more than 80 submissions) included Swift’s Carolina from Where the Crawdads Sing, Rihanna’s Lift Me Up from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Gaga for Hold My Hand from Top Gun: Maverick, The Weeknd’s Nothing Is Lost from Avatar: The Way of Water and David Byrne’s This Is a Life from Everything Everywhere All at Once.

More than 140 documentary features were eligible in that category, but only 15 can now compete for Oscar nominations, which are announced on Jan. 24.

Among the feature-length documentaries that made the cut are Fire of Love, Moonage Daydream, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, Navalny,Retrograde and The Territory.

Among the picks for international feature were Germany’s All Quiet on the Western Front and Mexico’s Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths.

The shortlist for score included Volker Bertelmann’s music for All Quiet on the Western Front, Simon Franglen for Avatar: The Way of Water,

Justin Hurwitz for Babylon, Alexandre Desplat for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Michael Abels for Nope, Nicholas Britell for She Said and Hildur Guðnadóttir for Women Talking.

The Oscars will be presented on March 12.

The Shortlists

Documentary Feature Films

All That Breathes
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Bad Axe
Children of the Mist
Descendant
Fire of Love
Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song
Hidden Letters
A House Made of Splinters
The Janes
Last Flight Home
Moonage Daydream
Navalny
Retrograde
The Territory

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Documentary Short Films

American Justice on Trial: People v. Newton
Anastasia
Angola Do You Hear Us? Voices from a Plantation Prison
As Far as They Can Run
The Elephant Whisperers
The Flagmakers
Happiness Is £4 Million
Haulout
Holding Moses
How Do You Measure a Year?T
The Martha Mitchell Effect
Nuisance Bear
Shut Up and Paint
Stranger at the Gate
38 at the Garden

International Feature Film

Argentina, Argentina, 1985
Austria, Corsage
Belgium, Close
Cambodia, Return to Seoul
Denmark, Holy Spider
France, Saint Omer
Germany, All Quiet on the Western Front
India, Last Film Show
Ireland, The Quiet Girl
Mexico, Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
Morocco, The Blue Caftan
Pakistan, Joyland
Poland, EO
South Korea, Decision to Leave
Sweden, Cairo Conspiracy

Makeup And Hairstyling

All Quiet on the Western Front
Amsterdam
Babylon
The Batman
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Blonde
Crimes of the Future
Elvis
Emancipation
The Whale

Music (Original Score)

All Quiet on the Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
Babylon
The Banshees of Inisherin
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Devotion
Don't Worry Darling
Everything Everywhere All at Once
The Fabelmans
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio
Nope
She Said
The Woman King
Women Talking

Music (Original Song)

"Time" from Amsterdam
"Nothing Is Lost (You Give Me Strength)" from Avatar: The Way of Water
"Lift Me Up" from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
"This Is A Life" from Everything Everywhere All at Once
"Ciao Papa" from Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio
"Til You’re Home" from A Man Called Otto
"Naatu Naatu" from RRR
"My Mind & Me" from Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me
"Good Afternoon" from Spirited
"Applause" from Tell It like a Woman
"Stand Up" from Till
"Hold My Hand" from Top Gun: Maverick
"Dust & Ash" from The Voice of Dust and Ash
"Carolina" from Where the Crawdads Sing
"New Body Rhumba" from White Noise

Animated Short Film

Black Slide
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
The Debutante
The Flying Sailor
The Garbage Man
Ice Merchants
It’s Nice in Here
More than I Want to Remember
My Year of Dicks
New Moon
An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It
Passenger
Save Ralph
Sierra
Steakhouse

Live Action Short Film

All in Favor
Almost Home
An Irish Goodbye
Ivalu
Le Pupille
The Lone Wolf
Nakam
Night Ride
Plastic Killer
The Red Suitcase
The Right Words
Sideral
The Treatment
Tula
Warsha

Sound

All Quiet on the Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
Babylon
The Batman
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Elvis
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio
Moonage Daydream
Top Gun: Maverick

Visual Effects

All Quiet on the Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
The Batman
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
Jurassic World Dominion
Nope
Thirteen Lives
Top Gun: Maverick

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