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The Academy Reveals Their 2019 OSCAR Shortlists

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The Academy Awards are the biggest achievement a film or a person involved in a film can obtain. Even just being nominated is a huge deal. While the nominations won’t happen until January 22, the Academy does release a shortlist of movies that the nominees come from. You can see the Oscar shortlists below, so you’ll know how well your favorite movie has of getting nominated.

It is worth noting that a lot of the categories say how many things will be nominated – and that is the exact amount on the shortlist. So if you are rooting for a nomination, and you see it here, the chances are good.

Also, these Oscar shortlists do not involve actors, directors, or individual people. They are the smaller awards. The 9 categories are: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup And Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, and Visual Effects.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Feature category for the 91st Academy Awards®. One hundred sixty-six films were originally submitted in the category. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

“Charm City”
“Communion”
“Crime + Punishment”
“Dark Money”
“The Distant Barking of Dogs”
“Free Solo”
“Hale County This Morning, This Evening”
“Minding the Gap”
“Of Fathers and Sons”
“On Her Shoulders”
“RBG”
“Shirkers”
“The Silence of Others”
“Three Identical Strangers”
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

Won’t You Be My Neighbor, the documentary about Mr. Rogers, was one of my favorite films of the year. I’ve heard nothing but great things about Three Identical Strangers and can’t wait to watch it. Those are the two I will be pulling for.

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Ten films will advance in the Documentary Short Subject category for the 91st Academy Awards®. One hundred four films had originally qualified in the category. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

“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”

I have not seen any of these, but a few of the titles have me interested enough to go seek them out. I will have some extra time coming up at the end of the year, so maybe that’s my chance to watch a few of these.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 91st Academy Awards®. Eighty-seven films had originally been considered in the category.

Los Angeles-based Academy members from all branches screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 10. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

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”

Listen, I know it’s unfair to judge these without having seen all of them. But my vote is Roma. I started watching the film (now streaming on Netflix) this weekend, but didn’t get a chance to finish it. I will watch it before year’s end though, because I am a big Alfonso Cuaron fan. If I can find a couple more of these, I will try to watch them too.

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Seven films will advance in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 91st Academy Awards®. All members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar® consideration.

“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“Border”
“Mary Queen of Scots”
“Stan & Ollie”
“Suspiria”
“Vice”

Any time the Academy pays attention to comic book films, I rejoice. So I hope Black Panther cleans up. It certainly deserves it. This category in particular – there was some spectacular work done. That isn’t to take away anything from the rest of the nominees though – Christian Bale transformed himself very well into former Vice President Dick Cheney, but the one that impressed me the most is John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy. Reilly is virtually unrecognizable. It truly looks like an older Hardy came back to life.

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Fifteen scores will advance in the Original Score category for the 91st Academy Awards®. One hundred fifty-six scores were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

“Annihilation”
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
“Black Panther”
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“The Death of Stalin”
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”
“First Man”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“A Quiet Place”
“Ready Player One”
“Vice”

Again, comic book bias here, but it’s nice that Infinity War is getting recognized here. The scores in the MCU haven’t been consistently strong. They are doing much better now, so the recognition is well deserved. I have a feeling Mary Poppins Returns is going to clean up though…

[MFR Reax: “A Quiet Place had a score?”

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

Fifteen songs will advance in the Original Song category for the 91st Academy Awards®. Ninety songs were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

“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”

Again, I think Mary Poppins Returns is going to be huge, music included, but if anything would keep it from (chimney) sweeping, it would be A Star Is Born. That should be a juggernaut as well. I am particularly partial to “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs but I always like the weird and funny songs over anything else.

[MFR Reax: “‘Shallow’ from A Star Is Born is the song to beat for me. I’m in love with the song, and the role it played in the film itself. Riveting performances all around in that film, and that song pulled the whole thing together.”

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Ten films will advance in the Animated Short Film category for the 91st Academy Awards®. Eighty-one films had originally qualified in the category. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

“Age of Sail”
“Animal Behaviour”
“Bao”
“Bilby”
“Bird Karma”
“Late Afternoon”
“Lost & Found”
“One Small Step”
“Pépé le Morse”
“Weekends”

Bao is one of the most beautiful films – short or feature length – I’ve ever seen. If it “just” gets nominated, it’s not enough. It needs to win. Period.

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Ten films will advance in the Live Action Short Film category for the 91st Academy Awards®. One hundred forty films had originally qualified in the category. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

“Caroline”
“Chuchotage”
“Detainment”
“Fauve”
“Icare”
“Marguerite”
“May Day”
“Mother”
“Skin”
“Wale”

I have no skin in the game for this one at all. I’m sure which ever one wins is very deserving. If you have seen any of these, and would recommend watching it, let me know.

VISUAL EFFECTS

Ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 91st Academy Awards®. The Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar® consideration.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp”
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“Black Panther”
“Christopher Robin”
“First Man”
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Ready Player One”
“Solo: A Star Wars Story”
“Welcome to Marwen”

This category doesn’t even seem fair. Out of all of these though, Welcome To Marwen, Ready Player One, and Christopher Robin did innovative things not really ever seen before. However, Thanos was so well done in Infinity War. Wakanda was stunning in Black Panther, and all of the different realms shown in Ant-Man and the Wasp were a treat for the eyeballs. Any of them winning would be well earned. I will be watching this one closely.

[MFR Reax: “Um, it’s an absolute outrage that Aquaman isn’t included here. Especially when you consider how chintzy some of the Black Panther effects look, meanwhile that still got nominated. What a shame.”]

As for the big ones, like Best Actor/Actress, Best Picture, Best Director, etc. We will just have to wait a little longer, but if you like the Oscars, hopefully this wet your whistle until the nominations come out.

Source: The Oscars

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