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2020/21 Oscar shortlists announced

Madalen Mills and Forest Whitaker in David E. Talbert's Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
Madalen Mills and Forest Whitaker in Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

It's Oscar shortlist day, the third most (out of three) exciting announcement the Academy makes every awards season! Lists of either 10 or 15 contenders across nine categories have been revealed, whittling down the eligible titles for voters' consideration. Appearing in three of the lists is Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, the Netflix holiday title that's looking like a dark horse contender for several craft nominations next month. The Visual Effects shortlist finds space for several low-budget titles in a year short on blockbuster fare - even Welcome to Chechnya, the first documentary ever shortlisted in this category, makes the cut - all of which leapfrog major league effects projects like The Invisible Man and Wonder Woman 1984. Animated film Over the Moon is a shock absentee from both Original Score and Original Song (thus breaking my heart once and for all), Documentary Feature boasts the strongest lineup of any category today (the inclusion of both 76 Days and Gunda handily piecing my ravaged heart back together), while a recent change to the International Feature Film voting rules has resulted in a pathetically average slate in a longlist of submissions crammed with interesting fare (shutting out both This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection and Vitalina Varela thereby re-breaking my heart, this time surely definitively). Oscar voting opens on the 5th of March and closes on the 10th; nominations will be announced on the 15th.

Best Visual Effects

Birds of Prey: and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn


Love and Monsters


The Midnight Sky


The One and Only Ivan



Welcome to Chechnya

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Birds of Prey: and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn


The Glorias

Hillbilly Elegy

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

The Little Things


Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

One Night in Miami


Best Original Score

Da 5 Bloods


The Invisible Man

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

The Life Ahead

The Little Things


The Midnight Sky



News of the World

The Rifleman



The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Original Song

"Fight for You" (Judas and the Black Messiah)

"Free" (The One and Only Ivan)

"Green" (Sound of Metal)

"Hear My Voice" (The Trial of the Chicago 7)

"Husavik" (Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga)

"Io Si" (The Life Ahead)

"Loyal Brave True" (Mulan)

"Make It Work" (Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey)

"Never Break" (Giving Voice)

"Rain Song" (Minari)

"See What You've Done" (Belly of the Beast)

"Show Me Your Soul" (Mr. Soul!)

"Speak Now" (One Night in Miami)

"Turntables" (All In: The Fight for Democracy)

"Wuhan Flu" (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm)

Best Documentary Feature

76 Days

All In: The Fight for Democracy

Boys State


Crip Camp

Dick Johnson Is Dead



The Mole Agent

My Octopus Teacher


The Painter and the Thief


The Truffle Hunters

Welcome to Chechnya

Best International Feature Film

Another Round - Denmark

Better Days - Hong Kong

Charlatan - Czech Republic

Collective - Romania

Dear Comrades! - Russia

Hope - Norway

I'm No Longer Here - Mexico

La Llorona - Guatemala

The Man Who Sold His Skin - Tunisia

The Mole Agent - Chile

Night of the Kings - Ivory Coast

Quo Vadis, Aida? - Bosnia and Herzegovina

A Sun - Taiwan

Sun Children - Iran

Two of Us - France

Best Live-Action Short


Da Yie

Feeling Through

The Human Voice

The Kicksled Choir

The Letter Room

The Present

Two Distant Strangers

The Van

White Eye

Best Animated Short


Genius Loci

If Anything Happens I Love You




The Snaila nd the Whale

To Gerard



Best Documentary Short

Abortion Helpline, This Is Lisa

Call Center Blues


A Concerto Is a Conversation

Do Not Split

Hunger Ward

Hysterical Girl

A Love Song for Latasha

The Speed Cubers

What Would Sophia Loren Do?

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