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Academy Shortlist Dump! Nine Categories Whittled Down

Updated: Jan 21, 2019

Josh Brolin in Avengers: Infinity War

Formerly, the Academy used to release shortlists for seven of its 24 competitive Oscar categories bit by bit in the weeks leading up to voting, but this year, they're trying something different. All seven categories are joined for the first time by Original Score and Original Song, their shortlists now revealed in one single dump on the same day. Oddities abound in the new categories - The Death of Stalin for Original Score? - and the usual mix of surprises and sure bets among the others. We even get two East Asian titles in the running for Foreign Language Film! This year's Oscar nominations will be announced on the 22nd of January. All the info below:

Best Visual Effects

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

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody


Mary Queen of Scots

Stan & Ollie



Best Original Score


Avengers: Infinity War

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Black Panther


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


Best Original Song

'A Place Called The Slaughter Race' (Ralph Breaks the Internet)

'All The Stars' (Black Panther)

'Girl In The Movies' (Dumplin')

'I'll Fight' (RBG)

'Keep Reachin'' (Quincy)

'OYAHYTT' (Sorry to Bother You)

'Revelation' (Boy Erased)

'Shallow' (A Star Is Born)

'Suspirium' (Suspiria)

'The Big Unknown' (Widows)

'The Place Where Lost Things Go' (Mary Poppins Returns)

'Treasure' (Beautiful Boy)

'Trip A Little Light Fantastic' (Mary Poppins Returns)

'We Won't Move' (The Hate U Give)

'When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings' (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs)

Best Documentary

Charm City


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 Neighbour?

Best Foreign Language Film

Ayka - Kazakhstan

Birds of Passage - Colombia

Burning - South Korea

Capernaum - Lebanon

Cold War - Poland

The Guilty - Denmark

Never Look Away - Germany

Roma - Mexico

Shoplifters - Japan

Best Live Action Short Film







May Day




Best Animated Short Film

Age of Sail

Animal Behaviour



Bird Karma

Late Afternoon

Lost & Found

One Small Step

Pepe le Morse


Best Documentary Short Subject

'63 Boycott

Black Sheep

Los Comandos

End Game


My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes

A Night at the Garden

Period. End of Sentence.

Women of the Gulag


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