Category: Shortlists

90th Oscars: Live-Action Short Film Shortlist

The last of the short film categories now has a shortlist. Here are the ten films from which five will be selected as nominees.

10 LIVE ACTION SHORTS ADVANCE IN 2017 OSCAR® RACE

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards®. A record 165 pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk, director (UCLA)
“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, director (FINCH)
“Facing Mecca,” Jan-Eric Mack, director, and Joël Jent, producer (Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion)
“Icebox,” Daniel Sawka, director, and Camille Cornuel, producer (Iceboxthefilmco)
“Lost Face,” Sean Meehan, director, and Sam McGarry, producer (Soma Films)
“My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr., director (New York University)
“Rise of a Star,” James Bort, director, and Boris Mendza, producer (Fulldawa Films)
“The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, director, and Rachel Shenton, writer (Slick Films)
“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, director (Hamburg Media School)
“Witnesses,” David Koch, director (Lux for Film, Diez Films and Paradoxal)
Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in January.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 90th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.
The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

90th Oscars: Documentary Feature Shortlist

And then there were fifteen. The Academy has narrowed the list of 170 documentary feature submissions down to 15, less than 10% the original numbers. From here, they’ll be pared down to the final five. Two of the five films I had predicted to be the nominees are not on this list.

15 DOCUMENTARY FEATURES ADVANCE IN 2017 OSCAR® RACE

LOS ANGELES, CA –The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards®. One hundred seventy films were originally submitted in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, Kartemquin Educational Films and WGBH/FRONTLINE
“Chasing Coral,” Exposure Labs in partnership with The Ocean Agency & View Into the Blue in association with Argent Pictures & The Kendeda Fund
“City of Ghosts,” Our Time Projects and Jigsaw Productions
“Ex Libris – The New York Public Library,” Ex Libris Films
“Faces Places,” Ciné Tamaris
“Human Flow,” Participant Media and AC Films
“Icarus,” Netflix Documentary in association with Impact Partners, Diamond Docs, Chicago Media Project and Alex Productions
“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” Paramount Pictures and Participant Media
“Jane,” National Geographic Studios in association with Public Road Productions
“LA 92,” Lightbox
“Last Men in Aleppo,” Larm Film
“Long Strange Trip,” Double E Pictures, AOMA Sunshine Films and Sikelia
“One of Us,” Loki Films
“Strong Island,” Yanceville Films and Louverture Films
“Unrest,” Shella Films and Little by Little Films

The Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 90th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

90th Oscars: Documentary Short Film Shortlist

The press releases are coming hard and fast. Below are the ten documentary short films that will compete for five slot at this year’s Oscars.

10 DOCUMENTARY SHORTS ON 2017 OSCARS® SHORTLIST

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 90th Academy Awards® has been narrowed to 10 films, of which 5 will earn Oscar® nominations.

Voters from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed this year’s 77 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for tabulation.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

“Alone,” The New York Times
“Edith+Eddie,” Heart is Red and Kartemquin Films
“Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Stiefel & Co.
“Heroin(e),” A Netflix Original Documentary in association with The Center for Investigative Reporting, A Requisite Media Production
“Kayayo – The Living Shopping Baskets,” Integral Film
“Knife Skills,” TFL Films
“116 Cameras,” Birdling Films
“Ram Dass, Going Home,” Further Pictures
“Ten Meter Tower,” Plattform Produktion
“Traffic Stop,” Q-Ball Productions

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 90th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

90th Oscars: Visual Effects Longlist

The Academy has released another shortlist. This one is more of a longlist as another shortlist will release later this month for the final ten contenders. Two films I had thought might contend were absent from the list: Geostorm, which isn’t terribly surprising, and Transformers: The Last Knight, marking the first time the Transformers series hasn’t had a film in the running.

20 CONTENDERS ADVANCE IN VFX OSCAR® RACE

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 20 films are in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 90th Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

“Alien: Covenant”
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Blade Runner 2049
“Dunkirk”
“Ghost in the Shell”
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”
“Justice League”
“Kong: Skull Island”
“Life”
“Logan”
“Ojka”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”
“The Shape of Water”
“Spider-Man Homecoming”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“Thor: Ragnarok”
“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”
“War for the Planet of the Apes”
“Wonder Woman”

The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the preliminary shortlist. Later this month, the committee will select the 10 films that will advance to nominations voting.

Nominations for the 90th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 90th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/ 3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

90th Oscars: Animated Short Film Shortlist

The Academy has announced the ten finalists for the Best Animated Short Film category at this year’s Oscars. Below is the press release. The only shock is the surprising omission of the much maligned Frozen short that ran before Coco. Disney/Pixar is still represented here by Lou, the creative short that ran ahead of Cars 3. I’m sure it will likely be nominated.

10 ANIMATED SHORTS ADVANCE IN 2017 OSCAR® RACE

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards®. Sixty-three pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

“Cradle,” Devon Manney, director (University of Southern California)
“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, director, and Kobe Bryant, writer (Glen Keane Productions)
“Fox and the Whale,” Robin Joseph, director (Robin Joseph)
“Garden Party,” Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon, directors (MOPA)
“In a Heartbeat,” Esteban Bravo and Beth David, directors (Ringling College of Art and Design)
“Life Smartphone,” Chenglin Xie, director (China Central Academy of Fine Arts)
“Lost Property Office,” Daniel Agdag, director, and Liz Kearney, producer (8th in Line)
“Lou,” Dave Mullins, director, and Dana Murray, producer (Pixar Animation Studios)
“Negative Space,” Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, directors (Ikki Films)
“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, directors (Magic Light Pictures)

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in January.
Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 90th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center®
in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in
more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

90th Oscars: Animated Features Shortlist

The Academy has announced 26 films submitted for consideration for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. What’s most interesting here is some of the titles that weren’t submitted. Throughout the year, I try to keep track of new animated releases and add them to the Hopefuls list. Five films that were on that list aren’t on the below list. Leap!, My Little Pony: The Movie, The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, Rock Dog, and Spark: A Space Tail. None of them were very big contenders and three are from companies that don’t have massive Oscar campaign structures in place, but two: Leap! from The Weinstein Company and My Little Pony from Lionsgate certainly do. The former was likely sunk by Harvey Weinstein’s fall from grace. The other doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Ultimately, the question for selecting from this list, which will result in five Best Animated Feature nominees, is the updated selection rules for this branch. In recent years, major productions have fallen by the wayside while indie animated films took the spotlight. They rarely won. The animation changes presumably were put in place to broaden the voter base so they had more input in the process, but I suspect the ultimate reason was that the indie nominees caused some grief among studios like Disney/Pixar who were frustrated that their films were being overlooked.

We won’t know how these changes affect the selections until the nominees are announced, but a stronger focus on mass market offerings over indie films would is what many of us are expecting. However, we hope the independent streak continues and more of Hollywood’s lackluster products are ignored. Maybe they’ll start making better movies rather than mediocre ones that make money.

Below is the official press release from the Academy.

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90th Oscars: Documentary Feature Submissions

The Academy has announced the list of 170 films that are eligible for consideration in this year’s Best Documentary Feature category. They will further narrow this list down to a list of finalists from which the five nominees will be selected.

170 DOCUMENTARY FEATURES SUBMITTED FOR 2017 OSCAR® RACE

LOS ANGELES, CA – One hundred seventy features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 90th Academy Awards®.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:
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90th Oscars: Foreign Language Film Submissions

The Academy has announced that 92 countries have submitted films for consideration for the Best Foreign Language FIlm category. This is up 7 from last year’s 85. This is yet another new record for submissions. I’ll organize them all into a formal list for the 90th Oscars page, but for now, here’s the press release.

92 COUNTRIES IN COMPETITION FOR 2017 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR®

LOS ANGELES, CA – A record 92 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 90th Academy Awards®. Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal and Syria are first-time entrants.

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89th Oscars: Makeup and Hairstyling Shortlist

The final shortlist the Academy has released this year features the films eligible for three nominations in the Best Makeup and Hairstyling category.

Based solely on past history, the films most likely to earn nominations are A Man Called Ove (the foreign lingo entry, think Il Divo, La Vie en Rose, and The 100-Year-Old Man); Star Trek Beyond (even the makeup-lite Star Trek Into Darkness was nominated); and Suicide Squad (nominee for most and most noticeable makeup effects). Deadpool could also make a play for a nomination, but the other three are mostly achievements in non-prosthetic makeup and hairstyling, which has always gotten short shrift with the Academy.

The only surprise omission to me is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, though it might have been disqualified under The Hours rule…as in touched-up makeup effects using CGI.

7 FEATURES ADVANCE IN RACE FOR MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING OSCAR®

LOS ANGELES, CA –The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in competition in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 89th Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

“Deadpool”
“The Dressmaker”
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
“Hail, Caesar!”
“A Man Called Ove”
“Star Trek Beyond”
“Suicide Squad”

On Saturday, January 7, 2017, 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. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

89th Oscars: Eligible Features

The Motion Picture Academy has announced that 336 feature films are eligible for the Best Picture Oscar (as well as most other categories).

336 FEATURE FILMS IN CONTENTION FOR 2016 BEST PICTURE OSCAR®

LOS ANGELES, CA – Three hundred thirty-six feature films are eligible for the 2016 Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

To be eligible for 89th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.

Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. The “Reminder List of Productions Eligible for the 89th Academy Awards” is available at http://www.oscars.org/oscars/rules-eligibility.

Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

89th Oscars: Visual Effects Shortlist

The Academy’s Visual Effects branch has narrowed its list down to ten. The expected inclusions, Rogue One, The Jungle Book, Doctor Strange, and Fantastic Beasts are there. I expect those to be the nominees and would love for Kubo to join them.

10 CONTENDERS REMAIN IN VFX OSCAR® RACE

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 89th Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

“Arrival”
“The BFG”
“Captain America: Civil War”
“Deepwater Horizon”
“Doctor Strange”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“The Jungle Book”
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Passengers”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will now be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar® consideration.

Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

89th Oscars: Foreign Language Film Shortlist

The Academy still isn’t sending me press releases, which is disturbing since they were for some time. I’m not sure if I got dumped or Hotmail is just not accepting them. Anyway, even their own website doesn’t currently list the press release. As such, I’m just going to list below the 9 films that have moved on to the next round of voting.

The most notable omissions are Elle from France, starring Best Actress contender Isabelle Huppert; and Neruda from Chile’s Pablo Larrain, who is competing in English this year as well with Jackie. Among these, the ones that seem guaranteed to make the cut are acclaimed films The Salesman, Toni Erdmann and A Man Called Ove. This covers two continent, so It’s Only the End of the World might rep a third leaving one slot probably for Land of Mine. However, those last two are definitely not done deals with this group.

It’s Only the End of the World (Canada)
The King’s Choice (Norway)
Land of Mine (Denmark)
A Man Called Ove (Sweden)
My Life as a Zucchini (Switzerland)
Paradise (Russia)
The Salesman (Iran)
Tanna (Australia)
Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Strangely, I just got the press release via e-mail today.

9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS ADVANCE IN OSCAR® RACE

60th anniversary of the Foreign Language Film Category
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89th Oscars: Original Score Eligibility List

It’s now time to look at the final longlist from the Academy, the scores eligible for this year’s Best Original Score Oscar. Note that Arrival, once thought to be a major competitor in this category, was declared ineligible because it prominently used a previously written piece in the score, which might cause confusion among voters in this category. There were others that were ruled ineligible, but I cannot recall which ones at the moment. Anyway, here’s the official list:

145 ORIGINAL SCORES IN 2016 OSCAR RACE

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89th Oscars: Original Song Eligibility List

Today, the Academy has announced 91 original songs that are eligible for consideration for this year’s Academy Awards. Since they limit nominations to two per film, Disney has only submitted two from Moana, though three are on the list for La La Land, the two films most noted for a raft of original songs. I will review these in more details and update my predictions once I have some time to consider them all.

91 ORIGINAL SONGS VIE FOR 2016 OSCAR®

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89th Oscars: Documentary Feature Shortlist

The short-shortlist is the final round before Oscar nominations are announced. Although the Academy usually issues press releases on these things, they have not done so yet. However, this is being heavily reported, I will post the list without the full press release.

  • Cameraperson
  • Command and Control
  • The Eagle Huntress
  • Fire at Sea
  • Gleason
  • Hooligan Sparrow
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • The Ivory Game
  • Life, Animated
  • O.J.: Made in America
  • 13th
  • Tower
  • Weiner
  • The Witness
  • Zero Days

(Update: 12/14/16) I finally found the press release (after the day of the announcement, I kind of forgot to look for it.

15 DOCUMENTARY FEATURES ADVANCE IN 2016 OSCAR RACE

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