“Summer of Soul” and “Drive My Car” are on the Oscar shortlist



This image, published by Searchlight Pictures, shows Nina Simone performing at the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969, which was featured in the documentary “Summer of Soul”. (Searchlight images via AP)


Documentaries about Julia Child, “Black Woodstock”, the pandemic and The Velvet Underground and acclaimed international films like Japan’s “Drive My Car”, Iran’s “A Hero” and Norway’s “The Worst Person in the World” are just a little closer to scoring got Oscar nominations.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled its shortlists for several categories on Tuesday, Wednesday, including documentary, international feature film, original song, original music, visual effects, and makeup and hairstyling. Nominations for all categories for the 94th Oscars will be announced on February 8th.

Members of the Academy’s documentary film branch selected 15 short lists from 138 eligible films, including two pandemic-themed films (“In the Same Breath”, “The First Wave”), Questloves “Summer of Soul (… Or, As the Revolution couldn’t be televised) ”about an almost forgotten music event from 1969, Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s“ Julia ”and Todd Haynes“ The Velvet Underground. ”Other notable selections are“ The Rescue, ”about the Thai soccer team and their rescue for a secluded cave, “Procession,” “Attica,” and “Flee.” “Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry” did it too.

“Flee”, an animated documentary by Danish filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen about an Afghan refugee, was also one of the films that rose in the international feature film category. Other strong competitors are Ryusuke Hamaguchi “Drive My Car”, who was a favorite of the group of critics, Asghar Farhadi’s Iranian drama “A Hero”, the semi-autobiographical film “The Hand of God” by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino and Joachim Trier’s dark romantic comedy “The Worst person in the world ”, from Norway. France’s “Titane” entry did not make it into the cut, even though it won the main prize at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

The controversial original songs include some of great music stars like Beyoncé’s “Be Alive” from “King Richard”, Billie Eilish’s James Bond song “No Time To Die”, Van Morrison’s “Down to Joy” from “Belfast”, U2’s “ Sing 2 “, Kid Cudi and JAY-Z’s” Guns Go Bang “from” The Harder They Fall “, Brian Wilson’s” Where I Belong “and Ariana Grande’s” Don’t Look Up “.

Composers Jonny Greenwood (“The Power of the Dog”, “Spencer”) and Hans Zimmer (“Dune”, “No Time To Die”) could expect double nominations for original songs on February 8th. Blockbusters like “Dune” and “No Time To Die” have also been improved in a number of categories, including visual effects, sound and makeup, and hairstyling.

The winners will be announced at the ceremony on Sunday March 27th, which will be broadcast live on ABC.


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