The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released the shortlists for ten categories, teasing movie enthusiasts about the potential nominees ahead of the final announcement on January 23.

Music and Sound

Movies such as Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie,” Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer,” and Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” have emerged as strong contenders across various categories, notably featuring in the lists for score and sound design.

Noteworthy progressions were observed in other areas too, with Jonathan Glazer’s “The Zone of Interest” and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Poor Things” making substantial strides in makeup, visual effects, and score. Additionally, “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” made a notable mark in the visual effects, song, and score categories.

International Feature Films

The international feature film category showcased diverse entries from around the world. Notable films like “The Zone of Interest” from the United Kingdom, “The Taste of Things” from France, “Tótem” from Mexico, and “Fallen Leaves” from Finland are among the 15 films advancing in this category. However, “Anatomy of a Fall” by Justine Triet failed to secure a spot to represent France.

India’s official entry, “2018,” directed by Jude Anthany Joseph in the Malayalam language, unfortunately did not make it to the final 15.

Original Song

In the original song category, “I’m Just Ken” from “Barbie” faces tough competition from Dua Lipa’s “Dance the Night” and Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For?”—all from the same film. Several renowned artists such as Sharon Van Etten, Olivia Rodrigo, Jon Batiste, Lenny Kravitz, and Jarvis Cocker also feature as contenders with their respective songs. Diane Warren receives recognition for “The Fire Inside” from “Flamin’ Hot.”

However, some anticipated names missed the cut, including Justin Timberlake for “Trolls Band Together” and Jack Black for “Super Mario Bros. Movie.”

Original Score

The original score category showcases familiar names like John Williams, Ludwig Göransson, Mica Levi, and the late Robbie Robertson. Notably, Joe Hisaishi might earn his first Oscar nomination for “The Boy and the Heron.”

Documentaries and Short Films

The documentary category features compelling entries such as “20 Days in Mariupol,” “American Symphony,” and “Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie.” Additionally, live-action, animated, and documentary shorts were announced, with notable entries from renowned directors like Pedro Almodóvar and Wes Anderson.

Final Nominations and Awards Night

The final nominations, eagerly anticipated by movie enthusiasts, will provide clarity on the contenders vying for the prestigious awards. The 96th Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be broadcast live on March 10 from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, starting an hour earlier at 7 PM ET (5:30 AM, March 11).

The Oscar shortlists offer a glimpse into the potential nominees, generating excitement and anticipation among film aficionados worldwide as the countdown to the prestigious awards night begins. The final nominations will undoubtedly intensify the race for the coveted Oscars in various categories.

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