“Summer of Soul”, “Drive My Car” among Oscar finalists

Documentaries on Julia Child, “Black Woodstock”, the pandemic and The Velvet Underground and acclaimed international films like “Drive My Car” in Japan, “A Hero” in Iran and “The Worst Person in the World” in Norway come together. little more scoring Oscar nominations.

the Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences Tuesday, Wednesday, unveiled its presets for several categories, including feature documentary, international feature film, original song, original score, visual effects, and makeup and hairstyle. Nominations for all categories for the 94th Academy Awards will be announced on February 8.

Members of the academy’s documentary arm selected 138 eligible films to choose 15 selections, including two pandemic-themed films (“In the Same Breath”, “The First Wave”), “Summer of Soul (. .. Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) “about an almost forgotten musical event from 1969, Julie Cohen and “Julia” by Betsy West and “The Velvet Underground” by Todd Haynes. Other notable selections are “The Rescue”, on the Thai soccer team and its rescue for a secluded cave, “Procession”, “Attica” and “Flee”. “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little A Fuzzy” also made the cut.

“Flee”, an animated documentary about an Afghan refugee Directed by Danish filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen was also among the films that rose to the international feature film category. Other serious contenders include Ryusuke Hamaguchi “Drive My Car”, which has been the darling of the critics group, Iranian drama “A Hero” by Asghar Farhadi, semi-autobiographical “Hand of God” by Italian director. Paolo Sorrentino. and Joachim Trier’s black romantic comedy “The Worst Person in the World”, from Norway. France’s entry, “Titanium” did not make the cut despite winning first prize at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

Original contending songs include some of big 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 “,” Sing “by U2 2”, “Guns Go Bang” by Kid Cudi and JAY-Z from “The Harder They Fall”, “Where I Belong” by Brian Wilson and “Don’t Look Up” by Ariana Big.

Composers Jonny Greenwood (“The Power of the Dog”, “Spencer”) and Hans Zimmer (“Dune”, “No Time To Die”) could be in reserve for two original song nominations on February 8. Blockbusters like “Dune” and “No Time To Die” have also progressed in a number of categories, including visuals, sound, makeup, and hair styling.

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


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