THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN shortlisted at the Oscars!
These include documentary and international feature, as well as original song, score and VFX.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unwrapped its shortlists for the 2021 Oscars in nine categories, including documentary and international features.
Also released are the shortlists for original score, original song, makeup and hairstyling, visual effects, and documentary, live-action and animated short.
An unprecedented 238 documentary features and 93 international features were contending for just 15 spots on each of their respective shortlists. This year, both lists include Romania’s Collective and Chile’s The Mole Agent. The doc shortlist also includes voter suppression doc All In: The Fight for Democracy, while Bryan Fogel’s The Dissident, about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, was among the titles that didn’t advance.
The shortlist for original score includes Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who were recognized both for their work on longtime collaborator David Fincher’s 1940-set period biopic Mank and Pixar’s animated Soul, for which they created the ethereal music of the “Great Before.” (The Nine Inch Nails multihyphenates previously won an Oscar for the score to Fincher’s The Social Network.) Soul’s music was additionally composed by Jon Baptiste.
Similarly, Oscar-winner John Legend was cited twice in the original song race, for “Never Break” from the doc Giving Voice and “Make It Work” from Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey. That shortlist also includes “Io Si (Seen)” from The Life Ahead, composed by 11-time Academy Award nominee Diane Warren.
Due to the pandemic, which caused many tentpoles to move from 2020 to 2021, this will be the first year since 2009 that the VFX shortlist doesn’t contain at least one Marvel movie. The list includes The Midnight Sky and Tenet, and all 10 titles will be featured in the VFX branches’ annual bake-off, which this year will be held in a virtual format on March. 6. The makeup and hairstylists branch will hold a virtual bake-off featuring their 10 shortlisted movies on the same date.
Each of these shortlists will produce the category nominees, which will be announced on March 15. The 93rd Academy Awards will be presented on April 25, rather than its typical window in February, due to the pandemic. A format has yet to be announced.
The complete shortlists follow.
Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Feature category for the 93rd Academy Awards. Two hundred thirty-eight films were eligible in the category. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.
The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:
INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM
Fifteen films will advance to the next round of voting in the International Feature Film category for the 93rd Academy Awards. Films from 93 countries were eligible in the category.
Academy members from all branches were invited to participate in the preliminary round of voting and must have met a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in the category.
In the nominations round, Academy members from all branches are invited to opt in to participate and must view all 15 shortlisted films to vote.
The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Quo Vadis, Aida?
Chile, The Mole Agent
Czech Republic, Charlatan
Denmark, Another Round
France, Two of Us
Guatemala, La Llorona
Hong Kong, Better Days
Iran, Sun Children
Ivory Coast, Night of the Kings
Mexico, I’m No Longer Here
Russia, Dear Comrades!
Taiwan, A Sun
Tunisia, The Man Who Sold His Skin