Oscars 2021 – Romanian documentary “Collective” makes it on the shortlist in two categories

10 February, 2021

The 93rd Academy Awards, popularly known as “The Oscars”, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will take place on April 25, 2021, two months later than it was originally scheduled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cinema, therefore allowing the eligibility period for feature films to be extended: they must have a qualifying release date between January 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021.

The shortlists for Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, International Feature Film, Makeup And Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Visual Effects were announced on February 9. Unlike the previous editions, the lists for International Feature Film and Documentary Feature were extended to fifteen films from the original ten. 

The surprise of the evening was the selection in the categories Documentary Feature and International Feature Film of the Romanian documentary Collective by Alexander Nanau, which is available on HBO GO.

The films that enter the next round of voting for the 93rd Academy Awards are:

Documentary Feature

All In: The Fight for Democracy (dir. Lisa Cortes, Liz Garbus)
Boys State (dir. Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss)
Collective (dir. Alexander Nanau)
Crip Camp (dir. James Lebrecht, Nicole Newnham)
Dick Johnson Is Dead (dir. Kirsten Johnson)
Gunda (dir. Viktor Kosakovskiy)
MLK/FBI (dir. Sam Pollard)
The Mole Agent (dir. Maite Alberdi)
My Octopus Teacher (dir. Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed)
Notturno (dir. Gianfranco Rosi)
The Painter and the Thief (dir. Benjamin Ree)
76 Days (dir. Weixi Chen, Hao Wu, Anonymous)
Time (dir. Garrett Bradley)
The Truffle Hunters (dir. Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw)
Welcome to Chechnya (dir. David France)

Documentary Short Subject

Abortion Helpline, This Is Lisa (dir. Janet Goldwater, Mike Attie, Barbara Attie)
Call Center Blues (dir. Geeta Gandbhir)
A Concerto Is a Conversation (dir. Kris Bowers, Ben Proudfoot)
Do Not Split (dir. Anders Hammer)
Hunger Ward (dir. Skye Fitzgerald)
Hysterical Girl (dir. Kate Novack)
A Love Song for Latasha (dir. Sophia Nahli Allison)
The Speed Cubers (dir. Sue Kim)
What Would Sophia Loren Do? (dir. Ross Kauffman)

International Feature Film

Quo Vadis, Aida? (dir. Jasmila Žbanić)
The Mole Agent (dir. Maite Alberdi)
Charlatan (dir. Agnieszka Holland)
Another Round (dir. Thomas Vinterberg)
Two of Us (dir. Filippo Meneghetti)
La Llorona (dir. Jayro Bustamante)
Better Days (dir. Derek Tsang)
Sun Children (dir. Majid Majidi)
Night of the Kings (dir. Philippe Lacôte)
I’m No Longer Here (dir. Fernando Frias)
Hope (dir. Maria Sødahl)
Collective (dir. Alexander Nanau)
Dear Comrades! (dir. Andrey Konchalovskiy)
A Sun (dir. Chung Mong-hong)
The Man Who Sold His Skin (dir. Kaouther Ben Hania)

Makeup And Hairstyling

Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (dir. Cathy Yan)
(dir. Autumn de Wilde)
The Glorias
(dir. Julie Taymor)
Hillbilly Elegy
(dir. Ron Howard)
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
(dir. David E. Talbert)
The Little Things
(dir. John Lee Hancock)
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
(dir. George C. Wolfe)
(dir. David Fincher)
One Night in Miami…
(dir. Regina King)
(dir. Matteo Garrone)

Music (Original Score)

Ammonite (Dustin O’Halloran, Volker Bertelmann)
Blizzard of Souls
(Lolita Ritmanis)
Da 5 Bloods
(Terence Blanchard)
The Invisible Man
(Benjamin Wallfisch)
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
(John Debney)
The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)
(Gabriel Yared)
The Little Things
(Thomas Newman)
(Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross)
The Midnight Sky
(Alexandre Desplat)
(Emile Mosseri)
(Henry Gregson-Williams)
News of the World 
(James Newton Howard)
(Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross)
Tenet (Ludwig Göransson)
The Trial of the Chicago 7
(Daniel Pemberton)

Music (Original Song)

Turntables from All In: The Fight for Democracy (dir. Lisa Cortes, Liz Garbus)
See What You’ve Done from Belly of the Beast (dir. Erika Cohn)
Wuhan Flu
from Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (dir. Jason Woliner)
Husavik from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (dir. David Dobkin)
Never Break
from Giving Voice (dir. James D. Stern, Fernando Villena)
Make It Work
from Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (dir. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey)
Fight For You
from Judas and the Black Messiah (dir. Black Messiah)
lo Sì (Seen)
from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se) (dir. Edoardo Ponti)
Rain Song
from Minari (dir. Lee Isaac Chung)
Show Me Your Soul
from Mr. Soul! (dir. Melissa Haizlip, Sam Pollard)
Loyal Brave True
from Mulan (dir. Niki Caro)
from The One and Only Ivan (dir. Thea Sharrock)
Speak Now
from One Night in Miami… (dir. Regina King)
from Sound of Metal (dir. Darius Marder)
Hear My Voice
from The Trial of the Chicago 7 (dir. Aaron Sorkin)

Animated Short Film

Burrow (dir. Madeline Sharafian)
Genius Loci (dir. Adrien Merigeau)
If Anything Happens I Love You (dir. Will McCormack)
Kapaemahu (dir. Joe Wilson, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer)
Opera (dir. Erick Oh)
Out (dir. Steven Hunter)
The Snail and the Whale (dir. Daniel Snaddon, Max Lang)
To Gerard (dir. Taylor Meacham)
Traces (dir. Sophie Tavert Macian, Hugo Frassetto)
Yes-People (dir. Gísli Darri Halldórsson)

Live Action Short Film

Bittu (dir. Karishma Dube)
Da Yie (dir. Anthony Nti)
Feeling Through (dir. Doug Roland)
The Human Voice (dir. Pedro Almodóvar)
The Kicksled Choir (dir. Torfinn Iversen)
The Letter Room (dir. Elvira Lind)
The Present (dir. Jacob Frey)
Two Distant Strangers (dir. Travon Free, Martin Desmond Roe)
The Van (dir. Erenik Beqiri)
White Eye (dir. Tomer Shushan)

Visual Effects

Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (dir. Cathy Yan)
Bloodshot (dir. Dave Wilson)
Love and Monsters (dir. Michael Matthews)
(dir. David Fincher)
The Midnight Sky (dir. George Clooney)
Mulan (dir. Niki Caro)
The One and Only Ivan (dir. Thea Sharrock)
Soul (dir. Pete Docter, Kemp Powers)
Tenet (dir. Christopher Nolan)
Welcome to Chechnya (dir. David France)

The Oscar nominations will be unveiled on Monday, March 15, and the ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 25, 2021.

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