The field of Oscar contenders has narrowed significantly in nine different categories: doc feature, doc short, international feature, original score, original song, makeup and hairstyling, VFX, animated short and live action short.
The field of Oscar contenders narrowed significantly in nine different categories on Monday as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released shortlistsfor documentary feature, documentary short, international feature, makeup and hairstyling, original score, original song, animated short, live action short and visual effects.
Most of the projected doc feature frontrunners are among the 15 finalists —Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert's American Factory Netflix, Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts' For Sama PBS, Todd Douglas Miller's Apollo 11 Neon and Nanfu Wang's One Child Nation Amazon all made the cut. Notably missing areLauren Greenfield's The Kingmaker Showtime, Richard Ladkani's Sea of Shadows NatGeo, Amy Oscar winnerAsif Kapadia's Diego Maradona HBO, Ryan White's Ask Dr. Ruth Hulu, Avi Belkin's Mike Wallace Is Here Magnolia and Barry Avrich's Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz Vertical.
Celebrations are likely underway at Netflix headquarters as the streamer has four out of the 15 doc features American Factory and Petra Costa's The Edge of Democracy, which were expected to make the cut, plus Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim's The Great Hack and Rachel Lears' Knock Down the House, which were not and four of the 10 doc shorts probable frontrunner Fire in Paradise, plus After Maria, Ghosts of Sugar Land and Life Overtakes Me. Netflix also landed a best original song nom for Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo's 'Letter to My Godfather' from the company's doc feature The Black Godfather, which was produced by Nicole Avant, the former U.S. ambassador who is also Ted Sarandos' wife, and is about her father Clarence Avant.
Comparably impressive is the fact that Neon, with far fewer resources, snagged three of the doc feature spots, thanks to Apollo 11, John Chester's The Biggest Little Farm and Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov's Honeyland — with Honeyland also delivering North Macedonia's first appearance on the international feature shortlist since Before the Rain 25 years ago. Sony Classics, meanwhile, accounted for two of the doc features, with Alex Holmes' Maiden and Viktor Kossakovsky's Aquarela.
Thematically, the doc features cover everything from the war in Syria The Cave and For Sama to politics here at home American Factory, Knock Down the House and The Great Hack and abroad The Edge of Democracy and One Child Nation. There are a few escapist, feel-good options, too Apollo 11, The Biggest Little Farm and Maiden.
The 10 finalists for best international feature — until this year known as best foreign-language film — were chosen by Academy members from all branches who volunteered...
The 2006 Oscars will forever be remembered as the infamous ceremony where “Crash” beat “Brokeback Mountain” for Best Picture. Ang Lee’s groundbreaking gay romance was the critical favorite and it won three of the eight Oscars it was nominated for that year: Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score. Headlining actors Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal both earned Oscar nominations for their performances. The actors were asked to present during the 2007 Oscars telecast, but Gyllenhaal revealed in a recent interview with Another Man magazine via NME that Ledger turned down the opportunity because it would mean making jokes at the expense of the gay “Brokeback” love story.
“I mean, I remember they wanted to do an opening for the Academy Awards that year that was sort of joking about it,” Gyllenhaal said. “And Heath refused. I was sort of at the time, 'Oh, okay... whatever.' I'm always like, ‘It's all in good fun.’ And Heath said, 'It's not a joke to me — I don't want to make any jokes about it.’”
Gyllenhaal, “That's the thing I loved about Heath. He would never joke. Someone wanted to make a joke about the story or whatever, he was like, 'No. This is about love. Like, that's it, man. Like, no.'”
Ledger was nominated in the Best Actor category but lost to “Capote” star Philip Seymour Hoffman. Gyllenhaal lost to George Clooney in “Syriana” for Best Supporting Actor. “Brokeback Mountain” marked the first Oscar nominations for both actors. Ledger would go on to be nominated and win his Oscar in the Best Supporting Actor race for his role as the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.” Ledger received the Academy Award posthumously. “Brokeback” remains Gyllenhaal’s sole Oscar nomination to date.
Gyllenhaal has previously spoken about Ledger’s disdain for “Brokeback Mountain” jokes, but this is the first time the actor has revealed his late co-star turned down the Oscars. Gyllenhaal told “Today” in July 2019 that “Brokeback” marked a pivotal moment in his career. “It opened tons of doors,” he said. “It was crazy. It was amazing. It's defined my career in different ways. [But the film] is bigger than me...It has become not ours anymore. It's the world's.”
Read Gyllenhaal’s latest interview in its entirety on the Another Man website.
The Biggest Little Farm
The Edge of Democracy
The Great Hack
Knock Down the House
One Child Nation
Ford v Ferrari
Pain and Glory
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
"Speechless" from Aladdin
"Letter to My Godfather” from The Black Godfather
"I'm Standing With You" from Breakthrough
"Da Bronx" from The Bronx USA
"Into the Unknown" from Frozen 2
"Stand Up" from Harriet
"Catchy Song" from The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
"Never Too Late" from The Lion King
"Spirit" from The Lion King
"Daily Battles" from Motherless Brooklyn
"A Glass of Soju" from Parasite
"I'm Gonna Love Me Again" from Rocketman
"High Above the Water" from Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
"I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" from Toy Story4
"Glasgow" from Wild Rose
The Christmas Gift
Miller & Son
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors' Window
Sometimes, I Think About Dying
Fire in Paradise
Ghosts of Sugar Land
In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone If You're a Girl
Life Overtakes Me
St. Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha
He Can't Live Without Cosmos
Mind My Mind
The Physics of Sorrow
Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days
Dolemite Is My Name
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Alita: Battle Angel
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Terminator: Dark Fate