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‘Eurovision Song Contest’ and ‘Borat’ Advance to the Oscar Shortlist


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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” and “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” inched one step closer to being Oscar nominees on Tuesday when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its shortlists for nine categories.

“Wuhan Flu,” from the “Borat” sequel, and “Husavik,” from the Will Ferrell comedy about the European contest, advanced in the original song category along with 13 other tunes. Some 92 songs, including “Just Sing” from “Trolls World Tour,” didn’t make the cut.

Members of the various branches will vote March 5-9 to determine the final five nominees. Oscar nominations will be announced on March 15.

In the documentary feature category, 238 films in contention were whittled down to 15. Favorites still in the mix include Netflix’s “Dick Johnson Is Dead” “Crip Camp” and “My Octopus Teacher.” Also, in contention are Amazon’s “All In: The Fight for Democracy” and “MLK/FBI.” Neither Netflix’s popular “The Social Dilemma” nor Bryan Fogel’s “The Dissident,” about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, made the list.

In the international feature category, 93 countries submitted films, the most ever, but only 15 now remain. “Another Round,” from Denmark, has been an early favorite and made narrowed list. The film, from director Thomas Vinterberg, stars Mads Mikkelsen as a high school teacher in the midst of a midlife crisis. Also popular is the Polish director Agnieszka Holland’s “Charlatan,” which was submitted by the Czech Republic.

Voters from all branches of the academy are eligible to vote on the international feature category but are required to meet a minimum viewing requirement to do so. The group chose films from around the world, including the Ivory Coast (“Night of the Kings”), Guatemala (“La Llorona”) and Tunisia (“The Man Who Sold His Skin”).

The academy also released shortlists for the short film categories, hair and makeup, visual effects and original score. For those contenders, go to oscars.org. Here are the shortlists for original song, documentary feature and international feature.

“Turntables” (from “All In: The Fight for Democracy”)

“See What You’ve Done” (“Belly of the Beast”)

“Wuhan Flu” (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”)

“Husavik” (“Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”)

“Never Break” (“Giving Voice”)

“Make It Work” (“Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey”)

“Fight For You” (“Judas and the Black Messiah”)

“Lo Sì (Seen)” (“The Life Ahead”)

“Rain Song” (“Minari”)

“Show Me Your Soul” (“Mr. Soul!”)

“Loyal Brave True” (“Mulan”)

“Free” (“The One and Only Ivan”)

“Speak Now” (“One Night in Miami”)

“Green” (“Sound of Metal”)

“Hear My Voice” (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)

“All In: The Fight for Democracy”

“Boys State”


“Crip Camp”

“Dick Johnson Is Dead”



“The Mole Agent”

“My Octopus Teacher”


“The Painter and the Thief”

“76 Days”


“The Truffle Hunters”

“Welcome to Chechnya”

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”

Norway, “Hope”

Romania, “Collective”

Russia, “Dear Comrades!”

Taiwan, “A Sun”

Tunisia, “The Man Who Sold His Skin”

www.nytimes.com 2021-02-09 23:00:10

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