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‘Summer of Soul’, ‘Driving My Car’ shortlisted for Oscars – NBC10 Philadelphia

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Documentaries about Julia Child, “Black Woodstock”, pandemic and The Velvet Underground and international hits like Japan’s “Drive My Car”, Iran’s “A Hero” and “World’s Ugliest Man” of Norway just got a little closer to the point of Oscar nominations.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday announced its shortlist for a number of categories, including documentaries, international films, original songs, original soundtracks, visual effects and more. , makeup and hairstyling. Nominations for all categories for the 94th Academy Awards will be announced on February 8.

Members of the academy’s documentary branch sifted through 138 eligible films to select 15 shortlisted films, including two pandemic-themed films (“In the same category”) breath”, “The First Wave”), “Summer of Souls (… Or, When the Revolution Can’t Be Televised)” about an almost forgotten musical event in 1969, “Julia” by Julie Cohen and “Julia” by Betsy West and “The Velvet Underground” by Todd Haynes. Other notable picks are “Rescue,” about the Thai soccer team and their rescue of a remote cave, “Procession,” “Attica,” and “Flee.” “Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry” was also cut.

“Flee,” an animated documentary about Afghan refugees by Danish filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen, is also among the progressive films in the international feature film category. Other strong contenders include Ryusuke Hamaguchi “Drive My Car,” a hit with a panel of critics, Asghar Farhadi’s Iranian drama “A Hero,” the semi-autobiographical “Hand of God” director’s semi-autobiography. Italian Paolo Sorrentino and Joachim Trier’s dark romantic comedy “The Ugliest Man in the World,” from Norway. The French film, “Titane,” did not make the list despite winning the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

Controversial original songs include several big-star songs such as Beyoncé’s “Be Alive”, “King Richard”, Billie Eilish’s James Bond song “No Time To Die”, “Down” to Joy” by Van Morrison from “Belfast”, “Sing of U2 Song 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 Grande.

Composers Jonny Greenwood (“The Power of the Dog,” “Spencer”) and Hans Zimmer (“Dune,” “No Time To Die”) will likely be nominated for dual original track on Feb. Blockbuster films like “Dune” and “No Time To Die” also advanced in several categories including visual effects, sound, makeup and hairstyling.

The winner will be revealed at a ceremony on Sunday, March 27, televised live on ABC.

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Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr

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