The Academy Announces Oscar Contenders In Nine Categories

Ahead of the nominations, see which films made the shortlist for Foreign Language Film, Visual Effects, and more.

The Oscars may not have a host, but they’re edging closer to their list of nominees. The Academy just dropped all of its shortlists at once, narrowing the list of contenders in nine categories from foreign-language film, documentary feature, music, and more. In the past, these lists have been announced individually throughout December, but the Academy has streamlined their voting schedule this year allowing for one big announcement. Going forward, voters will use these lists to select the official nominees.

Here’s the full list of contenders for these nine categories:

Documentary Feature

  • Charm City
  • Communion
  • Crime + Punishment
  • Dark Money
  • The Distant Barking of Dogs
  • Free Solo
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening
  • Minding the Gap
  • Of Fathers and Sons
  • On Her Shoulders
  • RBG
  • Shirkers
  • The Silence of Others
  • Three Identical Strangers
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Documentary Short Subject

  • Black Sheep
  • End Game
  • Lifeboat
  • Los Comandos
  • My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes
  • A Night at the Garden
  • Period. End of Sentence.
  • ’63 Boycott
  • Women of the Gulag
  • Zion

Foreign Language Film

  • Colombia, Birds of Passage
  • Denmark, The Guilty
  • Germany, Never Look Away
  • Japan, Shoplifters
  • Kazakhstan, Ayka
  • Lebanon, Capernaum
  • Mexico, Roma
  • Poland, Cold War
  • South Korea, Burning

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Border
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • Stan & Ollie
  • Suspiria
  • Vice

Music (Original Score)

  • Annihilation
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Black Panther
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • The Death of Stalin
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • First Man
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • A Quiet Place
  • Ready Player One
  • Vice

Music (Original Song)

  • “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” - The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • “Treasure” - Beautiful Boy
  • “All The Stars” - Black Panther
  • “Revelation” - Boy Erased
  • “Girl In The Movies” - Dumplin’
  • “We Won’t Move” - The Hate U Give
  • “The Place Where Lost Things Go” - Mary Poppins Returns
  • “Trip A Little Light Fantastic” - Mary Poppins Returns
  • “Keep Reachin’” - Quincy
  • “I’ll Fight” - RBG
  • “A Place Called Slaughter Race” - Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • “OYAHYTT” - Sorry to Bother You
  • “Shallow” - A Star Is Born
  • “Suspirium” - Suspiria
  • “The Big Unknown” - Widows

Short Film (Animated)

  • Age of Sail
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Bao
  • Bilby
  • Bird Karma
  • Late Afternoon
  • Lost & Found
  • One Small Step
  • Pépé le Morse
  • Weekends

Short Film (Live Action)

  • Caroline
  • Chuchotage
  • Detainment
  • Fauve
  • Icare
  • Marguerite
  • May Day
  • Mother
  • Skin
  • Wale

Visual Effects

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Black Panther
  • Christopher Robin
  • First Man
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Ready Player One
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Welcome to Marwen

The final nominations will be announced on January 22nd, and the 91st annual Academy Awards will air on Sunday, February 24th. In the meantime, hit the comments with your speculations on which of these films will make the final cut and who will take home the gold.