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Film academy reveals shortlists for nine different categories ahead of Oscar nomination voting

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the shortlists of semi-finalists in nine different categories for the 91st Oscars, including Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Song and Original Score), Visual Effects, and Documentary Feature, among others.

The unusual release of the shortlists, which, in the past, have been revealed over the course of several weeks rather than all at once, comes ahead of the start of the Academy’s nominations voting, which will begin on January 7 and run through January 14 before being announced on the morning of January 22.

Still without a replacement for the recently fired Kevin Hart, the 91st Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and will air live coast-to-coast on ABC Television Network. You can check out the all nine Oscars shortlists below.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Feature category for the 91st Academy Awards.  One hundred sixty-six films were originally submitted in the category.  Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

“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
Ten films will advance in the Documentary Short Subject category for the 91st Academy Awards.  One hundred four films had originally qualified in the category.  Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

“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
Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 91st Academy Awards.  Eighty-seven films had originally been considered in the category.

Los Angeles-based Academy members from all branches screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 10.  The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.  Academy members eligible to participate in the Nominations round of voting will view the shortlisted films.  Members must see all nine films before casting their ballots.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

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 
Seven films will advance in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 91st Academy Awards.  All members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films on Saturday, January 5, 2019.  Members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar® consideration.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

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

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Fifteen scores will advance in the Original Score category for the 91st Academy Awards.  One hundred fifty-six scores were eligible in the category.  Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The scores listed in alphabetical order by film title are:

“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)
Fifteen songs will advance in the Original Song category for the 91st Academy Awards.  Ninety songs were eligible in the category.  Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film title and song title:

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

ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Ten films will advance in the Animated Short Film category for the 91st Academy Awards.  Eighty-one films had originally qualified in the category.  Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

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

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
Ten films will advance in the Live Action Short Film category for the 91st Academy Awards.  One hundred forty films had originally qualified in the category.  Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

“Caroline”
“Chuchotage”
“Detainment”
“Fauve”
“Icare”
“Marguerite”
“May Day”
“Mother”
“Skin”
“Wale”

VISUAL EFFECTS
Ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 91st Academy Awards.  The Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist.  All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday, January 5, 2019.  Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

“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”

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Elizabeth Debicki and Robert Pattinson have joined the cast of Christopher Nolan’s next film

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Just one day after it was revealed that John David Washington had been cast as the lead in Christopher Nolan’s mysterious next film, Variety is back again with some more very exciting casting news regarding this project.

According to the trade, Elizabeth Debicki and Robert Pattinson have also joined the cast of the yet-to-titled film, which is set to be released on July 17, 2020, so mark your calendars accordingly, folks.

While not much is known about the project since it still in the early stages at this point, one insider told Variety that the film is “a massive, innovative action blockbuster” and, like many of Nolan’s previous films, will once again be shown in big, beautiful IMAX.

Debicki absolutely stole the show in Steve McQueen’s star-studded female heist thriller Widows last November and Pattinson has been taking on so many incredibly interesting, complex roles in recent years with films like Safdie brothers’ Good Time and, more recently, Claire Denis’ High Life.

With those two now on board a project that already has the likes of Christopher Nolan and John David Washington involved, I’m already 100% sold on this movie even though I literally no idea what the hell it’s about or what it’s even called. When do tickets go on sale?

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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ teaser trailer reveals Tarantino’s star-studded ninth film

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Yes, the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is finally here. Yes, it’s fucking incredible and everything I was hoping it would be. Yes, I take back everything I said about that god-awful poster Sony released a few days ago. No, I will not stop clicking the replay button.

It’s the summer of 1969 in good ol’ Los Angeles, California where Western TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) are struggling to navigate their way through a Hollywood that they hardly recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor: actress Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie).

While we don’t get to see much of Robbie in this trailer, we do get a hell of a lot of DiCaprio and Pitt, who appear to be having a blast in their respective roles, especially the latter, who we see getting a Kung Fu lesson from Bruce Lee (Mike Moh) at one point—that line about manslaughter damn near killed me!

With a cast that also includes the likes of Al Pacino, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Nicholas Hammond, Luke Perry, Clifton Collins, Keith Jefferson, and Emile Hirsch, it’s tough not to be excited for Tarantino’s latest, which may have just skyrocketed to the top of my most anticipated for the rest of the year list thanks to this trailer.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will hit theaters on July 26. You can check out the newly released trailer below.

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John David Washington has landed the lead role in Christopher Nolan’s untitled 2020 event film

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Let the hype begin: Variety is reporting that Oscar-nominated BlacKkKlansman star John David Washington has been tapped to star in Christopher Nolan’s secretive new film, with production on the project expected to get underway in the coming months.

According to the story, “Nolan recently finished the script for the movie and Warner Bros. quickly dated it for July 17, 2020,” but, as you can imagine, with this being a Nolan film and all, plot details are being kept very tightly under wraps at the moment.

What we do know is that the film is being described “as a massive, innovative action blockbuster,” which puts to rest those rumors we heard in recent weeks about it being some romantic thriller of sorts. Oh, and did we mention this thing is going to be shown in IMAX? Because this thing is going to be shown in IMAX.

As for Washington’s role, well, we don’t really know much about that either, but Variety does mention that “the gig has become one of the more highly coveted in town,” which makes me so very happy for John David Washington. The dude absolutely killed it in BlacKkKlansman and deserves this opportunity 100%.

That’s all we have for you right now regarding Nolan’s latest, but be sure to stay tuned for any future developments that might come across our desk. You definitely don’t want to be in the dark when it comes to this one.

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