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Unveiling the Oscar Shortlists: A Preview of the Contenders and Highlights for the 96th Academy Awards

Last week, on December 21, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled the Oscar shortlists across ten categories, with the final nominations set to be disclosed on January 23.


Contenders are vying for recognition in diverse genres, encompassing film style, musical composition, animations, and more. Greta Gerwig's meta-comedy "Barbie" leads with five mentions, including sound and original song for its three submissions. "Killers of the Flower Moon" and "Society of the Snow" also demonstrate strength, each securing four mentions across four distinct categories.

Notable highlights include the film "Oppenheimer," which made waves at the global box office this year, leading the pack." The Ukrainian documentary "20 Days in Mariupol" and the Tunisian ISIS saga "Four Daughters" are making waves in both the International Feature and Documentary Feature categories.

(Photographer Evgeniy Maloletka picks his way through the aftermath of a Russian attack in Mariupol, Ukraine, February 24, 2022. AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

The documentary category features compelling entries such as "American Symphony" and "Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie," among others. Live-action, animated, and documentary shorts have also been revealed, featuring noteworthy contributions from Pedro Almodóvar and Wes Anderson.


In the Original Song category, the spotlight is on Barbie, which stands a strong chance of victory with three contenders from a single movie. Consequently, "I'm Just Ken" from Barbie faces tough competition from Dua Lipa's "Dance the Night" and Billie Eilish's "What Was I Made For?" from the same film.


The Makeup and Hairstyling nominations showcase extravagant pieces, with one standout being "Napoleon," where the protagonist's distinctive style, often criticized for its lackluster appearance, becomes a highlight of the film. Other nominations in this category include "Wonka," "Ferrari," "The Iron Claw," and more.

(Joaquin Phoenix in Ridley Scott’s Napoleon (2023). Photograph: Landmark Media/Alamy)

In the Animated Short Film category, top contenders for victory include "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" by Sony Pictures and "The Boy and the Heron" by GKids/Toho.


Additionally, the Academy shortlisted nominees for Best Visual Effects, including "Nyad," "Marvels," "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom," and "Godzilla Minus One."


The 96th Oscars ceremony is scheduled for March 10, 2024, with nominations set to be announced on January 23, 2024. For more detailed shortlists in each category check The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences news website:

/Yulianna Shalenyk

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