Oscars Shortlists Include Beyoncé, ‘Spider-Man’ and Two Jonny Greenwood Scores as France’s ‘Titane’ Is Snubbed

“Flowing Home”
“Souvenir Souvenir”
“Dune” (Warner Bros)
“Affairs of the Art”
Best Adapted Screenplay
“Dream Girl” from “Cinderella” (Amazon Studios)
We're one step closer to seeing history being made with husband and wife Jay-Z and Beyoncé both making it for their two numbers on "The Harder They Fall" and "King Richard." If both are nominated, it will be the first time in Oscar history that a husband and wife competed against one another in the same category.
“A Quiet Place Part II” (Paramount Pictures)
We also have the obligatory mention for another Diane Warren song from the drama "Four Good Days." With 12 nominations and still no win, could this be the year she finally captures the gold?
“Your Song Saved My Life” from “Sing 2” (Illumination/Universal Pictures)
The list included the usual suspects among pundits and analysts, which had "Flee," the only crossover from the documentary race, and the first film in history to be eligible in animated, doc and international ("Waltz With Bashir" was disqualified from documentary in its respective year). It's widely expected that the Norway entry will be nominated in all three while also making a play for best picture with the help of Neon that got "Parasite" its historic win.
Jeymes Samuel, Scott Mescudi, Shawn Carter
“Black Widow” (Marvel Studios)
International Feature
“The Power of the Dog” (Netflix) – Jonny Greenwood
“Les Grandes Claques”
“Great Freedom” (Austria) – dir. Sebastian Meise
“The Worst Person in the World” (Norway) – dir. Joachim Trier
“Don’t Look Up” (Netflix) – Nicholas Britell
“Procession” (Netflix) – dir. Robert Greene
Jamie Alexander Hartman, Jennifer Hudson, Carole King
“No Time to Die” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)
“Flee” (Neon) – dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen
“Automatic Woman” from “Bruised” (Netflix)
Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.
Makeup and Hairstyling
Animated Short Film
The most shocking (but welcoming) inclusion on the list is the horror film "Candyman" by Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, who is one of three Black composers to make the shortlist, including Kris Bowers for "King Richard" and Jeymes Samuel for "The Harder They Fall."
“So May We Start?” from “Annette” (Amazon Studios)
Idina Menzel, Laura Veltz
Best Original Score
“When We Were Bullies”
“Lynching Postcards: “Token of a Great Day”
Kong" mustered its way in, alongside the sequel "The Matrix: Resurrections" and the category frontrunner "Dune." Taking cues from "Kong: Skull Island" that was nominated here, Warner Bros' "Godzilla vs.
Diane Warren
Best Costume Design
“Dune” (Warner Bros)
“No Time to Die” (MGM/United Artists Releasing) – Hans Zimmer
The snubs include Discovery Plus' "Francesco" and "Introducing, Selma Blair," both powerful portraits, along with Edgar Wright's love letter to the band Sparks, "The Sparks Brothers." Also missing out was Netflix's "Pray Away" and, most egregious, Sony Pictures Classics' "Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America."
Edgar Wright's "Last Night in Soho," the most surprising entry, could bode well for a showing in other artisan categories like production and costumes.
The shortlist voting concluded on Dec. 15, and the remaining ones will move on to the official phase one voting. 27, and ends on Tuesday, Feb. 8. 1. The official credits and nominees for all the films will be announced, with the rest of the Oscar nominations on Tuesday, Feb. Nominations voting begins on Thursday, Jan.
“Dune” (Warner Bros) – Hans Zimmer
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (Marvel Studios)
“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” (Sony Pictures)
Megan Mylan “Simple as Water” (HBO Documentary Films) – dir.
Original Score
“Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry” (Apple Original Films) – dir. RJ Cutler
Stanley Nelson “Attica” (Showtime) – dir.
Julie Cohen, Betsy West “Julia” (Sony Pictures Classics) – dir.
“The Windshield Wiper”
“The Queen of Basketball”
“Dune” (Warner Bros)
“Prayers for the Stolen” (Mexico) – dir. Tatiana Huezo
“Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures) – Germaine Franco
“Nightmare Alley” (Searchlight Pictures)
“Just Look Up” from “Don’t Look Up” (Netflix)
It's a fantastic showing for MGM/United Artists Releasing, which landed three spots in the field of 10 — "Cyrano," "House of Gucci" and surprisingly, "No Time to Die." In addition, the expected frontrunner "Dune" made the cut, along with its Warner Bros counterpart "The Suicide Squad," Whose original predecessor, which was helmed by David Ayer, won this category.
Best Documentary Feature
The biggest omission is Guillermo del Toro's "Nightmare Alley," which missed in two critical races that were announced — unsure if we can chalk it up to not seeing the film in time (which is hard to argue considering "Spider-Man: No Way Home" made it) or if the film's divisive nature is having trouble with members. Other notable rebuffs were Netflix's "Don't Look Up" and Marvel's "Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings."
“Guns Go Bang” from “The Harder They Fall” (Netflix)
Best Film Editing
“Be Alive” from “King Richard” (Warner Bros)
“You’re Dead Helen”
(other songwriters to be added) H.E.R.
Marvel Studios owned the Visual Effects Branch this year, with "Black Widow," "Eternals," and "Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" all making appearances. However, Scarlett Johansson's last entry as the Natasha Romanoff may face the biggest hurdle of the three due to the early release.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced the shortlists in 10 categories for the upcoming 94th Oscars ceremony.
“Camp Confidential: America’s Secret Nazis”
However, there is something for everyone on the 15 songs that remain. This race should bring the newly minted Academy Awards producer Will Packer and the leadership joy and promise for high ratings.
“Censor of Dreams”
“The Criminals”
“The Facility”
Rintu Thomas “Writing with Fire” (Music Box Films) – dir.
Documentary Short Subject
“Ala Kachuu – Take and Run”
“Being the Ricardos” (Amazon Studios) – Daniel Pemberton
Blerta Basholli “Hive” (Kosovo) – dir.
Brian Wilson, Jim James
Four of the films on the shortlist are helmed by women ("Playground," "I'm Your Man," "Hive" and "Prayers for the Stolen"). In addition, there are three countries making entry onto the shortlist for the first time — Bhutan, Kosovo and Panama. The glaring snub of the day is France's "Titane" from Julia Ducournau, who became the second woman ever to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. The latter was the big surprise on the list with "Plaza Catedral." It was a divisive film among many, and it was assumed that the film would be a difficult sell to Academy members but was expected to make the shortlist.
“Belfast” (Focus Features)
“Somehow You Do” from “Four Good Days” (Vertical Entertainment)
“A Broken House”
“Mum Is Pouring Rain”
Lin-Manuel Miranda
“Last Night in Soho” (Focus Features)
“No Time to Die” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)
Best Supporting Actor
“Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures)
Best Actress
Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.
“The Rescue” (National Geographic) – dir. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Check out the list of the films and categories below:
“Faya Dayi” (Janus Films) – dir. Jessica Beshir
“The Hand of God” (Italy) – dir. Paolo Sorrentino
“On My Mind”
“Beyond The Shore” from “CODA” (Apple Original Films)
Todd Haynes “The Velvet Underground” (Apple Original Films) – dir.
Best Supporting Actress
“The Green Knight” (A24) – Daniel Hart
Laura Wandel “Playground” (Belgium) – dir.
“Flee” (Denmark) – dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen
That's going to help for awards campaigning in January. Marvel can also own half of Sony Pictures' success with getting the box-office juggernaut "Spider-Man: No Way Home" into the lineup. The Tom Holland and Zendaya vehicle dominated the box office, scoring the third highest-grossing opening of all time.
6” (Finland) – dir. “Compartment No. Juho Kuosmanen
“The Matrix Resurrections” (Warner Bros)
The most shocking exclusion came from Nathan Johnson's beautiful work on "Nightmare Alley" failing to cut. At the same time, the branch also passed on another Disney feature, "Raya and the Last Dragon," from nine-time Oscar-nominee James Newton Howard.
Billie Eilish, Finneas O'Connell
“House of Gucci” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Abner Benaim “Plaza Catedral” (Panama) – dir.
“When the Sun Sets”
C. Leyendecker” “Coded: The Hidden Love of J.
“King Richard” (Warner Bros) – Kris Bowers
“Only a Child”
Nicholai Baxter, Matt Dahan, Sian Heder, Marius de Vries
“The French Dispatch” (Searchlight Pictures) – Alexandre Desplat
“The Good Boss” (Spain) – dir. Fernando León de Aranoa
Lin-Manuel Miranda represents his historic year with his song "Dos Oruguitas" from "Encanto," which could make him an EGOT winner if it breaks his way.
“The Eyes of Tammy Faye” (Searchlight Pictures)
“The Suicide Squad” (Warner Bros)
Other notable omissions include Colombia's "Memoria," Russia's "Unclenching the Fists" and Czech Republic's "Zátopek."
“No Time To Die” from “No Time to Die” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)
30. In addition, branch members will vote to nominate five films. All members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view seven-minute excerpts and interviews with the artists from each shortlisted film on Sunday, Jan.
“Godzilla vs. Kong” (Warner Bros)
“The Harder They Fall” (Netflix) – Jeymes Samuel
Best Picture
Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr.
With 138 features submitted for recognition, there aren't as many "shockers" as we thought there would be. Eight of the shortlisted films are helmed by women, which is notable. Apple Original Films managed two entries for music docs — "Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry" and "The Velvet Underground." Also landing two films each was HBO with Nanfu Wang's "In The Same Breath" (who missed out for her film "One Child Nation") and Megan Mylan's "Simple as Water" (who won the Oscar for documentary short for 2008's "Smile Pinki").
“Under the Heavens”
“No Time to Die” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)
“Free Guy” (20th Century Studios)
Best Sound
“Day of Rage”
“Coming 2 America” (Amazon Studios)
“Robin Robin”
“Spencer” (Neon/Topic Studios) – Jonny Greenwood
Despite three scores submitted this year, the Grammy-winning The National failed to make a list with "C'mon C'mon," "Cyrano" and "Jockey."
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson
Live Action Short
Boom!" and Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" will represent the genre. It was a massive year for musicals, and Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Tick, Tick … But, unfortunately, Joe Wright's "Cyrano" and Jon M. Both stand an excellent chance to make the final cut. Chu's "In the Heights" were passed over for their achievements.
This year that seems to be Amazon Studios' "Being the Ricardos" and the work done on Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem. In contrast, Searchlight Pictures' "The French Dispatch" was left off, which is unexpected considering their previous love for Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel." It also seems that the transformation of Kristen Stewart into Princess Diana didn't impress the branch, as the film was also overlooked. The hair and makeup artisans always leave off some expected frontrunners and contenders.
Camilla Nielsson “President” (Greenwich Entertainment) – dir.
“The Long Goodbye”
Members of the Sound Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. 28. Branch members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration. All members of the Sound Branch will be invited to view eight-minute excerpts and interviews with the artists from each of the shortlisted films beginning Friday, Jan.
“Us Again”
It seems not to be raising any glaring issues thus far as the 10 features to make the cut are all respected entries and worthy of a nomination. The first year that the Oscars have presented a shortlist for sound, just two years after merging the awards for sound mixing and sound editing.
“Cruella” (Walt Disney Pictures)
is back with the track from Halle Berry's directorial debut, "Bruised," while Sparks and Van Morrison are eyeing the older demographic of the Academy with the songs from "Annette" and "Belfast." Last year's surprise winner H.E.R.
“West Side Story” (20th Century Studios)
“Parallel Mothers” (Sony Pictures Classics) – Alberto Iglesias
Valdimar Jóhannsson “Lamb” (Iceland) – dir.
“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from “Respect” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)
Best Actor
Best Original Screenplay
“The Musician”
Asghar Farhadi “A Hero” (Iran) – dir.
Maria Schrader “I’m Your Man” (Germany) – dir.
Best International Feature” />
“In the Same Breath” (HBO Documentary Films) – dir. Nanfu Wang
“Right Where I Belong” from “Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road” (Screen Media Films)
“Bad Seeds”
All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts and interviews with the artists from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday, Jan. 29. Then, branch members will vote to nominate five films.
Germaine Franco, who became the first Latina to ever join the Music Branch in 2019, is the only woman represented among the shortlisted for the animated musical "Encanto." Fresh off her Golden Globe nom, she could become one of the favorites if the film continues to gain traction in other races like animated feature and original song.
“Please Hold”
“The First Wave” (National Geographic) – dir. Matthew Heineman
Original Song
2022 Academy Awards Predictions
Best Visual Effects
Pawo Choyning Dorji “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom” (Bhutan) – dir.
Ron Mael, Russell Mael (Sparks)
The biggest pop stars in the world are among the list, including Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi, who are co-writers on the song from "Don't Look Up," Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas on their already Grammy-winning number from "No Time to Die" and Jennifer Hudson, who is looking for a double Oscar nom in actress and original song with "Respect."
“Lead Me Home”
“Three Songs for Benazir”
“The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” (Sony Pictures)
“Tick, Tick … Boom!" (Netflix)
“The Tragedy of Macbeth” (Apple Original Films/A24) – Carter Burwell
Documentary Feature
“Down To Joy” from “Belfast” (Focus Features)
“The Anonymous Ones” from “Dear Evan Hansen” (Universal Pictures)
“Cyrano” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)
Best Original Song
Best Cinematography
“Terror Contagion”
“Drive My Car” (Japan) – dir. Ryusuke Hamaguchi
“The Matrix Resurrections” (Warner Bros)
Quest Love “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” (Searchlight Pictures) – dir.
Best Production Design
“Sophie & the Baron”
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” (Sony Pictures)
“West Side Story” (20th Century Studios)
“Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice”
“Ascension” (MTV Documentary Films) – dir. Jessica Kingdon
Carter in costume design. Unanticipated entries include Amazon Studios' "Coming 2 America," which could be a good signal for Ruth E.
Best Animated Feature
Kudos to the Academy for not forgetting "Free Guy," which deserves a nom.
“Candyman” (Universal Pictures) – Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
“The Dress”
Van Morrison
The same will apply for the nominations round, with participants opting-in and must view all 15 shortlisted films to vote. However, they must have met a minimum viewing requirement to vote in the category. Academy members from all branches were invited to participate in the preliminary round of voting.
Nicholas Britell, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi, Tara Stinson
“Eternals” (Marvel Studios)
Oscar winner Hans Zimmer ("The Lion King") nabbed two of the 15 spots with "Dune" and "No Time to Die" while the still unrewarded Jonny Greenwood was shortlisted for "The Power of the Dog" and "Spencer." This year, there are two possibilities for double nominations in the original score category.
Visual Effects
Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Amandla Stenberg
“Step into the River”
“The Last Duel” (20th Century Studios) – Harry Gregson-Williams
Best Director

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