Even though the announcement of the nominees for the 84th Academy Awards is still over a month away, some categories have already started the process of whittling down the eligible films.
In the Best Documentary Feature category, the Documentary Branch Screening Committee viewed all 124 of the eligible documentaries and narrowed finalists down to 15 for this year's shortlist:
Battle for Brooklyn
Bill Cunningham New York
Hell and Back Again
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
The Loving Story
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Semper Fi: Always Faithful
Sing Your Song
Under Fire: Journalists in Combat
We Were Here
In the Best Animated Feature category, 18 films have been submitted for consideration this year:
The Adventures of Tintin
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Gnomeo & Juliet
Happy Feet Two
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
Kung Fu Panda 2
Mars Needs Moms
Puss in Boots
Winnie the Pooh
In the Best Animated Short category, 44 films initially qualified this year. The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee held a preliminary round of voting after viewing all eligible films and produced their 10-film shortlist:
"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore"
"I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat"
"A Morning Stroll"
"Paths of Hate"
Out of 107 qualifying films in the Best Live Action Short category, the committee selected 10 for the shortlist:
"Je Pourrais Être Votre Grand-Mère (I Could Be Your Grandmother)"
"Love at First Sight"
"The Road Home"
"The Roar of the Sea"
And finally, the Academy's Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee has announced that 15 films will be eligible for consideration in the Best Visual Effects category. This year's eligible films are:
Captain America: The First Avenger
Cowboys & Aliens
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Tree of Life
X-Men: First Class
In all categories the nominees will be determined by the individual branch of the Academy overseeing the category. The nominees will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. PST.