Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Academy Committees Narrow Down Nominees in "Special" Categories

Hey there, Oscars fans! It's the most wonderful time of the year again: the time when all the Oscar contenders are finally released in theatres! Yes, all year we've had to put up with the drivel that Hollywood doesn't deem worthy enough to be awards bait, but they're just now getting to the good stuff. Not only does that mean that the announcement of the nominees is a mere two weeks away, but it also means that some categories have already been narrowed down to a small selection of eligible films.

This year, 71 countries submitted films for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The Phase I committee selected six of these films, while the Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee augmented the Phase I committee's selections with an additional three films. Together the selections comprise the official "short list" from which the eventual nominees will be chosen:
Amour - Austria
War Witch - Canada
No - Chile
A Royal Affair - Denmark
The Intouchables - France
The Deep - Iceland
Kon-Tiki - Norway
Beyond the Hills - Romania
Sister - Switzerland

In the Best Animated Feature category, 21 films have been submitted for consideration this year:
Adventures in Zambezia
Delhi Safari
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
From Up on Poppy Hill
Hey Krishna
Hotel Transylvania
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
The Mystical Laws
The Painting
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
The Rabbi's Cat
Rise of the Guardians
Secret of the Wings
Walter & Tandoori's Christmas
Wreck-It Ralph

Seven films remain in contention for the Oscar in Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables
Men in Black 3
Snow White and the Huntsman

The Academy's Documentary Branch has viewed all eligible documentaries and has winnowed the titles down to the 15-film short list:
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Chasing Ice
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
The House I Live In
How to Survive a Plague
The Imposter
The Invisible War
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
Searching for Sugar Man
This Is Not a Film
The Waiting Room

There are 10 films still contending for the Best Visual Effects category:
The Amazing Spider-Man
Cloud Atlas
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
John Carter
Life of Pi
Marvel’s The Avengers
Snow White and the Huntsman

In addition, 104 original scores and 75 original songs have been deemed eligible in their respective categories, while 282 feature films are eligible in the Best Picture category. Nominees in all categories will be announced on Thursday, January 10, at 5:30 AM PST.

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