The Oscar Shortlists

It's December and awards season is well underway. Brian has posted some of the critics' awards, which gives us our first taste at which films are really in contention this year.

But it's also the time that we start seeing the Oscar shortlists. It only happens for a few of the awards, but I love that we start to narrow down who is even in the running at this point. It also gives me my first "look" (even though at this point it's just a title) of the possible short films (many of you know going to see the short programs is one of my favorite times of Oscar season).

In regards to the short films, a couple of interesting things: 1) there are only 8 documentary short films on the short list which means that there's a chance there will be fewer than the usual 5 nominees this year (could be from 3-5) and 2) "Annigaaq," the live action short film I posted earlier (that shows the other side of a scene from likely Best Picture nominee "Gravity") did not make the cut. Is that in any way a sign of "Gravity's" chances at the big prize?

Shortlist of films eligible for the Visual Effects Oscar:
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Pacific Rim
Star Trek Into Darkness
Thor: The Dark World
World War Z

Shortlist of films eligible for the Feature Length Documentary Oscar:
The Act of Killing
The Armstrong Lie
The Crash Reel
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
First Cousin Once Removed
God Loves Uganda
Life According to Sam
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
The Square
Stories We Tell
Tim’s Vermeer
20 Feet from Stardom
Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington

Shortlist of films eligible for the Documentary Short Subject Oscar:
Facing Fear
Jujitsu-ing Reality
Karama Has No Walls
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

Shortlist of films eligible for the Live Action Short Subject Oscar:
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)
Dva (Two)
Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
Throat Song
Tiger Boy
The Voorman Problem
Shortlist of films eligible for the Animated Short Subject Oscar:
Get a Horse!
Gloria Victoria
Hollow Land
The Missing Scarf
Mr. Hublot
Requiem for Romance
Room on the Broom
Subconscious Password

Finally, this isn't really a short list. But these were the 19 films submitted for consideration in this year's Animated Feature Film Oscar:
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest and Celestine
The Fake
Free Birds
The Legend of Sarila
A Letter to Momo
Monsters University
O Apóstolo
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion
Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury
The Smurfs 2
The Wind Rises


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