Academy Unveils 2019 Oscar Shortlists

2:48 PM 12/17/2018

by THR Staff

The nominees will be revealed Jan. 22.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday unveiled the shortlists for nine Oscar categories, which effectively pares down the list of awards hopefuls from which Academy members will chose nominees in each of the categories. It is the first time that the Academy has released all of its shortlists on the same day. And it gave some films a boost, while others — particularly in the documentary feature and foreign-language film categories — were left by the wayside.

As expected, Alfonso Cuaron's Roma, Mexico's submission for best foreign-language film, secured a spot in that category, where it will compete against such other films as Pawel Pawlikowski's Cold War, the Polish entry.

Mary Poppins Returns showed it could be an Oscar force, appearing on the score and visual effects shortlists as well as taking two slots on the best original song shortlist, where "The Place Where Lost Things Go" and "Trip a Little Light Fantastic" both made the cut.

The Oscar nominees will be unveiled Jan. 22, while the 91st Annual Academy Awards ceremony is set for Sunday, Feb. 24, and will air live on ABC.

A full list of the shortlists follows.

  • Best Documentary Feature

    Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Feature category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred sixty-six films were originally submitted in the category. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

  • Best Documentary Short

    Ten films will advance in the Documentary Short Subject category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred four films had originally qualified in the category. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

    Black Sheep
    End Game
    Lifeboat
    Los Comandos
    My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes
    A Night at the Garden
    Period. End of Sentence.
    ’63 Boycott
    Women of the Gulag
    Zion

  • Best Foreign-Language Film

    Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 91st Academy Awards. Eighty-seven films had originally been considered in the category.

    'Shoplifters'
    'Shoplifters'
    Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival

    Los Angeles-based Academy members from all branches screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and Dec. 10. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist. Academy members eligible to participate in the nominations round of voting will view the shortlisted films. Members must see all nine films before casting their ballots.

    Colombia, Birds of Passage
    Denmark, The Guilty
    Germany, Never Look Away
    Japan, Shoplifters
    Kazakhstan, Ayka
    Lebanon, Capernaum
    Mexico, Roma
    Poland, Cold War
    South Korea, Burning

  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling

    Seven films will advance in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 91st Academy Awards. All members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films on Saturday, Jan. 5. Members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

    'Mary Queen of Scots'
    'Mary Queen of Scots'
    Hilary B Gayle/Lionsgate

    Bombshell
    Dolemite Is My Name
    Downton Abbey
    Joker
    Judy
    Little Women
    Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

    1917
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
    Rocketman

  • Best Original Score

    Fifteen scores will advance in the Original Score category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred fifty-six scores were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

  • Best Original Song

    Fifteen songs will advance in the Original Song category for the 91st Academy Awards. Ninety songs were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

    'Mary Poppins Returns'
    'Mary Poppins Returns'
    Courtesy of Disney

    "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings" from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
    "Treasure" from Beautiful Boy
    "All the Stars" from Black Panther
    "Revelation" from Boy Erased
    "Girl in the Movies" from Dumplin'
    "We Won't Move" from The Hate U Give
    "The Place Where Lost Things Go" from Mary Poppins Returns
    "Trip a Little Light Fantastic" from Mary Poppins Returns
    "Keep Reachin'" from Quincy
    "I'll Fight" from RBG
    "A Place Called Slaughter Race" from Ralph Breaks the Internet
    "OYAHYTT" from Sorry to Bother You
    "Shallow" from A Star Is Born
    "Suspirium" from Suspiria
    "The Big Unknown" from Widows

  • Best Animated Short

    Ten films will advance in the Animated Short Film category for the 91st Academy Awards. Eighty-one films had originally qualified in the category. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

    Dcera (Daughter)
    Hair Love
    He Can't Live without Cosmos
    Hors Piste
    Kitbull
    Memorable
    Mind My Mind
    The Physics of Sorrow
    Sister
    Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days

  • Best Live Action Short

    Ten films will advance in the Live Action Short Film category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred forty films had originally qualified in the category. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

    Caroline
    Chuchotage
    Detainment
    Fauve
    Icare
    Marguerite
    May Day
    Mother
    Skin
    Wale

  • Best Visual Effects

    Ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 91st Academy Awards. The Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday, Jan. 5. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.