Oscars nominations shortlist
Edit: Kimberlee Kessler

Despite a tumultuous past year for the film industry, the hotly-anticipated awards season is about to kick off. Today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the Oscars shortlists across nine categories and lends a prelude to what we can expect from the forthcoming nominations.

According to Variety, initial voting concluded on February 5 and includes categories across best documentary feature, documentary short subject, international feature, makeup and hairstyling, original score, original song, animated short film, live action short film and visual effects. The shortlist will then be subject to another round of voting with offical nominations announced on March 15 – mark your calendars!

Among the fellow contenders, it is clear that streaming services such as Netflix and Apple TV have struck gold amid the pandemic. My Octopus Teacher, Netflix’s mesmerising docco about a man’s unlikely bond with the sea creature and Apple TV’s Boys State are just some of the films in the running for Best Documentary.

As for feature films, there is a large mix of popular productions such as Tenet, Soul, The Midnight Sky and Mulan up for Best Visual Effects and Best Music. Looking at these preliminary lists, there are a couple of films that could take out Best Picture too. Emma starring the stunning Anya Taylor-Joy was among the films listed for Best Make Up & Hair Styling. For the full shortlist, scroll below. Stay tuned to GRAZIA for all the nominations on March 15.

The 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021.

documentary feature

“All In: The Fight for Democracy”
“Boys State”
“Crip Camp”
“Dick Johnson Is Dead”
“The Mole Agent”
“My Octopus Teacher”
“The Painter and the Thief”
“76 Days”
“The Truffle Hunters”
“Welcome to Chechnya”


“Abortion Helpline, This Is Lisa”
“Call Center Blues”
“A Concerto Is a Conversation”
“Do Not Split”
“Hunger Ward”
“Hysterical Girl”
“A Love Song for Latasha”
“The Speed Cubers”
“What Would Sophia Loren Do?”

international feature film

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Quo Vadis, Aida?”
Chile, “The Mole Agent”
Czech Republic, “Charlatan”
Denmark, “Another Round”
France, “Two of Us”
Guatemala, “La Llorona”
Hong Kong, “Better Days”
Iran, “Sun Children”
Ivory Coast, “Night of the Kings”
Mexico, “I’m No Longer Here”
Norway, “Hope”
Romania, “Collective”
Russia, “Dear Comrades!”
Taiwan, “A Sun”
Tunisia, “The Man Who Sold His Skin”


“Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn”
“The Glorias”
“Hillbilly Elegy”
“Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey”
“The Little Things”
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
“One Night in Miami…”


“Blizzard of Souls”
“Da 5 Bloods”
“The Invisible Man”
“Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey”
“The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)”
“The Little Things”
“The Midnight Sky”
“News of the World”
“The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Music (Original Song)

“Turntables” from “All In: The Fight for Democracy”
“See What You’ve Done” from “Belly of the Beast”
“Wuhan Flu” from “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”
“Husavik” from “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”
“Never Break” from “Giving Voice”
“Make It Work” from “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey”
“Fight For You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah”
“Io Sì (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)”
“Rain Song” from “Minari”
“Show Me Your Soul” from “Mr. Soul!”
“Loyal Brave True” from “Mulan”
“Free” from “The One and Only Ivan”
“Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami…”
“Green” from “Sound of Metal”
“Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

animated short film

“Genius Loci”
“If Anything Happens I Love You”
“The Snail and the Whale”
“To Gerard”

live action short film 

“Da Yie”
“Feeling Through”
“The Human Voice”
“The Kicksled Choir”
“The Letter Room”
“The Present”
“Two Distant Strangers”
“The Van”
“White Eye”

visual effects

“Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn”
“Love and Monsters”
“The Midnight Sky”
“The One and Only Ivan”
“Welcome to Chechnya”

Tile image credits:
Emma  – Courtesy of Box Hill Films – © 2019 Focus Features, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Tenet – Warner Bros. 
Mulan –  Disney