The Oscars are arousing feverish interest and anticipation. Hundreds of millions of moviegoers tune in to witness the dazzling ceremony and hear who will receive cinema’s top honors.
This time, too, the awards caught the public’s attention by releasing the nominees on Tuesday. Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Ariana Grande are all up for an Oscar for Best Original Song. However, the French shocker “Titane” did not make the list for best foreign film.
Beyoncé’s ballad “Be Alive”, written for the tennis film “King Richard”, about Serena and Venus Williams’ father (performed by Will Smith), was part of a list of 15 songs that will be reduced to five before the Oscars. in March.
She will be competing with her husband, Jay-Z, who produced the Netflix western “The Harder They Fall” and collaborated with Kid Cudi on the film’s song “Guns Go Bang”.
Grande appears in the parody “Don’t Look Up,” in which her pop star character sings “Just Look Up” to implore audiences for attention to the looming threat of a comet crashing into Earth.
Billie Eilish’s 007 theme song “No Time To Die” was also on the list.
The same goes for “Dos Oruguitas” from the Disney animated feature “Encanto”, a song written by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, which only needs an Oscar to complete. the coveted collection of EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) accolades.
Out of a pool of 92 films, fifteen nominees for the Oscar for best international feature film were announced.
France has the most foreign film nominations of any country in Oscar history. But it will remain this year after the body horror film “Titanium” by Julia Ducournau, winner of the Palme d’Or, failed to carve out a niche for itself.
Among the favorites on the list are Paolo Sorrentino’s coming-of-age drama “The Hand of God” (Italy) and “Drive My Car” by Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Japan), based on a short story by Haruki Murakami.
With the moral drama “A Hero”, Iranian Asghar Farhadi joins a rare group of writers who have already won numerous Oscars for foreign films with “A Separation” and “The Salesman”.
“Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom,” a comedy drama about a reluctant young teacher recruited to work in the world’s most isolated school, brought Bhutan closer to its first Oscar nomination.
Denmark, which won the Foreign Film Oscar last year for “Another Round,” has a strong contender in “Flee,” which follows a gay Afghan refugee on his treacherous trip to Europe.
The animated film was also named in the list of best documentaries, which was announced on Tuesday.
Questlove’s “Summer of Soul,” on the massive but largely ignored “Black Woodstock” celebration that took place in Harlem in 1969, and “The Rescue,” on the run that made headlines in 2018 to unleash a Thai football team trapped in cave, also made the list.
The final list of Oscar nominations will be released in February, and the Oscars will be awarded to the lucky few on March 27.