Oscar nominations 2021: the shortlist of films revealed by the Academy in 9 categories - and when is the ceremony?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the body which oversees the Oscars, has revealed the early contenders for its so-called ‘below-the-line’ categories

Soul, Mank and Da 5 Bloods are among the films that featured in some of the nine shortlists unveiled ahead of the 93rd Academy Awards, due to take place in April.

Mank, David Fincher’s black-and-white ode to old Hollywood, was included on the lists for makeup and hairstyling, original score and visual effects.

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Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, another film considered likely to be a major Oscars contender, is also in the running for original score while Disney’s animated feel-good movie Soul made that shortlist and the visual effects one.

The Oscars, which were delayed due the pandemic, are scheduled to take place on 25 April (Photo: Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)

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What films are on the shortlist?

The documentary feature category includes 15 films. Crip Camp, from the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions, makes the cut alongside other acclaimed entries such as Dick Johnson Is Dead, All In: The Fight for Democracy, The Painter And The Thief, and Time.

The 10 documentary short subjects in the running include Abortion Helpline, This Is Lisa, Do Not Split, A Love Song For Latasha, and What Would Sophia Loren Do?

Movies from 93 countries were eligible for international feature film, with 15 entries making the shortlist. They include Denmark’s Another Round, Hong Kong’s Better Days, Guatemala’s La Llorona, and Tunisia’s The Man Who Sold His Skin.

Birds Of Prey, Emma, Hillbilly Elegy, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and One Night In Miami join Mank on the 10-film shortlist for makeup and hairstyling.

Original score contenders include Ammonite, The Invisible Man, The Little Things, The Midnight Sky, Minari, Tenet, and Mulan.

Acclaimed songwriter Diane Warren, who has been nominated in the category 11 times, landed two tracks on the original song shortlist for both The Life Ahead’s ‘Lo Si (Seen)’ and Free from ‘The One And Only Ivan’.

Other shortlisted songs include ‘Green’ from Sound Of Metal, ‘Speak Now’ from One Night In Miami and ‘Hear My Voice’ from The Trial Of The Chicago 7.

‘Wuhan Flu’, the spoof from Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, is also included, as is ‘Husavik’ from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga.

Taylor Swift missed out, with her track ‘Only The Young’ from the Miss Americana Netflix documentary not making the cut.

Animated short film contenders include Burrow, Genius Loci and Yes-People while live-action short film hopefuls to feature include Two Distant Strangers, The Van, and White Eye.

And for visual effects, 10 films made the shortlist. They include Birds Of Prey, Bloodshot, Love And Monsters, The Midnight Sky, Mulan, and Tenet.

The full list of shortlisted films:

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

Documentary Short Subject

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

Quo Vadis, Aida?

The Mole Agent


Another Round

Two of Us

La Llorona

Better Days

Sun Children

Night of the Kings

I’m No Longer Here



Dear Comrades!

A Sun

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Makeup and Hairstyling

Birds of Prey


The Glorias

Hillbilly Elegy

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

The Little Things

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom


One Night in Miami…


Music (Original Score)


Blizzard of Souls

Da 5 Bloods

The Invisible Man

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

The Life Ahead

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

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

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

Love and Monsters


The Midnight Sky


The One and Only Ivan



Welcome to Chechnya

When will the full list of nominees be announced?

Voting for Oscar nominations begins on 5 March concludes on 10 March, the Academy said.

It will announce the final list of nominations on Monday 15 March.

When is this year’s Oscars?

The Oscars, which were delayed due the pandemic, are scheduled to take place on 25 April.