Academy to honour Danny Glover, Samuel L. Jackson Elaine May and Liv Ullmann at 2022 Governors Award

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that its Board of Governors voted to present Honorary Awards to Samuel L. Jackson, Elaine May and Liv Ullmann, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Danny Glover.  The four Oscar statuettes will be presented at the Academy’s 12th Governors Awards on Saturday, 15 January 2022, in Los Angeles.

“We are thrilled to present this year’s Governors Awards to four honorees who have had a profound impact on both film and society,” said Academy President David Rubin. “Sam Jackson is a cultural icon whose dynamic work has resonated across genres and generations and audiences worldwide, while Elaine May’s bold, uncompromising approach to filmmaking, as a writer, director and actress, reverberates as loudly as ever with movie lovers.  Liv Ullmann’s bravery and emotional transparency has gifted audiences with deeply affecting screen portrayals, and Danny Glover’s decades-long advocacy for justice and human rights reflects his dedication to recognizing our shared humanity on and off the screen.” 

Glover first caught the attention of movie audiences in “The Color Purple” and went on to star opposite Mel Gibson in the “Lethal Weapon” series.  He has also appeared in “To Sleep with Anger,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Dreamgirls,” “Beyond the Lights” and “Sorry to Bother You.”  A lifelong community activist, his efforts for worldwide justice have inspired others to follow his leadership.  He has been a particularly strong advocate for economic justice and access to health care and education in the United States and Africa.  He has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program and is currently a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Jackson has brought an indelible presence to his roles in more than 100 films ranging from independents to blockbusters.  He earned an Oscar nomination for his supporting performance in “Pulp Fiction” (1994).  He has starred in such films as “Spider-Man: Far from Home,” “Shaft,” “The Hateful Eight,” “Chi-Raq,” “Django Unchained,” “Black Snake Moan,” “Unbreakable,” “Jackie Brown,” “Eve’s Bayou,” “The Long Kiss Goodnight,” “A Time to Kill,” “The Great White Hype,” “Die Hard with a Vengeance,” “True Romance,” “Jurassic Park,” “Menace II Society,” “Jungle Fever,” “Mo’ Better Blues” and “Do the Right Thing,” as well as entries in the “Star Wars,” “Avengers,” “Iron Man” and “Incredibles” series. 

May made her mark as a writer-director with “A New Leaf,” in which she also starred, “Mikey and Nicky” and “Ishtar,” and also directed “The Heartbreak Kid.”  Her screenwriting credits include “The Birdcage” and she received Oscar nominations for the adapted screenplays for “Heaven Can Wait” (1978) and “Primary Colors” (1998).  In the early 1960s, May achieved great success partnering with Mike Nichols, whom she met in an improvisational theater group, as a comedy team on stage and television. 

Ullmann began her career as a stage actress in her native Norway.  She came to the attention of international audiences in “Persona,” the first film she made with the Swedish director Ingmar Bergman.  Their notable collaboration went on to include “The Passion of Anna,” “Cries and Whispers” and “Autumn Sonata.”  Ullmann received Oscar nominations for Best Actress for “The Emigrants” (1971) and “Face to Face” (1976).  She made her directorial debut in 1992 with “Sofie” and later directed “Faithless,” from a script by Bergman.  Ullmann continued to work in theater for most of her career, making her New York stage debut in 1975 as Nora in “A Doll’s House.”

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.” 

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture arts and sciences whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.” 

Notes on the Nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards

Seventy women received a total 76 nominations, a record for a given year.

Chloé Zhao is the first woman to receive four nominations in a single year. Emerald Fennell becomes the third woman with three nominations in a single year, Sofia Coppola and Fran Walsh, who both accomplished that feat in 2003.

Emerald Fennell and Chloé Zhao become the sixth and seventh women to be nominated in the Directing category; it is the first time more than one woman has been nominated for Directing in the same year. Fennell is the first woman to be nominated for her feature film directing debut. Zhao is the first woman of color to be nominated for Directing. Previous women nominated for Directing are Lina Wertmüller, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow, the only winner, and Greta Gerwig.

Frances McDormand becomes the third woman (after Barbra Streisand and Oprah Winfrey) and the twentieth person to have both an acting and a Best Picture nomination, not necessarily for the same film.

Pete Docter’s fourth nomination is a record for the Animated Feature Film category, now entering its twentieth year.

Mank becomes the seventh black-and-white film to be nominated for Costume Design and the seventeenth for Cinematography since separate categories for color and black-and-white films were merged in 1967. The last Costume Design nomination (and win) was for The Artist (2011); the last Cinematography nomination was for The Lighthouse (2019).

With its first nomination, Tunisia becomes the fifth country from the continent of Africa to be nominated for International Feature Film. The Man Who Sold His Skin is the tenth film nominated from the region. Previous nominations include five films from Algeria, two from South Africa, and one each from Ivory Coast and Mauritania.

Leslie Odom, Jr. is the fifth person (and first man) to receive acting and song nominations for the same film. Mary J. Blige was the first, with her nominations for Mudbound in 2017, followed by Lady Gaga with her nominations for A Star Is Born in 2018, and Cynthia Erivo with her nominations for Harriet in 2019. Barbra Streisand was the first person to receive nominations in both categories but for different films.

Chadwick Boseman, who died on August 28, 2020, is the seventh performer to receive a posthumous nomination. The others were James Dean (Actor, East of Eden, 1955, and Actor, Giant, 1956); Spencer Tracy (Actor, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, 1967); Peter Finch, the only posthumous acting winner to date (Actor in a Leading Role, Network, 1976); Ralph Richardson (Actor in a Supporting Role, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, 1984); Massimo Troisi (Actor in a Leading Role, The Postman (Il Postino), 1995) and Heath Ledger (Actor in a Supporting Role, The Dark Knight, 2008).

In the acting categories, eleven individuals are first-time nominees (Riz Ahmed, Maria Bakalova, Chadwick Boseman, Andra Day, Vanessa Kirby, Leslie Odom, Jr., Paul Raci, Amanda Seyfried, Lakeith Stanfield, Steven Yeun and Yuh-Jung Youn). Five of the nominees are previous acting winners (Olivia Colman, Viola Davis, Anthony Hopkins, Frances McDormand and Gary Oldman). Anthony Hopkins is the only acting nominee who was also nominated last year.

Best Picture qualifying release dates:
The Trial of the Chicago 7 – September 25, 2020 (theatrical)
Mank – November 13, 2020 (theatrical)
Sound of Metal – November 20, 2020 (theatrical)
Nomadland – December 4, 2020 (streaming)
Minari – December 11, 2020 (streaming)
Promising Young Woman – December 25, 2020 (theatrical)
Judas and the Black Messiah – February 12, 2021 (day-and-date theatrical and streaming) The Father – February 26, 2021 (theatrical)

 

93rd Oscars Shortlist: International Feature Films

Fifteen films will advance to the next round of voting in the International Feature Film category for the 93rd Academy Awards.  Films from 93 countries were eligible in the category.

Academy members from all branches were invited to participate in the preliminary round of voting and must have met a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in the category.

In the nominations round, Academy members from all branches are invited to opt in to participate and must view all 15 shortlisted films to vote.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

  • 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”

Nominations voting begins on Friday, March 5, 2021, and concludes on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

Nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards will be announced on Monday, March 15, 2021.

The 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

93rd Oscars Shortlist: Music

Fifteen scores will advance in the Original Score category for the 93rd Academy Awards.  One hundred thirty-six scores were eligible in the category.  Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The scores, listed in alphabetical order by film title, are:

  • “Ammonite”
  • “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”
  • “Mank”
  • “The Midnight Sky”
  • “Minari”
  • “Mulan”
  • “News of the World”
  • “Soul”
  • “Tenet”
  • “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Fifteen songs will advance in the Original Song category for the 93rd Academy Awards.  One hundred five songs were eligible in the category.  Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film title and song title:

  • “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”
  • “lo 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”

 

93rd Oscars Shortlist: Makeup and Hairstyling

Ten films will advance in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 93rd Academy Awards.  All members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited virtually to view seven-minute excerpts from each of the 10 shortlisted films on Saturday, March 6, 2021.  Branch members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar® consideration. 

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

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

 

93rd Oscars Shortlist: Visual Effects

Ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 93rd Academy Awards.  The Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist.  All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited virtually to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday, March 6, 2021.  Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

  • “Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn”
  • “Bloodshot”
  • “Love and Monsters”
  • “Mank”
  • “The Midnight Sky”
  • “Mulan”
  • “The One and Only Ivan”
  • “Soul”
  • “Tenet”
  • “Welcome to Chechnya”

 

93rd Oscars Shortlist: Documentary Feature & Short Subject

Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Feature category for the 93rd Academy Awards.  Two hundred thirty-eight films were eligible in the category.  Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.  

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

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

Ten films will advance in the Documentary Short Subject category for the 93rd Academy Awards.  One hundred fourteen films qualified in the category.  Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

  • “Abortion Helpline, This Is Lisa”
  • “Call Center Blues”
  • “Colette”
  • “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?”

93rd Academy Awards: International Feature Films for Consideration

International Feature Film 92nd Awards – PARASITE (South Korea)

Ninety-three countries have submitted films that are eligible for consideration in the International Feature Film category for the 93rd Academy Awards.  An international feature film is defined as a feature-length motion picture (more than 40 minutes) produced outside the United States with a predominantly (more than 50%) non-English dialogue track.  Lesotho, Sudan and Suriname are first-time entrants.

Earlier this year, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted to expand the shortlist from 10 to 15 films.  Academy members from all branches are invited to participate in the preliminary round of voting and must meet a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in the category.  The shortlist of 15 films will be announced on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.

  1. Albania, “Open Door”
  2. Argentina, “The Sleepwalkers”
  3. Armenia, “Songs of Solomon”
  4. Austria, “What We Wanted”
  5. Bangladesh, “Sincerely Yours, Dhaka”
  6. Belgium, “Working Girls”
  7. Bolivia, “Chaco”
  8. Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Quo Vadis, Aida?”
  9. Brazil, “Babenco – Tell Me When I Die”
  10. Bulgaria, “The Father”
  11. Cambodia, “Fathers”
  12. Cameroon, “The Fisherman’s Diary”
  13. Canada, “14 Days, 12 Nights”
  14. Chile, “The Mole Agent”
  15. China, “Leap”
  16. Colombia, “El Olvido Que Seremos (Memories of My Father)”
  17. Costa Rica, “Land of Ashes”
  18. Croatia, “Extracurricular”
  19. Cuba, “Buscando a Casal”
  20. Czech Republic, “Charlatan”
  21. Denmark, “Another Round”
  22. Dominican Republic, “A State of Madness”
  23. Ecuador, “Emptiness”
  24. Egypt, “When We’re Born”
  25. Estonia, “The Last Ones”
  26. Finland, “Tove”
  27. France, “Two of Us”
  28. Georgia, “Beginning”
  29. Germany, “And Tomorrow the Entire World”
  30. Greece, “Apples”
  31. Guatemala, “La Llorona”
  32. Honduras, “Days of Light”
  33. Hong Kong, “Better Days”
  34. Hungary, “Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time”
  35. Iceland, “Agnes Joy”
  36. India, “Jallikattu”
  37. Indonesia, “Impetigore”
  38. Iran, “Sun Children”
  39. Ireland, “Arracht”
  40. Israel, “Asia”
  41. Italy, “Notturno”
  42. Ivory Coast, “Night of the Kings”
  43. Japan, “True Mothers”
  44. Jordan, “200 Meters”
  45. Kazakhstan, “The Crying Steppe”
  46. Kenya, “The Letter”
  47. Kosovo, “Exile”
  48. Kyrgyzstan, “Running to the Sky”
  49. Latvia, “Blizzard of Souls”
  50. Lebanon, “Broken Keys”
  51. Lesotho, “This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection”
  52. Lithuania, “Nova Lituania”
  53. Luxembourg, “River Tales”
  54. Malaysia, “Roh”
  55. Mexico, “I’m No Longer Here”
  56. Mongolia, “Veins of the World”
  57. Montenegro, “Breasts”
  58. Morocco, “The Unknown Saint”
  59. Netherlands, “Buladó”
  60. Nigeria, “The Milkmaid”
  61. North Macedonia, “Willow”
  62. Norway, “Hope”
  63. Pakistan, “Circus of Life”
  64. Palestine, “Gaza Mon Amour”
  65. Panama, “Operation Just Cause”
  66. Paraguay, “Killing the Dead”
  67. Peru, “Song without a Name”
  68. Philippines, “Mindanao”
  69. Poland, “Never Gonna Snow Again”
  70. Portugal, “Vitalina Varela”
  71. Romania, “Collective”
  72. Russia, “Dear Comrades!”
  73. Saudi Arabia, “Scales”
  74. Senegal, “Nafi’s Father”
  75. Serbia, “Dara of Jasenovac”
  76. Singapore, “Wet Season”
  77. Slovakia, “The Auschwitz Report”
  78. Slovenia, “Stories from the Chestnut Woods”
  79. South Africa, “Toorbos”
  80. South Korea, “The Man Standing Next”
  81. Spain, “The Endless Trench”
  82. Sudan, “You Will Die at Twenty”
  83. Suriname, “Wiren”
  84. Sweden, “Charter”
  85. Switzerland, “My Little Sister”
  86. Taiwan, “A Sun”
  87. Thailand, “Happy Old Year”
  88. Tunisia, “The Man Who Sold His Skin”
  89. Turkey, “Miracle in Cell No. 7”
  90. Ukraine, “Atlantis”
  91. Uruguay, “Aleli”
  92. Venezuela, “Once upon a Time in Venezuela”
  93. Vietnam, “Dreamy Eyes”

93rd Academy Awards: Documentary Feature for Consideration

Best documentary feature 92nd Awards – AMERICAN FACTORY

Two hundred thirty-eight features are eligible for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 93rd Academy Awards.  Some of the films have not yet had their required qualifying release and must fulfill that requirement and comply with all the category’s other qualifying rules to advance in the voting process.

Documentary features that have won a qualifying award or have been programmed at qualifying film festivals or have been submitted in the International Feature Film category as their country’s official selection are also eligible in the category.  Films submitted in the Documentary Feature category may also qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.  A shortlist of 15 films will be announced on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.

For a full list of eligible documentaries CLICK HERE

 

93rd Academy Awards: Animated Feature Films for Consideration

Best animated feature film 92nd Awards  – TOY STORY 4

Twenty-seven features are eligible for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 93rd Academy Awards.  Some of the films have not yet had their required qualifying release and must fulfill that requirement and comply with all the category’s other qualifying rules to advance in the voting process.

To determine the five nominees, members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch are automatically eligible to vote in the category.  Academy members outside of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch are invited to opt in to participate and must meet a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in the category.  Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category also qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture.

  1. “Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus”
  2. “Bombay Rose”
  3. “Calamity”
  4. “The Croods: A New Age”
  5. “Demon Slayer -Kimetsu No Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train”
  6. “Dreambuilders”
  7. “Earwig and the Witch”
  8. “Kill It and Leave This Town”
  9. “Lupin III: The First”
  10. “Mosley”
  11. “My Favorite War”
  12. “Nos Ili Zagovor Ne Takikh” “
  13. No.7 Cherry Lane”
  14. “On-Gaku: Our Sound”
  15. “Onward”
  16. “Over the Moon”
  17. “Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs”
  18. “Ride Your Wave”
  19. “Scoob!”
  20. “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon”
  21. “Soul”
  22. “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run”
  23. “Terra Willy”
  24. “Trolls World Tour”
  25. “A Whisker Away”
  26. “The Willoughbys”
  27. “Wolfwalkers”