As the year 2021 is about to end, it also marks the beginning of awards season where we see the best films of the year being recognized by different awards-giving bodies. Of course, all films are vying for the most prestigious award of them all: the Academy Award or, as some call it, the Oscar.
Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the organization behind the Academy Awards, unveiled the films that made it in their shortlists in the categories Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short Subject, Best International Feature Film, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Animated Short Film, Best Live Action Short Film, Best Sound, and Best Visual Effects.
Some of the films that are included in the Best Makeup and Hairstyling shortlist are Cruella, Dune, Nightmare Alley, No Time to Die, and The Suicide Squad. Meanwhile, in the Best Original Score, notable films like Candyman, Dune, Encanto, The Green Knight, The Harder They Fall, and No Time to Die were able to make it in the shortlist.
The Best Visual Effects category looks to be a battle of some of the biggest blockbusters of the year as the shortlist includes films such as Black Widow, Dune, Eternals, Free Guy, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Godzilla vs. Kong, The Matrix Resurrections, No Time to Die, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Spider-Man: No Way Home. As you can see, all MCU films this year were able to make it on the list.
Best Sound also looks to be an interesting race as some of the notable films that are included in the list are Dune, Last Night in Soho, The Matrix Resurrections, No Time to Die, A Quiet Place Part II, and Spider-Man: No Way Home. You can view the rest of the list here.
It is awesome to hear that some of the films that we love this year were able to make it in the shortlist and it just shows that the Academy did appreciate the technical crafts and achievements of those films. Most of us can agree that they deserve to be part of the shortlist.
Hopefully, we'll get to see most of those films make it in the nomination list which will be announced on February 8, 2022 while the main Oscars ceremony is scheduled to be held on March 27, 2022.