Oscar-Nominated ‘Poor Things’ Available Digitally Feb. 27, Blu-ray and DVD March 12

Searchlight Pictures’ Poor Things will be available from all major digital retailers Feb. 27 and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD March 12, with exclusive bonus content.

Winner of Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actress (Motion Picture Musical or Comedy) for Emma Stone at this year’s Golden Globe Awards, Poor Things has been nominated for 11 Academy Awards and 11 BAFTA Awards. The film was also named one of the 10 best films of 2023 by both the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review. It won the Golden Lion prize at Venice.

From filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos and producer Emma Stone comes a tale about the fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Stone), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.

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The film also stars Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbott and Jerrod Carmichael.

Extras include a making-of featurette and deleted scenes.

 

Apple to Theatrically Re-Release ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Jan. 26 in Partnership With Paramount

On the heels of Killers of the Flower Moon landing 10 Academy Award nominations, Apple Jan. 24 announced that the feature will be re-released in theaters, in partnership with Paramount Pictures, for a limited theatrical run in 1,000-plus locations globally, beginning Jan. 26.

The film was nominated for Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro), Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Film Editing and Best Cinematography, as well as garnered history-making nods for Indigenous representation including nominations for Best Actress Lily Gladstone, artist Robbie Robertson for Best Original Score and Scott George for Best Original Song “Wahzhazhe (A Song for My People),”

The film recently received nine BAFTA Film Award nominations, including Best Picture, and has been honored as the Best Film of the Year by the National Board of Review, which named star Lily Gladstone as Best Actress, Martin Scorsese as Best Director and Rodrigo Prieto for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography. The film has also been named to the American Film Institute’s list of Motion Pictures of the Year. The film has received more than 200 accolades, in addition to recognition from more than 30 critics groups globally, and has been named the No. 1 Best Film of 2023 by The New York Times and The New Yorker, and Best Film by the New York Film Critics Circle. Gladstone recently made history as the first Indigenous actress to win Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama at the 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

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Killers of the Flower Moon is set at the turn of the 20th century, when oil brought a fortune to members of the Osage Nation, who became some of the richest people in the world overnight. The wealth of these Native Americans immediately attracted white interlopers, who manipulated, extorted and stole as much Osage money as they could before resorting to murder. Based on a true story and told through the improbable romance of Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Mollie Kyle (Gladstone), “Killers of the Flower Moon” is an epic western crime saga, where real love crosses paths with unspeakable betrayal.

Netflix Tops All Studios With 18 Oscar Nominations, Including ‘Maestro’ With 7 Noms

Netflix Jan. 23 topped all studios with 18 Oscar nominations across 10 titles, including American Symphony, May December, NYAD, Rustin, Society of the Snow, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, El Conde, The After and Nimona

Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein love story Maestro, which is nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress, led all of the streamer’s nominations for the 96th Academy Awards telecast, airing March 10 on ABC.

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‘Oppenheimer,’ ‘Poor Things,’ ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Lead Nominations for 96th Oscars

Universal Pictures’ Oppenheimer led the way with 13 nominations for the 96th Academy Awards announced Jan. 23 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Winners will be announced at the annual Oscars ceremony March 10 in Los Angeles.

The biopic about J. Robert Oppenheimer, known as the father of the atomic bomb, earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Director for Christopher Nolan, Best Actor for Cillian Murphy, Best Supporting Actor for Robert Downey Jr., Best Supporting Actress for Emily Blunt, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Production Design, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

Searchlight’s Poor Things was a close second in nominations with 11. The controversial comedic sci-fi film based on the 1992 book of the same name was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director for Yorgos Lanthimos, Best Actress for Emma Stone, Best Supporting Actor for Mark Ruffalo, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

Killers of the Flower Moon, which is now streaming on Apple TV+, earned 10 noms, including Best Picture, Best Director for Martin Scorsese, Best Actress for Lily Gladstone (the first Native American nominated for an acting Oscar), Best Supporting Actor for Robert De Niro, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song for “Wahzhazhe (A Song for My People).”

Warner’s Barbie, the other half of the “Barbenheimer” equation and the top-grossing film of 2023 with $1.4 billion globally, earned eight nominations in seven categories, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for Ryan Gosling, Best Supporting Actress for America Ferrera, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, and Best Original Song for both “What Was I Made For?” and “I’m Just Ken.” Notably, the film was shut out of nominations for Best Director for Greta Gerwig and Best Actress for Margot Robbie.

Other Best Picture nominees include American Fiction (five total nominations, including Best Actor for Jeffrey Wright and Best Supporting Actor for Sterling K. Brown), Anatomy of a Fall (five total nominations), The Holdovers (five total nominations, including Best Actor for Paul Giamatti and Best Supporting Actress for Da’Vine Joy Randolph), Maestro (seven total nominations, including Best Actor for Bradley Cooper and Best Actress for Carey Mulligan), Past Lives (two total nominations) and The Zone of Interest (five total nominations).

Nominees for Best Animated Feature Film include The Boy and the Heron, Elemental, Nimona, Robot Dreams and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.

Best International Feature Film nominations went to Io Capitano (Italy), Perfect Days (Japan), Society of the Snow (Spain), The Teachers’ Lounge (Germany) and The Zone of Interest (United Kingdom). Of note here is that France’s Anatomy of a Fall, which like Zone of Interest was a Best Picture nominee, wasn’t included on the International Feature list because France did not select it as the representative film for its country.

Also of note, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny was nominated for Best Original Score, the 54th lifetime nomination for composer John Williams, extending his records as the most-nominated person alive, as well as the oldest-ever nominee at age 91.

List of Nominations for the 96th Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Bradley Cooper in “Maestro”
  • Colman Domingo in “Rustin”
  • Paul Giamatti in “The Holdovers”
  • Cillian Murphy in “Oppenheimer”
  • Jeffrey Wright in “American Fiction”

 

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Sterling K. Brown in “American Fiction”
  • Robert De Niro in “Killers of the Flower Moon”
  • Robert Downey Jr. in “Oppenheimer”
  • Ryan Gosling in “Barbie”
  • Mark Ruffalo in “Poor Things”

 

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Annette Bening in “Nyad”
  • Lily Gladstone in “Killers of the Flower Moon”
  • Sandra Hüller in “Anatomy of a Fall”
  • Carey Mulligan in “Maestro”
  • Emma Stone in “Poor Things”

 

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Emily Blunt in “Oppenheimer”
  • Danielle Brooks in “The Color Purple”
  • America Ferrera in “Barbie”
  • Jodie Foster in “Nyad”
  • Da’Vine Joy Randolph in “The Holdovers”

 

Best animated feature film of the year

  • “The Boy and the Heron” Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki
  • “Elemental” Peter Sohn and Denise Ream
  • “Nimona” Nick Bruno, Troy Quane, Karen Ryan and Julie Zackary
  • “Robot Dreams” Pablo Berger, Ibon Cormenzana, Ignasi Estapé and Sandra Tapia Díaz
  • “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Amy Pascal

 

Achievement in cinematography

  • “El Conde” Edward Lachman
  • “Killers of the Flower Moon” Rodrigo Prieto
  • “Maestro” Matthew Libatique
  • “Oppenheimer” Hoyte van Hoytema
  • “Poor Things” Robbie Ryan

 

Achievement in costume design

  • “Barbie” Jacqueline Durran
  • “Killers of the Flower Moon” Jacqueline West
  • “Napoleon” Janty Yates and Dave Crossman
  • “Oppenheimer” Ellen Mirojnick
  • “Poor Things” Holly Waddington

 

Achievement in directing

  • “Anatomy of a Fall” Justine Triet
  • “Killers of the Flower Moon” Martin Scorsese
  • “Oppenheimer” Christopher Nolan
  • “Poor Things” Yorgos Lanthimos
  • “The Zone of Interest” Jonathan Glazer

 

Best documentary feature film

  • “Bobi Wine: The People’s President” Moses Bwayo, Christopher Sharp and John Battsek
  • “The Eternal Memory” Nominees to be determined
  • “Four Daughters” Kaouther Ben Hania and Nadim Cheikhrouha
  • “To Kill a Tiger” Nisha Pahuja, Cornelia Principe and David Oppenheim
  • “20 Days in Mariupol” Mstyslav Chernov, Michelle Mizner and Raney Aronson-Rath

 

Best documentary short film

  • “The ABCs of Book Banning” Sheila Nevins and Trish Adlesic
  • “The Barber of Little Rock” John Hoffman and Christine Turner
  • “Island in Between” S. Leo Chiang and Jean Tsien
  • “The Last Repair Shop” Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers
  • “Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó” Sean Wang and Sam Davis

 

Achievement in film editing

  • “Anatomy of a Fall” Laurent Sénéchal
  • “The Holdovers” Kevin Tent
  • “Killers of the Flower Moon” Thelma Schoonmaker
  • “Oppenheimer” Jennifer Lame
  • “Poor Things” Yorgos Mavropsaridis

 

Best international feature film of the year

  • “Io Capitano” Italy
  • “Perfect Days” Japan
  • “Society of the Snow” Spain
  • “The Teachers’ Lounge” Germany
  • “The Zone of Interest” United Kingdom

 

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

  • “Golda” Karen Hartley Thomas, Suzi Battersby and Ashra Kelly-Blue
  • “Maestro” Kazu Hiro, Kay Georgiou and Lori McCoy-Bell
  • “Oppenheimer” Luisa Abel
  • “Poor Things” Nadia Stacey, Mark Coulier and Josh Weston
  • “Society of the Snow” Ana López-Puigcerver, David Martí and Montse Ribé

 

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • “American Fiction” Laura Karpman
  • “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” John Williams
  • “Killers of the Flower Moon” Robbie Robertson
  • “Oppenheimer” Ludwig Göransson
  • “Poor Things” Jerskin Fendrix

 

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • “The Fire Inside” from “Flamin’ Hot”
    Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
  • “I’m Just Ken” from “Barbie”
    Music and Lyric by Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt
  • “It Never Went Away” from “American Symphony”
    Music and Lyric by Jon Batiste and Dan Wilson
  • “Wahzhazhe (A Song For My People)” from “Killers of the Flower Moon”
    Music and Lyric by Scott George
  • “What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie”
    Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell

 

Best motion picture of the year

  • “American Fiction” Ben LeClair, Nikos Karamigios, Cord Jefferson and Jermaine Johnson, Producers
  • “Anatomy of a Fall” Marie-Ange Luciani and David Thion, Producers
  • “Barbie” David Heyman, Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley and Robbie Brenner, Producers
  • “The Holdovers” Mark Johnson, Producer
  • “Killers of the Flower Moon” Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas, Martin Scorsese and Daniel Lupi, Producers
  • “Maestro” Bradley Cooper, Steven Spielberg, Fred Berner, Amy Durning and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers
  • “Oppenheimer” Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Christopher Nolan, Producers
  • “Past Lives” David Hinojosa, Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, Producers
  • “Poor Things” Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Yorgos Lanthimos and Emma Stone, Producers
  • “The Zone of Interest” James Wilson, Producer

 

Achievement in production design

  • “Barbie” Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
  • “Killers of the Flower Moon” Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Adam Willis
  • “Napoleon” Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Elli Griff
  • “Oppenheimer” Production Design: Ruth De Jong; Set Decoration: Claire Kaufman
  • “Poor Things” Production Design: James Price and Shona Heath; Set Decoration: Zsuzsa Mihalek

 

Best animated short film

  • “Letter to a Pig” Tal Kantor and Amit R. Gicelter
  • “Ninety-Five Senses” Jerusha Hess and Jared Hess
  • “Our Uniform” Yegane Moghaddam
  • “Pachyderme” Stéphanie Clément and Marc Rius
  • “WAR IS OVER! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko” Dave Mullins and Brad Booker

 

Best live action short film

  • “The After” Misan Harriman and Nicky Bentham
  • “Invincible” Vincent René-Lortie and Samuel Caron
  • “Knight of Fortune” Lasse Lyskjær Noer and Christian Norlyk
  • “Red, White and Blue” Nazrin Choudhury and Sara McFarlane
  • “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar” Wes Anderson and Steven Rales

 

Achievement in sound

  • “The Creator” Ian Voigt, Erik Aadahl, Ethan Van der Ryn, Tom Ozanich and Dean Zupancic
  • “Maestro” Steven A. Morrow, Richard King, Jason Ruder, Tom Ozanich and Dean Zupancic
  • “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” Chris Munro, James H. Mather, Chris Burdon and Mark Taylor
  • “Oppenheimer” Willie Burton, Richard King, Gary A. Rizzo and Kevin O’Connell
  • “The Zone of Interest” Tarn Willers and Johnnie Burn

 

Achievement in visual effects

  • “The Creator” Jay Cooper, Ian Comley, Andrew Roberts and Neil Corbould
  • “Godzilla Minus One” Takashi Yamazaki, Kiyoko Shibuya, Masaki Takahashi and Tatsuji Nojima
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” Stephane Ceretti, Alexis Wajsbrot, Guy Williams and Theo Bialek
  • “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” Alex Wuttke, Simone Coco, Jeff Sutherland and Neil Corbould
  • “Napoleon” Charley Henley, Luc-Ewen Martin-Fenouillet, Simone Coco and Neil Corbould

 

Adapted screenplay

  • “American Fiction” Written for the screen by Cord Jefferson
  • “Barbie” Written by Greta Gerwig & Noah Baumbach
  • “Oppenheimer” Written for the screen by Christopher Nolan
  • “Poor Things” Screenplay by Tony McNamara
  • “The Zone of Interest” Written by Jonathan Glazer

 

Original screenplay

  • “Anatomy of a Fall”Screenplay – Justine Triet and Arthur Harari
  • “The Holdovers”Written by David Hemingson
  • “Maestro”Written by Bradley Cooper & Josh Singer
  • “May December”Screenplay by Samy Burch; Story by Samy Burch & Alex Mechanik
  • “Past Lives”Written by Celine Song

‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ Dominates Oscars With 7 Wins, Including Best Picture

The hyperkinetic multiverse actioner Everything Everywhere All at Once completed a surprising awards-season campaign with a Best Picture trophy at the 95th Academy Awards Sunday, March 12.

The unconventional film from indie distributor A24 ended up winning seven trophies from its 11 nominations. A good night was portended early for the film when it won both the supporting performance awards, with Ke Huy Quan winning Best Supporting Actor and Jamie Lee Curtis taking Best Supporting Actress. The film also won Best Actress for Michelle Yeoh, for Best Film Editing, and both Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for the filmmaking team of Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. The film has been available through retail channels since July from Lionsgate, and can be streamed on Paramount+.

The German film All Quiet on the Western Front, a new adaptation of the World War I novel of the same name, won four Oscars, for Best International Feature Film, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design and Best Original Score for Volker Bertelmann. It is available for streaming on Netflix, and arrives on Blu-ray and 4K March 28 from MPI.

A24’s The Whale won two trophies, Best Actor for Brendan Fraser, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. The film is available now through digital retailers, and arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 14 from Lionsgate.

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, which is streaming on Netflix, won Best Animated Feature.

Best Documentary Feature went to Navalny, about imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The film is streaming on HBO Max.

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Best Adapted Screenplay went to Sarah Polley for Orion Pictures’ Women Talking, based on the novel of the same name by Miriam Toews. The film is available digitally from MGM, and on Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Pictures.

Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick, which has been credited of late with helping restore the theatrical exhibition of films with its huge box office take, took home just one trophy from its six nominations, for Best Sound. It is available on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Disc, digital sellthrough, VOD and for streaming on Paramount+.

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever won Best Costume Design for costume designer Ruth E. Carter, which she also won for the first Black Panther from 2018. The film is available on disc and digital, and for streaming on Disney+.

Director James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water, from Disney-owned 20th Century Studios, won for Best Visual Effects, a category also won by the 2009 original Avatar. The sequel will be available for digital purchase March 28.

Best Song went to “Naatu Naatu” from the Indian film RRR, which is streaming on Netflix.

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In the short-form categories, Best Live-Action Short went to An Irish Goodbye, Best Documentary Short Film went to The Elephant Whisperers, and Best Animated Short Film went to The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, which can be viewed on Apple TV+.

The ceremony also included 100th anniversary tributes to the Warner Bros. and Disney studios, the latter including a preview for the upcoming live-action The Little Mermaid remake due in theaters May 26.

Oscar-Nominated Doc ‘All the Beauty and the Bloodshed’ Headed to HBO, HBO Max March 19, Digital Feb. 28

The Oscar-nominated HBO documentary film All the Beauty and the Bloodshed debuts March 19 on HBO and on HBO Max.

The film will be available to rent or own digitally beginning Feb. 28.
 
From Participant, Neon and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras (HBO and Participant’s Citizenfour), the film is an interconnected story about internationally renowned artist and activist Nan Goldin told through her slideshows, interviews, photography, archival family snapshots and rare footage of her personal fight to hold the Sackler family accountable for the opioid overdose crisis.
 
The critically acclaimed film premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in the main competition, where it became the second documentary ever to win the Golden Lion for best film. It was the only film to play at Venice, Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and New York Film Festival in 2022. The film was only the second documentary to be selected as the centerpiece for New York Film Festival.
 
The political film interweaves Goldin’s past and present, from the actions of Prescription Addiction Intervention Now (P.A.I.N.) at renowned art institutions to Goldin’s photography of her friends and peers through her epic “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency,” and her legendary 1989 NEA-censored AIDS exhibition “Witnesses: Against Our Vanishing.” 

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In these works, Goldin captures her friendships with beauty and raw tenderness. These friendships, and the legacy of her late sister Barbara Holly Goldin, anchor all of Goldin’s art and are integral to the film. Goldin’s early experiences in suburbia and the effect of toxic families led to her ongoing resistance against a society that oppresses the most stigmatized.
 
The film follows P.A.I.N., a group Goldin founded to shame museums into rejecting Sackler money, destigmatize addiction, and promote harm reduction. Inspired by Act Up, the group orchestrated protests to expose the Sacklers and the crimes of their Purdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin.
 
The film garnered top film critic awards including Best Documentary from the New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and National Society of Film Critics. All the Beauty and the Bloodshed has also been nominated for the BAFTA, Independent Spirit, ACE Eddie, and DGA awards.

‘The Whale’ Headed to Blu-ray and DVD March 14 From A24 and Lionsgate

The drama The Whale, which earned Brendan Fraser an Oscar nom for Best Actor, arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD March 14 from A24 and Lionsgate.

Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, mother!), and based on the play by Samuel D. Hunter, The Whale follows the story of a reclusive English teacher who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter.
 
The film has also earned Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for Hong Chau, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling for Adrien Morot, Judy Chin and Anne Marie Bradley.

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The Whale also stars Academy Award nominee Samantha Morton (2003, Best Actress, In America), Sadie Sink (TV’s “Stranger Things”) and Ty Simpkins (Jurassic World, Avengers: Endgame, Iron Man 3, TV’s “The Guiding Light”).

Paramount Sets Home Release Dates for Triple Oscar Nominee ‘Babylon’

Paramount Home Entertainment has announced home release dates for Babylon, one week after the film about Hollywood in the Roaring ’20s nabbed three Academy Awards nominations.

The film, which stars Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, will be released digitally via premium video-on-demand (PVOD) and for premium purchase on Jan. 31. The suggested retail price is $19.99 for a digital rental and $24.99 for a digital purchase.

Babylon, which earned $15.2 million in North American theaters, will subsequently be issued on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, regular Blu-ray Disc, and DVD on March 21. Also available that day: a limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Steelbook.

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Babylon a week ago was nominated for three Oscars: Best Original Score, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design.

According to Paramount, fans who buy the film digitally at the premium price will gain access to over 40 minutes of behind-the-scenes interviews and deleted scenes.

Bonus features include:

  • “A Panoramic Canvas Called Babylon” — The cast and crew discuss the inspiration and motivation behind the original story and development of the film, 15 years in the making.
  • “The Costumes of Babylon” — This mini-doc explains how costume design was fundamental to character development and the challenges that went into creating over 7,000 costumes for the film.
  • “Scoring Babylon” — An inside look into Justin Hurwitz’s musical process to compose a score to further elevate the film.

 

Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, Babylon checks in at three hours and 9 minutes. The film features a cast of characters — the Silent Film Superstar (Pitt), the Young Starlet (Robbie), the Production Executive (Diego Calva), the Musical Sensation (Jovan Adepo) and the Alluring Powerhouse Performer (Li Jun Li) — who are striving to stay on top of the raucous, 1920s Hollywood scene and maintain their relevance at a time when the industry is moving on to the next best thing.

Oscar-Nominated Doc ‘All That Breathes’ to Stream on HBO Max Feb. 7

The Oscar-nominated HBO documentary All That Breathes will debut Feb. 7 on HBO and on the streaming service HBO Max.

From director Shaunak Sen (Cities of Sleep), the film follows two brothers who devote their lives to the quixotic effort of protecting the black kite, a majestic bird of prey essential to the ecosystem of New Delhi that has been falling from the sky at alarming rates. Amid environmental toxicity and social unrest, the “kite brothers” spend day and night caring for the creatures in their makeshift avian basement hospital. The film explores the connection between the kites and the Muslim brothers who help them return to the skies, offering a mesmerizing chronicle of inter-species coexistence.
 
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In addition to its Best Documentary Feature Academy Award nomination, All That Breathes premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and was selected as the Grand Jury Prize winner in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. In May of last year, it became the first film to win the Best Documentary prizes at both Sundance and Cannes, taking home the Golden Eye Award for Best Documentary at Cannes. The film was released theatrically by Submarine Deluxe and Sideshow and has gone on to win Best Documentary Feature at the Gotham Awards; four IDA Awards, including Best Documentary Feature; and two Cinema Eye Honors, including Outstanding Documentary Feature. It is also nominated for Best Documentary at the Independent Spirit Awards and BAFTA Awards and is nominated by the DGA, PGA and ASC.

Oscar Shortlists Announced in 10 Categories for 95th Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dec. 21 announced shortlists in 10 categories for the 95th Academy Awards, which will be held Sunday, March 12, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and televised on ABC.

The shortlists represent a step in the Oscar nomination process in which the contenders for a given category are narrowed to a smaller pool from which five nominees will be selected. One of those nominees will then be selected by the Academy to win the Oscar.

Nominations voting runs Jan. 12 to 17, with results announced Tuesday, Jan. 24.

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Documentary Feature Film

Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. There were 144 eligible films.

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

  • All That Breathes
  • All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
  • Bad Axe
  • Children of the Mist
  • Descendant
  • Fire of Love
  • Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song
  • Hidden Letters
  • A House Made of Splinters
  • The Janes
  • Last Flight Home
  • Moonage Daydream
  • Navalny
  • Retrograde
  • The Territory

 

Documentary Short Film

Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. There were 98 qualifiers in the category.

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

  • American Justice on Trial: People v. Newton
  • Anastasia
  • Angola Do You Hear Us? Voices from a Plantation Prison
  • As Far as They Can Run
  • The Elephant Whisperers
  • The Flagmakers
  • Happiness Is £4 Million
  • Haulout
  • Holding Moses
  • How Do You Measure a Year?
  • The Martha Mitchell Effect
  • Nuisance Bear
  • Shut Up and Paint
  • Stranger at the Gate
  • 38 at the Garden

 

International Feature Film

Qualfied members from the entire Academy select the shortlist and nominees. Films from 92 countries and regions were eligible.

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

  • Argentina, Argentina, 1985
  • Austria, Corsage
  • Belgium, Close
  • Cambodia, Return to Seoul
  • Denmark, Holy Spider
  • France, Saint Omer
  • Germany, All Quiet on the Western Front
  • India, Last Film Show
  • Ireland, The Quiet Girl
  • Mexico, Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
  • Morocco, The Blue Caftan
  • Pakistan, Joyland
  • Poland, EO
  • South Korea, Decision to Leave
  • Sweden, Cairo Conspiracy

 

Makeup and Hairstyling

Members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view excerpts and interviews with the artists from each of the shortlisted films on Jan. 15, to vote for the final nominees.

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

  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Amsterdam
  • Babylon
  • The Batman
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • Blonde
  • Crimes of the Future
  • Elvis
  • Emancipation
  • The Whale

 

Music (Original Score)

Members of the music branch vote to determine the shortlist and nominees. There were 147 scores eligible in the category.

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

  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Avatar: The Way of Water
  • Babylon
  • The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • Devotion
  • Don’t Worry Darling
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • The Fabelmans
  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
  • Nope
  • She Said
  • The Woman King
  • Women Talking

 

Music (Original Song)

Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. There were 81 eligible songs.

The songs, listed alphabetically by film title, are:

  • “Time” from Amsterdam
  • “Nothing Is Lost (You Give Me Strength)” from Avatar: The Way of Water
  • “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • “This Is A Life” from Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • “Ciao Papa” from Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
  • “Til You’re Home” from A Man Called Otto
  • “Naatu Naatu” from RRR
  • “My Mind & Me” from Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me
  • “Good Afternoon” from Spirited
  • “Applause” from Tell It like a Woman
  • “Stand Up” from Till
  • “Hold My Hand” from Top Gun: Maverick
  • “Dust & Ash” from The Voice of Dust and Ash
  • “Carolina” from Where the Crawdads Sing
  • “New Body Rhumba” from White Noise

 

Animated Short Film

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. There were 81 qualifiers.

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

  • Black Slide
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
  • The Debutante
  • The Flying Sailor
  • The Garbage Man
  • Ice Merchants
  • It’s Nice in Here
  • More than I Want to Remember
  • My Year of Dicks
  • New Moon
  • An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It
  • Passenger
  • Save Ralph
  • Sierra
  • Steakhouse

 

Live-Action Short Film

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation, Directors, Producers and Writers Branches vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. There were 200 qualified films in the category.

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

  • All in Favor
  • Almost Home
  • An Irish Goodbye
  • Ivalu
  • Le Pupille
  • The Lone Wolf
  • Nakam
  • Night Ride
  • Plastic Killer
  • The Red Suitcase
  • The Right Words
  • Sideral
  • The Treatment
  • Tula
  • Warsha

 

Sound

All eligible members of the Sound Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.  Academy members will be invited to view excerpts from each of the shortlisted films beginning Jan. 12.

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

  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Avatar: The Way of Water
  • Babylon
  • The Batman
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • Elvis
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
  • Moonage Daydream
  • Top Gun: Maverick

 

Visual Effects

The Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist.  All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view excerpts and interviews with the artists from each of the shortlisted films on Jan. 14.

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

  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Avatar: The Way of Water
  • The Batman
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
  • Jurassic World Dominion
  • Nope
  • Thirteen Lives
  • Top Gun: Maverick