On Wednesday, December 21st, the Academy announced the shortlist for 10 different categories for the 95th Academy Awards. This is standard procedure for 10 categories: Documentary Feature Film, Documentary Short Film, International Feature Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound, and Visual Effects.

This is a step to the formal Oscar nominations announcement which takes place on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. This is all leading up to the actual award ceremony on Sunday, March 12, 2023.

For any movie, the eligibility period for Academy Awards is that a feature film must have a qualifying theatrical release date between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022.

In terms of the 10 categories where the shortlist was announced, it is a great benchmark to start at for these categories that are a little bit more obscure. Speaking for myself, this is where I start watching all of the short films that are nominated. We will ignore the fact that Taylor Swift’s All Too Well: The Short Film (2022) was not part of the short list.

In the lists below; the ones that are bold I have seen. If there is a hyperlink, that means I have also written about them.

Documentary Feature Film

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 & Hairstyling

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • “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

  • 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

  • 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 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


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