Academy Award Shortlists Unveiled in Nine Categories

Academy Award Shortlists Unveiled in Nine Categories

10 Feb, 2021

The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences announced their nine-category shortlist on Tuesday, Feb. 9, including Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, and International Feature Film. After the growth of COVID-19 continued, the academy moved back the eligibility period for new films from Dec. 31 to Feb. 28. With this change, the development of possible contenders continued to grow, and the shortlist became anyone’s game. 

This year, the Documentary Feature category included 238 eligible films, eventually finalizing to 15 choices. The Documentary Short Subject category included 114 eligible films, in which ten films advanced. Finally, the International Feature Film category had 93 eligible countries, eventually trimming down to fifteen films. For more information regarding all categories and nominations, click here.

Nomination voting will be from Mar. 5-10 and the award nominations will be announced on Monday, Mar. 15. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, Apr. 25, from multiple locations, live on ABC. These are the nominations for Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, and International Feature Film in alphabetical order. 


“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”

“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?”

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”

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