Ten European nominations are on the list of finalists for the International Oscars for feature films


– Austrian, Belgian, Danish, Finnish, German, Icelandic, Italian, Kosovar, Norwegian and Spanish representatives are vying for nomination

Great freedom by Sébastien Meise

The American Academy has announced the shortlisted films in several categories of the upcoming Oscars, including the International Feature Film. Of all films submitted (read the full list here), ten in total from European countries were selected, as well as two others from non-European countries, but with a European co-production.

Among the first, some of the favorites made the cut, like Great freedom [+see also:
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by Austria Sebastien meise, To flee [+see also:
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interview: Jonas Poher Rasmussen
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by Denmark Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Compartment n ° 6 [+see also:
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interview: Juho Kuosmanen
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by Finland Juho kuosmanen, Lamb [+see also:
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interview: Valdimar Jóhannsson
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by Iceland Valdimar Jóhannsson, God’s hand [+see also:
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interview: Paolo Sorrentino
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by Italy Paul Sorrentino and The worst person in the world [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Trier
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by Norway Joachim Trier. The other European titles, selected in a more surprising way, were Playground [+see also:
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interview: Laura Wandel
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by Belgium Laura Wandel, I am your man [+see also:
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interview: Maria Schrader
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by Germany Maria schrader, Hive [+see also:
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interview: Blerta Basholli
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by Kosovo Blerta Bacholli (already the most awarded film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival) and The good boss [+see also:
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by Spain Fernando Leon de Aranoa (with Javier bardem). In a less surprising decision, bold submissions like those from France (Julia ducournau‘s Titanium [+see also:
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) and Romania (Radu Jude‘s Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn [+see also:
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) have been omitted. Two European co-productions from non-European countries, A hero [+see also:
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by Iran Asghar Farhadi and Prayers for the Stolen [+see also:
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by mexico Tatiana Huezo, also made the cut.

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This year, Academy members from all branches were invited to participate in the preliminary ballot for this category and must have met a minimum viewing requirement to be able to vote in the category. In the nominations round, Academy members from all branches are invited to participate and must view the 15 shortlisted films to vote.

Some European talents appear in the presets of other categories, such as the Documentary category, where To flee is also present (which could lead the film to repeat the feat of North Macedonia Honey country [+see also:
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, which was nominated in the International Feature Film and Documentary categories in 2019). Camille Nielsson‘s President [+see also:
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is the other European film in the mix.

There are some welcome selections from the Music categories, with Alberto Iglesias and Alexandre Desplat nominated for the best original score statuette for their work in Pedro Almodovar‘s Parallel mothers [+see also:
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and Wes anderson‘s The French dispatch [+see also:
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, respectively, as well as the Sparks brothers and Van Morrison opting for the award for best original song for their tracks for Leos Carax‘s Annette [+see also:
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(“So can we start?”) And Kenneth branagh‘s Belfast [+see also:
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(“Down To Joy”), respectively.

Finally, the Short films categories are full, as usual, of European talents, with a Ahmed Rice– main title produced by UK’s Aneil Karia and the sensation of the Belgian filmmaker Michel Blanchart (whose US-produced feature film is already in production – read the news) leading the pack.

Here are the Oscar presets:

International feature film

Austria: Great freedom [+see also:
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, Sebastien meise (Austria / Germany)
Belgium: Playground [+see also:
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interview: Laura Wandel
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, Laura Wandel (Belgium)
Bhutan: Lunana: a yak in class, Pawo Choyning Dorji (Bhutan / China)
Denmark: To flee [+see also:
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interview: Jonas Poher Rasmussen
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, Jonas Poher Rasmussen (Denmark / France / Norway / Sweden)
Finland: Compartment n ° 6 [+see also:
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interview: Juho Kuosmanen
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, Juho kuosmanen (Finland / Russia / Estonia / Germany)
Germany: I am your man [+see also:
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interview: Maria Schrader
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, Maria schrader (Germany)
Iceland: Lamb [+see also:
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interview: Valdimar Jóhannsson
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, Valdimar Jóhannsson (Iceland / Sweden / Poland)
Iran: A hero [+see also:
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interview: Asghar Farhadi
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, Asghar Farhadi (Iran / France)
Italy: God’s hand [+see also:
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interview: Paolo Sorrentino
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, Paul Sorrentino (Italy)
Japan: Drive my car, Ryusuke hamaguchi (Japan)
Kosovo: Hive [+see also:
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interview: Blerta Basholli
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, Blerta Bacholli (Kosovo / Switzerland / North Macedonia / Albania)
Mexico: Prayers for the Stolen [+see also:
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, Tatiana Huezo (Mexico / Germany / Brazil / Switzerland / USA)
Norway: The worst person in the world [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Trier
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, Joachim Trier (Norway / France / Sweden / Denmark)
Panama: Cathedral Square, Abner Benaim (Panama / Mexico / Colombia)
Spain: The good boss [+see also:
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, Fernando Leon de Aranoa (Spain)

Documentary film

Ascensionjessica kingdon (China)
AtticaStanley nelson
Billie Eilish: The world is a bit hazyRJ Cutler
Faya DayiJessica beshir (Ethiopia / United States / Qatar / Mexico)
The first waveMatthieu heineman
To flee – Jonas Poher Rasmussen
In the same breathNanfu Wang
JuliaJulie Cohen, Betsy West
President [+see also:
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interview: Camilla Nielsson
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Camille Nielsson (Denmark / USA / Norway)
ProcessionRobert greene
The rescueElizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin
As simple as waterMegan Mylan
Summer of Soul (… Or, when the revolution couldn’t be televised)Questlove
The velvet metroTodd haynes
Write with fireSushmit Ghosh, Rintu Thomas (India)

Music (Original score)

Being the Ricardos
Candy
Do not seek
Dune [+see also:
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(United States / Hungary / Jordan / United Arab Emirates / Norway / Canada)
Encanto
The French dispatch [+see also:
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(United States / Germany / France / United Kingdom)
The green knight [+see also:
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(United States / Canada / Ireland)
The more they fall
king richard
The last duel [+see also:
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(United States / United Kingdom)
No time to die [+see also:
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(United Kingdom / United States)
Parallel mothers [+see also:
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making of
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]
(Spain)
The power of the dog [+see also:
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]
(United Kingdom / New Zealand / Australia / United States / Canada)
Spencer [+see also:
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(Germany / United Kingdom)
Macbeth’s tragedy

Music (original song)

“So can we start? “- Annette [+see also:
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(France / Germany / Belgium / Switzerland / Mexico / Japan)
“Down with joy” – Belfast [+see also:
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(UK)
“Where I belong – Brian Wilson: long road promised
“Automatic woman” – bruised
“Dream girl” – Cinderella
“Beyond the Shore” – CODA
“The Anonymous” – Dear Evan Hansen
“Just look up” – Do not seek
“Dos Oruguitas” – Encanto
“Either way” – Four good days
“Guns explode” – The more they fall
“To be alive” – king richard
“No time to die” – No time to die
“Here I am (Singing to go home) – Respect
“Your song saved my life – Sing 2

Ring

Belfast
Dune
Last night in Soho [+see also:
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(UK)
Matrix resurrections
No time to die
The power of the dog
A Quiet Place, Part II
Spider-Man: No Path Home
tick, tick… BOOM!
West Side Story

Visual effects

Black Widow
Dune
Eternals
free guy
Ghostbusters: the afterlife
Godzilla vs. Kong
Matrix resurrections
No time to die
Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings
Spider-Man: No Path Home

Make-up and hairstyle

Coming 2 America
Cruel
Cyrano (UK / Canada / US)
Dune
Tammy Faye’s eyes
Gucci House
Alley of nightmares
No time to die
The suicide squad
West Side Story

Live Action Short Film

Ala Kachuu – Take and runMaria brendle (Switzerland / Kyrgyzstan)
Censor of dreamsLéo Berne, Raphaël Rodriguez (France)
The criminalsSerhat Karaaslan (France / Romania / Turkey)
DistancesSusan bejar (Spain)
The dressTadeusz Lysiak (Poland)
FrostMarianne Farley (Canada)
The Grandes ClaquesAnnie st-pierre (Canada)
The long goodbyeAneil Karia (United Kingdom / Netherlands)
In my thoughtsMartin Strange-Hansen (Denmark)
Please waitKD Davila (UNITED STATES)
StenofonenNicolaj Kopernikus (Denmark)
Tala’visionMourad Abou Eisheh (Germany / Jordan)
Under the heavensGustavo Milan (Brazil)
When Sun setsPhumi morare (South Africa)
You are dead HélèneMichel Blanchart (Belgium / France)

Documentary Short Subject

guilasKristy Guevara-Flanagan, Maite Zubiaurre
AudibleMatthew Ogens
A broken houseJimmy goldblum (United States / Lebanon)
Camp Confidential: America’s Secret NazisMor Loushy, Daniel Sivan
Coded: JC Leyendecker’s Hidden LoveRyan white
Day of rageDavid Botti, Malachie Browne
EaseSeth freed Wessler
Take me homePedro Kos, Jon Shenk
Lynching postcards: “Token of a great day”Christine turner
The basketball queenBen Proud Foot
Sophie and the baronAlexandria Jackson
To resumeEmma Francis-Snyder
Contagion of terrorLaura Poitras
Three songs for BenazirElizabeth Mirzaei, Gulistan Mirzaei (Afghanistan)
When we were bulliesJay rosenblatt

Animated short film

Art AffairsJoanna quinn (UK)
Angakusajaujuq: the apprentice shamanZacharie Kunuk (Canada)
Bad seedsClaude Cloutier (Canada)
BestiaHugo covarrubias (Chile)
BoxingAnton Diakov (Russia)
Sinking houseSandra Desmazieres (France / Canada)
Mom is rainingHugo de Faucompret (France)
The musicianReza Riahi (France)
NamooErick Oh (South Korea)
Only one childSimone giampaolo (Switzerland)
Robin robinDaniel Ojari, Michael please (UK)
Remember RememberBastien Dubois (France)
Enter the riverWeijia Ma (China / France)
We againZach parrish
The wiperAlberto Mielgo (United States / Spain)

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