Just in time for the holiday season, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has gifted a slew of films the honor of being included on the 2024 Oscars shortlists in a range of categories.

The annual shortlists for International Feature Film, Documentary, Sound, Original Score, Original Song, Makeup and Hairstyling, Visual Effects, Live-Action Short Film, Documentary Short Subject, and Animated Short Film were unveiled December 21, almost one month exactly before the complete Oscar nominations will be announced.

Anticipated inclusions for Oscar frontrunners like “Killers of the Flower Moon,” “Barbie,” “Poor Things,” and “Maestro” made the cut in a variety of categories. “Barbie” led with five shortlist nominations, “Killers of the Flower Moon” had four, and “The Color Purple,” “Oppenheimer,” and “Poor Things” each landed three nods.

Ukrainian documentary “20 Days in Mariupol” and Tunisian ISIS saga “Four Daughters” are both pulling double duty with shortlist inclusions in the International Feature and Documentary Feature categories.

Academy Award nomination voting runs from January 11 – 16, with the official nominations announced on January 23. Final voting will then run from February 22 – 27, with the 96th annual Academy Awards taking place March 10.

The IndieWire predictions for Best International Feature Film pointed to the festival circuit trajectories of “Fallen Leaves,” “Perfect Days,” and “The Zone of Interest,” which also features “Anatomy of a Fall” actress Sandra Huller.

The viral “Barbie” ballad “I’m Just Ken,” performed and co-written by actor Ryan Gosling, has been including the Best Original Song shortlist, alongside other “Barbie” tracks by Oscar-nominated singer Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa.

The Documentary Feature category has star power behind films like “Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie” and “American Symphony.” Meanwhile, there has been continued awards love for shortlist entries “The Eternal Memory,” “Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project,” “Four Daughters,” and “Bobi Wine: The People’s President.”

Documentary Feature

“American Symphony”
“Apolonia, Apolonia”
“Beyond Utopia”
“Bobi Wine: The People’s President”
“Desperate Souls, Dark City and the Legend of Midnight Cowboy”
“The Eternal Memory”
“Four Daughters”
“Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project”
“In the Rearview”
“Stamped from the Beginning”
“Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie”
“A Still Small Voice”
“32 Sounds”
“To Kill a Tiger”
“20 Days in Mariupol”

Documentary Short Subject

“The ABCs of Book Banning”
“The Barber of Little Rock”
“Between Earth & Sky”
“Black Girls Play: The Story of Hand Games”
“Camp Courage”
“Deciding Vote”
“How We Get Free”
“If Dreams Were Lightning: Rural Healthcare Crisis”
“Island in Between”
“The Last Repair Shop”
“Last Song from Kabul”
“Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó”
“Wings of Dust”

International Feature Film

Armenia, “Amerikatsi”
Bhutan, “The Monk and the Gun”
Denmark, “The Promised Land”
Finland, “Fallen Leaves”
France, “The Taste of Things”
Germany, “The Teachers’ Lounge”
Iceland, “Godland”
Italy, “Io Capitano”
Japan, “Perfect Days”
Mexico, “Totem”
Morocco, “The Mother of All Lies”
Spain, “Society of the Snow”
Tunisia, “Four Daughters”
Ukraine, “20 Days in Mariupol”
United Kingdom, “The Zone of Interest”

Live-Action Short Film

“The After”
“The Anne Frank Gift Shop”
“An Avocado Pit”
“Bienvenidos a Los Angeles”
“Dead Cat”
“Good Boy”
“Invisible Border”
“Knight of Fortune”
“The One Note Man”
“Red, White and Blue”
“The Shepherd”
“Strange Way of Life”
“The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar”

Animated Short Film 

“Humo (Smoke)”
“I’m Hip”
“A Kind of Testament”
“Koerkorter (Dog Apartment)”
“Letter to a Pig”
“Ninety-Five Senses”
“Once upon a Studio”
“Our Uniform”
“War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko”
“Wild Summon”

Original Song

“It Never Went Away” from “American Symphony”
“Dear Alien (Who Art In Heaven)” from “Asteroid City”
“Dance The Night” from “Barbie”
“I’m Just Ken” from “Barbie”
“What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie”
“Keep It Movin’” from “The Color Purple”
“Superpower (I)” from “The Color Purple”
“The Fire Inside” from “Flamin’ Hot”
“High Life” from “Flora and Son”
“Meet In The Middle” from “Flora and Son”
“Can’t Catch Me Now” from “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes”
“Wahzhazhe (A Song For My People)” from “Killers of the Flower Moon”
“Quiet Eyes” from “Past Lives”
“Road To Freedom” from “Rustin”
“Am I Dreaming” from “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”

Original Score

“American Fiction”
“American Symphony”
“The Boy and the Heron”
“The Color Purple”
“The Holdovers”
“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”
“Killers of the Flower Moon”
“Poor Things”
“Society of the Snow”
“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”
“The Zone of Interest”

Makeup and Hairstyling

“Beau Is Afraid”
“Killers of the Flower Moon”
“The Last Voyage of the Demeter”
“Poor Things”
“Society of the Snow”

Visual Effects

“The Creator”
“Godzilla Minus One”
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”
“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”
“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One”
“Poor Things”
“Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire”
“Society of the Snow”
“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”


“The Creator”
“The Killer”
“Killers of the Flower Moon”
“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One”
“The Zone of Interest”

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