Beyoncé Edges Closer to Her First Oscar Nomination as Shortlists Are Revealed

Will Beyoncé and Lin-Manuel Miranda compete against each other at the Oscars? That matchup became a possibility on Tuesday when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the shortlists for best song and nine other categories.

Beyoncé and the songwriter Dixson made the cut for “Be Alive,” from “King Richard,” a biopic about the father of Venus and Serena Williams. If the song makes it through the next round, it would be Beyoncé’s first Oscar nomination. Miranda was included for “Dos Oruguitas,” which he wrote for “Encanto,” the animated tale about a gifted family in Colombia. Other contenders in the category include Billie Eilish and Finneas (for the Bond song “No Time to Die”) and Van Morrison (for “Down to Joy,” from “Belfast”), who has made news recently for songs protesting Covid-19 lockdown measures. (Eilish was also the subject of a documentary that made the shortlist.)

For best score, Jonny Greenwood and Hans Zimmer might be competing against each other and themselves. Both are included twice: Greenwood for “The Power of the Dog” and “Spencer”; Zimmer for “Dune” and “No Time to Die.”

Another notable twofer: “Flee,” the animated documentary about an Afghan refugee in Copenhagen, made the documentary and international feature lists. The documentary finalists included several films that made critics’ year-end best lists, including “Summer of Soul” and “The Velvet Underground.” The same goes for the international feature category, with “Drive My Car” (Japan’s submission) and “The Hand of God” (from Italy) making the cut.

Members will begin voting on Jan. 27, and the final nominees will be announced on Feb. 8. The winners will be revealed in a ceremony scheduled for March 27.

Here are the shortlists:

Original Song

“So May We Start?” (“Annette”)

“Down to Joy” (“Belfast”)

“Right Where I Belong” (“Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road”)

“Automatic Woman” (“Bruised”)

“Dream Girl” (“Cinderella”)

“Beyond the Shore” (“CODA”)

“The Anonymous Ones” (“Dear Evan Hansen”)

“Just Look Up” (“Don’t Look Up”)

“Dos Oruguitas” (“Encanto”)

“Somehow You Do” (“Four Good Days”)

“Guns Go Bang” (“The Harder They Fall”)

“Be Alive” (“King Richard”)

“No Time to Die” (“No Time to Die”)

“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” (“Respect”)

“Your Song Saved My Life” (“Sing 2”)

Original Score

“Being the Ricardos”


“Don’t Look Up”



“The French Dispatch”

“The Green Knight”

“The Harder They Fall”

“King Richard”

“The Last Duel”

“No Time to Die”

“Parallel Mothers”

“The Power of the Dog”


“The Tragedy of Macbeth”

Documentary Feature



“Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry”

“Faya Dayi”

“The First Wave”


“In the Same Breath”




“The Rescue”

“Simple as Water”

“Summer of Soul”

“The Velvet Underground”

“Writing With Fire”

International Feature

Austria, “Great Freedom”

Belgium, “Playground”

Bhutan, “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom”

Denmark, “Flee”

Finland, “Compartment No. 6”

Germany, “I’m Your Man”

Iceland, “Lamb”

Iran, “A Hero”

Italy, “The Hand of God”

Japan, “Drive My Car”

Kosovo, “Hive”

Mexico, “Prayers for the Stolen”

Norway, “The Worst Person in the World”

Panama, “Plaza Catedral”

Spain, “The Good Boss”




“Last Night in Soho”

“The Matrix Resurrections”

“No Time to Die”

“The Power of the Dog”

“A Quiet Place Part II”

Five Movies to Watch This Winter

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1. “The Power of the Dog”: Benedict Cumberbatch is earning high praise for his performance in Jane Campion’s new psychodrama. Here’s what it took for the actor to become a seething alpha-male cowboy.

2. “Don’t Look Up” : Meryl Streep plays a self-centered scoundrel in Adam McKay’s apocalyptic satire.  She turned to the “Real Housewives” franchise for inspiration.

3. “King Richard”: Aunjanue Ellis, who plays Venus and Serena Williams’s mother in the biopic, shares how she turned the supporting role into a talker.

4. “Tick, Tick … Boom!”: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s directorial debut is an adaptation of a show by Jonathan Larson, creator of “Rent.” This guide can help you unpack its many layers.

5. “The Tragedy of Macbeth”: Several upcoming movies are in black and white, including Joel Coen’s new spin on Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.”

“Spider-Man: No Way Home”

“Tick, Tick … Boom!”

“West Side Story”

Visual Effects

“Black Widow”



“Free Guy”

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife”

“Godzilla vs. Kong”

“The Matrix Resurrections”

“No Time to Die”

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”

“Spider-Man: No Way Home”

Makeup and Hairstyling

“Coming 2 America”




“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”

“House of Gucci”

“Nightmare Alley”

“No Time to Die”

“The Suicide Squad”

“West Side Story”

Animated Short

“Affairs of the Art”

“Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice”

“Bad Seeds”



“Flowing Home”

“Mum Is Pouring Rain”

“The Musician”


“Only a Child”

“Robin Robin”

“Souvenir Souvenir”

“Step Into the River”

“Us Again”

“The Windshield Wiper”

Live-Action Short

“Ala Kachuu — Take and Run”

“Censor of Dreams”

“The Criminals”


“The Dress”


“Les Grandes Claques”

“The Long Goodbye”

“On My Mind”

“Please Hold”



“Under the Heavens”

“When the Sun Sets”

“You’re Dead Helen”

Documentary Short



“A Broken House”

“Camp Confidential: America’s Secret Nazis”

“Coded: The Hidden Love of J.C. Leyendecker”

“Day of Rage”

“The Facility”

“Lead Me Home”

“Lynching Postcards: ‘Token of a Great Day’”

“The Queen of Basketball”

“Sophie & the Baron”


“Terror Contagion”

“Three Songs for Benazir”

“When We Were Bullies”

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