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    Oscars 2022 shortlist: India’s Writing with Fire gets in, Koozhangal is out

    Oscar shortlists in 10 categories were unveiled on Tuesday, December 21. While India’s official entry, Koozhangal (Pebbles) is out, Writing with Fire by Rintu Thomas has been shortlisted.

    For the upcoming 94th Oscars ceremony, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the shortlists in 10 categories on Tuesday, December 21. The shortlist voting concluded on December 15, after which the nominations voting will begin. While India’s official entry, Koozhangal (Pebbles), is out of the race, we have another reason to celebrate as Writing with Fire by Rintu Thomas has been shortlisted.

    Helmed by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh, Writing with Fire is about a newspaper run by Dalit women. It has been selected in the Best Documentary Feature category. Other than Writing with Fire, the list also includes names like The World’s a Little Blurry by RJ Cutler, Julia by Julie Cohen and others. Check out the full list of the Documentary Feature shortlisted for Academy Awards:

    • Ascension (MTV Documentary Films) dir. Jessica Kingdon
    • Attica (Showtime) dir. Stanley Nelson
    • Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry (Apple Original Films) dir. RJ Cutler
    • Faya Dayi (Janus Films) dir. Jessica Beshir
    • The First Wave (National Geographic) dir. Matthew Heineman
    • Flee (Neon) dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen
    • In the Same Breath (HBO Documentary Films) dir. Nanfu Wang
    • Julia (Sony Pictures Classics) dir. Julie Cohen, Betsy West
    • President (Greenwich Entertainment) dir. Camilla Nielsson
    • Procession (Netflix) dir. Robert Greene
    • The Rescue (National Geographic) dir. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
    • Simple as Water (HBO Documentary Films) dir. Megan Mylan
    • Summer of Soul (Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (Hulu/Searchlight Pictures) dir. Quest Love
    • The Velvet Underground (Apple Original Films) dir. Todd Haynes
    • Writing with Fire (Music Box Films) dir. Rintu Thomas

    In the Best International Film category, director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car and Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World, among others, made it to the list:

    • Great Freedom (Austria) dir. Sebastian Meise
    • Playground (Belgium) dir. Laura Wandel
    • Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Bhutan) dir. Pawo Choyning Dorji
    • Flee (Denmark) dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen
    • Compartment No. 6 (Finland) dir. Juho Kuosmanen
    • I’m Your Man (Germany) dir. Maria Schrader
    • Lamb (Iceland) dir. Valdimar Jóhannsson
    • A Hero (Iran) dir. Asghar Farhadi
    • The Hand of God (Italy) dir. Paolo Sorrentino
    • Drive My Car (Japan) dir. Ryusuke Hamaguchi
    • Hive (Kosovo) dir. Blerta Basholli
    • Prayers for the Stolen (Mexico) dir. Tatiana Huezo
    • The Worst Person in the World (Norway) dir. Joachim Trier
    • Plaza Catedral (Panama) dir. Abner Benaim
    • The Good Boss (Spain) dir. Fernando León de Aranoa

    When it comes to the Best Original Song shortlist, Academy producers should be pleased with it as it includes some of the biggest pop stars in the world. Here’s the list:

    • So May We Start? from Annette (Amazon Studios) Ron Mael, Russell Mael (Sparks)
    • Down To Joy from Belfast (Focus Features) Van Morrison
    • Right Where I Belong from Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (Screen Media Films) Brian Wilson, Jim James
    • Automatic Woman from Bruised (Netflix) H.E.R. (other songwriters to be added)
    • Dream Girl from Cinderella (Amazon Studios) Idina Menzel, Laura Veltz
    • Beyond The Shore from CODA (Apple Original Films) Nicholai Baxter, Matt Dahan, Sian Heder, Marius de Vries
    • The Anonymous Ones from Dear Evan Hansen (Universal Pictures) Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Amandla Stenberg
    • Just Look Up from Don’t Look Up (Netflix) Nicholas Britell, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi, Taura Stinson
    • Dos Oruguitas from Encanto (Walt Disney Pictures) Lin-Manuel Miranda
    • Somehow You Do from Four Good Days (Vertical Entertainment) Diane Warren
    • Guns Go Bang from The Harder They Fall (Netflix) Jeymes Samuel, Scott Mescudi, Shawn Carter
    • Be Alive from King Richard (Warner Bros) Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson
    • No Time To Die from No Time to Die (MGM/United Artists Releasing) Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell
    • Here I Am (Singing My Way Home) from Respect (MGM/United Artists Releasing) Jamie Alexander Hartman, Jennifer Hudson, Carole King
    • Your Song Saved My Life from Sing 2 (Illumination/Universal Pictures) Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr.

    Among these big pop stars, at least three will also eventually be performing during the Oscar ceremony. Besides these, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences also unveiled shortlists for the makeup and hairstyling, sound, visual effects, original score, and short films; animated, documentary and live-action. The 94th Academy Awards will be held on March 27, after the final nominees will be announced on February 8.


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