Only 276 eligible feature films over a shortened 10 month period
Last year, the Academy extended the eligibility year to February 28, 2021 due to the pandemic, which produced 366 eligible films, the highest number of submissions since 1970. With just 10 months in this period, the 2022 eligibility list is tied with the previous one. years of submission.
All of the presumptive Oscar contenders are on the list, including “Being the Ricardos” (Amazon Studios), “Belfast” (Focus Features), “C’mon C’mon” (A24), “Candyman” (Universal Pictures), “CODA” (Apple Original Films), “Dune” (Warner Bros), “Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures ), “Gucci House(MGM/United Artists Releasing), “Nightmare Alley” (Searchlight Pictures), “Parallel Mothers” (Sony Pictures Classics), “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix), “A Quiet Place Part II” (Paramount Pictures) , “Spencer” (Neon/Topic Studios), “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (Sony Pictures) and “West Side Story” (20th Century Studios).
Some of the international feature films on the Oscar shortlist are also eligible for Best Picture, in addition to the Best International Feature category like “Drive My Car” from Japan, “The Hand of God” from Italy, “ A Hero” from Iran and “The Worst” from Norway. Nobody in the world. Five of the 15 shortlisted films – “Great Freedom” from Austria, “Hive” from Kosovo, “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom” from Bhutan, “Playground” from Belgium and “Plaza Catedral” from Panama – are not eligible outside their respective category. Films like Julia Ducournau’s “Titane,” which didn’t make the shortlist, are still up in all other eligible categories, including best picture, director, and original screenplay.
Since expanding from five to 10 top nominees in 2009, we’ve been waiting to see if a feature-length documentary could break into the field with more spots available. Several of the 15 shortlisted documentaries make the shortlist, including “Flee” by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, “The Rescue” by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, “Summer of Soul” by Questlove and “The Velvet Underground” by Todd Haynes. Three documentaries – “President” by Camilla Nielsson, “Simple as Water” by Megan Mylan and “Writing With Fire” by Rintu Thomas – are not eligible for any other category except feature-length documentary. Films that have not been shortlisted – such as “Becoming Cousteau” by Liz Garbus, “Francesco” by Evgeny Afineevsky, “The Sparks Brothers” by Edgar Wright and “Val” by Ting Poo and Leo Scott – are among the competing films.
All 26 previously announced animated features, including Netflix’s “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” and GKids’ “Belle,” are eligible.
A few films that went unnoticed, criticized, or simply presumed to be feature films, are among the feature films on the recall list, including: Zack Snyder’s “Army of the Dead”, Walt Becker’s “Clifford the Big Red Dog”, Stephen Chbosky “Dear Evan Hansen”, “The Forever Purge” by Everardo Gout, “The Many Saints of Newark” by Alan Taylor, “The Matrix: Resurrections” by Lana Wachowski and “Old” by M. Night Shymalan. A note of clarification for members is that the two films with the same title, “Swan Song” – one from Apple Original Films starring Mahershala Ali and the other from Magnolia Pictures starring Udo Kier – are the only films listed with their distributors. Wes Anderson’s love letter to journalism is listed with its full title, ‘The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun’, which will be interesting to hear read aloud if it does all five for the script original or supporting actor for Benicio del Toro.
It’s always nice to point out worthy selections, such as “The Harder They Fall” with Idris Elba, “In the Heights” with Olga Merediz, “Jockey” with Clifton Collins Jr, “Nine Days” with Winston Duke, “Passing” with Tessa Thompson, “Red Rocket” with Simon Rex and “Shiva Baby” with Rachel Sennott
At the first Oscars, which celebrated photos from 1927 and 1928, there were 562 titles on the encore list. AMPAS did not have the same clear and strict guidelines that are in place today. Prior to 1950, recall lists did not feature all eligible films. From 1940 to 1944, the lists had fewer titles per studio choice—studios selected which of their films would appear, limiting the list to about a third of eligible titles. It wasn’t until 1987 (the year the “Last Emperor” won) that AMPAS changed its rules so that only titles on the recall list were eligible for nomination.
The Academy has changed its eligibility rules for this cycle. Feature films can open in a commercial theater in any of the seven metropolitan areas of the United States: Los Angeles County, New York City, Bay Area, Chicago, Illinois, Miami, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia, between March 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021, and complete a minimum qualifying race of seven consecutive days at the same venue. Drive-ins are also included in the cities mentioned. Films intended for theatrical release but originally made available through commercial streaming, VOD service or other distributions may be eligible if the film is made available on the Academy Screening Room’s secure member site in 60 days after release or streaming/VOD. Feature films must be over 40 minutes in length.
To be eligible for Best Picture, films must have submitted a confidential entry to the Academy’s Representation and Inclusion Standards as part of the submission requirements. These standards will not be required for eligibility in the Best Picture category until the 96th Academy Awards in 2024.
Nominations for the 94th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, February 8. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 27 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and will be televised on ABC and in more than 200 territories around the world.
See the full eligibility list below.
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