Oscar shortlist nominations makes history this year with Flee: Beyoncé and Jay Z to compete against each other
by Jaskiran Kaur | Wed, 22 Dec 2021 18:54:09 GMT
Beyonce and Jay Z will be competing against each other for Oscars win this year; Credits: Deadline

The Oscars list of nominations is finally here!

The awards season for Hollywood is going in full swing, and only the Oscars could top the already legendary awards event season that we had this year. Especially owing to the pandemic's delay where large gatherings were concerned, many award shows had to be canceled or held virtually. But now that the world is getting back on track, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award event comes as a welcome change. 

The Academy revealed its list of nominations this Tuesday for the eligible candidates who will get to take home awards in 2022. The 10 categories yet unveiled include documentaries and international features. The categories will include nominations for the documentary short subject, original score, live-action short, original song, animated short, visual effects, makeup and hairstyling, and sound.

This year's nominations include fifteen feature films from the 92 original eligible submissions. The best submission this year was Iran’s A Hero, Italy’s Hand of God, Japan’s Drive My Car and Flee, from Denmark. Notably, France's Titane that managed to bag the coveted Paleme D’Or at Cannes, could end up reserving a spot at the Oscar nominations. 

This year's submission tallied at 10 documentaries, which is a remarkably high number of submissions, but only 15 features were allowed to proceed for the awards and make it to the shortlists for the documentary features. The best performers surely had to be Summer of Soul, The Rescue, The Velvet Underground, and Flee. 

Flee, especially, will be standing proud this year as it has already bagged the shortlist nominations for the categories of the best feature documentary, best international feature, and the best animated feature. It is the first feature movie to reach the hallmark location. The film might also manage to make an impression as the first documentary to be nominated for best picture, soon. 

The film follows the journey of "Amin," a refugee child who managed to escape from Afghanistan. The film is helmed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen. 

Jonny Greenwood also managed to earn the spotlight by grabbing two nominations to his name and is twice shortlisted for original score. His works The Power of the Dog and Spencer are likely to earn him an Oscar this year. More to compete with him in this category are Dune‘s Hans Zimmer, King Richard‘s Kris Bowers, and The Harder They Fall's director Jeymes Samuel. The directors had originally started the competition with 136 others vowing for the position in cut-throat competition. 

The category of the original song stars Billie Eilish (“No Time To Die”), Beyonce (“Be Alive”), Jay-Z (“Guns Go Bang”), Ariana Grande (“Just Look Up”), and U2 (“Your Song Saved My Life”) in the shortlist phase. Also competing is Diane Warren, a 12 time Oscars nominee for his song “Somehow You Do” from the album  Four Good Days, and Lin-Manuel Miranda for “Dos Oruguitas” from Encanto. Initially, 84 works were eligible for the category. 

Here is the complete list of the Oscar short-listers:




“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 (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”

“The Velvet Underground”

“Writing with Fire”




“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”


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”


“Coming 2 America”




“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”

“House of Gucci”

“Nightmare Alley”

“No Time to Die”

“The Suicide Squad”

“West Side Story”


“Being the Ricardos”


“Don’t Look Up”



“The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun”

“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”


“So May We Start?” from “Annette”

“Down To Joy” from “Belfast”

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

“Automatic Woman” from “Bruised”

“Dream Girl” from “Cinderella”

“Beyond The Shore” from “CODA”

“The Anonymous Ones” from “Dear Evan Hansen”

“Just Look Up” from “Don’t Look Up”

“Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto”

“Somehow You Do” from “Four Good Days”

“Guns Go Bang” from “The Harder They Fall”

“Be Alive” from “King Richard”

“No Time To Die” from “No Time to Die”

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

“Your Song Saved My Life” from “Sing 2”


“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”


“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”




“Last Night in Soho”

“The Matrix Resurrections”

“No Time to Die”

“The Power of the Dog”

“A Quiet Place Part II”

“Spider-Man: No Way Home”

“tick, tick…BOOM!”

“West Side Story”


“Black Widow”



“Free Guy”

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife”

“Godzilla vs. Kong”

“The Matrix Resurrections”

“No Time to Die”

Spider-Man: No Way Home and Spencer earned a shortlist nomination at Oscars; Credits: Variety

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

“Spider-Man: No Way Home”