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Le cinéma québécois à l’honneur aux Oscars : deux courts métrages en lice

Le cinéma québécois à l’honneur aux Oscars : deux courts métrages en lice

Invincible, a short film directed by Vincent René-Lortie, won the Iris Award for Best Quebec Fiction Short Film ten days ago. It had previously won the Special Jury Prize at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in February, and the Jury Prize at the Saguenay International Short Film Festival in March.

Another Quebec fiction short film, Chat mort written and directed by Annie-Claude Caron and Danick Audet, is still in the running in the same category for the Oscars. The film had won the Best Fiction Short Film award at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in June.

However, the two Quebec contenders are currently up against prestigious competition in the short film category, including Pedro Almodovar and his 31-minute western Étrange façon de vivre with Ethan Hawke, and Wes Anderson with La merveilleuse histoire d’Henry Sugar (39 minutes), starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Ben Kinglsey.

Additionally, the documentary short film Oasis directed by Quebecois filmmaker Justine Martin, is still on the “shortlist” of 15 films in its category.

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On the other hand, the documentary feature film UN JOUR directed by Montreal-born Kurdish filmmaker Zaynê Akyol, which was representing Canada in the Best International Film category, did not make the cut for the remaining 15 films in contention.

France, Finland, Iceland

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday the “preselections” in 10 categories, including original song and music, as well as crafts such as hairstyling, makeup, visual effects, and sound. The five finalists in all categories will be revealed on January 23rd.

Among the 15 international feature films that are still in contention are La Passion de Dodin Bouffan by Tran Anh Hung (France), Les Feuilles mortes by Aki Kaurismäki (Finland), Pays divin by Hylnur Palmason (Iceland), La Zone d’intérêt by Jonathan Glazer (UK), Moi, capitaine by Matteo Garrone (Italy), Journées parfaites by Wim Wenders (Japan). 20 jours à Marioupol by Mstyslav Tchernov is still representing Ukraine in this category, as well as in the documentary category.

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As expected, Barbie by Greta Gerwig, Oppenheimer by Christopher Nolan, and La Note américaine by Martin Scorsese, were well represented among the finalists in numerous categories, particularly music and sound.

However, Oppenheimer did not make it into the final 10 for visual effects. The surprising omission of the film from the “long list” of 20 finalists had already been noted.

For the most part, the “shortlists” are determined by members in their respective categories, although the details vary: some have selection committees, others have minimum viewing requirements.

The final nominations in all categories will be announced on January 23rd. The 96th Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will take place on March 10th, broadcast live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The gala will begin an hour earlier than usual, at 7 p.m.

– With information from the Associated Press

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