Exciting Contenders for the 2024 Oscars: Animated, Documentary, and International Features

Exciting Contenders for the 2024 Oscars: Animated Documentary and International Features

The prestigious 96th Academy Awards are on the horizon, and the excitement in the film industry is palpable as The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveils the extensive list of eligible films for consideration in the categories of Best Animated, Documentary, and International Feature.

This year, a staggering total of 288 films are eligible across these categories, showcasing a diverse array of cinematic brilliance from across the globe. The process of selecting the eventual nominees involves the discerning judgment of branch members and participation from Academy members outside the branch.

Exciting Contenders for the 2024 Oscars: Animated, Documentary, and International Features

Exciting Contenders for the 2024 Oscars: Animated Documentary and International Features

The announcement of the eligible films has stirred a wave of interest and excitement within the film industry, setting the stage for an enthralling awards season ahead. Film enthusiasts worldwide eagerly anticipate celebrating the artistry and storytelling brilliance that these categories offer.

Animated Feature 

In the animated feature category, 33 films have thrown their hat into the ring for the coveted Oscar nomination. Among these contenders are titles that have captured both audience adoration and critical acclaim. Films like “The Amazing Maurice,” “The Boy and the Heron,” “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” and “Nimona” stand out, representing a thrilling and competitive field.

The anticipation mounts as we await the revelation of the final five nominees in this category, scheduled to be announced on January 23, 2024.

  1. “The Amazing Maurice”
  2. “Blue Giant”
  3. “The Boy and the Heron”
  4. “Chang’an”
  5. “Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget”
  6. “Deep Sea”
  7. “Elemental”
  8. “Ernest & Celestine: A Trip to Gibberitia”
  9. “The First Slam Dunk”
  10. “The Inventor”
  11. “Leo”
  12. “Lonely Castle in the Mirror”
  13. “The Magician’s Elephant”
  14. “Migration”
  15. “Miraculous: Ladybug & Cat Noir, The Movie”
  16. “The Monkey King”
  17. “My Love Affair with Marriage”
  18. “Nimona”
  19. “Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie”
  20. “The Peasants”
  21. “Perlimps”
  22. “Robot Dreams”
  23. “Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken”
  24. “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”
  25. “The Super Mario Bros. Movie”
  26. “Suzume”
  27. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem”
  28. “They Shot the Piano Player”
  29. “Titina”
  30. “Trolls Band Together”
  31. “Unicorn Wars”
  32. “Warrior King”
  33. “Wish”

Documentary Feature Category

A staggering 167 documentaries have cut through consideration in the 96th Academy Awards. This category is a celebration of real-life stories and nonfiction narratives that delve into diverse subjects. Titles such as “20 Days in Mariupol,” “32 Sounds,” “1946: The Mistranslation That Shifted Culture,” and “AKA Mr. Chow” showcase the depth and variety of storytelling within this category.

Mark your calendars for December 21, 2023, when the shortlist of 15 films for the documentary category will be unveiled, heightening the anticipation for the final nominations.

  1. “AKA Mr. Chow”
  2. “After Sherman”
  3. “Against the Tide”
  4. “Alexander”
  5. “American Symphony”
  6. “American: An Odyssey to 1947”
  7. “Americonned”
  8. “And Miles to Go before I Sleep”
  9. “Anhell69”
  10. “Anonymous Sister”
  11. “Another Body”
  12. “Anselm”
  13. “Apache Blues: Welcome Home”
  14. “Apolonia, Apolonia”
  15. “Bad Press”
  16. “Batata”
  17. “Bella”
  18. “Bella!”
  19. “Beyond Utopia”
  20. “Bobi Wine: The People’s President”
  21. “Bye Bye Tiberias”
  22. “Canary”
  23. “Carlos”
  24. “Carterland”
  25. “Close to Vermeer”
  26. “Common Ground”
  27. “A Compassionate Spy”
  28. “Cup of Salvation”
  29. “De Humani Corporis Fabrica”
  30. “Deep Rising”
  31. “The Deepest Breath”
  32. “Deserters”
  33. “Desperate Souls, Dark City and the Legend of Midnight Cowboy”
  34. “The Disappearance of Shere Hite”
  35. “Dosed: The Trip of a Lifetime”
  36. “Downwind”
  37. “Eat Bitter”
  38. “The Echo”
  39. “El Juicio”
  40. “Elis & Tom – It Had to Be You”
  41. “The Eternal Memory”
  42. “Every Body”
  43. “Fantastic Machine”
  44. “Finding Her Beat”
  45. “Fioretta”
  46. “For the Animals”
  47. “Four Daughters”
  48. “Full Circle”
  49. “Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project”
  50. “Grandpa Was an Emperor”
  51. “Have You Got It Yet? The Story of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd”
  52. “Here. Is. Better.”
  53. “High & Low – John Galliano”
  54. “The Holly”
  55. “Holy Frit”
  56. “I Got a Monster”
  57. “If You Let Me Go”
  58. “Imagining the Indian”
  59. “Immediate Family”
  60. “In the Company of Rose”
  61. “In the Rearview”
  62. “In the Shadow of Beirut”
  63. “In Viaggio: The Travels of Pope Francis”
  64. “Incompatible with Life”
  65. “Into the Spotlight”
  66. “The Invention of the Other”
  67. “Invisible Beauty”
  68. “The Issue with Tissue – A Boreal Love Story”
  69. “It Ain’t Over”
  70. “Joan Baez I Am a Noise”
  71. “Joonam”
  72. “King Coal”
  73. “Knights of Santiago”
  74. “Kokomo City”
  75. “The Lady Bird Diaries”
  76. “Lakota Nation vs. United States”
  77. “Land of My Dreams”
  78. “The Last Rider”
  79. “The League”
  80. “Lift”
  81. “Little Richard: I Am Everything”
  82. “The Lost Weekend: A Love Story”
  83. “The Melt Goes on Forever: The Art & Times of David Hammons”
  84. “Menus-Plaisirs – Les Troisgros”
  85. “The Mission”
  86. “Mission Peace: The Staunch Moderates Documentary”
  87. “Mr. Jimmy”
  88. “The Mother of All Lies”
  89. “Motherland”
  90. “The Mountains”
  91. “Mourning in Lod”
  92. “Music Is My Life – Dr. Joseph Shabalala and Ladysmith Black Mambazo”
  93. “My Name Is Happy”
  94. “Nam June Paik: Moon Is the Oldest TV”
  95. “1946: The Mistranslation That Shifted Culture”
  96. “North Circular”
  97. “Occupied City”
  98. “Orlando, My Political Biography”
  99. “Our Body”
  100. “Pacific Mother”
  101. “The Padilla Affair”
  102. “The Painting”
  103. “Pay or Die”
  104. “Periodical”
  105. “Photophobia”
  106. “Pianoforte”
  107. “Pictures of Ghosts”
  108. “The Pigeon Tunnel”
  109. “Plan C”
  110. “Radical Wolfe”
  111. “Razing Liberty Square”
  112. “Reality Winner”
  113. “Refuge”
  114. “A Revolution on Canvas”
  115. “Rewind & Play”
  116. “A Rising Fury”
  117. “Robert Irwin: A Desert of Pure Feeling”
  118. “Rojek”
  119. “Sam Now”
  120. “Samuel and the Light”
  121. “The Secret Cities of Mark Kistler”
  122. “Shot in the Arm”
  123. “Show Her the Money”
  124. “Silver Dollar Road”
  125. “Sly”
  126. “The Smell of Money”
  127. “Smoke Sauna Sisterhood”
  128. “A Song Film by Kishi Bashi – ‘Omoiyari’”
  129. “Songs of Earth”
  130. “Sound of the Police”
  131. “Splice Here: A Projected Odyssey”
  132. “Stamped from the Beginning”
  133. “State of the Unity”
  134. “Stephen Curry: Underrated”
  135. “Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie”
  136. “A Still Small Voice”
  137. “A Storm Foretold”
  138. “Subject”
  139. “Symphony of the Holocaust”
  140. “Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music”
  141. “They Shot the Piano Player”
  142. “32 Sounds”
  143. “This Much We Know”
  144. “Thy Neighbours”
  145. “Tito, Margot and Me”
  146. “To Kill a Tiger”
  147. “Total Trust”
  148. “20 Days in Mariupol”
  149. “26.2 to Life”
  150. “Twice Colonized”
  151. “Umberto Eco: A Library of the World”
  152. “Uncharitable”
  153. “Unconditional”
  154. “Under the Sky of Damascus”
  155. “Unfinished Business”
  156. “Unseen”
  157. “Unzipped: An Autopsy of American Inequality”
  158. “Victim/Suspect”
  159. “We Dare to Dream”
  160. “What the Hell Happened to Blood, Sweat & Tears?”
  161. “While the Green Grass Grows”
  162. “While We Watched”
  163. “Who I Am Not”
  164. “Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West”
  165. “Yoshiki under the Sky”
  166. “You Were My First Boyfriend”
  167. “Your Fat Friend”

International Feature Category

The international feature category boasts participation from 88 countries, highlighting the rich tapestry of global cinema. Representing a myriad of cultures, perspectives, and storytelling traditions, these entries paint a vivid picture of the cinematic landscape worldwide. Each country’s submission vies for a chance at recognition and honor on the grand stage of the Oscars.

  1. Albania, “Alexander”
  2. Argentina, “The Delinquents”
  3. Armenia, “Amerikatsi”
  4. Australia, “Shayda”
  5. Austria, “Vera”
  6. Bangladesh, “No Ground beneath the Feet”
  7. Belgium, “Omen”
  8. Bhutan, “The Monk and the Gun”
  9. Bolivia, “The Visitor”
  10. Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Excursion”
  11. Brazil, “Pictures of Ghosts”
  12. Bulgaria, “Blaga’s Lessons”
  13. Burkina Faso, “Sira”
  14. Cameroon, “Half Heaven”
  15. Canada, “Rojek”
  16. Chile, “The Settlers”
  17. China, “The Wandering Earth II”
  18. Colombia, “Un Varón”
  19. Costa Rica, “I Have Electric Dreams”
  20. Croatia, “Traces”
  21. Czech Republic, “Brothers”
  22. Denmark, “The Promised Land”
  23. Dominican Republic, “Cuarencena”
  24. Egypt, “Voy! Voy! Voy!”
  25. Estonia, “Smoke Sauna Sisterhood”
  26. Finland, “Fallen Leaves”
  27. France, “The Taste of Things”
  28. Georgia, “Citizen Saint”
  29. Germany, “The Teachers’ Lounge”
  30. Greece, “Behind the Haystacks”
  31. Hungary, “Four Souls of Coyote”
  32. Iceland, “Godland”
  33. India, “2018 – Everyone Is a Hero”
  34. Indonesia, “Autobiography”
  35. Iran, “The Night Guardian”
  36. Iraq, “Hanging Gardens”
  37. Ireland, “In the Shadow of Beirut”
  38. Israel, “Seven Blessings”
  39. Italy, “Io Capitano”
  40. Japan, “Perfect Days”
  41. Jordan, “Inshallah A Boy”
  42. Kenya, “Mvera”
  43. Latvia, “My Freedom”
  44. Lithuania, “Slow”
  45. Luxembourg, “The Last Ashes”
  46. Malaysia, “Tiger Stripes”
  47. Mexico, “Totem”
  48. Moldova, “Thunders”
  49. Mongolia, “City of Wind”
  50. Montenegro, “Sirin”
  51. Morocco, “The Mother of All Lies”
  52. Namibia, “Under the Hanging Tree”
  53. Nepal, “Halkara”
  54. Netherlands, “Sweet Dreams”
  55. Nigeria, “Mami Wata”
  56. North Macedonia, “Housekeeping for Beginners”
  57. Norway, “Songs of Earth”
  58. Pakistan, “In Flames”
  59. Palestine, “Bye Bye Tiberias”
  60. Panama, “Tito, Margot and Me”
  61. Paraguay, “The Last Runway 2, Comando Yaguarete”
  62. Peru, “The Erection of Toribio Bardelli”
  63. Philippines, “The Missing”
  64. Poland, “The Peasants”
  65. Portugal, “Bad Living”
  66. Romania, “Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World”
  67. Saudi Arabia, “Alhamour H.A.”
  68. Senegal, “Banel & Adama”
  69. Serbia, “The Duke and the Poet”
  70. Singapore, “The Breaking Ice”
  71. Slovakia, “Photophobia”
  72. Slovenia, “Riders”
  73. South Africa, “Music Is My Life – Dr. Joseph Shabalala and Ladysmith Black Mambazo”
  74. South Korea, “Concrete Utopia”
  75. Spain, “Society of the Snow”
  76. Sudan, “Goodbye Julia”
  77. Sweden, “Opponent”
  78. Switzerland, “Thunder”
  79. Taiwan, “Marry My Dead Body”
  80. Thailand, “Not Friends”
  81. Tunisia, “Four Daughters”
  82. Turkey, “About Dry Grasses”
  83. Ukraine, “20 Days in Mariupol”
  84. United Kingdom, “The Zone of Interest”
  85. Uruguay, “Family Album”
  86. Venezuela, “The Shadow of the Sun”
  87. Vietnam, “Glorious Ashes”
  88. Yemen, “The Burdened”

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