France will not seek a golden statuette next year, its candidate Titanium, de Julia Ducournau, not having passed the preselection stage.
Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Ariana Grande are in the running for the Oscar for best song but France will not seek a golden statuette next year in Hollywood, its candidate Titanium not having passed the stage of the preselections, announced Tuesday the Academy of Oscars. Beyoncé’s ballad Be Alive, written for the film The Williams Method with Will Smith, is one of 15 titles retained by the Academy, which will later reduce them to just five for the awards ceremony on March 27.
The queen of pop confronts her husband Jay-Z who in turn produced the black western The Harder They Fall and teamed up with Kid Cudi for the soundtrack of the film Guns Go Bang. As for Ariana Grande, she appears in the satirical film Don’t Look Up: Cosmic Denial in which she performs the song Just Look Up, begging his audience to take seriously the looming threat of a comet speeding towards Earth. Young Billie Eilish is also in the list with her title No Time To Die composed especially for the last film dedicated to James Bond.
15 feature films still in the running for the best foreign film award
The Academy of Oscars also unveiled on Tuesday the list of 15 films still in the running for the award for best foreign film, chosen from 92 in total. Each country is only entitled to one candidate. France may hold the record for the most nominations in this prestigious category, but it will remain a spectator this year: Titanium, Julia Ducournau’s feature film celebrated in Cannes by the Palme d’Or, was less fortunate on Hollywood Boulevard than on the Croisette. This genre film, violent and mixing woman / machine hybridization, sexuality with cars and the quest for fatherhood, was perhaps too daring for Oscar voters.
The preselection includes the Italian Paolo Sorrentino with God’s hand and the Japanese Ryusuke Hamaguchi for Drive My Car, adapted from a short story by Haruki Murakami. Iran shines once again with its filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, already winner of the Foreign Film Oscar for A separation and The customer and who comes back this time with A hero. Unexpectedly, the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan could land its first ever nomination with School at the end of the world, comedy featuring a young schoolteacher sent to the most remote part of the country.
Winner last year with Drunk, Denmark is making a strong comeback this year with Flee, which traces the perilous journey of a young homosexual Afghan seeking asylum in Europe. This animated film is also shortlisted for the best documentary award, also published on Tuesday. Cave, who looks back on the race against time to save Thai teenagers trapped in a cave flooded by the ocean, as well as Summer of Soul de Questlove, on the “Black Woodstock” organized in Harlem in 1969, were also included in the latter category.