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Barbie Makes a Big Impact on the Oscar Shortlists

"The film is a semi-finalist in the categories of song, score, and sound. Killers of the Flower Moon also made several lists"

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Barbie Makes a Big Impact on the Oscar Shortlists


Will the Oscars be in a "Barbie" world when the statuettes are presented in March? Perhaps, if the shortlists in what are known as "below-the-line" categories are any indication. On Thursday, the Academy announced the equivalent of semifinalists for best song, documentary, and other categories, and "Barbie," director Greta Gerwig's feminist smash, fared well.

Three songs from the film made the list for best song: Dua Lipa's "Dance the Night," Ryan Gosling's "I'm Just Ken," and Billie Eilish's "What Was I Made For?" The film also made the list for best score and sound.

"Killers of the Flower Moon" was well-represented as well, with nominations for makeup and hairstyling, song ("Wahzhazhe (A Song For My People)"), score, and sound.

What about the other film that played a role in our Barbenheimer summer? "Oppenheimer" was nominated for three awards: score, sound, and makeup and hairstyling. It was tied with "The Color Purple" (for score and the songs "Keep It Movin'" and "Superpower (I)"); "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" (for score, visual effects, and the song "Am I Dreaming"); and "The Zone of Interest" (international feature, score, and sound).

The academy announced ten categories; the final nominations will be announced on January 23. The shortlists for song, documentary feature, and international feature are as follows. Visit for the complete list.

Original Song

“It Never Went Away” from “American Symphony”

“Dear Alien (Who Art in Heaven)” from “Asteroid City”

“Dance the Night” from “Barbie”

“I’m Just Ken” from “Barbie”

“What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie”

“Keep It Movin’” from “The Color Purple”

“Superpower (I)” from “The Color Purple”

“The Fire Inside” from “Flamin’ Hot”

“High Life” from “Flora and Son”

“Meet in the Middle” from “Flora and Son”

“Can’t Catch Me Now” from “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes”

“Wahzhazhe (A Song for My People)” from “Killers of the Flower Moon”

“Quiet Eyes” from “Past Lives”

“Road to Freedom” from “Rustin”

“Am I Dreaming” from “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”

Original Score

“American Fiction”

“American Symphony”


“The Boy and the Heron”

“The Color Purple”


“The Holdovers”

“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”

“Killers of the Flower Moon”


“Poor Things”


“Society of the Snow”

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”

“The Zone of Interest”

International Feature

Armenia, “Amerikatsi”

Bhutan, “The Monk and the Gun”

Denmark, “The Promised Land”

Finland, “Fallen Leaves”

France, “The Taste of Things”

Germany, “The Teachers’ Lounge”

Iceland, “Godland”

Italy, “Io Capitano”

Japan, “Perfect Days”

Mexico, “Totem”

Morocco, “The Mother of All Lies”

Spain, “Society of the Snow”

Tunisia, “Four Daughters”

Ukraine, “20 Days in Mariupol”

United Kingdom, “The Zone of Interest”

Documentary Feature

“American Symphony”

“Apolonia, Apolonia”

“Beyond Utopia”

“Bobi Wine: The People’s President”

“Desperate Souls, Dark City and the Legend of Midnight Cowboy”

“The Eternal Memory”

“Four Daughters”

“Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project”

“In the Rearview”

“Stamped From the Beginning”

“Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie”

“A Still Small Voice”

“32 Sounds”

“To Kill a Tiger”

“20 Days in Mariupol”


Credits: The New York Times


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