This list will be reduced later in view of the awards ceremony on March 27.
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France will not seek a golden statuette next year in Hollywood. The Academy of Oscars unveiled (link in English) Tuesday, December 21 the list of preselections in 10 categories. The French cinema may hold the record for the most nominations in the prestigious category of best foreign film, it will remain a spectator this year: Titanium, feature film by Julia Ducournau celebrated in Cannes by the Palme d’Or, did not pass the preselections. The list includes the Italian Paolo Sorrentino with God’s hand and the Japanese Ryusuke Hamaguchi for Drive My Car. 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. 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.
On the side of the best song, Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Ariana Grande are in the running for the Oscar. 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 performed the track “Guns Go Bang” with Kid Cudi. 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 her audience to take seriously the looming threat of a comet rushing towards Earth. Young Billie Eilish is also in the list with her track “No Time To Die” composed especially for the latest film dedicated to James Bond.