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Borat’s “Wuhan Flu” on Shortlist for Best Original Song Oscar

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are also up for two Best Score nominations

Borat's “Wuhan Flu” on Shortlist for Best Original Song Oscar
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    Oscar’s comin’. The Academy has unveiled shortlists for nine categories at the upcoming 2021 Oscars, including Best Original Song. Already, there’s plenty of competition among those listed, including from — believe it or not — Kazakhstan’s most trusted journalist.

    Yes, “Wuhan Flu” from Amazon’s Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is one of the 15 original songs that made the shortlist. The ridiculous singalong joins a tough assembly that includes heavy hitters like Janelle Monáe (“Turntables” from All In: The Fight for Democracy), Mary J. Blige (“See What You’ve Done” from Belly of the Beast), H.E.R. (“Fight For You” from Judas and the Black Messiah), and Leslie Odom, Jr. (“Speak Now” from One Night in Miami). Then again, the list also includes a similarly curious cut in “Husavik” from Netflix’s Will Ferrell romp Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

    On the other side of the musical spectrum, 2020 Composers of the Year Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are up for two out of the 15 Original Score nominations. Their work on Soul and Mank share space with an eclectic crowd that includes Terence Blanchard (Da 5 Bloods), Alexandre Desplat (The Midnight Sky), Ludwig Göransson (Tenet), and Benjamin Wallfisch (The Invisible Man).

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    The other categories revealed are Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, International Feature Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Animated Short, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Visual Effects. The International category is particularly exciting with nominations for Shudder’s La Llorona and Thomas Vinterberg’s fabulous Another Round.

    Find the shortlists for the nine Oscar categories below. Don’t start drafting your ballot just yet, though! The complete list of nominees won’t be unveiled until March 15th with the ceremony to air live on Sunday, April 25th on ABC.

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    Music (Original Song)
    “Turntables” from All In: The Fight for Democracy
    “See What You’ve Done” from Belly of the Beast
    “Wuhan Flu” from Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
    “Husavik” from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
    “Never Break” from Giving Voice
    “Make It Work” from Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
    “Fight For You” from Judas and the Black Messiah
    “lo Sì (Seen)” from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)
    “Rain Song” from Minari
    “Show Me Your Soul” from Mr. Soul!
    “Loyal Brave True” from Mulan
    “Free” from The One and Only Ivan
    “Speak Now” from One Night in Miami…
    “Green” from Sound of Metal
    “Hear My Voice” from The Trial of the Chicago 7

    Music (Original Score)
    Ammonite
    Blizzard of Souls
    Da 5 Bloods
    The Invisible Man
    Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
    The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)
    The Little Things
    Mank
    The Midnight Sky
    Minari
    Mulan
    News of the World
    Soul
    Tenet
    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    International Feature Film
    Bosnia and Herzegovina, Quo Vadis, Aida?
    Chile, The Mole Agent
    Czech Republic, Charlatan
    Denmark, Another Round
    France, Two of Us
    Guatemala, La Llorona
    Hong Kong, Better Days
    Iran, Sun Children
    Ivory Coast, Night of the Kings
    Mexico, I’m No Longer Here
    Norway, Hope
    Romania, Collective
    Russia, Dear Comrades!
    Taiwan, A Sun
    Tunisia, The Man Who Sold His Skin

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    Documentary Feature
    All In: The Fight for Democracy
    Boys State
    Collective
    Crip Camp
    Dick Johnson Is Dead
    Gunda
    MLK/FBI
    The Mole Agent
    My Octopus Teacher
    Notturno
    The Painter and the Thief
    76 Days
    Time
    The Truffle Hunters
    Welcome to Chechnya

    Documentary Short Subject
    Abortion Helpline, This Is Lisa
    Call Center Blues
    Colette
    A Concerto Is a Conversation
    Do Not Split
    Hunger Ward
    Hysterical Girl
    A Love Song for Latasha
    The Speed Cubers
    What Would Sophia Loren Do?

    Live Action Short Film
    Bittu
    Da Yie
    Feeling Through
    The Human Voice
    The Kicksled Choir
    The Letter Room
    The Present
    Two Distant Strangers
    The Van
    White Eye

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    Animated Short Film
    Burrow
    Genius Loci
    If Anything Happens I Love You
    Kapaemahu
    Opera
    Out
    The Snail and the Whale
    To Gerard
    Traces
    Yes-People

    Makeup and Hairstyling
    Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
    Emma
    The Glorias
    Hillbilly Elegy
    Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
    The Little Things
    Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
    Mank
    One Night in Miami…
    Pinocchio

    Visual Effects
    Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
    Bloodshot
    Love and Monsters
    Mank
    The Midnight Sky
    Mulan
    The One and Only Ivan
    Soul
    Tenet
    Welcome to Chechnya

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