by Heather Fuller
On January 23 at 5:22 am PST Oscars nominations will be announced after having been winnowed down from a huge field of contenders. There will be a live stream available at http://www.oscars.og
Three hundred forty-one films are eligible for an Academy Award this year. To be eligible for Oscar consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.
Seven films remain in competition for the Make-up and Hair Oscar: Bright, Darkest Hour, Ghost In The Shell, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2, I, Tonya, Victoria & Abdul and Wonder. On January 6 members voted to narrow that filed to just three. One hundred and forty-one scores from feature length films are in contention for an Oscar. The five achievements in this category receiving the highest votes will move on for contention in the final leg of the Oscars race.
Seventy original songs are in the race right now. These songs too will be narrowed down to just five.
Ten films are in the running for best Visual Effects: Alien Covenant, Blade Runner 2049, Dunkirk, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Skull Island, Okja, The Shape Of Water, Star Wars The Last Jedi, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes. Five of these too will be announced January 23 as the final best visual effects in the contention for the Oscar.
In the Best Foreign Language Film category, originally ninety two films had been in consideration. That field has been narrowed down to nine as of this date. By January 23, there will be just five. The nine so far as: Chile, A Fantastic Woman, Sebastián Lelio, director; Germany, In the Fade, Fatih Akin, director; Hungary, On Body and Soul, Ildikó Enyedi, director; Israel, Foxtrot, Samuel Maoz, director; Lebanon, The Insult, Ziad Doueiri, director; Russia, Loveless, Andrey Zvyagintsev, director; Senegal, Félicité, Alain Gomis, director; South Africa, The Wound, John Trengove, director; Sweden, The Square, Ruben Östlund, director.
The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
90th Oscars March 4, 2018