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Billie Eilish documentary, The Velvet Underground shortlisted for Oscar – Billboard

Movies about Billie Eilish and The Velvet Underground and welcome Summer of the Soul (… Or, when the revolution can’t be televised) shortlisted 15 films competing for the Oscar for documentary.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced the shortlist in 10 categories on Tuesday (December 21). Members of the documentary branch voted to determine the documentary shortlist, drawn from 138 eligible films. They will vote again to determine the five nominations in the category, to be announced on February 8. All Academy voters will vote to determine the winner, which will be announced at The 94th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony on March 27.

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RJ Cutler wrote and directed Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Bleary, tells the story of a teen phenom’s life on the road, on stage, and at home, while creating her blockbuster debut album.

Todd Haynes wrote and directed The Velvet Underground, about the legendary underground rock band New York. This will be the first nomination for Haynes, 60, who has directed hit films like Far from heaven and Carol.

Questlove, 50 years old, made his film directorial debut with Summer of the soul, about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, which featured performances by Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Fifth Dimension, Sly and The Family Stone, Nina Simone, Mahalia Jackson, Mavis Staples, BB King, and more another leading scholar of the era.

Summer of the soul won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for Documentary at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Musical.

Eilish was also nominated in that Grammy category, but with a different film: Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles.

Eilish received more good news from the film academy on Tuesday. “There is no time to die”, which she and her brother and collaborators Finneas co-writer for the James Bond film of the same name, was shortlisted for the best original song.

Brian Wilson get various results in the select list. Brian Wilson: A Promising Way was passed for the documentary shortlist, but a song from the documentary, “Right Where I Belong”, To be shortlisted for best original song.

Other music material that has been moved to the shortlist for the documentary include Ennio (about the composer Ennio Morricone), Jesus Music (about the rise of contemporary Christian music), Fire music (about the free jazz movement of the 1960s and 70s), Like a Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres (about one of the top writers and editors for Rolling Stone from shortly after the magazine’s publication in 1967 until 1981), The Sparks . Brothers (about Russell and Ron Mael, who include Sparks) and Tina (about the indomitable Tina Turner).

Also pass in the shortlist: Dave Chapelle lives in real life and Rita Moreno: Just a girl who decided to pursue it, about the performer who in 1977 became the only third – and first Latina – to complete EGOT.

The movies on the curated list, listed alphabetically by title, are:

Ascension
Attica
Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry
Faya Dayi
First wave
Escape
Let’s roll
Julia
chairperson
Progress
Rescue
As simple as water
Summer of the Soul (… Or, when the revolution can’t be televised)
The Velvet Underground
Write with fire

https://www.billboard.com/music/awards/2022-oscars-documentary-feature-shortlist-1235013584/ Billie Eilish documentary, The Velvet Underground shortlisted for Oscar – Billboard

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