Cana­dian film snubbed on one Os­car list

Canada will be rep­re­sented in Best Doc­u­men­tary Short and Best An­i­mated Short fields

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Canada is no longer in the run­ning for Best For­eign-Lan­guage Film at the Os­cars.

The Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences has re­leased the nine films that will ad­vance to the next round of vot­ing in the cat­e­gory and Canada’s en­try, So­phie Dupuis’s Chien de garde, about a Mon­treal drug car­tel, is not among them.

The films that made the short list in­clude Poland’s Cold War, Le­banon’s Caper­naum, Ja­pan’s Sho­plifters, Colom­bia’s Birds of Pas­sage, Den­mark’s The Guilty, Ger­many’s Never Look Away, Kaza­khstan’s Ayka and Mex­ico’s Roma.

Many be­lieve Roma, Al­fonso Cuarón’s widely ac­claimed black-and-white drama, to be a front-run­ner for a Best Pic­ture nom­i­na­tion as well.

Other Cana­di­ans fared bet­ter on the nine short lists the academy an­nounced on Mon­day. Toronto film­maker Char­lie Tyrell is a fi­nal­ist for Best Doc­u­men­tary Short with My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes. The Na­tional Film Board’s An­i­mal Be­hav­iour, by Van­cou­ver-based Ali­son Snow­den and David Fine, and the Pixar pro­duc­tion Bao by Toronto-raised Domee Shi are fi­nal­ists for Best An­i­mated Short.

Mon­treal­ers Jeremy Comte for Fauve and Mar­i­anne Far­ley for Mar­guerite are Live Ac­tion Short fi­nal­ists.

A peek at Os­car mu­sic hope­fuls

This is the first time since 1979 that the U.S. film academy has re­leased a short list for its mu­sic cat­e­gories, part of nine lists re­vealed Mon­day along with hair and makeup and Best Doc­u­men­tary.

Fif­teen orig­i­nal songs were se­lected from 90 sub­mis­sions and in­clude “Shal­low” from A Star Is Born, “All The Stars” from Black Pan­ther, Dolly Par­ton’s “Girl in the Movies” from Dumplin’ and two songs from Mary Pop­pins Re­turns: “The Place Where Lost Things Go” and “Trip a Lit­tle Light Fan­tas­tic.”

Mary Pop­pins Re­turns and Black Pan­ther were also short­listed for Best Orig­i­nal Score, with Vice and If Beale Street Could Talk, both com­posed by Ni­cholas Brit­tell.

Nom­i­na­tions for the 91st Academy Awards will be an­nounced on Jan. 22, with the Os­cars on Feb. 24.

Singer Anca Pop dies in crash

Anca Pop, a Ro­ma­nian-Cana­dian singer-song­writer, has died after her car plunged into the Danube River. She was 34.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing after divers found her car late Mon­day in south­west­ern Ro­ma­nia. Her sis­ter alerted po­lice after she failed to ar­rive at the fam­ily home Sun­day evening. Po­lice said Tues­day they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death of Pop.

Pop’s style was a fu­sion of Balkan and main­stream pop. She had a big fol­low­ing in Ja­pan. She also col­lab­o­rated with Bosnian mu­si­cian Go­ran Bre­govic on his Cham­pagne for Gyp­sies al­bum.

In 1987, Pop fled com­mu­nist Ro­ma­nia with her fam­ily. They later em­i­grated to Canada. After com­mu­nism ended, she re­turned to Ro­ma­nia. This year she caused a stir by re­veal­ing she was in a same­sex re­la­tion­ship, in a so­ci­ety that can be in­tol­er­ant of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity.

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Chien de garde, which stars Theodore Pel­lerin, was left off the list of Best For­eign-Lan­guage Film nom­i­nees for the Os­cars.

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