Canadian film snubbed on one Oscar list
Canada will be represented in Best Documentary Short and Best Animated Short fields
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.