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Washington [US], February 10 (ANI): As the Oscars 2021 ceremony is scheduled for April 25, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday (local time) revealed its shortlists in nine categories.
These categories include 15 documentary feature entries, 10 documentaries short subject, 15 international feature, 10 makeup and hairstyling, 15 for original score, 15 original songs, and 10 for the animated short film, live-action short film, and visual effects each.
According to Variety, the shortlist voting for the esteemed award closed on February 5, and the remaining will proceed onward to the official phase one voting, which will take place on March 5 to 9. The Oscar nominations will be declared on March 15, with the show to take place on April 25.
Total 238 documentary features and 93 international features were contending for just 15 shortlisted names in each of these categories.
Here is the full list for the nine categories:
a) The Documentary Feature:- For the first category, 15 eligible films are been selected out of 238 eligible films. Eight of the 15 documentaries are being helmed by female filmmakers.
1. ’76 Days’ (MTV Documentary Films) – directed by Weixi Chen, Hao Wu
2. ‘All In: The Fight for Democracy’ (Amazon Studios) – directed by Lisa Cortes, Liz Garbus
3. ‘Boys State’ (Apple TV Plus) – directed by Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss
4. ‘Collective’ (Magnolia Pictures and Participant) – directed by Alexander Nanau
5. ‘Crip Camp’ (Netflix) – directed by James Lebrecht, Nicole Newnham
6. ‘Dick Johnson Is Dead’ (Netflix) – directed by Kirsten Johnson
7. ‘Gunda’ (Neon) – directed by Viktor Kosakovskiy
8. ‘MLK/FBI’ (IFC Films) – directed by Sam Pollard
9. ‘The Mole Agent’ (Gravitas Ventures) – directed by Maite Alberdi
10. ‘My Octopus Teacher’ (Netflix) – directed by Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed
11. ‘Notturno’ (Neon) – directed by Gianfranco Rosi
12. ‘The Painter and the Thief’ (Neon) – directed by Benjamin Ree
13. ‘Time’ (Amazon Studios) – directed by Garrett Bradley
14. ‘The Truffle Hunters’ (Sony Pictures Classics) – directed by Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw
15. ‘Welcome to Chechnya’ (HBO) – directed by David France
b) International Feature Film:- In the history of Oscars, first time 93 countries were selected for the category. Out of which, 15 entries got shortlisted.
1. ‘Another Round’ (Denmark) – directed Thomas Vinterberg
2. ‘Better Day’ (Hong Kong) – directed by Derek Tsang
3. ‘Charlatan’ (Czech Republic) – directed by Agnieszka Holland
4. ‘Collective’ (Romania) – directed by Alexander Nanau
5. ‘Dear Comrades!’ (Russia) – directed by
6. ‘I’m No Longer Here’ (Mexico) – directed by Fernando Frias
7. ‘Hope’ (Norway) – directed by Maria Sodahl
8. ‘La Llorona’ (Guatemala) – directed by Jayro Bustamante
9. ‘The Mole Agent’ (Chile) – directed by Maite Alberdi
10. ‘Night of the Kings’ (Ivory Coast) – Philippe Lacote
11. ‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’ (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – directed by Jasmila Zbanic
12. ‘Sun Children’ (Iran) – directed by Majid Majidi
13. ‘Two of Us’ (France) – directed by Filippo Meneghetti
14. ‘A Sun’ (Taiwan) – directed by Chung Mong-hong
15. ‘The Man Who Sold His Skin’ (Tunisia) – directed by Kaouther Ben Hania
c) Makeup and Hairstyling
1. ‘Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn’ (Warner Bros)
2. ‘Emma’ (Focus Features)
3. ‘The Glorias’ (Roadside Attractions and LD Entertainment)
4. ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ (Netflix)
5. ‘Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey’ (Netflix)
6. ‘The Little Things’ (Warner Bros)
7. ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ (Netflix)
8. ‘Mank'(Netflix)
9. ‘One Night in Miami’ (Amazon Studios)
d) Music (original Score)- Out of 136 entries, 15 scores were shortlisted.
1. ‘Ammonite’ (Neon) – Dustin O’Halloran, Volker Bertelmann
2. ‘Blizzard of Souls’ (Film Movement) – Lolita Ritmanis
3. ‘Da 5 Bloods’ (Netflix) – Terence Blanchard
4. ‘The Invisible Man’ (Universal Pictures) – Benjamin Wallfisch
5. ‘Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey’ (Netflix) – John Debney
6. ‘The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)’ (Netflix) – Gabriel Yared
7. ‘The Little Things’ (Warner Bros) – Thomas Newman
8. ‘Mank’ (Netflix) – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
9. ‘The Midnight Sky’ (Netflix) – Alexandre Desplat
10. ‘Minari’ (A24) – Emile Mosseri
11. ‘Mulan’ (Walt Disney Pictures) – Henry Gregson-Williams
12. ‘News of the World’ (Universal Pictures) – James Newton Howard
13. ‘Soul’ (Pixar) – Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
14. ‘Tenet’ (Warner Bros) – Ludwig Goransson
15. ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ (Netflix) – Daniel Pemberton
e) Music (Original Score)- Out of 105 eligible songs, 15 were shortlisted by members of the music branch.
1. ‘Turntables’ from “All In: The Fight for Democracy” (Amazon Studios)
2. ‘See What You’ve Done’ from “Belly of the Beast” (Independent Lens)
3. ‘Wuhan Flu’ from “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” (Amazon Studios)
4. ‘Husavik’ from “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” (Netflix)
5. ‘Never Break’ from “Giving Voice” (Netflix)
6. ‘Make It Work’ from “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix)
7. ‘Fight For You’ from “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros)
8. ‘lo Si (Seen)’ from “The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)” (Netflix)
9. ‘Rain Song’ from “Minari” (A24)
10. ‘Show Me Your Soul’ from “Mr. Soul!” (Shoes in the Bed Productions)
11. ‘Loyal Brave True’ from “Mulan” (Walt Disney Pictures)
12. ‘Free’ from “The One and Only Ivan” (Disney Plus)
13. ‘Speak Now’ from “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)
14. ‘Green’ from “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)
15. ‘Hear My Voice’ from “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)
f) Visual Effects- 10 films were nominated for this category
1. ‘Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn’ (Warner Bros)
2. ‘Bloodshot’ (Sony Pictures)
3. ‘Love and Monsters’ (Paramount Pictures)
4. ‘Mank’ (Netflix)
5. ‘The Midnight Sky’ (Netflix)
6. ‘Mulan’ (Walt Disney Pictures)
7. ‘The One and Only Ivan’ (Disney Plus)
8. ‘Soul’ (Pixar)
9. ‘Tenet’ (Warner Bros)
10. ‘Welcome to Chechnya’ (HBO)
g) Animated Short Film- 10 films were shortlisted for this category.
1. ‘Burrow’
2. ‘Genius Loci’
3. ‘If Anything Happens I Love You’
4. ‘Kapaemahu’
5. ‘Opera’
6. ‘Out’
7. ‘The Snail and the Whale’
8. ‘To Gerard’
9. ‘Traces’
10. ‘Yes-People’
h) Documentary Short Subject- Out of 114 films, 10 were qualified for this category.
1. ‘Abortion Helpline, This Is Lisa’
2. ‘Call Center Blues’
3. ‘Colette’
4. ‘A Concerto Is a Conversation’
5. ‘Do Not Split’
6. ‘Hunger Ward’
7. ‘Hysterical Girl’
8. ‘A Love Song for Latasha’
9. ‘The Speed Cubers’
10. ‘What Would Sophia Loren Do?’
i) Live Action Short Film- 10 films out of 174 entries were shortlisted for this category while Bittu marking India’s official entry to Oscars.
1. ‘Bittu’
2. ‘Da Yie’
3. ‘Feeling Through’
4. ‘The Human Voice’
5. ‘The Kicksled Choir’
6. ‘The Letter Room’
7. ‘The Present’
8. ‘Two Distant Strangers’
9. ‘The Van’
10. ‘White Eye’ (ANI)

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Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon catch special screening of ‘Roohi’ in theatre

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New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Bollywood stars Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon, who are currently shooting for their upcoming film ‘Bhediya’ in Arunachal Pradesh, took a break from their schedule to enjoy a special screening of ‘Roohi’ in theatre, after almost a year.
Capturing the excitement, the ‘October’ actor took to his Instagram handle and shared a video, featuring Kriti and filmmaker Dinesh Vijan. Along with the video he wrote, “Back in the theatre after over a year. Feels gooooooooood!!!! With my bhediya crew.”
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Study uncovers association of greenhouse gas emissions with dietary guidelines among countries

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Washington [US], March 6 (ANI): A study drove by the Nutrition Journal, involving seven countries discovered that greenhouse gas emissions associated with national dietary guidelines advocating a healthy diet vary greatly between countries, with US guidelines having the largest carbon footprint and India having the smallest.
The variations result from differences in recommendations for and consumptions of individual foods within the six main food groups – protein foods, dairy, grains, fruits, vegetables, and oils/fats.
Diego Rose, the corresponding author said, “Many countries provide recommendations about foods that people should eat for a healthy diet and previous simulations have shown that if the public were to eat according to their government’s recommendations, their diets would be both healthier and have a lower carbon footprint.”
Rose added, “However, for the US the opposite has been shown; greenhouse gas emissions were simulated to go up if people followed dietary guidelines. This anomaly prompted us to investigate how dietary guidelines vary between countries and the consequent implications for greenhouse gas emissions.”
To investigate differences in greenhouse gas emissions associated with different dietary guidelines, a team of researchers at Tulane University compared the dietary guidelines and food consumption patterns of seven countries: Germany, India, the Netherlands, Oman, Thailand, Uruguay, and the United States.
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The US vegetarian dietary guideline, while much lower than the main US guideline in terms of greenhouse gas emissions (equivalent to 1.80 kg CO2 per day), was still over twice that of India’s largely due to the high US dairy recommendation.
The authors also found that the principal difference between the dietary guidelines of the various countries was the wide range of daily recommended amounts for each food group, particularly protein and dairy foods.
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Rose added, “The US Vegetarian guideline is almost identical in recommendations to the main US guideline, except for the protein group – which recommends legumes, soy, nuts, and seeds, as well as eggs – resulting in an overall carbon footprint that is less than half.”
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“By including more sustainable, yet still health-based, considerations into dietary recommendations, it is possible to influence the environmental impacts of the larger food and agriculture sector in various countries and worldwide.” (ANI)

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Washington [US], March 6 (ANI): A study led by a team of researchers from the University of Reading uncovered that consumption of high-fat diets may over-activate destructive heart disease protein, increasing the risk of a heart attack.
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Named first author Dr Sunbal Naureen Bhatti, from the University of Reading said, “Our research shows one way in which a high-fat diet can cause damage to the muscle cells that make up our hearts.
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The mice that were fed high-fat diets received 45 per cent of their calorie consumption from fat, 20 per cent from protein and 35 per cent carbohydrate. (ANI)

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E! News reported that when ‘The Morning Show’ star shared the first glimpse of her tattoo in the year 2018, a source disclosed that the magical number signifies the star’s birthday and late pet Norman’s demise year 2011.
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New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): Bollywood actor Kareena Kapoor Khan on Saturday commemorated her one year on Instagram by posting a montage of her pictures and videos from last year.
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Taking it to the caption, she wrote, “Shall continue to have fun…,” using heart emoticons.

With the post hitting more than six lakh views within a few minutes of being posted, scores of fans chimed into her comments section and left heart and lovestruck emoticons.
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