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“A Hero” one of films eligible for 2022 Best Picture race

Tehran (ISNA) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 276 films are in contention for the best picture race at the 94th Academy Awards.

All of the presumed Oscar contenders are on the list including “Being the Ricardos” (Amazon Studios), “Belfast” (Focus Features), “C’mon C’mon” (A24), “Candyman” (Universal Pictures), “CODA” (Apple Original Films), “Dune” (Warner Bros), “Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures), “House of Gucci” (MGM/United Artists Releasing), “Nightmare Alley” (Searchlight Pictures), “Parallel Mothers” (Sony Pictures Classics), “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix), “A Quiet Place Part II” (Paramount Pictures), “Spencer” (Neon/Topic Studios), “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (Sony Pictures) and “West Side Story” (20th Century Studios).

Some of the international features from the Oscar shortlist are also eligible for best picture, in addition to the best international feature category like Japan’s “Drive My Car,” Italy’s “The Hand of God,” Iran’s “A Hero” and Norway’s “The Worst Person in the World.” Five of the 15 shortlisted films — Austria’s “Great Freedom,” Kosovo’s “Hive,” Bhutan’s “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom,” Belgium’s “Playground” and Panama’s “Plaza Catedral” — are not eligible outside of their respective category. Films like Julia Ducournau’s “Titane,” which didn’t make the shortlist, is still in the running in all other eligible categories including best picture, director and original screenplay.

The Academy amended its eligibility rules for this cycle. Feature films may open in a commercial motion picture theater in one of seven U.S. metropolitan areas: Los Angeles County, the City of New York, the Bay Area, Chicago, Illinois, Miami, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia, between March 1, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021, and complete a minimum qualifying run of seven consecutive days in the same venue.

Iranian feature film “A Hero” has gone on silver screen at cinema theaters across the US from January 21.

Nomination voting will begin on Jan. 27 and concludes on Feb. 1. Nominations will be announced on Feb. 8.

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