In a break from past tradition, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has revealed all of its shortlists for nine of the 24 categories that will be celebrated on Oscar night. Last year, each of the winnowed down shortlists was announced on different dates throughout December.  This also marks the first year that ALL Oscar voting – from shortlists through nominations through final voting – is being done exclusively online.

Biggest snubs from the shortlists – the uniquely fascinating Swedish film Border (Gräns) in the Best Foreign Language Film category (although it did make the shortlist for Best Makeup and Hairstyling), and that only one song from A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” made it through, leaving no love for her other two songs “I’ll Never Love Again” and “Always Remember Us This Way.”

Best Original Score and Best Original Song were added to the shortlist procedure this year, reportedly to increase the likelihood of some fresh faces among the nominees. Last year 70 songs were shortlisted, muddying the waters for all but the most widely recognized songs.

Here are the nine categories and their respective shortlists:

Best Documentary Feature

Charm City
Crime + Punishment
Dark Money
The Distant Barking of Dogs
Free Solo
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons
On Her Shoulders
The Silence of Others
Three Identical Strangers
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Best Documentary Short

Black Sheep
End Game
Los Comandos
My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes
A Night at the Garden
Period. End of Sentence.
’63 Boycott
Women of the Gulag

Best Foreign Language Film

Colombia, Birds of Passage
Denmark, The Guilty
Germany, Never Look Away
Japan, Shoplifters
Kazakhstan, Ayka
Lebanon, Capernaum
Mexico, Roma
Poland, Cold War
South Korea, Burning

Best Original Score

Avengers: Infinity War
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Black Panther
Crazy Rich Asians
The Death of Stalin
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
First Man
If Beale Street Could Talk
Isle of Dogs
Mary Poppins Returns
A Quiet Place
Ready Player One

Best Original Song

“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings,” The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
“Treasure,” Beautiful Boy
“All The Stars,” Black Panther
“Revelation,” Boy Erased
“Girl In The Movies,”  Dumplin’
“We Won’t Move,” The Hate U Give
“The Place Where Lost Things Go,” Mary Poppins Returns
“Trip A Little Light Fantastic,” Mary Poppins Returns
“Keep Reachin’,” Quincy
“I’ll Fight,” RBG
“A Place Called Slaughter Race,” Ralph Breaks the Internet
“OYAHYTT,” Sorry to Bother You
“Shallow,“ A Star Is Born
“Suspirium,” Suspiria
“The Big Unknown,”  Widows

Best Visual Effects

Ant-Man and the Wasp
Avengers: Infinity War
Black Panther
Christopher Robin
First Man
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Mary Poppins Returns
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Welcome to Marwen

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
Mary Queen of Scots
Stan & Ollie

Best Live Action Short

May Day

Best Animated Short

Age of Sail
Animal Behaviour
Bird Karma
Late Afternoon
Lost & Found
One Small Step
Pépé le Morse

The five 2019 Oscar nominations in each of these categories will be announced on Tuesday, January 22nd, with the awards ceremony to take place on Sunday, February 24th.

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