In Oscar Shortlists, a Big Year For Asian American Documentary Features

Shortlists in nine categories for next year’s Oscars have been announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The final nominees will be revealed Jan. 22, ahead of the Feb. 24 ceremony.

Out of 166 films, 15 have made the shortlist in the Best Documentary Feature category. Among them are Stephen Maing’s “Crime + Punishment,” Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s “Free Solo,” Bing Liu’s “Minding the Gap” and Sandi Tan’s “Shirkers.”

“Shoplifters,” acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda’s box office-winning drama, and “Burning,” the Steven Yeun-starring film adaptation of a Haruki Murakami short story by Korean director Lee Chang-dong, are among the nine pics in consideration for Best Foreign Language Film nominations.

“Crazy Rich Asians” will advance to the next round of voting for Best Original Score, while Domee Shi’s Pixar short “Bao” is on the shortlist for Best Animated Short.