Oscars is regarded as one of the precious award ceremony held globally. Owing to the ongoing pandemic several prominent events have been cancelled or postponed and one such big gala event is the Academy Award. However, the good news is that finally, the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony will be an in-person event in April that will air live from multiple locations.

On Wednesday morning, i.e., February 10, the Academy announced the shortlist for the following categories: International Feature Film, Documentary, Original Score, Original Song, Makeup and Hairstyling, Visual Effects, Live-Action Short Film, Documentary Short Subject, and Animated Short Film. The Academy members will select the nominees for the 2021 Oscars from these reduced lists of contenders in each category.

Indian's official entry for this year's Oscars - Jallikattu is out of the race but another Indian film - Bittu managed to make it to the Academy's' Live Action Short Film' shortlist, which was released recently.

Jallikattu out of Oscars 2021 race; List of shortlisted nine categories announced for the 93rd Oscars

Here's everything you need to know about Oscar's 2021.

Jallikattu couldn't make it to Oscars' next level

The Malayalam film Jallikattu was highly appreciated in India but failed to make it to the longer shortlist of fifteen films that will compete to make it to the nominations. It is based on the short story named Maoist by Hareesh. The film stars Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad and Santhy Balachandran. Films from 93 countries were eligible in the category, the most in Oscars history.

Short film Bittu backed by Ekta Kapoor, and Tahira Kashyap makes it to Live Action Short film shortlist

Directed by Karishma Dev Dube, Bittu is among the top 10 short films that made it to the next level of Oscars 2021. Based on a true story, Bittu tells the tale of a heartwarming friendship between two school-going friends. The film participated in over eighteen film festivals across the world.

Talking about Bittu, the film directed by Karishma Dev Dube and has collaboratively been backed by Ekta Kapoor, Guneet Monga, Tahira Kashyap and Ruchikaa Kapoor under their cinema collective Indian Women Rising is among the top 10 short films that made it to the next level of Oscars 2021. The film is based on true events. 

Ekta Kapoor shared the excitement on social media 

Ekta Kapoor

Tahira Kashyap, who is one of the producers of the film, wrote in an Instagram post: "Can't contain my excitement! Our first project under Indian Women Rising directed by Karishma Dev Dube makes it to the Academy top 10 for Best Live Action Short Film category. Taking progressive steps towards Oscars 2021. It's now competing for a spot in final 5 nominations! Let's make our country proud. Team invincible. Please keep showering the film and the collective with lot of love and blessing."

Hina Khan lauds Bittu's entry at Oscar's

Here's the complete list of shortlisted films 

Documentary short feature

All In: The Fight for Democracy
Boys State
Crip Camp
Dick Johnson Is Dead
The Mole Agent
My Octopus Teacher
The Painter and the Thief
76 Days
The Truffle Hunters
Welcome to Chechnya

Documentary short sbject

Abortion Helpline, This Is Lisa
Call Center Blues
A Concerto Is a Conversation
Do Not Split
Hunger Ward
Hysterical Girl
A Love Song for Latasha
The Speed Cubers
What Would Sophia Loren Do?

International feature film

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Quo Vadis, Aida?
Chile, The Mole Agent
Czech Republic, Charlatan
Denmark, Another Round
France, Two of Us
Guatemala, La Llorona
Hong Kong, Better Days
Iran, Sun Children
Ivory Coast, Night of the Kings
Mexico, I'm No Longer Here
Norway, Hope
Romania, Collective
Russia, Dear Comrades!
Taiwan, A Sun
Tunisia, The Man Who Sold His Skin


Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
The Glorias
Hillbilly Elegy
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
The Little Things
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
One Night in Miami

Music (original score)

Blizzard of Souls
Da 5 Bloods
The Invisible Man
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)
The Little Things
The Midnight Sky
News of the World
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Music (original song)

Turntables from All In: The Fight for Democracy
See What You've Done from Belly of the Beast.
Wuhan Flu from Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Husavik from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Never Break from Giving Voice
Make It Work from Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
Fight For You from Judas and the Black Messiah
Io Sì (Seen) from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)
Rain Song from Minari
Show Me Your Soul from Mr Soul!
Loyal Brave True from Mulan
Free from The One and Only Ivan
Speak Now from One Night in Miami
Green from Sound of Metal
Hear My Voice from The Trial of the Chicago 7

Animated short film

Genius Loci
If Anything Happens I Love You
The Snail and the Whale
To Gerard

Live-action short film.

Da Yie
Feeling Through
The Human Voice
The Kicksled Choir
The Letter Room
The Present
Two Distant Strangers
The Van
White Eye

Visual effects 

Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Love and Monsters
The Midnight Sky
The One and Only Ivan
Welcome to Chechnya

Oscar ceremony 2021 to be held in April will be live, in-person, and from multiple locations. 

A spokesperson for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement that,  "Despite the coronavirus pandemic that has caused havoc in the entertainment industry, the group was "determined to present an Oscars like none other, while prioritizing the public health and safety of all those who will participate.

"To create the in-person show our global audience wants to see while adapting to the requirements of the pandemic, the ceremony will broadcast live from multiple locations, including the landmark Dolby Theatre."

The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood has been the key venue for the Oscars show for a long time. The massive theatre would generally witness hundreds of the world's top movie gatherings in the 3,400-seat theatre for a live show preceded by a red carpet packed with photographers and camera crews.

In the statement issued by the authorities, nothing has been announced about the host this year. The Academy re-scheduled the 2021 Oscar ceremony, the highest awards in the movie industry from February 28 to April 25 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Nominations for the 2021 Oscars will be announced on March 15.

Main telecast date

The nominations for the Oscars 2021 will be announced on March 15, ahead of the 93rd Academy Awards telecast on April 25