Several other films that are being considered strong Oscar contenders are also on the list, among them La La Land, which leads the Golden Globes nominations, Moonlight and Hacksaw Ridge. Several superhero movies are also on the list of 336 - the names of Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War, Suicide Squad and X-Men: Apocalypse appear. Deadpool has scored a surprise Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) nomination for its star Ryan Reynolds at the Golden Globes.
Meanwhile, Visaranai, India's official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category, did not make it to the shortlist of nine films announced by the Academy earlier this month. The Tamil language Visaranai won three National Awards this year and is produced by actor Dhanush, who tweeted:
We r happy 2 ve represented india at d Oscars this year.V had a great campaign,learnt a lot.Thanks 2 all who wished us well. #wunderbarfilms? Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) December 16, 2016
Oscar-winner A R Rahman's work in the film Pele: A Legend Is Born is on the long lists for Best Score and Best Original Song.
The nominations for the Oscars will be announced on January 24. The award ceremony, to be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be held in Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre on February 26.