The two films have been proposed for awards by the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' commission in Lithuania. They will join the ranks of Laurynas Bareisa's Pilgrims which had already been approved by the commission.

Mr. Landsbergis. To Destroy the Evil Empireis a contender in the documentary category, while Limousine will try to get into the documentary short category.

The two films are contenders for an Oscar nomination after they won in the competition programs of A-grade festivals. Limousine was awarded the Best Documentary Short Film prize at the Warsaw International Film Festival in 2021, and Mr. Landsbergis was the winner of the Best Documentary Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) last year.

Loznitsa's film is also up for nomination at this year's prestigious European Film Awards.

Loznitsa film made its debut in 2021 and tells about the endless desire for freedom.

"This film is important as a reminder that courage is the most important weapon in the hands of even a small nation, capable of destroying an evil empire," the film director said.

According to the Lithuanian Film Center, Bliuvaite's Limousine looks at people from different generations who rent a limousine for one hour. In such a short time, the passengers experience moments of anger, happiness and sadness as they try to fulfil their vision of a party.