Wednesday, January 18, 2012

2012 Oscars: Shortlist announced for Foreign Language

Nine films remain in the race for the Foreign Language Oscar, the Academy announced Wednesday.

The list was whittled down from submissions by 63 countries, including first-time entrant New Zealand, announced in October.

Here are the films, listed in alphabetical order by country:
  • Belgium, "Bullhead," Michael R. Roskam, director;
  • Canada*, "Monsieur Lazhar," Philippe Falardeau, director;
  • Denmark*, "Superclásico," Ole Christian Madsen, director; (Country won last year)
  • Germany, "Pina," Wim Wenders, director;
  • Iran, "A Separation," Asghar Farhadi, director;
  • Israel, "Footnote," Joseph Cedar, director;
  • Morocco, "Omar Killed Me," Roschdy Zem, director;
  • Poland, "In Darkness," Agnieszka Holland, director;
  • Taiwan, "Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale," Wei Te-sheng, director.
*Country nominated for 83rd Academy Awards.

On Tuesday, The Wrap's Steve Pond predicted the shortlist. He successfully predicted six of the nine contenders. The three he predicted that didn't get in are Finland's "Le Havre," France's "Declaration of War" and Lebanon's "Where Do We Go Now?" Good job, Steve.

Nominations for Foreign Language are done in two phases. The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 63 eligible films between mid-October and Jan. 13. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

The five nominees are determined by specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles. They will spend Friday, Jan. 20, through Sunday, Jan. 20, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.

We are 6 days away from the 84th Academy Awards nominations announcement, which will be announced live on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at 5:35 a.m. PT.
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