Nine films remain in the race for the Foreign Language Oscar, the Academy announced Thursday, including Hungary's "Son of Saul." The list was whittled down from submissions by 80 countries, announced in October.
Nine films remain in the race for the Foreign Language Oscar, the Academy announced Thursday.
The list was whittled down from submissions by 80 countries, announced in October.
Here are the films, listed in alphabetical order by country:
- Belgium, "The Brand New Testament," Jaco Van Dormael, director;
- Colombia, "Embrace of the Serpent," Ciro Guerra, director;
- Denmark, "A War," Tobias Lindholm, director;
- Finland, "The Fencer," Klaus Härö, director;
- France, "Mustang," Deniz Gamze Ergüven, director;
- Germany, "Labyrinth of Lies," Giulio Ricciarelli, director;
- Hungary, "Son of Saul," László Nemes, director;
- Ireland, "Viva," Paddy Breathnach, director;
- Jordan, "Theeb," Naji Abu Nowar, director.
Poland won last year with its film submission, “Ida.” Hungary's "Son of Saul" is believed to be the film to beat this year, but this category has been unpredictable in the past.
Nominations for Foreign Language are done in two phases. The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the eligible films between mid-October and Dec. 14. 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, Los Angeles and London. They will spend Friday, Jan. 8, through Sunday, Jan. 10, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.
New rules announced three years ago no longer require Foreign Language Film contenders to be exhibited in 35mm or DCP in their countries of origin, but still must be submitted to the Academy in those formats.
Oscar voting for nominations begins Dec. 30. We are less than a month away from the 88th Academy Awards nominations announcement on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016.
The 88th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2015, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.