The Academy unveils Foreign Language Film list from a total of 92 entries from around the globe among which only 9 made it for the Oscars.
The Academy on Thursday announced the nine films that will compete for a nomination for the best foreign-language film Oscar.
The shortlist includes a number of expected entries, like Ruben Ostlund’s Swedish art-world satire The Square, which won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and the Russian drama Loveless, about a divorcing couple searching for their missing son and directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, which won the Cannes Jury Prize. The Academy Awards for the foreign film category will surely be interesting this year.
But it also has some striking omissions. Angelina Jolie fails to earn a nomination for her film. It surely came as a disappointment for not making it to the Academy Awards.
First They Killed My Father, which was submitted by Cambodia and also has earned a Golden Globe nomination. And the list also failed to find room for France’s submission, Robin Campillo’s BPM (Beats Per Minute), about AIDS activists, which won the Grand Prix prize at Cannes.
The shortlist of films saw a tough selection from 92 titles that were eligible for an entry. These motion pictures by their respective countries saw submission for this all-important awards. The select films will now screen for committees in New York, Los Angeles and London. Meanwhile, the body will cast the ballots for the film nominees in the category, awaiting announcements on Jan. 23.
The films on the shortlist by the Academy, and their country of origin are:
Chile, A Fantastic Woman, Sebastián Lelio, director
Germany, In the Fade, Fatih Akin, director
Hungary, On Body and Soul, Ildikó Enyedi, director
Israel, Foxtrot, Samuel Maoz, director
Lebanon, The Insult, Ziad Doueiri, director
Russia, Loveless, Andrey Zvyagintsev, director
Senegal, Félicité, Alain Gomis, director
South Africa, The Wound, John Trengove, director
Sweden, The Square, Ruben Östlund, director
The 90th Oscars will be held Sunday, March 4, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and will also be televised live on ABC. The announcement of the nominations will be on Tuesday, Jan. 23.