Friday, December 20, 2013

ONLY NINE FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURES SHORT-LISTED FOR OSCAR


Out of 76 feature Foreign Language Motion Pictures submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS®), only nine have been short-listed to advance to the next round of voting, which will be for the official Oscar nominees in the Foreign Language Film category for the 86th Academy Awards®. 

The motion pictures, listed in alphabetical order by country with director, are:

Belgium, "The Broken Circle Breakdown," Felix van Groeningen;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, "An Episode in the Life of an  Iron Picker," Danis Tanovic";

Cambodia, "The Missing Picture," Rithy Panh;

Denmark, "The Hunt," Thomas Vinterberg;

Germany, "Two Lives," Georg Maas;

Hong Kong, "The Grandmaster," Wong Kar-wai;

Hungary, "The Notebook," Janos Szasz;

Italy, "The Great Beauty," Paolo Sorrentino;

Palestine, "Omar," Hany Abu-Assad.

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2013 are being determined in two phases. 

The Phase one committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 16.  The group's top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy's Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the short list.

The short list will be winnowed down to the five nominees by specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles.  They will spend Friday, January 10, through Sunday, January 12, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.

Now, five nominees in this Oscar category will be selected by specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles.  They will spend Friday, January 10, through Sunday, January 12, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.

The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT, in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network.  The presentation, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. gala will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

MIMI COMMENTS: "Five nominees to come from only nine entries out of 76? Oh, my. What about those motion pictures submitted for previous award winners by their native countries such as Asghar Farhadi's new 'The Past' (Iran), Berlinale standout 'Gloria' (Chile), Canada's entry 'Gabrielle,' and last but not least, Saudi Arabia's submission of Haifaa Al-Mansour's 'Wadjda,' a number of critic's top choices. This may be a record for a winnowed down AMPAS list.


"Aadjda" - Official Trailer   

WARNING - there are a number of things blowing up before the trailer starts about 30 seconds in, so, please wait: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pcCCbLzhcY


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