Academy announces nine foreign-film semifinalists

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced the nine films that will compete for nominations in the Best Foreign Language Film category. They are:

Bullhead (Belgium)
Footnote (Israel)
In Darkness (Poland)
Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)
Omar Killed Me (Morocco)
Pina (Germany)
A Separation (Iran)
Superclásico (Denmark)
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (Taiwan)

Left off the list: The Flowers of War (starring Christian Bale), Le Havre, and Toronto audience-prize winner Where Do We Go Now? Other high-profile entries like Angelina Jolie’s In the Land of Blood and Honey and Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In were not eligible (Jolie’s film is technically a U.S. production, while Almodóvar’s wasn’t selected by Spain as its official entry). The five nominees will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

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