Oscars announce shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film, leaving off 'The Past'

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Image Credit: Charlotte Bruus-Christensen

Nine movies advanced to the next round of Oscar voting for Best Foreign Language Film, but The Past was not one of them. Iranian director Asghar Farhadi had won the category for his previous film, A Separation, and his latest was considered a favorite to be recognized again.

Also missing from the list was festival favorite Blue Is the Warmest Color, although that buzzy movie had failed to make the cut-off date for eligibility and was not included for consideration.

But enough about who’s not going to win the Oscar. The Hunt, starring Mads Mikkelson (above) made the cut. Click below for the rest of the list:

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Belgium, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Felix van Groeningen, director
Bosnia and Herzegovina, An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, Danis Tanovic, director
Cambodia, The Missing Picture, Rithy Panh, director
Denmark, The Hunt, Thomas Vinterberg, director
Germany, Two Lives, Georg Maas, director
Hong Kong, The Grandmaster, Wong Kar-wai, director
Hungary, The Notebook, Janos Szasz, director
Italy, The Great Beauty, Paolo Sorrentino, director
Palestine, Omar, Hany Abu-Assad, director

These nine movies were selected from a longer list of 76 submitted films, no more than one from each country. In order to nominate five films on Jan. 16, “specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles” will spend Jan. 10-12 screening the nine shortlisted films to determine which five will make the final cut.


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