Academy Awards announces the short list for the Best Foreign Language Film award


Exciting news for International film fans: The Academy Awards has announced its shortlist of nine films which are in the running for its Best Foreign-Language Film Award nomination.  The Academy Awards is slated for February 27th, and the Foreign-Language Film Award shortlist is providing some early surprises! Aside from a number of expected films, the list contains some notable exclusions, as well as some unexpected inclusions.

Without further ado, The Academy Awards’ Shortlist for the Best Foreign-Language Film Award:
“Hors la Loi” (“Outside the Law”) – Algeria – Rachid Bouchareb, director
Incendies” – Canada – Denis Villeneueve, director
In a Better World” – Denmark – Susan Bier, director
Dogtooth” – Greece – Yorgos Lanthimos, director
Confessions” – Japan – Tetsuya Nakashima, director
Biutiful” – Mexico – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, director
Life, above All” – South Africa – Oliver Schmitz, director
Tabien la Lluvia” (“Even the Rain”) – Spain – Iciar Bollain, director (winner of Cinema Without Borders’ Bridging The Borders Award at 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival)
Simple Simon” – Sweden – Andreas Ohman, director

The Foreign Language Film Nominations for 2010 are being chosen in two phases. The Phase I committee screened the 66 eligible films and chose it’s top six films; those films, coupled with three films chosen by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, comprise the Academy’s shortlist.

The aforementioned “surprises” include the snubbing of “I Am Love” (Italy)  and “Enter the Void” (France), two films among many more that were expecting nominations. Also, Greece’s “Dogtooth” seems to be a surprise to many who believed that its disturbing subject matter would turn off viewers.

Stay tuned for the second cutdown and your first look at the official nominees for the83rd Annual Academy Awards!


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Luz Aguado was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and grew up in East Los Angeles. She is the oldest of four siblings. Prior to attending The Art Institute, Luz was a student at the University of California Riverside where she studied biology and aspired to become a medical doctor. Now she studies Media Arts and Animation at The Art Institute of Los Angeles and hopes of one day having the opportunity to work for Disney Animation Studios. Three dimensional animation and the innovative techniques that have given animation a more realistic appearance is something that she wishes to focus on while at The Art Institute.

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