OSCAR: Academy Chooses 9 Films For Foreign Language Race

Beverly Hills, CA — Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 83rd Academy Awards®.  Sixty-six films had originally qualified in the category.

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

Algeria, “Hors la Loi” (“Outside the Law”), Rachid Bouchareb, director;
Canada, “Incendies,” Denis Villeneuve, director;
Denmark, “In a Better World,” Susanne Bier, director;
Greece, “Dogtooth,” Yorgos Lanthimos, director;
Japan, “Confessions,” Tetsuya Nakashima, director;
Mexico, “Biutiful,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, director;
South Africa, “Life, above All,” Oliver Schmitz, director;
Spain, “Tambien la Lluvia” (“Even the Rain”), Iciar Bollain, director;
Sweden, “Simple Simon,” Andreas Ohman, director

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2010 are again being determined in two phases.

The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 66 eligible films between mid-October and January 13.  The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.
The shortlist will be winnowed down to the five nominees by specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles.  They will spend Friday, January 21, through Sunday, January 23, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar® presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

  1. Hooray Dogtooth! One of the best movies of the year. Not that I’m surprised, but its kind of a big snub for Uncle Boonmee, considering it won the Palme D’Or.

  2. LA PRIMA COSA BELLA getting left off is the true snub here. I hope those voters weren’t swayed by the months of badmouthing by the I AM LOVE camp…shame on them for speaking so ill of a film that their own country stood behind so firmly (in attendance and critical acclaim).

  3. Congratulations to those who made it to the shortlist of the Oscar Best Foreign Language Film. I think “In a Better World”, “Biutiful”, “Outside the Law” and “Dogtooth” deserved the inclusion. I am personally caught between “In a Better World” and “Outside the Law” because they are really excellent and powerful movies.

Comments are closed.