December 21, 2013
9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS ADVANCE IN OSCAR RACE
Photo: Actor Clark Gregg (left) and Kristina Yee from National Film and Television School, United Kingdom, winner of the gold medal in the foreign student film category for “Miss Todd,” during the 40th Annual Student Academy Awards in Beverly Hills. Photo © Todd Wawrychuk/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Photo: Actor Clark Gregg (left) and Talkhon Hamzavi from Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland, winner of the silver medal in the foreign student film category for “Parvaneh,” during the 40th Annual Student Academy Awards in Beverly Hills. Photo © Todd Wawrychuk/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Photo: Wouter Bouvijn from RITS School of Arts, Erasmus College, Brussels, Belgium, winner of the bronze medal in the foreign student film category for “Tweesprong (Crossroads),” during the 40th Annual Student Academy Awards in Beverly Hills. Photo © Richard Harbaugh/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Nine films have been shortlisted and have advanced to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 86th Academy Awards. A record 76 countries had submitted films for consideration (see our October 8, 2013 post).
The nine Foreign Language Films, that have been shortlisted 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.
A committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original 76 submissions in the category. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute this shortlist.
This shortlist 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.
The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014 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, will also be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.