Oscars: Academy picks nine movies for Foreign Film shortlist

By Daniel Levine,

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced the nine films that have made the shortlist for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination.

The list includes the front-runner for the Oscar, Michael Haneke’s Amour. Haneke’s tale of aging lovers already scored the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme D’Or earlier this year and has been nominated for several awards by critics groups.

France’s The Intouchables, directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, is also on the list. It was a worldwide box office phenomenon, grossing $200 million worldwide, notes Deadline. Harvey Weinstein is already planning an English remake.

The rest of the nominees include War Witch by Kim Nguyen (Canada); Pablo Larraín’s No (Chile); Nikolaj Arcel’s A Royal Affair (Denmark); Baltasar Kormákur’s The Deep (Iceland); Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg’s Kon-Tiki (Norway); Cristian Mungiu’s Beyond the Hills (Romania) and Ursula Meier’s Sister (Switzerland).

A total of 71 films were eligible for the award, with the top six choices making the shortlist. The other three were voted on by the Academy's Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee. Committees in New York and Los Angeles will make the final choices of the five films that will eventually be nominated. They will see the films from Jan. 4 to Jan. 6 before casting their ballots.

The nominations for the award will be announced on Jan. 10, along with the other 85th Academy Awards nominees.

The Oscars are set for Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. ABC will be airing it live, with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane set to host.

 
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