Academy Announces Semi-Finalists in Foreign Film Category
Posted December 20, 2013 04:29 PM by Webmaster
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has selected nine films that will enter the next stage of the voting process for the the 86th Academy Awards. The short list will be further narrowed to five films by invite-only committees in New York and Los Angeles. Finalists in all Oscar categories will be announced on January 16, 2014.
The 86th Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled for March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California.
Below is the list with the selected films:
1. Belgium, The Broken Circle, directed by Felix van Groeningen.
2. Bosnia and Herzegovina, An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, directed by Danis Tanovic.
3. Cambodia, The Missing Picture, directed by Rithy Panh.
4. Denmark, The Hunt, directed by Thomas Vinterberg.
5. Germany, Two Lives, directed by Georg Maas.
6. Hong Kong, The Grandmaster, directed by Wong Kar-Wai.
7. Hungary, The Notebook, directed by János Szász.
8. Italy, The Great Beauty, directed by Paolo Sorrentino.
9. Palestine, Omar, directed by Hany Abu-Assad.
Pleased to see the Hunt short listed, a fantastic film and fantastic acting not just by Mads but the rest of the cast as well.
Was clever Oscar politics by Denmark to delay this a year for the US so A Royal Affair and the Hunt could be Oscar finalists in successive years. Most of us in Europe saw both a year ago.
Hmmm. The Hunt is nothing more than okay. The Broken Circle BREAKDOWN (hello, editors?) is incredibly dull, and The Great Beauty should be called The Pretty Good Beauty. Yet to see the rest. Massive shame that BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR is ineligible.