The foreign language branch narrows down their choice of contenders down to 9. The Phase 1 committee had to screen all 71 possible nominees to narrow it down to 9. They members of this branch will screen 3 movies a day for 3 days before the announcement of the nominees January 10th. This is one of the few categories that require each voting member to see the movie at a special screening. I wish more categories did this. Here is the list of nine contenders:

Austria, Amour
Canada, War Witch
Chile, No
Denmark, A Royal Affair
France, The Intouchables
Iceland, The Deep
Norway, Kon-Tiki
Romania, Beyond the Hills
Switzerland, Sister

Amour has been tossed around as a possible Best Picture nominee, so it is sure to not only get the nod, but a lock to win the whole category


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