Academy Announces Best Foreign Language Film Shortlist

The Academy on Thursday announced the 9 films that will compete for a nomination for the best foreign-language Oscar.

No surprise that The Square made the list. It won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year. Also making the cut is Loveless, which won the Cannes Jury Prize.

Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father, failed to make the list after getting a Golden Globe nomination earlier this week. Another surprise shut out is BPM (Beats Per Minute), which won the Grand Prix prize at Cannes.

The shortlist was chosen from 92 films that were submitted by their countries. The selected films will screen for committees in New York, Los Angeles and London. They will then vote for their picks for the final five nominees.

Oscat nominations will be announced on January 23rd.

List of films that made the shortlist:

Chile, A Fantastic Woman
Germany, In the Fade
Hungary, On Body and Soul
Israel, Foxtrot
Lebanon, The Insult
Russia, Loveless
Senegal, Félicité
South Africa, The Wound
Sweden, The Square

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