Nine Foreign Language Films Contend for Oscar



The short list for the Foreign Language Oscar race has been announced. There are no incredibly shocking omissions, at least not at first glance. Austria’s Amour, France’s The Intouchables, and Denmark’s A Royal Affair have led the pack for most of the season, and all three remain alive in the race. The other two I have been predicting, Chile’s No and Norway’s Kon-Tiki (distributed by The Weinstein Company) are also still in the running, as is Romania’s Beyond the Hills. See the list of nine after the jump…

Austria, Amour, Michael Haneke, director;
Canada, War Witch, Kim Nguyen, director;
Chile, No, Pablo Larraín, director;
Denmark, A Royal Affair, Nikolaj Arcel, director;
France, The Intouchables, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, directors;
Iceland, The Deep, Baltasar Kormákur, director;
Norway, Kon-Tiki, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, directors;
Romania, Beyond the Hills, Cristian Mungiu, director;
Switzerland, Sister, Ursula Meier, director

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  • Kel D

    No Asian finalists? You think the’d at least try to be fully inclusive…

  • Ridiculous. Amour, War Witch, Sister aren’t worthy. Paradise: Love, Pieta, Our Children should’ve gone instead.

    • Roger

      Paradise: Love wasn’t in competition. Austria choose “Amour”

  • UBourgeois

    Shame for no Bwakaw, Pieta, or Caesar Must Die. The final lineup will likely be Amour, The Intouchables, A Royal Affair, Beyond the Hills, and No.

    • Bwakaw is the one that surprises me, but just a little.

  • JamDenTel

    No Blancanueves, White Tiger, Cannibal Vegetarian, Caesar Must Die, or Pharmakon. Shame.

  • Michael Ward

    All five I predicted made the cut! After self-congratulatories are completed, I will say that something in the back of my mind tells me Amour is prime for an upset. Not that I find it be a bad film, it is one of the year’s best in my opinion, but this is a pretty strong field. We shall see very soon. Recently the frontrunner or film which competes in other categories, loses out. Pan’s Labyrinth and Amelie the first two that come to mind. Love this category. Curious how it shakes out…

  • Joey Magidson

    Bummer about Bwakaw…

  • George

    No love for Headhunters or Elena? This makes me sad.

    • Elena is last year.

    • John

      Headhunters can’t be nominated since Norways entry was Kon-Tiki.

  • Roberto Hevia

    And the Oscar goes to… Amour

    Runner up:
    The Intouchables