2016 Oscar Predictions – Best Foreign Language Film

2016 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

(UPDATED: JANUARY 13, 2016) – FINAL PREDICTIONS

“Son of Saul” has remained a formidable force during the season, even scoring a DGA nomination for first-time director Laszlo Nemes.  “Mustang” is the likely spoiler but the rest of the contenders can be round out with any variation of the remaining films.

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AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE

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1. "Son of Saul" (Saul fia)

HUNGARY
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(Saul fia) - Won prize at Cannes. Played at Telluride and NYFF. Is going for not just this category, but many.
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2. "Mustang"

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(Mustang) - France is popular with the Foreign branch and the film is loved by many. Globe and BFCA nod.
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3. "Labyrinth of Lies"

GERMANY
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(Im Labyrinth des Schweigens) - Buzz has grown substantially and played at TIFF.
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4. "A War"

DENMARK
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Tobias Lindholm's film has been gaining momentum, even trying to secure nominations outside of the foreign category.
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5. "Theeb"

JORDAN
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(ذيب) - Can 'Theeb' make a dent in this very competitive and European race?

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OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS

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6. "The Brand New Testament"

BELGIUM
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Jaco Van Dormael's Belgium film scored the Globe nod.
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(En duva satt på en gren och funderade över tillvaron) - Those who've seen it, love it.
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7. "Embrace of the Serpent"

COLOMBIA
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Ciro Guerra's Colombian entry. Wildcard?
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8. "The Fencer"

FINLAND
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This film by Klaus Haro was a surprise inclusion in the bakeoff. Does that mean something?
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9. "Viva"

IRELAND
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Paddy Breathnach's Irish film has its admirers.

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11 “The Assassin” – TAIWAN

12 “A War” – DENMARK

13 “Court” – INDIA

14 “The Second Mother” – BRAZIL

15 “Void” – LEBANON

16 “The Paradise Suite” – THE NETHERLANDS

17 “Aferim” – ROMANIA

18 “Loreak” – SPAIN

19 “Goodnight Mommy” – AUSTRIA

20 “Jackpot” – VIETNAM

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21 “Sivas” – TURKEY

22 “How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)” – THAILAND

23 “Men Who Save the World” – MALAYSIA

24 “The Wave” – NORWAY

25 “600 Miles” – MEXICO

26 “Muhammed: The Messenger of God” – IRAN

27 “Rams” – ICELAND

28 “Xenia” – GREECE

29 “Moira” – GEORGIA

30 “Sand Dollars” – DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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