2015 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
(UPDATED: JANUARY 14, 2015) – FINAL PREDICTIONS
The Golden Globes rewarded “Leviathan” from Russia. Something that can surely happen with the Oscars. “Ida” has been a critical favorite and Sony Pictures Classics has put a lot of muscle behind “Wild Tales.” We’re due for a “shocking” inclusion that we’re not expecting. I think “Corn Island” could be that.
AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE
1. Ida POLAND
Critical favorite that has been rewarded quite a bit on the circuit. Golden Globe nominated. Above the line win from LAFCA. Frontrunner?
2. Leviathan RUSSIA
A very delicate and thoughtful piece on corruption and a man's bad luck. Golden Globe winner.
3. Wild Tales ARGENTINA
Amazing film intertwined with many different stories of vengeance. Also has charisma and humor. In a just world, it's the winner. Sony Pictures Classics backing. The Globe miss hurt though.
4. Timbuktu MAURITANIA
"Timbuktu" - he film looks at the brief occupation of Timbuktu by Ansar Dine. Parts of the film were influenced by a 2012 public stoning of an unmarried couple in Aguelhok. It was shot in Oualata, a town in south-east Mauritania
5. Corn Island GEORGIA
There's always an outside inclusion that we don't see coming. I think its "Corn Island."
OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS
6. Force Majeure SWEDEN
Another critical favorite. Its very dour for the Academy at large but enough SHOULD rank it high enough to get noticed. Could be a surprise shocker though.
7. Tangerines ESTONIA
"Mandariinid" - The story takes place in an Estonian village at Abkhazia during the War in Abkhazia (1992–93). It carries a pacifist message and asks the question of how to be a human
8. The Liberator VENEZUELA
"Libertador" - Simon Bolivar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. His army never conquered -- it liberated.
9. Accused NETHERLANDS
"Lucia de B." - A psychological thriller, based on one of the most controversial court cases in the Netherlands. Lucia, a nurse, is sentenced to life imprisonment for allegedly having killed at least seven babies and elderly people.
OUT OF THE RUNNING
11 Two Days, One Night – BELGIUM
12 Winter Sleep – TURKEY
13 Mommy – CANADA
14 Dukhtar – PAKISTAN
15 The Dark Valley – AUSTRIA
16 Concrete Night – FINLAND
17 1001 Grams – NORWAY
18 Living is Easy with Eyes Closed – SPAIN
19 The Japanese Dog – ROMANIA
20 Invasion – PANAMA
21 A Few Cubic Meters of Love – AFGHANISTAN
22 Jhola - NEPAL
23 To Kill a Man – CHILE
24 The Guide – UKRAINE
25 White God – HUNGARY
26 Mateo – COLOMBIA
27 Rocks In My Pocket – LATVIA
28 Olvidados – BOLIVIA
29 The Boys from Marx and Engels Street – MONTENEGRO
30 The Golden Era – HONG KONG
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