2014 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
(UPDATED: FEBRUARY 28, 2014)
FINAL PREDICTIONS: Another wide open race where the “honor system” is going to be executed. The most widely known of the five is clearly “The Hunt” which has been in contention since Cannes 2012. “The Great Beauty” won the Golden Globe and I believe the power of “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” if enough see it, will have a lasting effect. I’m going with “The Great Beauty.”
AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
- The Great Beauty - Italy
Has been picking up steam. Golden Globe win helps. BAFTA winner.
- The Broken Circle Breakdown - Belgium
Has won a few notices along the way. Big tearjerker.
- The Hunt - Denmark
Most well-known contender of them all.
- Omar - Palestine
Under the radar contender pushed.
- The Missing Picture - Cambodia
AFI screened film that received great reviews. Third time that the country has submitted in history.
WHO MISSED THE CUT?
- The Grandmaster - Hong Kong
Visual spectacle pushed by Harvey Weinstein.
- Two Lives - Germany
Rumors say if it’s in, it wins.
- The Notebook - Hungary
Another around the festival circuit contender that has made its mark.
- An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Unknown wildcard. Could be this year’s “Departures.”
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Clayton Davis started to write professionally in his sophomore year of college when Johnny Alba, the editor and owner of the old Oscar prediction site, The Oscar Igloo, had an opening for staff writers. Clayton wrote for The Igloo for nearly four years before being appointed editor and revamping and renaming The Oscar Igloo into the now popular mega-site, The Awards Circuit. Since then, Clayton has become a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to awards season show, The Critics Choice Awards. Most recently, Clayton is a now an active member of the International Press Academy, which hosts the popular Satellite Awards as well as the newly integrated Broadcast Television Journalists Association, which hosts the Critics Choice Television Awards. In June 2014 he became the year's first accepted member to New York Film Critics Online. He has been quoted in various outlets (CNN.com, Bloomberg.com, TheWrap.com, AceShowbiz.com, SlashFilm.com, ScottFeinberg.com) and continues to raise the bar for film-talking enthusiasts around the globe.