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The awards continue marching on, and the latest development comes straight from The Academy. They have announced (via Variety) the nine official films shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film. That means these nine make the cut, and will proceed forward into the next round of voting before being eliminated again down to five films for the official nominations annoncement on January 15th. On one hand, one of my favorite films of the year, Force Majeure, made the cut along with Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida. However, my other favorites, Xavier Dolan's Mommy and the Dardennes‘ Two Days, One Night, did not make the cut - quite surprisingly since they're both such great films that deserve to be considered. See the full list below. Here are the nine films shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Oscar officially this year: Wild Tales from Argentina - Directed by Damián Szifrón Tangerines (Mandariinid »
- Alex Billington
If you want to get the trades talking about something other than the Oscars for a little while, consider creating a giant controversy and terrorist conspiracy threat in which a Christmas Day comedy release is completely canceled and gets all of Hollywood calling the act a disgraceful injustice that effectively kills American Expression and Free Speech.
The Interview story has been an unprecedented mess in which Sony and subsequent theater chains acted quickly and perhaps rashly, at the expense of a now highly anticipated film and all the people who worked on it, and whether or not the loss of free speech is an overstatement or not, the presumption is that this sets a scary precedent for what can and can happen to a film.
- Brian Welk
Cannes winners "Mommy" by Xavier Dolan and Nuri Bilge's "Winter Sleep" were snubbed, so was Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne's "Two Days, One Night." But what remained are still exemplary foreign language films.
The Academy has whittled down the list and came up with nine films to choose from. We'll find out on January 15th which of these nine movies will advance to the final five!
Here's the complete press release from the Academy:
Los Angeles, CA . Nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards®. Eighty-three films had originally been considered in the category.
The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:
Estonia, "Tangerines," Zaza Urushadze, director;
Georgia, "Corn Island," George Ovashvili, director;
Netherlands, "Accused," Paula van der Oest, director;
Poland, "Ida," Paweł Pawlikowski, »
The shortlist for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was revealed today. The most surprising thing about the list of title wasn’t who was included, instead, it’s all about who was left off.
A few notable contenders and heavily-favoured films from the long list of submissions, including Canada’s ownMommy, failed to make the cut. Slimmed down to a shortlist of nine contenders, other major exclusions included Cannes Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep from Turkey, the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night starringMarion Cotillard, the Golden Globe nominated Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem from Israel, and the Philippines’ Norte: the End of History.
As a nation, we hung our hopes on Xavier Dolan’s film which won the Jury Prize at Cannes. Mommy marks the second time a Dolan film has been submitted and failed to make the shortlist. Canada previously submitted his 2009 film I Killed My Mother. »
- Rachel West
And now, dear reader, we have our official Oscar Foreign Language Film Finalist List direct from the Academy and it's full of tongue-twisting shockers, no matter your mother Mommy tongue. You mean no Xavier Dolan? No Marion Cotillard and the Dardenne Brothers? No rampaging dogs or winter sleeps that made people cheer at Cannes? Nope...The nine remaining films are (in alpha order)
Can Ida finally break Poland's losing streak in this category?
The Finalist List
Accused (The Netherlands. 7 nominations | 3 wins)
This film, known as Lucia De. B in The Netherlands, is a courtroom drama about a lawyer who later regrets convicting a nurse for murder. The director was previously Oscar nominated for Zus & Zo. Corn Island (Georgia. 1 nomination | 0 wins)
Capsule Review though we called the Oscar prospects for this farmer and his daughter outpost drama "nil" ...oopsie! Force Majeure (Sweden. 14 noms | 3 wins)
Reviewed and then reviewed some more because »
- NATHANIEL R
The Academy today announced nine films that have advanced in the Best Foreign Language Oscar race, and there are a couple of notable exclusions. Sweden’s hilarious/heartbreaking Force Majeure made the cut (read my review here), as did Poland’s highly praised Ida and Russia’s somewhat controversial (given its criticism of the Russian government) Leviathan, but the latest film from the Belgian filmmaking duo the Dardenne brothers, the Marion Cotillard-fronted Two Days, One Night was left off the list. This is a surprise as the film received positive notice at Cannes earlier this year and Cotillard is somewhat of a dark horse in this year’s Best Actress race, but for whatever reason the Foreign Language branch opted not to advance the film. Also left off the shortlist is French-Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s highly praised drama Mommy, which was also a critical favorite at various festivals throughout the year. »
- Adam Chitwood
Friday morning, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its Foreign Language Film short list for the 87th Academy Awards. Out of 83 films, nine made the cut, with familiar titles like "Ida" and "Force Majeure" making the cut, along with Golden Globe-amplified "Tangerines" slipping in over expected contenders. The full list, alphabetically by country, is as follows: Argentina, "Wild Tales," Damián Szifrón, director Estonia, "Tangerines," Zaza Urushadze, director Georgia, "Corn Island," George Ovashvili, director Mauritania, "Timbuktu," Abderrahmane Sissako, director Netherlands, "Accused," Paula van der Oest, director Poland, "Ida," Pawel Pawlikowski, director Russia, "Leviathan," Andrey Zvyagintsev, director Sweden, "Force Majeure," Ruben Östlund, director Venezuela, "The Liberator," Alberto Arvelo, director Noticeably missing from the list are Dardenne brothers’ "Two Days, One Night," which picked up major steam after star Marion Cotillard picked up a number of critics awards for Best Actress. And after winning the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, »
- Matt Patches
Was 2014 a good year for foreign films, or do Oscar voters have no concept of what a good movie might be even if one walked up and kicked them in the groin? Perhaps a little of both. The Foreign Language category tends to be somewhat controversial in terms of what films make the final cut and which movies are left to the side. But in choosing from a category that has dozens of submissions from around the world, this branch of the Academy's job is arguably more difficult than the the one supervising the Best Picture category, which also has the luxury of nominating ten choices. So undoubtedly some beloved films were going to miss out this year. The official shortlist for Oscar Foreign Language film has been revealed, and there are some very high profile snubs, including the Dardennes' "Two Days, One Night," and Cannes winners like Xavier Dolan »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released the shortlist of nine films that will advance to the next stage in the Foreign Language Film Oscar race. As was widely expected Pawel Pawlikowski’s 60s-set Polish drama Ida, fresh off of five European Film Awards, is in. Also turning up unsurprisingly are Argentina’s box office smash Wild Tales by Damián Szifrón; Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Russian corruption drama Leviathan; Sweden’s existential avalanche drama/comedy Force Majeure from Ruben Östlund; and Alberto Arvelo’s Venezuelan Simon Bolivar biopic The Liberator (see full list below). In a nice turn of events for Mauritania and respected helmer Abderrahmane Sissako, the African country scored its first shortlist mention with Timbuktu, its first-ever submission. Sissako told me earlier this week that were Timbuktu to make the shortlist it would be important “for everyone behind it.” That includes not only the country, but all of Africa. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
In a highly competitive year with at least 15 films that could easily have made the list, a number of notable films were left off.
Also read: Oscar Foreign Language Contenders, 2014: The Complete List
Among them are Turkey’s “Winter Sleep, »
- Steve Pond
The Academy has announced the nine films that will advance for consideration for the Best Foreign Language category at the 2015 Oscars and among them is what I believe to be the #1 favorite, Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida out of Poland. I'm happy to see Damian Szifron's hilarious Wild Tales also among the contenders and sad to see Xavier Dolan's Mommy didn't make the cut. Of the lot, and outside of the films I've already mentioned, I've only also seen Force Majeure and Leviathan. Some may be surprised the Dardennes' Two Days, One Night out of Belgium missing the cut considering it's been nominated several times elsewhere, not only for Foreign Language, but also star Marion Cotillard. Zaza Urushadze's Tangerines out of Estonia was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the same category while Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu was a hit at Cannes taking the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and Fran? »
- Brad Brevet
AMPAS has announced the nine features on the shortlist for the Foreign Language Film Academy Award. The list of nine has been whittled down from a record 83 submissions. The list, in alphabetical order by country, is:
Argentina, “Wild Tales,” Damian Szifron
Estonia, “Tangerines,” Zaza Urushadze
Georgia, “Corn Island,” George Ovashvili
Netherlands, “Accused,” Paula van der Oest
Poland, “Ida,” Paweł Pawlikowski
Sweden, “Force Majeure,” Ruben Ostlund
There are some notable absentees though who didn't make this round including Xavier Dolan's "Mommy," Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Winter’s Sleep," the Dardenne brothers' "Two Days One Night," and Bertrand Bonello "Saint Laurent".
This short list will be »
- Garth Franklin
Here’s the final entry in my annual assessment of movies that have a chance to pass the first stage of the Foreign Language Oscar race. We expect the shortlist to come out tomorrow and I’m expecting a number of the films I’ve profiled below, and here and here, will make the grade. I spoke with the directors of the films about their inspirations and expectations and I also checked in with the U.S. distributors about why they bought the movies. Below is a look at the final five titles that have generated serious buzz over the past several weeks of screenings, Q&As and consulate lunches (and there are also a handful of special mentions). The films are in no particular order:
- Nancy Tartaglione
Though Circuit underdogs "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Inherent Vice" came close to the top prize, the Toronto Film Critics Association followed suit on Tuesday when it named Richard Linklater’s "Boyhood" as the best film of 2014. Collectively, the group called it "a cinematic masterpiece that evokes beauty in life and the inevitable passage of time," adding an honor to Linklater for his "singular achievement." Additional Tfca awards include another Best Actor win for Tom Hardy in "Locke" and a much-needed nod to Isao Takahata’s stunning animated drama "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya." Along with its award winners, Tfca named Denis Villeneuve’s "Enemy," Michael Dowse’s "The F Word," and Xavier Dolan’s "Mommy" as its three finalists for the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award. “In an exceptional year for Canadian cinema, we’ve chosen three boldly directed films that are so dissimilar it’s almost hard »
- Matt Patches
The awards were voted by the Tfca at a meeting on the afternoon of December 14. The group announced the three finalists for the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award: Enemy, directed by Denis Villeneuve; The F Word, directed by Michael Dowse; and Mommy, directed by Xavier Dolan.
As previously reportted, the 2014 recipient of the Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award is Piers Handling who will present a filmmaker »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Birdman is clearly a favorite this awards season, at least when it comes to nominations as it once again tops a list of nominees, this time the 2015 Critics Choice Awards as it leads the field with 13 total nominations followed by The Grand Budapest Hotel, which continues to surge this awards season with 11 nominations, and Boyhood with eight. Full disclosure, I'm part of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca), which nominates and votes on these awards, but I'm a little nervous my nominees this year weren't counted as I mistakenly missed the deadline by a few hours thinking it was on Saturday, not Friday. Oops, though looking at these nominations it doesn't seem as if it would have mattered. For example, I don't see Locke anywhere, Carrie Coon (Gone Girl) didn't get a supporting actress nomination, A Most Wanted Man didn't get an adapted screenplay nomination, no nomination for The Raid 2 in Best Action Movie, »
- Brad Brevet
Marrakech– Faced with a competitive theatrical landscape, plummeting TV sales and an only-nascent VOD market, key European distributors got together in Marrakech to debate new strategies.
More than a dozen independent distribs were on hand in Marrakech to participate in a two-day workshop organized by Christine Eloy, the managing director of Europa Distribution, and hosted for the first time during the festival.
Variety sat down with Eric Vincente from France’s Sophie Dulac Distribution, Kahloon Locke at the U.K.’s Pecadillo Pictures, and Laurent Dutoit, who works at Switzerland’s Agora Films. Also in hand: Kamran Sardar Khan from Germany’s Camino, Arsenal’s Harald Baur in Germany, Svend B. Jensen from Norway’s Arthaus and Beatrice Gulino from Italy’s Academy Two and Claudia Bedogni at Satine Films, also in Italy.
Distributors across the board agreed: the steep decline in TV sales continues to be one of the sector’s biggest handicaps, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Another winter, another awards season, another opportunity for us all to get good and angry about the injustices of nomination lists.
It's fair to say that the Golden Globes have traditionally been a mixed bag – a moment of silence for The Tourist's three nominations in 2011 – but their unique format also makes them more representative than many ceremonies.
Thanks to the division between drama and comedy/musical, the Golden Globes have room for ten nominees in the motion picture and lead acting categories, which can go one of two ways. Best case scenario, it means that slightly more niche, below-the-radar contenders get recognised. Worst case scenario, it means that The Tourist gets recognised.
In any case, this format means the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has no excuse for obvious snubs. So read on to find out which omissions made us most angry this year, and let us know yours in the comments! »
Biopics reigned supreme at this year’s nomination ceremony with Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, Selma, andThe Theory of Everything picking up nominations for Best Motion Picture (Drama). The sole fictional work in the category is Richard Linklater’s coming of age project, Boyhood.
Linklater also received a Best Director nomination along with David Fincher (Gone Girl), Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman), Ava DuVernay (Selma), and Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Anderson’s film was also nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy).
In the Best Actor (Drama) category, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Eddie Redmayne were obvious, popular picks, but major kudos go out to the Globes for also nominating Selma’s David Oyelowo »
- Sasha James
They will star alongside Jessica Chastain in The Death and Life of John F Donovan, according to The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.
Harington will star as John F Donovan, an actor famous for playing a Marvel-like superhero role.
His world is turned on its head when an innocent correspondence with an 11-year-old fan is spun to look far more sinister by an unscrupulous gossip columnist (Chastain).
Bates will play Donovan's manager, with Sarandon as his mother.
"I'm so psyched about working with these two wonderful, mythical actresses," said Dolan. "My excitement is almost convulsive."
John F Donovan will be the actor and filmmaker's first time directing an English-language film.
Dolan made his directing debut with 2009's I Killed My Mother at the age of 19.
The Death and Life of John F Donovan will »
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