21 December 2012 7:48 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Thursday night in Los Angeles, the Oscar foreign-language film award executive committee met to find out from PricewaterhouseCoopers the six finalists from 71 foreign submissions, based on the best average scores from voters who saw the requisite number of foreign entries. Academy members have been screening the films, sometimes two to three a night, in order to get them seen in time. They have to watch them in a screening room, often not very full--which means that a small group can have an inordinate impact on the final results. That's one reason why the final three out of nine slots on the shortlist were filled by the 20-member exec committee. If by some chance the general voters didn't show the love for Palme d'Or winner and critics' group favorite "Amour," for example, they would add that to the list to avoid embarrassment. So we could count on that. Another film that »

- Anne Thompson

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