21 December 2012 7:39 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Michael Haneke’s Amour and the tender French comedy, The Intouchables, were among nine films promoted to the Academy Awards shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film category. Seventy-one films entries had been considered, and the list will further be culled down to five nominees after specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles screen them during the first weekend in January.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Austria, Amour, Michael Haneke, director

Canada, War Witch, Kim Nguyen, director

Chile, No, Pablo Larraín, director

Denmark, A Royal Affair, Nikolaj Arcel, director

France, The Intouchables, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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