21 December 2012 1:27 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Something funny happened on the way to the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar shortlist. Unusually, all nine contenders announced Friday morning have either already been released in the Us or will be during the first quarter of 2013. Because of separate eligibility rules for this category -- determined by their release dates in the country submitting a film rather than in the Us, unlike all other awards -- the nominees are often films virtually unknown to most American moviegoers, even those who follow foreign film. In some years -- including 2008, 2009 and 2010 -- the winner did not open theatrically until after the Oscar ceremony. Although plans are in flux for at least two of the unreleased films on the list ("Kon-Tiki" and "The Deep"), and at least one other ("Beyond the Hills") might move up its date before the awards, it is likely that at least three and possibly all five of »

- Tom Brueggemann

Report a problem

IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners