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From Albania to Vietnam, 63 countries are hoping that their film entry will get picked to fill one of the five slots for Best Foreign Language Film for the 84th Annual Academy Awards.
Five slots, 63 countries, the competition is fierce! Is your country of choice one of the 63 hopefuls?
I'm happy that my home country, the Philippines, has an entry, the dramedy "The Woman in the Septic Tank" from director Marlon N. Rivera. Released in the Philippines on August 3rd, the film became the highest grossing independent movie in my country's cinema history. So keeping my fingers crossed for this movie!
The shortlist will be released in January and then it will be whittled down to five contenders when the nominations are announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. The winner will be announced on Oscar night on Sunday, February 26, 2012.
Take a look at the complete list of Best Foreign Language hopefuls:
Albania, "Amnesty, »
Yesterday the Academy finally released the full list of 2012 Foreign Language Oscar contenders adding four films I did not have on my previous list from the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, United Kingdom and a mysterious title I can't find anything about from Kazakhstan and now that the short list has been announced and everyone has posted the Academy's press release it's like searching for a needle in a haystack if you go looking for more information on it. That said, if anyone has a link to any information on Egor Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky's Returning to the 'A' I would love to share it as I have links and information for all other 62 films submitted for consideration. As I said in my last post addressing the category, I haven't seen any of these films, a rarity for me, but based on buzz the top contenders would seem to include Zhang Yimou's The War of Flowers, »
- Brad Brevet
63 films have made it onto the list to be considered for the 2012 Academy Awards. There was only one added since we last tracked about three weeks ago. That means a total of 10 films are directed by women out of 63. We shall see how many of the women make it to the next level. Dominican Republic- Leticia Tonos' ”Love Child” The others previously announced are: France -Valérie Donzelli’s “Declaration of War” Norway - Anne Sewitsky’s “Happy Happy” Poland - Agnieszka Holland’s “In Darkness” The Netherlands - Maria Peters’s “Sonny Boy” Greece - Athina Rachel Tsangari’s “Attenberg” Ireland… »
Nadine Labaki, Where Do We Go Now? Today it was announced that Patty Jenkins, whose Monster earned Charlize Theron a Best Actress Oscar in early 2004, will be directing Thor 2. Officially, Perkins is the first woman director at the helm of a big-budget, Hollywood superhero movie. Below you'll find ten movies directed by female filmmakers that are among the 63 contenders for nominations for the 2012 Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film category. Seven of those hail from Europe; one is from the Americas, one from East Asia, and one from West Asia (or the Middle East). They are: the Dominican Republic's Leticia Tonos for Love Child, France's Valérie Donzelli for the semi-autobiographical Declaration of War, Greece's Athina Rachel Tsangari for Attenberg, Hong Kong's Ann Hui for A Simple Life, and Ireland's Juanita Wilson for As If I Am Not There. Also: Lebanon's Nadine Labaki for Toronto Film Festival Audience Award winner Where Do We Go Now? »
- Andre Soares
Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Oscar 2012: New Zealand/First Samoan Feature Among Best Foreign Language Film Contenders Albania, Amnesty, Bujar Alimani, director; Argentina, Aballay, Fernando Spiner, director; Austria, Breathing, Karl Markovics, director; Belgium, Bullhead, Michael R. Roskam, director; Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belvedere, Ahmed Imamovic, director; Brazil, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, José Padilha, director; Bulgaria, Tilt, Viktor Chouchkov, Jr., director; Canada, Monsieur Lazhar, Philippe Falardeau, director; Chile, Violeta Went to Heaven, Andrés Wood, director; China, The Flowers of War, Zhang Yimou, director; Colombia, The Colors of the Mountain, Carlos César Arbeláez, director; Croatia, 72 Days, Danilo Serbedzija, director; Cuba, Havanastation, Ian Padrón, director; Czech Republic, Alois Nebel, Tomás Lunák, director; Denmark, Superclásico, Ole Christian Madsen, director; Dominican Republic, Love Child, Leticia Tonos, director; Egypt, Lust, Khaled el Hagar, director; Estonia, Letters to Angel, Sulev Keedus, director; Finland, Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki, director; France, Declaration of War, »
- Steve Montgomery
We gave you an update a few weeks ago, but The Academy now has its final list of the 63 films competing for Best Foreign Film Oscar. This list will get cut down as films screen and the committee decides on a final five when the nominations get announced late January. The notable films include Iran’s A Separation, which we adored and China’s massive budget The Flowers of War starring Christian Bale (which isn’t even complete to my knowledge).
Mexico’s Miss Bala (read our Cannes and Vancouver reviews) and Finland’s Le Havre (our Cannes and Toronto reviews) are also contenders. Lebanon’s Where Do We Go Now? is also in the mix, a drama that won the top prize at Toronto. There are many others we’ve seen at festivals, so follow that coverage here as we head into Oscar season. Check out the press release below. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Beverly Hills, CA - Sixty-three countries, including first-time entrant New Zealand, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 84th Academy Awards®.
The 2011 submissions are:
Albania, “Amnesty,” Bujar Alimani, director;
Argentina, “Aballay,” Fernando Spiner, director;
Belgium, “Bullhead,” Michael R. Roskam, director;
Chile, “Violeta Went to Heaven,” Andrés Wood, director;
China, “The Flowers of War,” Zhang Yimou, director;
Colombia, “The Colors of the Mountain,” Carlos César Arbeláez, director;
Croatia, “72 Days,” Danilo Serbedzija, director;
Cuba, “Havanastation,” Ian Padrón, director;
Egypt, “Lust,” Khaled el Hagar, director;
Estonia, “Letters to Angel,” Sulev Keedus, director;
- Michelle McCue
The deadline for submissions to the Academy's Best Foreign-Language Film category passed this week, with the number of total entrants hitting five dozen. Among the 10 countries who have announced their choices at the 11th hour: Turkey, which submitted a Cannes prize winner; Singapore, which went with an animated film; and New Zealand, whose Samoan-language film "The Orator" is the country's first submission in this category. Contrary to a report in Variety, TheWrap has learned that the Academy's foreign-language executive committee has accepted the Dominican Republic's entry, "La hija natural" ("Love Child"). The »
- Steve Pond
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- Heather Campbell
The couple reconnects on his birthday — are they trying to make their marriage work again?
Arnold, 64, and Maria, 55, were seen out with their family on July 30, shopping in Beverly Hills on his birthday. That seems like a Huge gesture on Maria’s part — to hang out with the man who had a love child during your marriage!
What do you think, HollywoodLifers — is Maria brave for being kind to Arnold in front of the kids, or should she keep her distance? After all, people reassess their life after tragedy — and the couple certainly had a scary episode when their son was hospitalized!
- William Earl
Arnold couldn’t have been nicer to fans, but Maria seemed to have a short temper — she’s probably so angry with him!
Arnold Schwarzenegger lost a lot of fans after news of his extramarital affair with Maria Shriver broke, but the pair Shocked onlookers when they stepped out for dinner on July 14 in Brentwood, Calif. — and HollywoodLife.com found out Exclusive information about their meal!
Arnold, 63, and Maria, 55, both came and went separately, a source tells HollywoodLife.com. Arnold appeared to be in a great mood, taking pictures with fans and being friendly with photographers. Meanwhile, Maria seemed rude to the wait staff of Toscana, where son Patrick‘s friend was hosting a party. Luckily, she curbed the attitude around her son and his friends, treating them kindly.
Inside the dinner, the two were cordial to each other but kept their distance — they even avoided even saying goodbye! That said, »
- William Earl
Arnold is slated to be the lead in ‘The Last Stand,’ but can fans embrace him after his love child scandal?
Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to put his numerous scandals behind him by starring in a new high-profile movie. But will his fans return to him — even after he betrayed his whole family with an extramarital affair?
Arnold, 63, is slated to be the lead in the western The Last Stand, Deadline reports. The film, which begins shooting in September, casts Arnold as a sheriff. But will fans be able to accept a notorious adulterer as a man of the law?
What do you think, HollywoodLifers — could you look past Arnold’s personal life and enjoy him in the movies again?
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Mistress Mildred Gives 1st Interview & Reveals Her Love Child- Pics! ‘Sytycd’ Judge Mary Murphy Reveals New Evidence Against Arnold Schwarzenegger: He Hit On Her Makeup Artist! »
- William Earl
Arnold Schwarzenegger knows he screwed up big time by fathering a child with his housekeeper while he was married to Maria Shriver and subsequently embarrassing his entire family, but he’s going to try to make it up to them — particularly Maria — by giving up the majority of his fortune in the divorce and not just the 50/50 required by California state law. That means Maria, 55, could stand to receive more than $350 million dollars!
“Arnold realizes he is to blame for the collapse of his marriage. Maria was a loving wife and mother, and he doesn’t think that any amount of money can minimize what he has put her through. He wants to do the right thing, »
- Kirstin Benson
Now that Maria has filed for divorce from her cheating husband Arnold Schwarzenegger, will she write a tell-all memoir that could net her a huge advance?
According to a top publishing executive, Maria — who filed for divorce from Arnold on July 1 — could net more than the current advance record: $15 million to Bill Clinton for his memoir, My Life, RadarOnline.com reports.
Maria is already the author of six best-selling books, including And One More Thing Before You Go… and What’s Happening to Grandpa?
No word yet on whether Maria has any interest in divulging her life story, but that’s not stopping publishers from approaching her with offers!
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — would you read Maria’s tell-all? »
- Sandra Clark
Maria reportedly has ‘no sympathy’ for her husband’s mistress. And, hey, can you blame her?
Mildred “Patty” Baena‘s recent Hello! magazine interview suggested that Maria Shriver showed her compassion when she learned Mildred had a child with her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger. But a source tells Star that’s not the case. “I have absolutely no sympathy for that woman at the moment,” the mag claims Maria told her friends. “My main concern is for my kids.”
Get more on the Arnold scandal:
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Mistress Mildred Gives 1st Interview & Reveals Her Love Child- Pics! ‘Sytycd’ Judge Mary Murphy Reveals New Evidence Against Arnold Schwarzenegger: He Hit On Her Makeup Artist! Maria Shriver Will Get $100 Million Or More In Divorce From Arnold Schwarzenegger, Say Lawyers! View Poll »
Mildred ‘Patty’ Baena says the truth is more important to her than money!
Mildred “Patty” Baena, the mother of Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s love child, claims she didn’t do her huge Hello! magazine interview for the money — she wasn’t even paid!
“Mildred was tired of people selling their lies to the media or claiming to speak for her when they do not,” her lawyer tells TMZ. “She gave the interview in order to set the record straight once and for all. All she wanted to do was put the lies and rumors to rest. And we believe that she has done that through this interview.”
The story itself was allegedly brought to the magazine by a freelance writer who was friendly with Patty’s attorney.
Do You believe Patty didn’t get compensated for her tell-all, HollywoodLifers?
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Mistress Mildred Gives 1st Interview »
- William Earl
Two of Hollywood’s hottest ladies are not shy about showing off their killer legs this summer, and we can see why!
Cameron Diaz and Blake Lively embody the picturesque woman — tall, blonde, and out of this world beautiful — and they aren’t afraid to flaunt it! Cameron and Blake are fans of itsy bitsy bottoms this season, allowing them to put their mile long legs on display.
In a short black romper at the MTV Movie Awards, Cameron strutted her super toned and tanned gams. Blake flashed hers in a short Marc Jacobs mini at the Ghetto Film School Benefit, and let’s just say I’m sure no one had anything to complain about that night!
So who do You think has the hottest legs in Hollywood?
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- HL Intern
The state of California is reportedly investigating claims that Schwarzenegger used to state funds to cover up his trysts with mistresses while governor.
Report: Arnold Under Investigation
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Ouch, the hits keep coming for Arnold Schwarzenegger. Sources told RadarOnline Wednesday that the California Attorney General's office is investigating the former governor for allegedly using his state-funded security detail to escort women to his hotel room. The Ag office did not comment if there was any criminal investigation, but sources said top lawmakers have called for an inquiry into Schwarzenegger's affair. One witness, the head of security at the Sacramento Hilton, said he frequently saw California Highway Patrol officers escort "scantily-clad" women in and out of Schwarzenegger's suite. The former governor admitted last week that he fathered a child out of wedlock, shortly after he and his wife, Maria Shriver, announced they »
- The Daily Beast
A new report claims when Maria would leave her home in the morning, Mildred would crawl into her bed and make love to Arnold!
This is just disturbing! Mildred Baena, the mother of Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s love child, told a friend that she was more of a wife to Arnold than Maria Shriver ever was! Mildred said that she was always there for him when Maria was not.
What’s even worse is that Mildred also claimed that she made love to Arnold in Maria’s bed after Maria would leave in the mornings. Yuck!
Is Mildred just delusional? Sources tell TMZ that Mildred has always been obsessed Maria and jealous of her naturally “gorgeous” beauty. She reportedly would dress up in Maria’s clothes and jewels and wear them out.
Mildred even consulted Maria for pregnancy and love advice — which Maria gladly gave!
That is just too strange!
Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't having the best of weeks where the ladies are concerned. Just days after the "Terminator" star and former California governor conceded that he fathered a child out of wedlock witha former housekeeper, another woman from Ahnuld's past has resurfaced to remind everyone about her earlier accusations of Governator infidelity. And she's retained high-power attorney Gloria Allred to presumably help her get the word out. Also read: Schwarzenegger's Kids React to Love Child Revelation: 'Definitely Not Easy' The allegations of former child actress Gigi Goyette -- also known as Gigi Jeffers -- »
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