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Oscars 2017: How the Academy Picks the Foreign Language Shortlist

14 December 2016 1:38 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

On Thursday night, the shortlist of nine contenders for best foreign-language film will emerge from a set of strict and sinuous Academy rules. The behind-the-scenes process of getting there is the most pretzel-twisted and labyrinthine of any Oscar category, which is why so many argue that going back to something simpler — and digital — might be best.

In Los Angeles only, Academy screenings of 85 countries’ official submissions began in mid-October with Iran’s “The Salesman;” since then, foreign film czar and Academy Governor Mark Johnson told me, about 300 Los Angeles members from all Academy branches have watched movies from Albania to Vietnam. However, not every member’s vote may be counted. Each member is assigned to one of four groups; each group is assigned a set of films. Depending on their group, a member must view and rate the right number of films (at least 13-15), depending on the group, for »

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Oscars 2017: How the Academy Picks the Foreign Language Shortlist

14 December 2016 1:38 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On Thursday night, the shortlist of nine contenders for best foreign-language film will emerge from a set of strict and sinuous Academy rules. The behind-the-scene process of getting there is the most pretzel-twisted and labyrinthine of any Oscar category, which is why so many argue that going back to something simpler — and digital — might be best.

In Los Angeles only, Academy screenings of 85 countries’ official submissions began in mid-October with Iran’s “The Salesman;” since then, foreign film czar and Academy Governor Mark Johnson told me, about 300 Los Angeles members from all Academy branches have watched movies from Albania to Vietnam. However, not every member’s vote may be counted. Each member is assigned to one of four groups; each group is assigned a set of films. Depending on their group, a member must view and rate the right number of films (at least 13-15), depending on the group, for »

- Anne Thompson

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