Best Foreign Language Film: Articles


Cannes Winners vs. Oscar Nominations: Rare Swedish Palme d'Or Winner + Joaquin Phoenix & AIDS Drama Chances?

Palme d'Or winner The Square with Claes Bang. “Gobsmackingly weird” Cannes Film Festival favorite may have a tough time landing a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nomination. As an aside, Ruben Östlund's comedy-drama is totally unrelated to Jehane Noujaim's 2013 Oscar-nominated political documentary of the same title, which refers […]


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Cannes Winners vs. Oscar Nominations: Rare Swedish Palme d'Or Winner + Joaquin Phoenix & AIDS Drama Chances?



'The Grandfather' Movie: Surprisingly Touching Oscar-Nominated Message of Tolerance

The Grandfather: Fernando Fernán Gómez as the irascible 'abuelo' who discovers it's never too late to learn about tolerance and compassion. 'The Grandfather' movie review: Gorgeous, surprisingly effective message of tolerance with strong central performance The Grandfather / El abuelo is a film with a pedigree. It is based on […]


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'The Grandfather' Movie: Surprisingly Touching Oscar-Nominated Message of Tolerance



Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award Submissions: 'Multinational' Movies

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2016: Irish-Cuban entry 'Viva,' with Héctor Medina. Multicultural Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2016 submissions Nearly ten years ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences changed a key rule regarding entries for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar;* since then, things have gotten […]


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Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award Submissions: 'Multinational' Movies



'Yesterday' Movie Review: Memorable AIDS Drama in Zululand

Yesterday movie: South African AIDS drama with Leleti Khumalo and Lihle Mvelase. 'Yesterday' movie review: Fantastic central performance in South African AIDS drama To date, nowhere has the AIDS pandemic been felt more strongly than in Sub-Saharan Africa, home to approximately 16 percent of the world's population and 70 percent […]


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'Yesterday' Movie Review: Memorable AIDS Drama in Zululand



Academy Award Winners: Meryl Streep Breaks Two Oscar Records

Chris Pratt at Oscar 2015 rehearsals. Oscar 2015 winners The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found further below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have […]


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Academy Award Winners: Meryl Streep Breaks Two Oscar Records



Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Record Submissions and Highly Political Movies

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar contender 'Three Windows and a Hanging': First Kosovo entry. Record 83 movies submitted for 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made public the list of submissions for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. According […]


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Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Record Submissions and Highly Political Movies



'The Way He Looks' Movie: Gay Teen Love Story Submitted for Oscars

The Way He Looks movie: Ghilherme Lobo and Fábio Audi. 'The Way He Looks' movie: Gay teen love story is Brazil's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission In mid-September 2014, The Way He Looks / Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho was selected as Brazil's entry for the 2015 Best Foreign […]


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'The Way He Looks' Movie: Gay Teen Love Story Submitted for Oscars



Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Semi-Finalists: Liv Ullmann First Major Movie Role in Years & Surprising Snubs

'Two Lives,' with Liv Ullmann and Julia Bache-Wiig. Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2014 semi-finalists Out of 76 submissions, nine movies have been selected as semi-finalists for the 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Listed in alphabetical order by country, the films are: Belgium, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Felix […]


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Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Semi-Finalists: Liv Ullmann First Major Movie Role in Years & Surprising Snubs



'Argo' & 'Amour' + 'Zero Dark Thirty' & Anne Hathaway + Philip Seymour Hoffman: Top Awards Season Choices

Argo with Ben Affleck. Actor-director-co-producer Ben Affleck's political thriller Argo chronicles – by way of Hollywood-style flights of fancy – the real-life rescue of six U.S. embassy employees hiding in the Tehran house of Canada's ambassador as most of their colleagues are taken hostage following the Iranian Revolution of 1979. […]


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'Argo' & 'Amour' + 'Zero Dark Thirty' & Anne Hathaway + Philip Seymour Hoffman: Top Awards Season Choices



Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Record Submissions

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2013: 71 submissions A record 71 countries, including first-timer Kenya, have submitted movies for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. (See below.) Entries range from France's international blockbuster The Intouchables to Cambodia's first submission in 18 years and the Southeast Asian country's second […]


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Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Record Submissions



Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Australia Submits German-Language, German-Set Movie

Oscar 2013: Australia submits German-language, German-set World War II drama Cate Shortland's Lore is Australia's entry for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Obviously, Lore isn't in English. Curiously, the film's dialogue isn't in one of Australia's aboriginal languages, either. Besides, Lore isn't even set in Australia. (Image: Saskia […]


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Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Australia Submits German-Language, German-Set Movie



'The Intouchables' Movie: French Blockbuster & Brazilian Clown Among Oscar Submissions

The Intouchables: France's 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar entry The Intouchables, France's biggest French-language blockbuster at the international box-office, is that country's official entry for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Distributed by The Weinstein Company in North America, The Intouchables has to date grossed a not […]


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'The Intouchables' Movie: French Blockbuster & Brazilian Clown Among Oscar Submissions



'Barbara' & 'Amour' + 'The Hypnotist': Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Entries

Oscar 2013: Christian Petzold's Barbara is Germany's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Christian Petzold 'Barbara': Germany Oscar Submission Starring Nina Hoss, writer-director Christian Petzold's Barbara is Germany's submission for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. The political romantic drama earned Petzold the Silver Bear […]


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'Barbara' & 'Amour' + 'The Hypnotist': Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Entries



'A Separation,' 'Pina': Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Semi-Finalists

Anders W. Berthelsen, Paprika Steen, Sebastián Estevanez in Ole Christian Madsen's SuperClásico The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the list of nine films still in contention for the 2012 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Sixty-three films had originally qualified in the category. The films, listed […]


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'A Separation,' 'Pina': Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Semi-Finalists



Woman Directors Behind Ten Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Contenders

Woman director 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 […]


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Woman Directors Behind Ten Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Contenders



Oscar: Valérie Donzelli 'Declaration of War' Is French Entry

Jérémie Elkaïm, Valérie Donzelli, Declaration of War La Guerre est déclarée / Declaration of War is France's submission for the 2012 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. The second feature film directed by actress-turned-filmmaker Valérie Donzelli (Who Killed Bambi?, The Untouchable), who also co-wrote it with her former real-life companion […]


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Oscar: Valérie Donzelli 'Declaration of War' Is French Entry



Scarlett Johansson & Jeremy Renner + Bollywood Royalty & Rare Best Foreign Film Woman Director Winner: The Oscars

Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress. Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27, '11, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco […]


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Scarlett Johansson & Jeremy Renner + Bollywood Royalty & Rare Best Foreign Film Woman Director Winner: The Oscars



Foreign Language Film Category: Biggest Oscar Snubs #4

Penélope Cruz, Yohana Cobo in Volver. Best Foreign Language Films: Biggest Oscar Snubs #4a Barbra Streisand - 'Yentl' & 'The Prince of Tides': Biggest Oscar Snubs #5 I've always had a personal grudge against the Academy's rules & regulations for the Best Foreign Language Film category. I know I'm not […]


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Foreign Language Film Category: Biggest Oscar Snubs #4



Sauna Movie 'Steam of Life' to Become 1st Best Foreign Language Film Nonfiction Oscar Nominee?

Sauna movie Steam of Life: Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen's Finnish hit about naked men exposing themselves – emotionally – to become the first documentary shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar? Sauna movie 'Steam of Life' & feel-good 'Simple Simon' among northern European Best Foreign Language Film Oscar […]


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Sauna Movie 'Steam of Life' to Become 1st Best Foreign Language Film Nonfiction Oscar Nominee?



Why Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Nominations Are Hard to Predict

Javier Bardem in Alejandro González-Iñárritu's Biutiful (top); Stefania Sandrelli, Valerio Mastandrea in Paolo Virzi's The First Beautiful Thing (middle); Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm in Susanne Bier's In a Better World (photo by Per Arnesen) (bottom) Bal / Honey (Turkey), Semih Kaplanoglu Biutiful (Mexico), Alejandro González-Iñárritu Carancho (Argentina), Pablo Trapero In […]


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Why Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Nominations Are Hard to Predict



Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Obvious Choices

Semih Kaplanoglu's Bal / Honey Some of the 65 movies vying for the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar are obvious choices. [List of Oscar 2011 Foreign Language Film Submissions.] For instance, Semih Kaplanoglu's Bal / Honey (Turkey) won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival; Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle […]


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Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Obvious Choices



'Lula' Movie: Brazil Controversial Foreign Language Oscar Submission

Lula, The Son of Brazil: Mother Glória Pires and her seven children, including Felipe Falanga (yellow shirt) as the boy Lula Unanimity isn't what it used to be. First, Quentin Tarantino's Venice Film Festival jury unanimously decides to hand out awards to the director's friends. Now comes a unanimous decision […]


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'Lula' Movie: Brazil Controversial Foreign Language Oscar Submission



Prestigious Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Contenders

This year Scott Foundas won't be asking, “how do you say 'Oscar scandal' in French (or German)?” Two of the most widely acclaimed non-English language films released in 2009 – Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon and Jacques Audiard's A Prophet – are to be found in the Academy of Motion […]


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Prestigious Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Contenders



Critics' Favorite Films: Kathryn Bigelow + U.S.-Mexican Drama Ineligible for Oscars

Critics' favorite films: Kathryn Bigelow, seen here with cinematographer Barry Ackroyd while shooting The Hurt Locker, is this awards season top Best Director choice. The clear Academy Award front-runner, Bigelow will likely make Oscar history in (at least) two ways: a) first woman to win Best Director b) first person […]


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Critics' Favorite Films: Kathryn Bigelow + U.S.-Mexican Drama Ineligible for Oscars



Golden Globes' Best Foreign Language Film List + Erotic Hockey & Dancing Corpse in Top Ten Canadian Films

London River with Brenda Blethyn and Sotigui Kouyaté. Following the July 2005 London bombings, a Christian Falklands War widow and a Francophone African Muslim man look for their missing children in London River, one of this year's 68 potential Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globe contenders. Curiously, London River is […]


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Golden Globes' Best Foreign Language Film List + Erotic Hockey & Dancing Corpse in Top Ten Canadian Films



Insect Sounds Documentary Tops European Film Awards + Oscar Foreign Language Film Entries

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Brutal French prison & Nazis-in-the-making among contenders Sixty-five countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 82nd Academy Awards, Academy President Tom Sherak announced today. The 2009 submissions are: Albania, “Alive!,” Artan Minarolli, director; Argentina, “The Secret in Their […]


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Insect Sounds Documentary Tops European Film Awards + Oscar Foreign Language Film Entries



Oscar Early Predictions: Michelle Pfeiffer Best Actress Contender?

Abbie Cornish, Bright Star Frances 'Fanny' Brawne has a relatively brief but intense love affair with poet John Keats Carey Mulligan, An Education In 1960s London, a schoolgirl falls for a man in his 30s Michelle Pfeiffer, Cheri An older courtesan introduces a young man to the art of lovemaking […]


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Oscar Early Predictions: Michelle Pfeiffer Best Actress Contender?



Ari Folman, Laurent Cantet: Academy's Best Foreign Language Film Symposium

Best Foreign Language Film Symposium with Ari Folman, Laurent Cantet, Yojiro Takita, Götz Spielmann and Uli Edel. 2009 Best Foreign Language Film Symposium Yojiro Takita, director of Departures (Japan); Ari Folman, director of Waltz with Bashir (Israel); Uli Edel, director of The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany); Laurent Cantet, director of […]


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Ari Folman, Laurent Cantet: Academy's Best Foreign Language Film Symposium



Keanu Reeves, Marion Cotillard: Best Foreign Language Film Academy Ceremony

Keanu Reeves, Marion Cotillard, directors of this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominees. Keanu Reeves, Marion Cotillard attend Academy ceremony honoring Best Foreign Language Film nominees Keanu Reeves and Marion Cotillard were among those attending a ceremony honoring the directors whose films are in the running for the 2009 […]


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Keanu Reeves, Marion Cotillard: Best Foreign Language Film Academy Ceremony



Academy Award Predictions: Cinderella Tale + Slain Gay Politician & Veteran Jan Troell Returns

Slumdog Millionaire with Freida Pinto. Academy Award Predictions: The cinematic Cinderella story of 2008, Danny Boyle's Bollywood-inspired entry is the odds-on favorite for the Best Picture Academy Award. In the cast: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, and Irrfan Khan. Academy Award Predictions: Best Picture shortlist includes sleeper hits, studio […]


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Academy Award Predictions: Cinderella Tale + Slain Gay Politician & Veteran Jan Troell Returns



Jehovah's Witness Movie for the Oscars + François Ozon Non-Traditional 'Angel'

Charlotte Rampling, Sam Neill, Romola Garai, Michael Fassbender in Angel. François Ozon's 'Angel': Not traditional at all François Ozon is interviewed by The Times' Kevin Maher, who wonders what attracted the director of the unusual 8 Women and Swimming Pool to Angel, an English-set period drama that opens in the […]


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Jehovah's Witness Movie for the Oscars + François Ozon Non-Traditional 'Angel'



Oscar Box Office Bump: How Effective?

Stefan Ruzowitzky, Joseph Cedar, Sergei Bodrov, and Academy Governor Mark Johnson The 2010 Academy Awards' Foreign Language Film Symposium was held yesterday, Feb. 23, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. All five directors of this year's nominated films were present: Joseph […]


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Oscar Box Office Bump: How Effective?



Abortion Movie Omission Leads to Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Outrage

The Unknown by Giuseppe Tornatore (top); The Counterfeiters by Stefan Ruzowitzky (bottom) When I stated in my Oscar 2008 predictions that the Academy's foreign-language film shortlist is the most difficult to predict, I wasn't kidding. Nowhere to be found in the list of nine foreign-language film semi-finalists are: Cristian Mungiu's […]


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Abortion Movie Omission Leads to Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Outrage



Tokyo & Rome Film Festival Awards + Golden Horse Winners & Israel Oscar Entry Disqualified

Eran Kolirin at the Tokyo Film Festival. 2007 Tokyo Film Festival Awards 2007 Tokyo Film Festival: October 20–28. Eran Kolirin's The Band's Visit, about an Egyptian police band stranded in a small Israeli town, was the top winner at the 2007 edition of the Tokyo Film Festival. The Band's Visit […]


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Tokyo & Rome Film Festival Awards + Golden Horse Winners & Israel Oscar Entry Disqualified



Costa-Gavras Getting Eisenstein Honor + 'The Band's Visit' Tops Israeli Academy Awards

Screenwriter, director, and producer Costa-Gavras, 74, never one to shy away from inflammatory themes, will be honored with the second-ever Eisenstein Award handed out by the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. The Sept. 28 ceremony will launch a two-day Costa-Gavras mini-festival, with screenings of four of the […]


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Costa-Gavras Getting Eisenstein Honor + 'The Band's Visit' Tops Israeli Academy Awards



'Buddha' Quotes + 'Funny Games' Remake & Animated Iranian Revolution Is Oscar Submission

'Buddha' quotes: Adolescent filmmaker Hana Makhmalbaf discusses 'Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame' at 2007 San Sebastian Film Festival “As an 18-year-old girl who lives in Iran today and who faces very specific ideological, political and social pressures, I have a lot to say,” explains Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame Teheran-born […]


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'Buddha' Quotes + 'Funny Games' Remake & Animated Iranian Revolution Is Oscar Submission



Shanghai & Moscow + Seattle Film Festival Winners: German Comedy & Norwegian Drama Are Top Choices

The winners of the 10th Shanghai International Film Festival's Jin Jue Awards were announced at the Shanghai Grand Theatre this past Sunday, June 24. Franziska Meletzky's Frei nach Plan / According to the Plan, was given the Best Film award. Written by Elke Rössler, this German comedy-drama revolves around the […]


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Shanghai & Moscow + Seattle Film Festival Winners: German Comedy & Norwegian Drama Are Top Choices



Best Foreign Language Film Oscar European Slant + Hip Hop Immigration Drama Tops Guldbagge Awards

Water with Lisa Ray. Set in the late 1930s, during the British occupation of India, Deepa Mehta's Water created quite a stir during its production in that country. Spoken in Hindi, the film stars Canadian actress Lisa Ray as a young widow living with several other widowed women and girls in […]


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Best Foreign Language Film Oscar European Slant + Hip Hop Immigration Drama Tops Guldbagge Awards



Dark Fantasy Tops NSFC + Transgender Drama & Raunchy Kate Winslet Movie Top Ireland & Iowa

Pan's Labyrinth: The Pale Man (Doug Jones) in underground, dark fantasy. Guillermo del Toro's post-Spanish-Civil-War-set Pan's Labyrinth / El laberinto del fauno was the National Society of Film Critics' surprise Best Film winner. Perhaps even more surprising, its two runners-up were both movies featuring non-English-language dialogue, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and Letters […]


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Dark Fantasy Tops NSFC + Transgender Drama & Raunchy Kate Winslet Movie Top Ireland & Iowa



Helen Mirren Queen Elizabeth Double Awards Season Dose + Mexican Directors Are U.S. Critics' Winners

Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen. Set in the aftermath of Princess Diana's death, Stephen Frears' The Queen, written by Peter Morgan, goes out of its way to present Queen Elizabeth II as a kind-hearted heroine determined to save both the British monarchy and a hunted deer. For […]


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Helen Mirren Queen Elizabeth Double Awards Season Dose + Mexican Directors Are U.S. Critics' Winners



Best Foreign Language Film Poster + W.C. Fields Pettifoggery Exhibitions

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie poster. Luis Buñuel's surrealist, anarchist, insurrectionist 1972 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner features an ensemble that includes Stéphane Audran, Delphine Seyrig, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Fernando Rey, Bulle Ogier, Paul Frankeur, and Julien Bertheau. Academy exhibition celebrates half a century of Best Foreign Language Film […]


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Best Foreign Language Film Poster + W.C. Fields Pettifoggery Exhibitions



Best Animation Oscar Contenders + Emilio Estevez Political Drama & More AFI FEST Movies

Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA – With 16 animated features submitted for consideration in 2006, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences anticipates that its Animated Feature Film category, for the first time since 2002, may include a full slate of five nominees. The 16 features expected to compete […]


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Best Animation Oscar Contenders + Emilio Estevez Political Drama & More AFI FEST Movies



Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Submissions: From Bosnian War to Rare Ganalbingu-Language Entry

Fifty years after the creation of the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award category, a record 61 countries have submitted films for consideration for the 79th Academy Awards. As per the Academy's press release, Kazakhstan appears to be the sole newcomer. (Addendum: It isn't. Kazakhstan submitted Ardak Amirkulov's Gibel Otrara […]


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Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Submissions: From Bosnian War to Rare Ganalbingu-Language Entry



'Curse of the Golden Flower' Among Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Entries

Charlotte Gainsbourg in 'Nuovomondo' a.k.a. 'Golden Door' 'Nuovomondo,' 'Curse of the Golden Flower': 2007 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award submissions Italy's choice for the 2007 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award is Emanuele Crialese's Golden Door / Nuovomondo, winner of several prizes at the 2006 Venice Film Festival, among […]


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'Curse of the Golden Flower' Among Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Entries



Oscar Entries: 'Border Cafe' & 'Sweet Mud'

Kambuzia Partovi's Café Transit / Border Café, the story of an Iranian widow who encounters a number of social and personal obstacles once she begins managing her late husband's roadhouse (a practice forbidden in Iran), has been chosen as the Iranian entry for the 2006 Best Foreign Language Film Academy […]


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Oscar Entries: 'Border Cafe' & 'Sweet Mud'



Korean & Egyptian 'Gay' Characters + Controversial 'Water': Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

Deepa Mehta's Water, starring Lisa Ray, Seema Biswas, and John Abraham, has been chosen as Canada's entry for the 2006 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Set in the Indian holy city of Varanasi, the Hindi-language Water is now eligible as a Canadian entry for the foreign-language Oscar because of […]


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Korean & Egyptian 'Gay' Characters + Controversial 'Water': Best Foreign Language Film Oscar



Harrison Ford Iraq War Movie & Russian 'Battleship' in Berlin + Michael Moore Is New Chupacabra?

Harrison Ford in Hollywood Homicide, with Josh Hartnett. The Battle of Falluja next in line for the veteran actor? One of the leads in one of the most successful movie franchises ever – Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), The Return of the Jedi (1983) – and a […]


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Harrison Ford Iraq War Movie & Russian 'Battleship' in Berlin + Michael Moore Is New Chupacabra?



Foreign Language Film Oscar: Two Gael García Bernal Academy Award Orphans

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar contender: House of Flying Daggers with Ziyi Zhang. Directed by Zhang Yimou from a screenplay by Zhang, Li Feng, and Wang Bin, House of Flying Daggers offers a mix of epic grandeur, martial arts action, and love story. Set in the mid-9th century during the […]


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Foreign Language Film Oscar: Two Gael García Bernal Academy Award Orphans