Czech Republic swaps entry for Oscar consideration

The Academy has vetted the list of submissions for Best Foreign Language Film and found a couple of titles that it deems ineligible. Variety reports: The most notable rejection was director Agnieszka Holland’s “Burning Bush,” which was submitted by the Czech Republic but...
Posted On 08 Oct 2013

Bondarchuk’s Stalingrad is Russia’s Oscar entry

A bit behind the curve on this news, I posted the trailer for Fedor Bondarchuk’s Stalingrad a few days ago without knowing it had been announced last week as Russia’s official Oscar candidate. Russian film director Fyodor Bondarchuk on Wednesday presented the Moscow...
Posted On 03 Oct 2013

Yuya Ishii’s The Great Passage is Japan’s Oscar entry

(Thanks to glimmer for the tip) (NipponCinema) The seven-member Japan Movie Producers Association has nominated Yuya Ishii’s The Great Passage to represent Japan in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 86th Academy Awards. The selection makes 30-year-old Ishii the...
Posted On 08 Sep 2013

No Oscar slot for Blue is the Warmest Color?

Deadline is reporting that Palme d’Or winner Blue is the the Warmest Color will miss the window of opportunity to be eligible as France’s Oscar submission. The Oscar rep selection committee at French film body the CNC requires that a film go out nationally in France...
Posted On 01 Jul 2013

9 Foreign Language Films Vie for Oscar

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®.  Seventy-one films had originally qualified in the category. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: Austria,...
Posted On 21 Dec 2012

Interview: The Intouchable’s Omar Sy

In the past year, Omar Sy has gone from being a French comedy writer and actor, to a star known internationally for his dramatic performance in The Intouchables. In February of this year Sy won the Cesar Award (France’s Oscar) for Best Actor, beating out a group of actors...

71 countries vie for 2012 Foreign Language Film Oscar

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – A record 71 countries, including first-time entrant Kenya, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®. The 2012 submissions are: Afghanistan, “The Patience Stone,” Atiq Rahimi,...
Posted On 08 Oct 2012

Iran to boycott 2013 Oscars over anti-Islamic film

Ugh. In case you need a reminder what a government tangled up with religious fundamentalists would be like. (Jakarta Globe) Iran said on Monday it would boycott the 2013 Oscars to protest against the making of a crude anti-Islam video in the United States that has caused outrage...
Posted On 25 Sep 2012

France submits The Intouchables for Best Foreign Language Film

With three prestigious French language films in play this year, how did a crowd-pleasing international box-office phenomenon backed by Hervey Weinstein prevail? (That’s a rhetorical question). Scott Feinberg broke down the possibilities at THR shortly before France settled...
Posted On 18 Sep 2012