Golden Rule: Foreign Feature Films Oscar Shortlist

Oscar Season is in full swing, and we’re bringing you every update we can. We’ve posted a few articles about the race so far, including a rundown of how the Globes may have changed the Oscar race in a few categories, as well as the current shortlist for Makeup and Hairstyling and Visual Effects nominees. Leading up to the announcement of the Oscar Nominees, we’re going to look at where things stand via shortlists and other Award Nominations. Today we’re going to look at the final shortlist for the category of Best Foreign Language Film for the Oscars.

As of now the shortlist for the Foreign Film category is as follows:

Chile, A Fantastic Woman, Sebastián Lelio, director;A_Fantastic_Woman
Germany, In the Fade, Fatih Akin, director;
Hungary, On Body and Soul, Ildikó Enyedi, director;
Israel, Foxtrot, Samuel Maoz, director;
Lebanon, The Insult, Ziad Doueiri, director;
Russia, Loveless, Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;
Senegal, Félicité, Alain Gomis, director;
South Africa, The Wound, John Trengove, director;
Sweden, The Square, Ruben Östlund, director.

It’s always hard to judge how things will play out in this category. The winner is chosen by a specific group of Academy members and can only be voted on by members who have seen the films. Sometimes a film will have a huge story behind it or a large following due to popularity at festivals and overseas. As we explained in our run down of how the Golden Globes affected this race, The Square has been the frontrunner for a while in this category. However, the Globe win for In the Fade has bumped up its recognition, and as a film about a woman dealing with the murder of her family by Neo-Nazis, it’s a rather timely piece given the current US political culture.

No other film in this group has had any extensive word-of-mouth, so there’s a decent chance that the race comes down to The Square and In The Fade. But circumstances can change quickly in this category. Last year, the film The Salesman ended up winning, which many believed was due film being from Iran. Just before last year’s Oscar ceremony the President put out a travel ban on multiple “Muslim countries,” including Iran, which made it impossible for the filmmakers behind The Salesman to attend the Oscars. That had a major influence on the voting, and no one saw it coming beforehand. So there’s always a chance that geopolitical topics could influence the race leading up to the nominations and ceremony.

We’ll find out for sure how things play out for the potential nominees this Tuesday, January 23rd when the Nominations are announced, and on March 4th when the Oscars air on ABC at 8pm ET.


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