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article imageOscar foreign-language category is down to 9

By Tim O'Brien     Dec 19, 2014 in Entertainment
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today (Dec. 19) announced the shortlist in the foreign-language film category.
They noted in a release that this will be the first time that London will be involved in getting this list down to five. They use committees in New York and Los Angeles for this process. And again, this time, London is involved.
From Jan 9-11, these committees will watch three films a day. Right now, of one would see a favorite, that would be "Ida." That is Poland's entry and has garnered many kudos along the way.
Those include New York, L.A. and London. "Ida" has already won the New York Film Critics Circle 2014, Los Angeles Film Critics Awards 2014, and the London Film Festival in 2013. Those committees know that film well.
"Ida" is about an orphan, raised in a convent and is about to take her vows. She finds something along the way.
Oscar foreign-language shortlist, in alphabetical order by country:
Argentina, "Wild Tales," Damián Szifrón, director;
Estonia, "Tangerines," Zaza Urushadze, director;
Georgia, "Corn Island," George Ovashvili, director;
Mauritania, "Timbuktu," Abderrahmane Sissako, director;
Netherlands, "Accused," Paula van der Oest, director;
Poland, "Ida," Paweł Pawlikowski, director;
Russia, "Leviathan," Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;
Sweden, "Force Majeure," Ruben Östlund, director;
Venezuela, "The Liberator," Alberto Arvelo, director.
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