Friday, December 21, 2012

Shortlist of 9 films for 2012 Foreign Language Film 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, Amour, Michael Haneke, director

Canada, Rebelle (War Witch), Kim Nguyen, director

Chile, No, Pablo Larraín, director

Denmark, En kongelig affære (A Royal Affair), Nikolaj Arcel, director

France, Intouchables (The Intouchables), Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, directors

Iceland, Djúpið (The Deep), Baltasar Kormákur, director

Norway, Kon-Tiki, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, directors

Romania, După dealuri (Beyond the Hills), Cristian Mungiu, director

Switzerland, L'Enfant d'en haut (Sister), Ursula Meier, director

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2012 are again being determined in two phases.

The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 71 eligible films between mid-October and December 17. The group's top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy's Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

The shortlist will be winnowed down to the five nominees by specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles. They will spend Friday, January 4, through Sunday, January 6, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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