9 Films Advance in Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Race, Including FORCE MAJEURE and IDA; MOMMY and TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT Miss the Cut

     December 19, 2014

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The Academy today announced nine films that have advanced in the Best Foreign Language Oscar race, and there are a couple of notable exclusions.  Sweden’s hilarious/heartbreaking Force Majeure made the cut (read my review here), as did Poland’s highly praised Ida and Russia’s somewhat controversial (given its criticism of the Russian government) Leviathan, but the latest film from the Belgian filmmaking duo the Dardenne brothers, the Marion Cotillard-fronted Two Days, One Night was left off the list.  This is a surprise as the film received positive notice at Cannes earlier this year and Cotillard is somewhat of a dark horse in this year’s Best Actress race, but for whatever reason the Foreign Language branch opted not to advance the film.  Also left off the shortlist is French-Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s highly praised drama Mommy, which was also a critical favorite at various festivals throughout the year.

Check out the full Best Foreign Language Film Oscar shortlist after the jump.  Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards will be announced on January 15, 2015.

Here’s the full shortlist of films that advance in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race.  Voting committees will whittle it down to five nominees.

  • Wild Tales (Argentina)
  • Tangerines (Estonia)
  • Corn Island (Georgia)
  • Timbuktu (Mauritania)
  • Accused (Netherlands)
  • Ida (Poland)
  • Leviathan (Russia)
  • Force Majeure (Sweden)
  • The Liberator (Venezuela)

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