9 Foreign Language Films Advance in 2007 Oscar® Race
Nine films advance in voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the
80th Academy Awards®. Sixty-three films had originally qualified in the category.
The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:
Austria, The Counterfeiters, Stefan Ruzowitzky, director
Brazil, The Year My Parents Went on Vacation, Cao
Canada, Days of Darkness, Denys Arcand, director
Israel, Beaufort, Joseph Cedar, director
Italy, The Unknown, Giuseppe Tornatore, director
Kazakhstan, Mongol, Sergei Bodrov, director
Poland, Katyn, Andrzej Wajda, director
Russia, 12, Nikita Mikhalkov, director
Serbia, The Trap, Srdan Golubovic, director
Foreign Language Film nominations for 2007 are being determined in two phases.
The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 63 eligible films and their ballots determined the above shortlist.
A Phase II committee, made up of ten randomly selected members from the Phase I group, joined by specially invited ten-member contingents in New York and Los Angeles, will view the shortlisted films and select the five nominees for the category.
Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2007 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2008, The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
... surprising omissions include:
France, Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud, directors
Japan, I Just Didn?t Do It, Masayuki Suo, director
Mexico, Silent Light, Carlos Reygadas, director
Romania, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Cristian Mungiu, director