Best Foreign Language Film Finalists

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Postby Mister Tee » Wed Jan 19, 2011 2:20 pm

They indeed changed it, and that's probably why Dogtooth made the list. Once the standard committee makes their (generally pedestrian) picks, a small review-board-ish group adds a few titles. But it's like the coach's challenge in football: they only have so many cards to play, and they presumably used what they had on Dogtooth rather than Uncle Boonmee. (And someone at another site, familiar with the films, suggested Of Gods and Men was too remote for the standard committe but not cool enough for the review board, so it fell between stools)

As for changing the full composition of the committee -- I don't see that ever happening. The gig involves watching a whole boat-load of films in a short period. No one active in the industry is going to have time to take up such duty...more or less ensuring it remains a retiree activity.

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Postby The Original BJ » Wed Jan 19, 2011 1:27 pm

OscarGuy wrote:After the Documentary branch changed its rules, perhaps it's time Foreign Film did the same thing.

Didn't they already do that?

It's obvious that, although you can change the system, you can't change the Academy.

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Postby Sabin » Wed Jan 19, 2011 1:18 pm

Go Dogtooth!

...but let's get real:

Biutiful (Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu) – [Mexico]
In a Better World (Susanne Blier) – [Denmark]
Incedies (Denis Villeneuve) – [Canada]
Life, Above All (Oliver Schmitz) – [South Africa]
Simple Simon (Andreas Ohman) – [Sweden)




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Postby OscarGuy » Wed Jan 19, 2011 1:16 pm

After the Documentary branch changed its rules, perhaps it's time Foreign Film did the same thing. They will probably receive endless flack for leaving out the critically acclaimed Uncle Boonmee and Of Gods and Men.
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Postby Mister Tee » Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:44 pm

Cannes Film Festival -- what's that?

Still a few bugs in the system.

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Postby anonymous1980 » Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:43 pm

Algeria, “Hors la Loi” (“Outside the Law”), Rachid Bouchareb, director;
Canada, “Incendies,” Denis Villeneuve, director;
Denmark, “In a Better World,” Susanne Bier, director;
Greece, “Dogtooth,” Yorgos Lanthimos, director;
Japan, “Confessions,” Tetsuya Nakashima, director;
Mexico, “Biutiful,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, director;
South Africa, “Life, above All,” Oliver Schmitz, director;
Spain, “Tambien la Lluvia” (“Even the Rain”), Iciar Bollain, director;
Sweden, “Simple Simon,” Andreas Ohman, director.

Notable snubs: "Uncle Boonmee" and "Of Gods and Man".


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