Awards Calendar

  • HFPA: Deadline for nomination ballots to be mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young
    November 25, 2015
  • ASIFA: Deadline to renew or join ASIFA-Hollywood to be able to participate in the Annie Award voting
    November 30, 2015
  • VES: Submission Deadline
    November 30, 2015
  • ASIFA: Annie Award Nominations announced
    December 1, 2015
  • WGA: Preliminary Screenplay online voting begins
    December 1, 2015
  • DGA: Online voting for Feature Film Nominations opens
    December 2, 2015
  • HFPA: Final screening date for Motion Pictures
    December 2, 2015
  • WGA: Television, New Media, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominations Announced
    December 3, 2015
  • HFPA: Final date for Motion Picture press conference
    December 5, 2015
  • AFI: Honorees Announced
    December 7, 2015

Oscars: Egypt Nominates 'Winter of Discontent' for Foreign Language Category

"Winter of Discontent"
"Winter of Discontent"

Directed by Ibrahim al-Batout, the film takes place during the turmoil of the 2011 Egyptian revolution in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

Egypt has put forward gritty revolutionary drama Winter of Discontent as its official contender for the best foreign language film Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards.

Directed by Ibrahim al-Batout, the film stars Amr Waked (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Syriana), Farah Youssef and Salah Al Hanafy as it focuses on an activist, a journalist and a state security officer and their entangled lives during the tumultuous events of January 2011 in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. It has been noted for its unflinching look at the brutality of Hosni Mubarak's regime as it tried desperately to forestall the revolution. Waked and Al Hanafy both also co-produced. In public life, Waked has been a virulent critic of the recently disempowered Muslim Brotherhood. 

PHOTOS: 30 Years of Oscar Hosts: Johnny Carson, Seth MacFarlane, Ellen

The film premiered in the Horizons section at the Venice Film Festival in 2012, before screening at the film festivals of Cairo and Dubai. It was acquired by Toronto-based Double Dutch ahead of the 2013 Cannes market.

In 2012, Egypt was unable to submit a film to the Oscars, owing to the post-revolutionary turmoil in the country.

No Egyptian film has ever made the Academy’s nomination shortlist.

The Oscar nominations will be announced on January 16 with the awards ceremony taking place on March 2, 2014.  

comments powered by Disqus