'Samson & Delilah' makes cut for Oscars

Academy releases shortlist for foreign-language film

Nine films, including Festival de Cannes Palme d'Or winner "The White Ribbon," have made it to the next lap in the race for the best foreign-language film Oscar.

Sixty-five countries submitted movies for Oscar consideration, and on Wednesday that list was winnowed down to nine.

In addition to Michael Haneke's "Ribbon," from Germany, they are: Juan Jose Campanella's "El Secreto de Sus Ojos" from Argentina; Warwick Thornton's "Samson & Delilah," Australia; Stephan Komandarev's "The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner," Bulgaria; Jacques Audiard's "Un Prophete," France; Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani's "Ajami," Israel; Ermek Tursunov's "Kelin," Kazakhstan; Martin Koolhoven's "Winter in Wartime," the Netherlands; and Claudia Llosa's "The Milk of Sorrow," Peru.

Films that failed to make the cut include the Canadian feature "I Killed My Mother," directed by Xavier Dolan; China's "Forever Enthralled," from Chen Kaige; Korea's "Mother," from Joon-ho Bong; and Romania's "Police, Adjective," from Cornuliu Porumboiu.

The shortlist was determined by a committee of several hundred Los Angeles-based member of the Academy, who screened the eligible films beginning in October. 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.

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In the voting process' second phase, specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles will view three films each day from Jan. 29-31 and cast their ballots.

Five films will be nominated, and those choices will be announced Feb. 2.
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