December 21, 2012 7:22am PT by Gregg Kilday
9 Foreign Language Films Advance in Oscar Race
Nine features, including Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or winner Amour and the huge commercial hit The Intouchables, have made the shortlist from which five nominees for the best foreign-language film Oscar will be chosen.
Listed alphabetically by country, they are:
Austria, Amour, Michael Haneke, director (see THR's review)
Canada, War Witch, Kim Nguyen, director (review)
Chile, No, Pablo Larraín, director (review)
Denmark, A Royal Affair, Nikolaj Arcel, director (review)
France, The Intouchables, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, directors (review)
Iceland, The Deep, Baltasar Kormákur, director (review)
Norway, Kon-Tiki, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, directors (review)
Romania, Beyond the Hills, Cristian Mungiu, director (review)
Switzerland, Sister, Ursula Meier, director (review)
Seventy-one countries submitted films for consideration this year. The shortlist was determined by a committee of several hundred Academy members which chose six titles. The Academy's Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee then chose three more titles to create the shortlist of nine films.
Specially-invited committees in New York and Los Angeles will now view the nine films, from which the five nominees will be selected.
Several of the films, like Amour and The Intouchables, will also be eligible to compete in other categories, since they have also received theatrical releases in the U.S. via Sony Pictures Classics and The Weinstein Company, respectively.
Academy Awards nominations will be announced Jan. 10, and the Oscar ceremonies will take place Feb. 24.