Norte, the End of History, directed by Lav Diaz, failed to barge into the shortlist of nine films which vied for the five nominations of the best foreign language film category of the 87th Oscar Awards scheduled for February 27.
The final nominees which were announced last January 15 are the following:
Argentina’s Wild Tales, directed by Damian Szifrom
Estonia’s Tangerines, directed by Zaza Urashedze
Mauriatania’s Timbuktu, directed by Abderrahmane Sissako
Poland’s Ida, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
Russia’s Leviathan, directed by Andrey Zuyagintsev
The four other films which got into the shortlist were:
Netherlands’ Accused, directed by Paula van der Oest
Georgia’s Corn Island, directed by George Ovashvili
Sweden’s Force Majeure, directed by Ruben Ostlund
Venezuela’s The Liberator, directed by Alberto Arvalo
Two award-giving bodies had already chosen their best foreign language films. Last January 11, the Golden Globe Awards declared Russia’s Leviathan as the winner. Last January 16, the 20th Critics’ Choice Awards picked Sweden’s Force Majeure the winner.
The British award-giving body, the BAFTA, listed their final nominees as Poland’s Ida, Russia’s Leviathan, India’s The Lunchbox directed by Ritosh Batra, Brazil’s Trash directed by Stephen Daldry and Belgium’s Two Days, One Night directed by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne.
Hereunder are the best foreign language film winners of the Oscar since the year 2000:
2000: Taiwan’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Ang Lee; 2001: Bosnia & Herzegovina’s No Man’s Land by Danis Tanovic;2002: Germany’s Nowhere in Africa by Caroline Link; 2003: Canada’s The Barbarian Invsions by Denys Arcand; 2004: Spain’s The Sea Inside by Alejandro Amenabar;
2005: South Africa’s Tsotsi by Gavin Hood; 2006: Germany’s The Lives of Others by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck; 2007: Austria’s The Counter-feiters by Stefan Ruzowitzky; 2008: Japan’s Departures by Yojiro Takita;
2009: Agentina’s The Secret in their Eyes by Juan Jose Campanella; 2010: Denmark’s In a Better World by Susanne Bier; 2011: Iran’s A Separation by Ashgar Farhadi; 2012: Austria’s Amour by Michael Haneke; and 2013: Italy’s The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino.
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