Heneral Luna, the official film entry of the Philippines to the foreign language film categories of both the Oscar Awards and the Golden Globe Awards, missed getting into the Oscar’s shortlist of nine possible nominees as well as the final five of the Golden Globe awards.
The nine films that advanced into the Oscar shortlist will be trimmed down to five nominees on January 14 next year. They are the following:
–The Brand New Testament, directed by Jaco Van Dormael from Belgium
–Embrace of the Serpent, directed by Ciro Guerra from Colombia
–A War, directed by Tobias Lindholm from Denmark
–The Fencer, directed by Klaus Haro from Finland
–Mustang, directed by Dejiz Gamze Erguven from France
–Labyrinth of Lies, directed by Giulio Ricciarelli from Germany
–Son of Saul, directed by Laszlo Nemes from Hungary
–Viva, directed by Paddy Breathnach from Ireland
–Theeb, directed by Abu Nowar from Jordan
Voting in the best foreign language film category was determined in two phases. The phase one committee, made up of several hundred Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened submissions from mid-October to Dec. 14 and came up with six choices. Three additional films were voted by the Academy’s foreign language executive committee.
The list will be narrowed down to the five official nominees which will be announced with the nominations for all other categories on Thursday, January 14, 2016.
Seven films in the shortlist are from Europe , one film from the Mideast and one from South America.
The 88th Oscars will be held on February 28, 2016 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
Meanwhile, the final nominees in the different categories of the Golden Globe Awards were announced on Dec. 13.
The Golden Globe nominees for best foreign language film are:
–The Brand New Testament from Belgium
–The Club, directed by Pablo Larrain from Chile
–The Fencer from Finland
–Mustang from France
–Son of Saul from Hungary
Only one of the five films—The Club—did not make the Oscar shortlist. (see article on the Oscar shortlisted films and the Golden Globe nominees)
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