Nine Films advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for Hollywood's 86th Academy Awards, while 'The Past' isn't in the list to the surprise of many.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has unveiled its short list of foreign-language contenders and nine films are semi-finalists to grab an Oscar nomination on Jan. 16.
As usual, there are surprises, and there will be howls of protest and head-scratching as some excellent films like 'The Past' from Iran was absent from the list.
The nine films are:
Belgium: “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Felix van Groeningen, director
Bosnia and Herzegovina: “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker,” Danis Tanovic, director
Cambodia: “The Missing Picture,” Rithy Panh, director
Denmark: “The Hunt,” Thomas Vinterberg, director
Germany: “Two Lives,” Georg Maas, director
Hong Kong: “The Grandmaster,” Wong Kar-wai, director
Hungary: “The Notebook,” Janos Szasz, director
Italy: “The Great Beauty,” Paolo Sorrentino, director
Palestine: “Omar,” Hany Abu-Assad, director