Sony Classics nabs Dutch foreign Oscar entry

Posted by · 8:25 pm · January 31st, 2010

So we’re potentially looking at four of the five nominees being housed under one roof domestically.  Interesting.  The press release, in part: Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all US rights to the Dutch film, WINTER IN WARTIME from High Point Films, the theatrical division of Carey Fitzgerald’s London based High Point […]

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Foreign notes

Posted by · 12:08 pm · January 20th, 2010

Well, as I suspected, my predictions for the Academy’s foreign film shortlist were mainly off the mark, though I maintained my 4-from-9 strike rate from last year … so, yay for consistency. That said, I’m not terribly surprised by the films that did make the cut. As I wrote earlier today, I knew one of […]

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Academy’s foreign shortlist unveiled

Posted by · 10:18 am · January 20th, 2010

Well, Guy nailed down four of them.  But you just never know what this controversial branch is going to do.  I’d love to know what the secondary committee had to re-institute (probably “A Prophet”), but nevertheless, we have our nine. The only films I was predicting that didn’t make the cut are “Backyard” from Mexico […]

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Waiting on Oscar’s foreign language shortlist

Posted by · 8:29 am · January 20th, 2010

Last Saturday, the Academy concluded four months of screenings of the 65 films in contention for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film award. Today, that tall pile of titles will be culled to a shortlist of just nine contenders, from which the eventual five nominees will be chosen. Making predictions here is a pretty thankless […]

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Netherlands switches Oscar submission to ‘Wartime’

Posted by · 3:59 am · October 15th, 2009

Thanks to regular reader Jonathan for alerting us yesterday to the news that the Dutch have backtracked on their Best Foreign Language Film award, after their first selection, “The Silent Army,” was disqualified by the Academy. Martin Koolhoven’s well-regarded Second World War drama “Winter in Wartime” will compete in its place. “The Silent Army” was […]

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