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Foreign Oscars: Critical hits and major snubs

Paul Verhoeven’s controversial revenge thriller Elle and Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta have been left out of the race for best foreign language film.

The list was chosen from the 85 entries put forward by individual national award committees.

Of those, six are chosen by a panel of Academy members and three from the foreign-language film award executive committee.

The reason is to prevent past embarrassments of critically acclaimed films flying under the radar of the LA-based Academy.

Toni Erdmann scored big at the European Film Awards
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Toni Erdmann scored big at the European Film Awards

This year, however, four highly acclaimed films have not been chosen.

Joining Elle and Julieta is Pablo Larrain’s Neruda and the migrant documentary Fire At Sea – winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival.

The nine films which did get selected, include the European Film Awards hit Toni Erdmann and Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only The End Of The World.

The latter won at Cannes this year, while Toni Erdmann picked up best European film, director and actor in Poland.

The list will be cut to five nominees by specially invited committees in New York, Los Angeles and London.

Nominations for the 89th Oscars will be announced on 24 January.

:: First-round foreign language Oscar shortlist

:: Tanna (Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, Australia)
:: It’s Only the End of the World (Xavier Dolan, Canada)
:: Land of Mine (Martin Zandvliet, Denmark) 
:: Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, Germany)
:: The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi, Iran)
:: The King’s Choice (Erik Poppe, Norway)
:: Paradise (Andrei Konchalovsky, Russia)
:: A Man Called Ove (Hannes Holm, Sweden)
:: My Life as a Zucchini (Claude Barras, Switzerland)

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