The foreign language volunteers at the Academy have their work cut out for them this year, with a record 83 countries submitting films for consideration. That’s up from 76 last year, and include four new countries to the race - Malta, Kosovo, Panama and Mauitania.
The Academy will divide the films into three groups of volunteers from different branches, and for their ballot to be eligible, they must have seen 65% of the films in their group. From the 83 submissions, nine will be shortlisted, then just five will be nominated for a Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar, and for the first time the director’s name will be engraved on the statue, along with the country.
The submissions include Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy” from Canada, “Ida” from Poland, “Force Majeure” from Sweden, “Charlie’s Country” from Australia and many more. You can see the full list of submissions on Variety.
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