Here’s one final bit of late Oscar news. 83 countries submitted films to be considered for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Earlier last week, the Academy announced the 9 semi-finalists!
To the shock of many, Two Days One Night was not a semi-finalist! That’s surprising, considering that Marion Cotillard’s performance has been receiving a lot of Oscar season attention. If anything, the snubbing of Two Days One Night would indicate that Jennifer Aniston probably had a better chance of being the fifth Best Actress nominee than Cotillard.
The Canadian film Mommy was also not on the list of semi-finalists, which surprised many. However, this does mean that Sasha Stone will now have something else to complain about over on Awards Daily.
And finally, the Palme d’Or winner Winter’s Sleep did not make the top 9 either.
What did make the top 9?
Check them out below!
Argentina, “Wild Tales,” Damián Szifrón, director;
Estonia, “Tangerines,” Zaza Urushadze, director;
Georgia, “Corn Island,” George Ovashvili, director;
Mauritania, “Timbuktu,” Abderrahmane Sissako, director;
Netherlands, “Accused,” Paula van der Oest, director;
Poland, “Ida,” Paweł Pawlikowski, director;
Russia, “Leviathan,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;
Sweden, “Force Majeure,” Ruben Östlund, director;
Venezuela, “The Liberator,” Alberto Arvelo, director.