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21 September 2013

Possible Nominees for the 2014 Oscars Best Foreign Language Film Category: "The Scoreboard"

[Updated Oct . 22, 2013, 8:00 A.M. ] "Our very own entry, Transit, might go head to head with these critically acclaimed films. Can we make it to the initial nine shortlisted films?"

Most countries have already submitted their official entries for the 86th Oscar Best Foreign Language Film Category.  Interestingly, three submitted films tackle stories about Filipinos.  They are “Ilo Ilo” by Anthony Chen (Singapore), “Metro Manila” by Sean Ellis (United Kingdom) and “Transit” by Hannah Espia (The Philippines).

Serious film aficionados must also recognize that the Foreign Language Film Award is not always the benchmark for outstanding non-English language films.  Many notable world-renowned directors have yet to be honored. Mostly, winners follow the classic Hollywood narrative and so most experimental or avant garde films usually do not receive accolades. 

The films below are strong contenders because they have already made rounds in many film festivals around the world.  Certainly, winning in prestigious film festivals does not guarantee an Oscar nomination. The selection committee of the American Academy tends to favor a certain type of film.  For example, South Korea’s “Pieta” and Italy’s “Caesar Must Die” which won Best Films in the Venice and Berlin International Film Festivals respectively failed to be nominated last year. Only Austria’s “Amour,” which won Best Film in Cannes was nominated, and eventually won the award. We should not also dismiss other entries that have not been exhibited in film festivals yet. It is possible that among the 76 entries, one or two films will surprise Oscar voters.  
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It is difficult to predict which nine films among all 76 entries will be shortlisted. From among the nine films, only five will be chosen as the official nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film Award.  Movie fans around the world will have to wait for three months before the Oscars announce their selection. For the meantime, let us monitor which films are gaining critical momentum.  Certainly, Academy members will vote independently and it will not be surprising if only a handful of the films listed below will be chosen.  Let the race begin.

Complete list of submitted films

THE SCOREBOARD... so far

NUMBER ASSIGNATION
1 – Hit Fix (last accessed 10-20)
2 – Indiewire (last accessed 10-20)
3 – New York Times (Critic’s Pick) (accessed 10-20)
4 – Empire Magazine (Films that get a score of 4 to 5 gets a 1« star vote)
 Total Film (Films that get a score of 4 to 5 gets a 1« star vote)
6 – Roger Ebert.Com (Films that get a score of 4 to 5 gets a 1« star vote)
7 – L.A. Times (Not the choices of L.A. Times critics but their predictions)
The Hollywood Reporter (predictions from Scott Feinberg, last accessed 10-20)
– AwardsCircuit.com (last accessed 10-22)

Rotten Tomatoes: based on accumulated reviews, films that have not been shown in the U.S. do not have ratings yet. (last accessed 10-20)

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The Hunt (Denmark)
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Gloria (Chile)
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The Past
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Gabrielle (Canada)
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The Rocket  (Australia)
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Neighboring Sounds (Brazil)

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The Great Beauty (Italy)

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91%
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Omar
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The Grandmaster
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97 reviews
Ilo Ilo (Singapore)

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Renoir (France)


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60 reviews
More Than Honey
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The Missing Picture (Cambodia)
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The Philippines' entry "Transit" has a long way to go and its chances in being shortlisted depends on its campaign in the next three months. 

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