Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released their shortlist of nine foreign-language films, which will be whittled down to five Oscar nominees on January 22:
Revanche - Gotz Spielmann, Austria
The Necesties of Life - Benoit Pilon, Canada
The Class - Laurent Cantet, France
The Baader Meinhof Complex - Uli Edel, Germany
Waltz with Bashir - Ari Folman, Israel
Departures - Yojiro Takita, Japan
Tear This Heart Out - Roberto Sneider, Mexico
Everlasting Moments - Jan Troell, Sweden
3 Monkeys - Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey
If you think there are a few notable omisons from this list, you’re not alone. COUGH "LET THE RIGHT ONE IN" COUGH
Harry From Aint it cool News says:
Hey folks, Harry here... I'm broken hearted. You see, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is my pick for best film of the year - and yet... because its country of origin didn't offer it up as the film representing its country, it will not even be condered for BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM, which at the very least... it is. This is why that award in the Academy Awards is broken. When you depend upon a host nation to offer up a film for conderation for BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM, you are forced to conder only the films that the nation in question feels artistically represent their country. As a result, films critical of their current country's policies and politics - won't be offered up. A film in a genre that is, perhaps, not a genre that the host country deems as being "proper" - goes unappreciated. At the very least the Academy needs to expand the nominating field to the films released domestically in the United States under the same rules as the rest of the English Speaking films. It is fair, it allows for the truly BEST films to even be condered. However, to have a film that has won the acclaim that LET THE RIGHT ONE IN has, and have that film go completely ignored for even the nominating process... frankly, it is unjust and beneath the standard that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences purports to endorse. It is, of course, too late to do anything this year, but the governing board should seriously look at changing and reexamining the rules for this category.
Too bad about that one.
It was definitely one of the most original vampire movies to ever come around, and a very well-made movie to boot.
Oh well, very few of my favorite movies ever won anything.