January 15, 2008

Oscar Stunner - Foreign Film Short List Announced

I don't mean to turn this into an Oscar blog, but there's not much else to talk about right now as the movie season winds down. If you're hoping for reviews of Mad Money or The Eye, I'm afraid you'll be disappointed in the next few months.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced the nine finalists for Best Foreign Language Film today, and two popular favorites were snubbed. Both 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Day and Persepolis have been excluded from the race, to the shock of pretty much everybody who would care about such a thing. Neither film has yet to arrive in Minneapolis, but there's been buzz building online since last spring about both of them. More importantly, I haven't seen any of the nine films, which barring a miracle will be the first time in years that that's been the case.

Combine today's news with bizarre wins at the Golden Globes and a going-nowhere WGA strike, and you have what's shaping up to be the most turbulent Oscar campaign in recent memory...

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