Oscars 2017: 9 Films Advance in Best Foreign Language Race

Nine films from 9 different countries have advanced to the next round of voting in the foreign-language film category for the 89th Academy Awards. There were some shocking exclusions like French’s entry ‘Elle’ and Chile’s entry ‘Neruda’. Only two of the expected entries — Germany’s ‘Toni Erdmann’ and Iran’s ‘The Salesman’ — made the list of 9 films.

Here is the full list of 9 films that advanced to the next stage of Best Foreign Language Race:

Australia, “Tanna”
Canada, “It’s Only the End of the World”
Denmark, “Land of Mine”
Germany, “Toni Erdmann”
Iran, “The Salesman”
Norway, “The King’s Choice”
Russia, “Paradise”
Sweden, “A Man Called Ove”
Switzerland, “My Life as a Zucchini”

Foreign Language Film nominations determined in two phases. In phase I, committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based Academy members, screen the original submissions in the category. The group’s top six choices is then augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, to constitute the shortlist of nines films.

In phase II, the shortlist of nine films is narrowed down to five nominees by specially invited committees in New York, Los Angeles and London.

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