Wednesday, January 19, 2011

News and Links

The Academy announced today that nine foreign language films will advance to Phase II of voting. The Best Foreign Language Film nominating process is done in two phases: In Phase I, an LA-based committee screens all 66 films eligible for the award. This committee selects six films, and the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee adds three more films. Specially invited committees in New York and LA will view the films on the shortlist this weekend and narrow it down to five eventual nominees, which will be announced along with nominees in other categories next Tuesday.

The nine films on the Academy's shortlist are:
Hors la Loi (Outside the Law) - Algeria
Incendies - Canada
In a Better World - Denmark
Dogtooth - Greece
Confessions - Japan
Biutiful - Mexico
Life, Above All - South Africa
También la Lluvia (Even the Rain) - Spain
Simple Simon - Sweden


The official poster for the 83rd Academy Awards is available for purchase for $20. For the first time, the Academy is also offering a "limited edition" set of 4 posters for $35. More information on the posters, their designs, and how to order yours is available on the Academy's website. Having ordered the official poster before, I can say they are really high-quality prints and make great decorations for your Oscar party.

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