Oscar Foreign Film race narrowed to nine films
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Nine films have advanced to "Phase II" of the 80th Academy Awards Foreign Language Film race, out of 63 international films entered.
- Austria, The Counterfeiters, Stefan Ruzowitzky, director
- Brazil, The Year My Parents Went on Vacation, Cao Hamburger, director
- Canada, Days of Darkness, Denys Arcand, director
- Israel, Beaufort, Joseph Cedar, director
- Italy, The Unknown, Giuseppe Tornatore, director
- Kazakhstan, Mongol, Sergei Bodrov, director
- Poland, Katyń, Andrzej Wajda, director
- Russia, 12, Nikita Mikhalkov, director
- Serbia, The Trap, Srdan Golubovic, director
Several hundred Los Angeles-based members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, which hosts the "Oscars", screened the eligible films to determine the shortlist. The nominees will be decided by 10 random members from the "Phase I" group, and ten Los Angeles and New York members specially invited to participate. They will view the screenings in marathon viewings, from Friday, January 18 to Sunday, January 20, in both cities.
Nominations will be announced Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre at the AMPAS headquarters. The award ceremony, if not interrupted by the WGA writers' strike, will air Sunday, February 24, 2008, at the Kodak Theatre.
- Press Release: Teni Melidonian. "Nine Foreign Language Films Advance in 2007 Oscar(R) Race" — AMPAS, January 15, 2008