Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Awards Watch: Foreign Finalists

What do 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days; Persepolis and The Orphanage have in common?

A) All three have won major international film awards (from the Cannes Film Festival, the New York and Los Angeles critics groups and the Goya Awards, among others).
B) All three have received favorable responses from both critics and audiences around the world.
C) All three were selected by their respective countries to represent them at the Oscars and were strong contenders to not only be nominated, but even win the award.
D) All three have been passed over for the Academy Awards' Foreign Language Film prize in favor of nine movies that most of us have never heard of.
E) All of the above.

And once again, this category becomes even more irrelevant.

UPDATE: And once again, reform is promised.

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