Chile’s No, starring Gael Garcia Bernal, has made the final cut, and is officially a Oscar nominee in the Foreign Film category.
In 1988, due to international pressure, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, is forced to call for a referendum to decide his permanence in power. The country will vote “YES” or “NO” to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. The leaders of the opposition persuade a young daring advertising executive - René Saavedra - to head their campaign. Against all odds, with scant resources and under scrutiny by the despot’s minions, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and set Chile free.
No is up against Austria’s Amour, Norway’s Kon-Tiki, Denmark’s A Royal Affair, and Canada’s War Witch.
Notable nominations in other categories:
- Paco Delgado – Costume Design for Les Misérables
- Inocente for Documentary Short
- Searching for Sugar Man for Documentary Feature
Argo, which is based on the true story of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran, led by Tony Mendez has been nominated for a number of awards, including:
- Best Picture
- Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Alan Arkin)
- Film Editing (William Goldenberg)
- Music – Original Score (Alexandre Desplat)
- Sound Editing (Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn)
- Sound Mixing (John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia)
- Writing – Adapted Screenplay (Chris Terrio)
Surprisingly, Javier Bardem did not receive a nomination for his role in the latest James Bond feature <em>Skyfall<em>, which is also up for a number of awards.