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Saturday December 21, 2013

Spanish Language Films Fail to Advance in Oscar Race

Spanish Language Films Fail to Advance in Oscar Race

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Spanish-speaking countries’ hopefuls for a Foreign Language Film Oscar have been eliminated from the race for the statuette.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday unveiled a list of nine features that advanced to the next round of voting in that category.

Those films are: “The Broken Circle Breakdown” (Belgium), “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker” (Bosnia Herzegovina), “The Missing Picture” (Cambodia), “The Hunt” (Denmark), “Two Lives” (Germany), “The Grandmaster” (Hong Kong), “The Notebook” (Hungary), “The Great Beauty” (Italy), and “Omar” (Palestine).

The list will later be narrowed down to five nominees, to be announced on January 16.

Among the films that were part of an initial list of 76 films but which have now been eliminated were Spanish-language entries from Argentina, Colombia, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Spain and Uruguay, as well as Brazil’s submission.

The Chilean film “No,” directed by Pablo Larrain, made the shortlist of five Foreign Language Film nominees at the last Academy Awards ceremony in February, although the statuette was awarded to Michael Haneke’s “Amour.”

The 86th edition of the Oscars will be held on March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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