The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released the shortlist for contenders in the best foreign language film category for the upcoming Oscars ceremony. These nine films were selected from a list of 71 films, and the final winner will be announced at the 85th Annual Academy Awards show on Feb. 24.
Here is the complete shortlist:
Austria, "Amour," Michael Haneke, director
Canada, "War Witch," Kim Nguyen, director
Chile, "No," Pablo Larraín, director
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Denmark, "A Royal Affair," Nikolaj Arcel, director
France, "The Intouchables," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, directors
Iceland, "The Deep," Baltasar Kormákur, director
Norway, "Kon-Tiki," Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, directors
Romania, "Beyond the Hills," Cristian Mungiu, director
Switzerland, "Sister," Ursula Meier, director
The best foreign language film award has been celebrating such films since 1947. Beginning with the 20th annual event, non-English films were been brought into the mainstream in American culture, lending a different perspective on the types of films available.
The 26th annual Academy Awards in 1953 was the only year since the category's creation to not have a winner or contenders.