Nine Make Oscars Foreign Language Shortlist

Nine films have made it to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Films category for the 89th Academy Awards. Winnowed down from eighty-five entries, the final five nominees will be announced Tuesday January 24th. The nine films are:

“Tanna” (Australia). Directors: Bentley Dean, Martin Butler.
“It’s Only the End of the World” (Canada). Director: Xavier Dolan.
“Land of Mine” (Denmark). Director: Martin Zandvliet.
“Toni Erdmann” (Germany). Director: Maren Ade.
“The Salesman” (Iran). Director: Asghar Farhadi.
“The King’s Choice” (Norway). Director: Erik Poppe.
“Paradise” (Russia). Director: Andrei Konchalovsky.
“A Man Called Ove” (Sweden). Director: Hannes Holm.
“My Life as a Zucchini” (Switzerland). Director: Claude Barras.

The shortlist will be winnowed down to the category’s five nominees by specially invited committees in New York, Los Angeles and London. They will spend Friday January 13th through Sunday January 15th viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.

The slicing down to nine has seen some very high profile snubs, most notably Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle,” Pablo Larrain’s “Neruda,” and Babak Anvari’s “Under the Shadow” – all of which have received far more critical acclaim than some of the other films that made the final nine.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26th 2017 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.