The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced the ten films that have made it to the next stage of voting for the 2020 International Film Academy Award (the new name for the old Best Foreign Language Film Oscar).
Some expected high profile titles like Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite,” Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory,” Mati Diop’s “Atlantics,” and Ladj Ly’s “Les Miserables” made the cut. However some other high profile titles did not including the celebrated “Monos” and the acclaimed “Invisible Life”.
Another surprise is that Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov’s “Honeyland” became a rare documentary film to make the International Film shortlist. The ten potential nominees are as follows:
Czech Republic, “The Painted Bird”
Estonia, “Truth and Justice”
France, “Les Misérables”
Hungary, “Those Who Remained”
North Macedonia, “Honeyland”
Poland, “Corpus Christi”
South Korea, “Parasite”
Spain, “Pain and Glory”
For the first time, all members of the Academy can participate in phase two by watching the ten nominated films via links. But they must prove they have watched all ten films in order for their votes to qualify. Voting will take place during January 2nd-7th.
The nominees for the 2020 Academy Awards will be announced January 13th.