They announced the nine shortlisted films for Best Foreign Language Film Just a guess, based on glancing at the titles… I was way off from way back when I previewed all the eligible films two months ago.
Oh, but shit though — looking at it, I got four of them straight up. That’s a solid percentage. And two more I had on my “solid contenders” list. So actually I wasn’t that bad.
Let’s get into your shortlist before we discuss anything else. Here it is:
It’s Only the End of the World (Canada)
Land of Mine (Denmark)
Toni Erdmann (Germany)
The Salesman (Iran)
The King’s Choice (Norway)
A Man Called Ove (Sweden)
My Life as a Zucchini (Switzerland)
I did call that Elle wasn’t getting shortlisted. I felt that one coming from a mile away. Also Julieta. All that stuff that people consider as snubs. The only one that I thought for sure would be nominated was Neruda, but I bet that too will end up being one of those situations where the movie is just okay and you think it would have been shortlisted because the director is hot shit at the moment (he made Jackie).
Also, looking at this… very Europe-based, huh? Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Denmark. Very Scandanavian. Canada, Australia, Russia… they basically count as Europe. Iran is about as exotic as we get.
But whatever. I’m not all for getting into what is or isn’t shortlisted. I’m here to talk about what’s gonna get nominated.