Oscars 2011 Breakdown: Best Original Song, Best Original Score, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Animated Feature
Today we’re just grouping random things together. Normally I could spend a whole article just talking about Best Original Song and Best Original Score, but the music branch of the Academy has gotten so bad over the past decade that I can’t even bear to talk about how they make their decisions. I’d much rather look back in history at all the great stuff that’s come out of the categories. But since 2000, it’s been shit on top of shit on top of shit.
Then Best Foreign Langauge Film is a category I don’t much care about. I’m mostly interested in looking at what was nominated (since this is the first time I’m actually looking at the categories), just to see how many films I recognize. I’d wager that many of the films we know to be great foreign films didn’t even so much as make the nominees list, which is precisely why this category never meant anything to me. And Best Animated Feature — it’s a new category, created because of Pixar and Disney, and has basically been about rewarding Pixar and Disney. Except this year. I don’t really know what happened this year. It’ll take some time to figure that one out.
Anyway, those are the categories we’ll be dealing with today. I’ll try to contain my talk mostly to what’s nominated this year. What I’d actually like to say about these categories is too much for this one article. (more…)
The Academy announced today that nine films were shortlisted for Best Foreign Language film.
Keep in mind that this is a category, much like Best Documentary, that’s so fucked up with their restrictions and voting process. Less so than Best Documentary, but close. Both involve subcommittees voting down for all the films. I’m pretty sure, in both cases, voters are not required to even see all the films, which is how in some cases, films routinely don’t even get shortlisted (I’m pretty sure half the great documentaries of the year people talked about weren’t even on the Documentary longlist). So after all the rules restrictions, theres a set of committees for this category that go out and do a secret ballot and then create the shortlist. Then, a committee of like 35 people gets together and creates the nominees. Then there’s that thing where, in order to vote on the category, you need to see all five of the nominees.
Anyway, all of that aside, here are the nine films shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film this year:
- Bullhead, Belgium
- Footnote, Israel
- In Darkness, Poland
- Monsieur Lazhar, Canada
- Omar Killed Me, Morocco
- Pina, Germany
- A Separation, Iran
- Superclásico, Denmark
- Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale, Taiwan (more…)