Oscar 2007: A Record 95 Countries Invited to Compete for Foreign-Language Oscar

June 25, 2007–A record 95 countries have been invited to vie for the Oscar in the foreign-language film competish at the 80th Academy Awards, set for Feb. 24 at the Kodak Theater.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences sent out the category's entry forms on Friday. To be eligible, a picture must open in the submitting country between Oct. 1, 2006, and Sept. 30, 2007, and must play in a commercial theater for seven consecutive days.

Entry forms and film prints are due to the Acad by Oct. 1. Each country may submit only one film.

Germany's “The Lives of Others” received the prize last year.