Oscar 2015: Nine Films on Short List for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

Nine films have ben placed in a short list in he rrace for the best foreign-language film Oscar, moving on to the next phase of voting for the 88th Academy Awards, on January 14.

Belgium, “The Brand New Testament,” Jaco Van Dormael, director;
Colombia, “Embrace of the Serpent,” Ciro Guerra, director;
Denmark, “A War,” Tobias Lindholm, director;
Finland, “The Fencer,” Klaus Härö, director;
France, “Mustang,” Deniz Gamze Ergüven, director;
Germany, “Labyrinth of Lies,” Giulio Ricciarelli, director;
Hungary, “Son of Saul,” László Nemes, director
Ireland, “Viva,” Paddy Breathnach, director;
Jordan, “Theeb,” Naji Abu Nowar, director.

Voting on foreign language Oscar for 2015 is determined in two phases. The phase one committee, made up of several hundred Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original submissions between mid-October and Dec. 14. The group’s six choices make up the shortlist, along with three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Awards Executive Committee

Ahead of the February ceremony, the list will be narrowed down to the five official nominees, which will be announced, along with nominations for all other awards, on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 5:30 a.m. PST.

The 88th Oscar show will be held Sunday, Februray 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and will air live on ABC.