Oscar 2018: Foreign Language Film Nominees on Short List

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced the nine films that will compete for nomination for the best foreign-language film Oscar.

Cannes Fest Winners

The shortlist includes a number of expected entries, like Ruben Ostlund’s Swedish art-world satire The Square, which won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Fest, and the Russian drama Loveless, about a divorcing couple searching for their missing son and directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, which won the Cannes Jury Prize.

Angelina Jolie failed to earn a nomination for her film First They Killed My Father, which was submitted by Cambodia and also has earned a Golden Globe nomination.

The list does not include France’s submission, Robin Campillo’s BPM (Beats Per Minute), about AIDS activists, which won the Grand Prix prize at Cannes.

The shortlist of films was chosen from a record 92 titles that were submitted by their respective countries. The selected films will now screen for committees in New York, Los Angeles and London, which will cast the ballots for the film nominees in the category, to be announced January 23.

The films on the shortlist, by country of origin, are:

Chile, A Fantastic Woman, Sebastián Lelio, director
Germany, In the Fade, Fatih Akin, director
Hungary, On Body and Soul, Ildikó Enyedi, director
Israel, Foxtrot, Samuel Maoz, director
Lebanon, The Insult, Ziad Doueiri, director
Russia, Loveless, Andrey Zvyagintsev, director
Senegal, Félicité, Alain Gomis, director
South Africa, The Wound, John Trengove, director
Sweden, The Square, Ruben Östlund, director

The 90th Oscars will be held Sunday, March 4, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and will be televised live on ABC.

Nominations in all categories will be announced Tuesday, Jan. 23.