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Record submissions in Oscar foreign language category

world cinema Updated: Oct 13, 2014 13:46 IST
Gautaman Bhaskaran
Gautaman Bhaskaran
Hindustan Times
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This year, the submissions for the Foreign Language Oscar have been a record 83, seven more than what it was last year.

These submissions have come from countries that have never before been in the Oscars race -- Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania and Panama.

One of the most remarkable titles has been Turkey's Winter Sleep, a Cannes Palm d'Or winner. Another Turkish film, Little Happiness, is UK's official submission.

We then have Ireland's crime thriller The Gift, Australia's Charlie's Country (about an aging Aborigine), Belgium's Two Days One Night, Poland's Ida and Philippines' Norte, The End of History, inspired by Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment that runs for 250 minutes.

Charlie's Country

India has submitted Liar's Dice, and the county has had a long standing grievance that it is allowed to send in only one movie - when it produces some 1200 films every year. India is the world's largest movie producer.

Two Days, One Night

Come January, the list of 83 movies will be narrowed down to nine. The final five nominees will be picked from this for the 2015 Academy Awards, which will be announced on February 22. The nominations will be out on January 15.

For the first time, the award will have the name of winning director as well as the submitting country engraved upon it, following an amendment to the Academy's rules confirmed last month.

Liar's Dice

This year, Italy's The Great Beauty, the portrait of an aging social butterfly, won the Best Foreign Language Oscar. Italy holds the record number of wins in this category - 14 since the introduction of this section in 1947.