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2018 Oscar Predictions: FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM (December Part 1)

We’re just about a week away from the announcement of the nine finalists for Foreign Language Film so this will be our last predictions for the shortlist. Israel’s Foxtrot still leads our chart to make that shortlist with Russia’s Loveless and France’s BPM remaining in 2nd and 3rd place. Sweden’s The Square makes a considerable move from #8 to #4 this month, bumping Angelina Jolie’s Cambodian submission First They Killed My Father just outside the top 5, swapping places with Germany’s In the Fade. Lebanon’s The Insult also takes a bit of a fall and South Africa (The Wound) and Chile (A Fantastic Woman) round out the top 9.

Something to note: Palestine’s Wajib sits just outside the chart at #10 right now. Considering that last year at this time President Trump’s travel ban in part pushed Iran’s submission The Salesman all the way to an Oscar win and the entire body of the Academy votes on the winner here there might be some interesting results between the Israeli and Palestinian entries. Definitely something to keep an eye on this season if Wajib makes the cut.

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Here are the official 2018 Oscar Predictions in Foreign Language Film for first half of December from the Gold Rush Gang. Keep an eye on all of the Gold Rush Gang’s 2018 Oscar predictions updated LIVE throughout the month.

Green – moves up from last month
Red – moves down from last month
Blue – debut/new entry

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM ERIK
ANDERSON
BRYAN BONAFEDE GREG HOWARD EVAN
KOST
JASON OSIASON KENNETH
POLISHCHUK
DENIZCAN SÜRÜCÜ RICHARD
ANTHONY
ŞÜKRÜ SÖĞÜT MATT DINN TOTAL
POINTS
1 Israel – Foxtrot 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 100
2 Russia – Loveless 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 88
3 France – BPM (Beats Per Minute) 4 4 6 5 9 4 4 2 5 56
4 Sweden – The Square 6 8 3 3 6 3 8 4 4 54
5 Germany – In the Fade 7 6 5 6 4 6 7 8 6 6 49
6 Cambodia – First They Killed My Father 3 7 7 8 8 8 3 7 3 8 48
7 Lebanon – The Insult 8 2 4 4 5 6 9 3 47
8 South Africa – The Wound 5 5 5 5 4 5 9 39
9 Chile – A Fantastic Woman 8 7 7 7 9 5 7 27
10 Palestine – Wajib 3 10 9
11 Norway – Thelma 9 6 7
12 Iran – Breath 9 9 10 5
13 Hungary – On Body and Soul 7 4
13 Switzerland – The Divine Order 9 9 4
15 Spain – Summer 1993 8 3
16 Argentina – Zama 9 2

OTHER CONTENDERS
Afghanistan – A Letter to the President
Albania – Daybreak
Algeria – Road to Istanbul
Armenia – Yeva
Australia – The Space Between
Austria – Happy End
Azerbaijan – Pomegranate Orchard
Bangladesh – The Cage
Belgium – Racer and the Jailbird
Bolivia – Dark Skull
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Men Don’t Cry
Brazil – Bingo: The King of the Mornings
Bulgaria – Glory
Canada – Hochelaga, Land of Souls
China – Wolf Warrior 2
Colombia – Guilty Men
Costa Rica – The Sound of Things
Croatia – Quit Staring at My Plate
Czech Republic – Ice Mother
Denmark – You Disappear
Dominican Republic – Woodpeckers
Ecuador – Alba
Egypt – Sheikh Jackson
Estonia – November
Finland – Tom of Finland
Georgia – Scary Mother
Greece – Amerika Square
Haiti – Ayiti Mon Amour
Honduras – Morazán
Hong Kong – Mad World
Iceland – Under the Tree
India – Newton
Indonesia – Turah
Iraq – Reseba: The Dark Wind
Ireland – Song of Granite
Italy – A Ciambra
Japan – Her Love Boils Bathwater
Kazakhstan – The Road to Mother
Kenya – Kati Kati
Kosovo – Unwanted
Kyrgyzstan – Centaur
Lao People’s Democratic Republic – Dearest Sister
Latvia – The Chronicles of Melanie
Lithuania – Frost
Luxembourg – Barrage
Mexico – Tempestad
Mongolia – The Children of Genghis
Morocco – Razzia
Mozambique – The Train of Salt and Sugar
Nepal – White Sun
Netherlands – Layla M.
New Zealand – One Thousand Ropes
Pakistan – Saawan
Panama – Beyond Brotherhood
Paraguay – Los Buscadores
Peru – Rosa Chumbe
Philippines – Birdshot
Poland – Spoor
Portugal – Saint George
Romania – Fixeur
Senegal – Félicité
Serbia – Requiem for Mrs. J.
Singapore – Pop Aye
Slovakia – The Line
Slovenia – The Miner
South Korea – A Taxi Driver
Syria – Little Gandhi
Taiwan – Small Talk
Thailand – By the Time It Gets Dark
Tunisia – The Last of Us
Turkey – Ayla: The Daughter of War
Ukraine – Black Level
United Kingdom – My Pure Land
Uruguay – Another Story of the World
Venezuela – El Inca
Vietnam – Father and Son

About Erik Anderson

Erik blames his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched them together since he opened his eyes. They also watched Miss Universe religiously every year (the pageantry!) and Erik came to the conclusion that the combination of these two things ultimately led him down the path to obsessing about awards and ACTRESSING. He began at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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