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2019 Oscars: The State of the Foreign Language Film Oscar race

The Foreign Language Film Oscar is fully underway with the Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals already providing us with a wealth of contenders and plenty to talk about. I chatted with AwardsWatch’s foreign correspondent Mina Takla on what the state of the race is right now. EA: We’re at the halfway point of the year and we just got the …

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2019 Oscars: Official Submissions for the Foreign Language Film Oscar

This is the official submission list for countries entering the Foreign Language Film Oscar race for the 91st Academy Awards. The list will be updated with news, trivia and statistics as new announcements are made. This list also includes possible submissions and ‘Other Contenders’ from countries before they’ve been announced. Any changes or additions will be added as announced officially. …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (May) – Spike Lee Moves Up

As with Best Picture, the top of the list remains in tact with Steve McQueen (Widows), Adam McKay (Backseat), Damien Chazelle (First Man) keeping their 1-2-3 spots. I’ve switched Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) and Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk) on the strength of Lee’s Grand Prix win at Cannes this last weekend. It’s 6-10 that sees changes (again, as …

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2018 Cannes Awards: Kore-eda’s ‘Shoplifters’ Wins Palme d’Or; Spike Lee Takes Grand Prix for ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda has won the highest honor from the Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d’Or for Shoplifters. He previously won the Jury Prize for 2013’s Like Father, Like Son. Shoplifters (review here) is the story of a family, both blood and cobbled together, who scrape by with multiple jobs and supplement their survival with minor thievery that threaten to …

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Cannes Review: Alice Rohrwacher’s ‘Lazzaro Felice’ is one of the fest’s best

The first hour of Alice Rohrwacher’s third feature Lazzaro Felice (Happy as Lazzaro) are as languidly paced as a film could be. The denizens of an Italian estate called Inviolata where farmers (well, sharecroppers) cultivate tobacco for their cruel baroness the Marquise Alfonsino de Luna, nicknamed the ‘Queen of Cigarettes. She sits in a penthouse while her workers toil on the plantation …

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