The official Oscar shortlist for International Feature Film was released yesterday and with it came some huge snubs and even bigger surprise inclusions. Although four of my top 5 from last month made the cut, Sweden’s And Then We Danced did not. In fact, no film with and LGBTQ key subject did. Also missing? Latin America, completely. No Colombia (Monos), no Mexico (The Chambermaid), no Brazil (Invisible Life).
What we got in their place were Estonia (Truth and Justice), Hungary (Those Who Remained) and Czech Republic’s The Painted Bird. Never, ever discount the impact of a Holocaust-related film in this category, as the latter two reveal.
Here are my 2020 Oscar Nomination Predictions in International Feature Film for December 17, 2019.
Green – moves up Red – moves down Blue – new/re-entry
1. South Korea – Parasite (Bong Joon-ho) – Neon
2. Spain – Pain and Glory (Pedro Almodóvar) – Sony Classics
3. France – Les Misérables (Ladj Ly) – Amazon
4. Russia – Beanpole (Kantemir Balagov) – Kino Lorber
5. Senegal – Atlantics (Mati Diop) – Netflix
6. Estonia – Truth and Justice (Tanel Toom)
7. Poland – Corpus Christi (Jan Komasa) – Film Movement
8. Hungary – Those Who Remained (Barnabás Tóth)
9. North Macedonia – Honeyland (Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov) – Neon
10. Czech Republic – The Painted Bird (Václav Marhoul) – IFC Films