The Academy today announced its shortlist in the foreign-language film category, and it is . . .
- “The Broken Circle Breakdown” (Belgium”)
- “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker” (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
- “The Missing Picture” (Cambodia)
- “The Hunt” (Denmark)
- “Two Lives” (Germany)
- “The Grandmaster” (Hong Kong)
- “The Notebook” (Hungary)
- “The Great Beauty” (Italy)
- “Omar” (Palestine)
Of these, I’ve only seen “The Broken Circle Breakdown” and “The Hunt,” but recommend both enthusiastically. None of these films are currently in Seattle theaters; though “Broken Circle,” “The Hunt,” “The Grandmaster” and “The Great Beauty” all had theatrical runs here earlier this year. The final five nominees will be announced January 16, with all the other nominations.
In other Oscar-related news, a new trailer for Oscar night (March 2) has been released, featuring a dancing, tuxedo-clad Ellen DeGeneres (this year’s host) and a chorus of several hundred tuxedo-clad dancers. I have no idea what this has to do with the Oscars, but hey, it’s Ellen DeGeneres and a chorus of several hundred tuxedo-clad dancers, which means, it’s pretty sweet.