Oscar Best International Film shortlist announced

New category replaces Best Foreign Language Film

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Bong Joon-ho's appealingly invasive Cannes Palme d'Or winner Parasite makes the 92nd Academy Awards International Film shortlist
Bong Joon-ho's appealingly invasive Cannes Palme d'Or winner Parasite makes the 92nd Academy Awards International Film shortlist Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In April of 2019, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences changed the Best Foreign Language Film category to Best International Feature Film.

The 92nd Academy Awards Oscar Best International Film shortlist has been revealed with the number increased from nine to ten for this year.

From France, Cannes Jury Prize winner Les Misérables, Ladj Ly, director; Poland, Corpus Christi, Jan Komasa, director; Spain, Pain And Glory, starring Cannes Best Actor Antonio Banderas, Pedro Almodóvar, director; Czech Republic, The Painted Bird, Václav Marhoul, director; Hungary, Those Who Remained, Barnabás Tóth, director; Kazakhstan, Ayka, Sergey Dvortsevoy, director; Russia, Beanpole, Cannes Un Certain Regard Best Director Kantemir Balagov; Senegal, Cannes Grand Prix winner Atlantics, Mati Diop, director; North Macedonia, Honeyland, Ljubo Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska, directors; South Korea, Cannes Palme d'Or winner Parasite, Bong Joon-ho, director are the ten films selected for the International Feature Film shortlist.

Honeyland also made the Best Feature Documentary shortlist.

94 countries submitted films for consideration in the International Film category for the 92nd Academy Awards with a record number of 93 accepted. Austria’s Joy, directed by Sudabeh Mortezai, was disqualified because the International Feature Film Award Committee of the Academy decided that the film had too much dialogue in English.

Ghana with Kwabena Gyansah’s Azali and Uzbekistan with Umid Khamdamov’s Hot Bread were the countries first films submitted and they were accepted. While on the other hand, Nigeria’s first entry, Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart was disqualified.

Films submitted in the International Feature category may also qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture.

Nominations will be announced on Monday, January 13, 2020.

The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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