"Wadjda" Ignored! Academy Reveals Oscar Shortlist!

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released the 9 films left  vying for Oscar Best Foreign Language slot of which only five will be left to parade through the awards night.  The snubs?  Well, there's Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" and festival favorite "Gloria."  For me, the biggest snub is the fantastic "Wadjda."  

For those folks looking for "Blue is the Warmest Color," sorry but the film didn't make the eligibility deadline on time.  So now we're left with these 9 contenders.  And so far, the strongest one is the Cannes-winning "The Hunt" from director Thomas Vinterberg hailing from the country of Denmark.

Oh yeah, and as always, there's no love given to the Philippines.  Boo :(

We''ll find out on January 16 during the Oscar nominations to see which ones will make it to the final five.  

Here's your full Oscar shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film:

  • Belgium, “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Felix van Groeningen, director
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker,” Danis Tanovic, director
  • Cambodia, “The Missing Picture,” Rithy Panh, director
  • Denmark, “The Hunt,” Thomas Vinterberg, director
  • Germany, “Two Lives,” Georg Maas, director
  • Hong Kong, “The Grandmaster,” Wong Kar-wai, director
  • Hungary, “The Notebook,” Janos Szasz, director
  • Italy, “The Great Beauty,” Paolo Sorrentino, director
  • Palestine, “Omar,” Hany Abu-Assad, director 

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