9 Foreign Language Films advance to the 89th Oscars: any from Africa 4 African features were submitted among 85
At the 60th anniversary of the Foreign Language Film Category in OscarÂ® Race, any African feature will compete.
On December 15, 2016, the Official Academy Press Release revealed the 9 Foreign Language Film which will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 89th Academy AwardsÂ®. Eighty-five films had originally been considered in the category. Foreign Language Film nominations for 2016 are determined in two phases. The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 12. Among those features, four acclaimed came from Africa: Clash, by Mohamed Diab, (Egypte, African Film Critics Award 2016), A mile in my shoes, by Said Khallaf (Morocco), Call Me Thief by Daryne Joshua (South Africa) and Le Puits | The Well directed by de Lotfi Bouchouchi the film that Algeria submitted to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.
The group's top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy's Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist. The films are "Tanna," codirected by Bentley Dean & Martin Butler (Australia); "It's Only the End of the World," directed by Xavier Dolan (Canada); "Land of Mine," directed by Martin Zandvliet (Denmark), "Toni Erdmann," directed by Maren Ade (Germany), "The Salesman," directed by Asghar Farhadi (Iran): "The King's Choice," directed by Erik Poppe (Norway); "Paradise," directed by Andrei Konchalovsky (Russia); "A Man Called Ove," directed by Hannes Holm (Sweden); "My Life as a Zucchini," directed by Claude Barras (Switzerland).
Dominated by Europe, the shortlist will be winnowed down to the category's five nominees by specially invited committees in New York, Los Angeles and London. They will spend Friday, January 13, through Sunday, January 15, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.
The competitive Foreign Language Film category was introduced in 1956 for the 29th Academy Awards. In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Academy has created a complete playlist of acceptance speeches and a poster gallery of all the Foreign Language Film OscarÂ® winners.
Nominations for the 89th OscarsÂ® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby TheatreÂ® at Hollywood & Highland CenterÂ® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and on Canal+ TV channel in France and worldwide. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.