Monday, February 04, 2019

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM (91st)

CAPERNAUM (LEBANON)

Director: Nadine Labaki
Writers: Jihad Hojeily, Michelle Keserwany, Nadine Labaki, Khaled Mouzanar
Producers: Michel Merkt, Khaled Mouzanar
Cast: Ghida Majzoub, Kawthar Al Haddad, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole

Plot (IMDb): A politically-charged fable, featuring mostly non-professional actors, about a child who launches a lawsuit against his parents.

Pre-Oscar Citations:
Win, Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival
Win, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Cannes Film Festival 
Nomination, Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival
Nomination, People's Choice Award, Special Presentations, Toronto International Film Festival
Nomination, Best Motion Picture-Foreign Language, Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes)
Runner-up, Best Foreign Language Film, San Diego Film Critics Society
Nomination, Best Foreign Language Film, Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critics Choice)

Nomination, Best Film Not in the English Language, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)

COLD WAR (POLAND)

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Writers: Pawel Pawlikowski, Janusz Glowacki
Producers: Ewa Puszczynska, Tanya Seghatchian
Cast: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc

Plot (IMDb): A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched, set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris.

Pre-Oscar Citations:
Win, Best Director, Cannes Film Festival
Nomination, Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival
Nomination, People's Choice Award, Special Presentations, Toronto International Film Festival
Win, Best Foreign Language Film, National Board of Review
Win, Best Foreign Language Film, New York Film Critics Circle
Runner-up, Best Foreign-Language Film, Toronto Film Critics Association
Win, Best Foreign Language, New York Film Critics Online
Nomination, Best Foreign Language Film, Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critics Choice)
Runner-up, Best Foreign Language Film, Kansas City Film Critics Circle
Runner-up, Best Foreign Language Film, Indiana Film Journalists Association
Nomination, Best Film Not in the English Language, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)


NEVER LOOK AWAY (GERMANY)

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Writer: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Producers: Quirin Berg, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Jan Mojto, Christiane Henckel von Donnersmarck, Max Wiedemann
Cast: Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl, Oliver Masucci

Plot (IMDb): German artist Kurt Barnert has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany, but is tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the GDR-regime.

Pre-Oscar Citations:
Nomination, Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival
Nomination, Best Motion Picture-Foreign Language, Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes)

ROMA (MEXICO)

Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Writer: Alfonso Cuarón
Producers: Nicolás Celis, Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodriguez
Cast: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira

Plot (IMDb): A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Pre-Oscar Citations:
Win, Golden Lion, Best Film, Venice Film Festival
Nomination, People's Choice Award, Special Presentations, Toronto International Film Festival
Nomination, Best International Film, Film Independent Spirit Awards
Win, Best Foreign Language Film, Atlanta Film Critics Circle
Win, Best Motion Picture-Foreign Language, Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes)
Win, Best Foreign Film, Philadelphia Film Critics Circle
Win, Best Foreign Film, Chicago Film Critics Association
Win, Best Foreign Language Picture, San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Win, Best Foreign Language Film, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association
Win, Best Foreign Language Film, Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critics Choice)
Win, Best Foreign Language Film, Kansas City Film Critics Circle
Win, Best Foreign Language Film, Indiana Film Journalists Association
Win, Best Foreign Film, Las Vegas Film Critics Society
Win, Best Foreign Language Film, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association
Win, Best Non-English Language Feature, Utah Film Critics Association
Win, Best Foreign Language Film, Seattle Film Critics Society
Win, Best Foreign Language Film, North Carolina Film Critics Association
Win, Best Foreign Language Film, Oklahoma Film Critics Circle
Win, Best Foreign Language Film, Phoenix Critics Circle
Win, Best Foreign Language Film, St. Louis Film Critics Association
Win, Best Foreign Language Film, National Society of Film Critics
Nomination, Best Film Not in the English Language, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)

SHOPLIFTERS (JAPAN)

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Writer: Hirokazu Koreeda
Producers: Kaori Matsuzaki, Hijiri Taguchi, Akihiko Yose
Cast: Kirin Kiki, Lily Franky, Sakura Andô

Plot (IMDb): A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find on the street.

Pre-Oscar Citations:
Win, Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival
Nomination, People's Choice Award, Special Presentations, Toronto International Film Festival
Top Foreign Film, National Board of Review
Nomination, Best International Film, Film Independent Spirit Awards
Nomination, Best Motion Picture-Foreign Language, Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes)
Win, Best Foreign Language Film, San Diego Film Critics Society
Win, Best Foreign-Language Film, Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Nomination, Best Foreign Language Film, Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critics Choice)
Win, Best Foreign-Language Film, Boston Society of Film Critics
Win, Best Foreign Language Film, Florida Film Critics Circle
Nomination, Best Film Not in the English Language, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)

PREDICTION SCORES:
October Predictions - 4/5 (Roma, Shoplifters, Cold War, Capernaum)
November Predictions - 4/5 (RomaShopliftersCold WarCapernaum)
December Predictions - 4/5 (Roma, Cold War, Shoplifters, Capernaum)
Final Predictions - 4/5 (Roma, Cold War, Shoplifters, Capernaum)

WILL WIN: Roma
SHOULD WIN: Roma
MIGHT UPSET: Cold War
SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Burning (South Korea)

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