The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday moved forward with nine potential nominated movies for the next round of voting in the foreign language film category for the 85th Academy Awards, narrowing the field from 71 qualifying films.
There were no major surprises in the winnowed-down lineup, with the list including Austria's "Amour," which won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, as well as France's "The Intouchables," which has been a worldwide box-office sensation.
A number of the films have Hollywood connections of one form or another, with familiar actors such as Mads Mikkelsen in Denmark's "A Royal Affair," Gael Garcia Bernal in Chile's "No" and Lea Seydoux in Switzerland's "Sister," and Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur having made pictures in the U.S.
The complete list:
Austria, "Amour," directed by Michael Haneke
Canada, "War Witch," directed by Kim Nguyen
Chile, "No," directed by Pablo Larrain
Denmark, "A Royal Affair," directed by Nikolaj Arcel
France, "The Intouchables," directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano