Oscar shortlists foreign-language pics

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Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the foreign-language film category for the 80th Annual Academy Awards, though the big surprise is the omission of Romania’s ‘‘4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,’’ which won the Palme d’Or at the 2007 Festival de Cannes and has been named best foreign-language film by numerous critics groups.

The films that were named are: Austria’s ‘‘The Counterfeiters,’’ directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky; Brazil’s ‘‘The Year My Parents Went on Vacation,’’ helmed by Cao Hamburger; Canada’s ‘‘Days of Darkness,’’ helmed by Denys Arcand; Israel’s ‘‘Beaufort,’’ directed by Joseph Cedar; Italy’s ‘‘The Unknown,’’ directed by Giuseppe Tornatore; Kazakhstan’s ‘‘Mongol,’’ directed by Sergei Bodrov; Poland’s ‘‘Katyn,’’ directed by Andrzej Wajda; Russia’s ‘‘12,’’ helmed by Nikita Mikhalkov, and Serbia’s ‘‘The Trap,’’ directed by Srdan Golubovic.

In addition to ‘‘4 Months,’’ a notable omission is France’s animated film ‘‘Persepolis,’’ which has already earned recognition including the Jury Prize at Cannes.

Foreign-language film nominations are being determined in two phases. The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 63 eligible films and their ballots determined the above shortlist. A Phase II committee, made up of 10 randomly selected members from the Phase I group, joined by invited 10-member contingents in New York and Los Angeles, will view the shortlisted films and select the five nominees for the category. Phase II screenings will take place Jan. 18-20 in Hollywood and New York.

Nominations for the 80th Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 22.

The Hollywood Reporter

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