Oscars: October 2007 Archives

63 films qualify for foreign Oscar category

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The animated film ‘‘Persepolis,’’ from France, Denys Arcand’s ‘‘Days of Darkness’’ from Canada, Johnnie To’s ‘‘Exiled’’ from Hong Kong and Cristian Mungiu’s Palm d’Or winner ‘‘4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days’’ are among the 63 films that have qualified for Oscar consideration in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ foreign language film category.

The record number of 63 entries include first-time submissions from Azerbaijan (Farid Gumbatov’s ‘‘Caucasia’’) and Ireland (Tom Collins’ ‘‘Kings’’).

Nominations for the 80th Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 22, and the Oscars will be handed out Feb. 24.

The Hollywood Reporter

Bias forcing India to withdraw from Oscars?

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MUMBAI, India — India may be forced to withdraw its Oscar entry in the foreign film category because of alleged bias in the selection process.

‘‘Maybe there will be no film from India,’’ Vinod Pandey, chairman of the Film Federation of India, said today. ‘‘Anything is possible. We can reaffirm our choice, send another or maybe India would retire this year.’’

The Bombay High Court has asked the federation to respond to a lawsuit challenging the selection of well-known filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘‘Eklavya: The Royal Guard.’’ ...