Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, Almodovar’s Pain and Glory in shortlist for Oscars' best international film 

Ten international films, including widely acclaimed offerings from South Korea, Spain and Senegal, are on the shortlist of movies vying for Academy Award nominations.

author_img Joy S Published :  17th December 2019 05:15 PM   |   Published :   |  17th December 2019 05:15 PM
Yeo-jeong Jo in Parasite (Neon via AP)

Yeo-jeong Jo in Parasite (Neon via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP): Ten international films, including widely acclaimed offerings from South Korea, Spain and Senegal, are on the shortlist of movies vying for Academy Award nominations.

The best international feature shortlist announced Monday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences includes Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, Pedro Almodovar’s semi-autobiographical Pain and Glory and Atlantics, Senegal’s entry from history-making director Mati Diop.

In May, Diop became the first black woman to compete for the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

That honour went to Parasite, while Atlantics won the festival's Grand Prix honour. If Parasite or Atlantics receive nominations, they would mark the first for South Korea and Senegal, respectively.

It is the first year the Oscar will be awarded under a new name: Best International Feature Film. The category was previously known as the Best Foreign-Language Film.

The 10 shortlisted films are: the Czech Republic’s The Painted Bird; Estonia’s Truth and Justice; France’s Les Misérables; Hungary’s Those Who Remained; North Macedonia’s Honeyland; Poland’s Corpus Christi; Russia’s Beanpole; Senegal’s Atlantics; South Korea’s Parasite and Spain’s Pain and Glory.

The shortlist was culled from 91 eligible films.

 

Antonio Banderas in Pain and Glory (Manolo Pavón/Sony Pictures Classics via AP)

 

The film academy announced nine shortlists Monday in categories including best documentary feature, visual effects and original song.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which will be released on Friday, appears on two shortlists for best original score and visual effects.

Also on the visual effects shortlist are the blockbuster Avengers: Endgame” and the upcoming musical Cats.

No song from Cats made the original song shortlist, but two songs from The Lion King did: Elton John’s Never Too Late and Spirit by Beyoncé.

Nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards will be announced on Jan. 13. The Oscars will be held on Feb 9 in Los Angeles.

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