“Doudege Wénkel” out of Oscar race
(CS) Luxembourg crime thriller “Doudege Wénkel” is no longer in the running for an Academy Award, after a short-list of films was released ahead of the official January 16 nominations announcement.
In October, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had released a long-list of 76 films, eligible in the Best Foreign Language film category. Luxembourg director Christophe Wagner and his film “Doudege Wénkel” were among the line-up together with film from around the globe – from Afghanistan to Venezuela.
Nine films have now advanced and are one step closer to Oscar glory. On the short-list are:
- The Broken Circle Breakdown, Felix van Groeningen, Belgium
- An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, Danis Tanovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- The Missing Picture, Rithy Panh, Cambodia
- The Hunt, Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark
- Two Lives, Georg Maas, Germany
- The Grandmaster, Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong
- The Notebook, Janos Szasz, Hungary
- The Great Beauty, Paolo Sorrentino, Italy
- Omar, Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine
Of this list, five films will be nominated for an Oscar in January, with the winner to be announced at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2, 2014.
However, all hope is not lost for Luxembourg with two co-productions still in the running. Mr Hublot has been short-listed in the Best Animated Shorts category, while Ernest & Celestine is one of 19 films vying for a nomination in the Best Animated Feature category.