For my international readers (and helpers -thanks) and my fellow worldly Americans I give you a massive Foreign Film Oscar Race Update.
We have 57 official submissions at this point. The Academy will verify the official list next week (usually there are a few changes when they do. Countries no one knew submitted will pop up and a few countries are always disqualified, usually due to some administrative error (paperwork was late or some such) but sometimes out of sheer stupidity (like when Greece submitted the English language Brides last year --what was that about?)
Once the Academy announces the "official" official list, we'll dive in deeper.
Algeria to Finland -a martial arts epic, a couple of biopics, three womens pictures and, of course, a WW II drama.
France to the Netherlands -ensemble dramas, coming of age films and, of course, a WW II drama.
Peru to Venezuela more coming of age flicks, some comedies, but what's this? No WW II dramas. Inconceivable.
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