Barfi out of Oscars as predicted

Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®. Seventy-one films had originally qualified in the category.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Austria, “Amour,” Michael Haneke, director;
Canada, “War Witch,” Kim Nguyen, director;
Chile, “No,” Pablo Larraín, director;
Denmark, “A Royal Affair,” Nikolaj Arcel, director;
France, “The Intouchables,” Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, directors;
Iceland, “The Deep,” Baltasar Kormákur, director;
Norway, “Kon-Tiki,” Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, directors;
Romania, “Beyond the Hills,” Cristian Mungiu, director;
Switzerland, “Sister,” Ursula Meier, director.

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2012 are again being determined in two phases.

The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 71 eligible films between mid-October and December 17. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

The shortlist will be winnowed down to the five nominees by specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles. They will spend Friday, January 4, through Sunday, January 6, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.


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    sputnik 8 years ago

    Let me quote what I said – “It doesn’t stand a chance at the Oscars.”

    And the Oscar Doesn’t Go to… ( Open Quoting tanqeed and Barfi)

    “I don’t think it will make it to Top 5 or even Top 9.”

    ‘Barfi!’ nominated as India’s entry at the Oscars in Foreign Language Film category

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    Baba Ji 8 years ago

    as if it had a chance. bw keeps sending the most bakwaas movies each year at the oscars.

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    mate 8 years ago

    I think it would be out even in the 1st stage of elimination. IMO the best choice for Oscar should be GOW Part I, doesn’t mean that was deserving or some thing brilliant but an oscar kind of material.

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      hithere 8 years ago

      yeah, only if voters understand what clicks with Oscar voters. I may like Talaash or Kahaani better than GOW but I know GOW is a better choice at Oscars (I did like GOW but would say could have been 1 long movie with good amount of cuts).

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      hithere 8 years ago

      And there are tons of movie in regional languages. I think they need to change the process. Instead of filmmakers sending their movies to a panel(who are always accused of bias); National award critics (along with say best director) should nominate three choices and vote be tallied.

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        aryan 8 years ago

        Anurag Basu’s ‘Barfi’ is out of the Oscars race; nine shortlisted films announced

        Beverly Hills: Anurag Basu’s ‘Barfi’, chronicling the tender romance of a hearing and speech impaired boy, is out of the Oscars race as the Academy announced the list of nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 85th Academy Awards.

        Seventy-one films had originally qualified in the category. Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s ‘The Intouchables’ are among the shortlisted films.

        Barfi saw some exemplary performances by Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Illeana D’Cruz. But the film was mired in controversy soon after its release. Basu was accused of plagiarism after scenes from Barfi were found copied or influenced by several famous films.

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