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    Oscars 2019: Best Picture

    Evan C wrote: : It's certainly possible, although if any film's going to pull an Argo, I think Bohemian Rhapsody has almost as good a chance as Green Book. Nah. Bohemian Rhapsody has the Film Editing nomination, but it doesn't have the DGA nomination or the Oscar nominations for Director and Screenplay. Argo at least had the Oscar Screenplay nomination and the DGA nomination (both of which it won).
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    Oscars 2019: Best Picture

    The Screen Actors Guild nominees for best ensemble, which is sort of the SAG version of Best Picture: “A Star Is Born” “Black Panther” “BlacKkKlansman” “Bohemian Rhapsody” “Crazy Rich Asians” I believe it has only happened twice that the Oscar for Best Picture went to a film that wasn't at least nominated for this award -- once in 1995 (the first year that this award existed), and once last year (when the award went to Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri and Oscar front-runner The Shape of Water wasn't even nominated for this award). The winner will be announced January 27.
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    Oscars 2019 - nominations!

    And the feature-length nominated films are (with the ones I've seen in bold)... 10 nominations Roma -- Picture, director (Alfonso Cuaron), actress (Yalitza Aparicio), supporting actress (Marina De Tavira), original screenplay, cinematography, production design, sound editing, sound mixing, foreign language film 10 nominations in 9 categories The Favourite -- Picture, director (Yorgos Lanthimos), actress (Olivia Colman), supporting actress (Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz), original screenplay, cinematography, production design, costume design, film editing 8 nominations A Star Is Born -- Picture, actor (Bradley Cooper), actress (Lady Gaga), supporting actor (Sam Elliott), adapted screenplay, cinematography, original song, sound mixing Vice -- Picture, director (Adam McKay), actor (Christian Bale), supporting actor (Sam Rockwell), supporting actress (Amy Adams), original screenplay, makeup and hairstyling, film editing 7 nominations Black Panther -- Picture, production design, costume design, original score, original song, sound editing, sound mixing 6 nominations BlacKkKlansman -- Picture, director (Spike Lee), supporting actor (Adam Driver), adapted screenplay, film editing, original score 5 nominations Bohemian Rhapsody -- Picture, actor (Rami Malek), film editing, sound editing, sound mixing Green Book -- Picture, actor (Viggo Mortensen), supporting actor (Mahershala Ali), original screenplay, film editing 4 nominations First Man -- Production design, visual effects, sound editing, sound mixing Mary Poppins Returns -- Production design, costume design, original score, original song 3 nominations The Ballad of Buster Scruggs -- Adapted screenplay, costume design, original song Can You Ever Forgive Me? -- Actress (Melissa McCarthy), supporting actor (Richard E. Grant), adapted screenplay Cold War -- Director (Pawel Pawlikowski), cinematography, foreign language film If Beale Street Could Talk -- Supporting actress (Regina King), adapted screenplay, original score 2 nominations Isle of Dogs -- Original score, animated feature Mary Queen of Scots -- Costume design, makeup and hairstyling Never Look Away -- Cinematography, foreign language film RBG -- Original song, documentary feature 1 nomination At Eternity's Gate -- Actor (Willem Dafoe) Avengers: Infinity War -- Visual effects Border -- Makeup and hairstyling Capernaum -- Foreign language film Christopher Robin -- Visual effects First Reformed -- Original screenplay Free Solo -- Documentary feature Hale County This Morning, This Evening -- Documentary feature Incredibles 2 -- Animated feature Minding the Gap -- Documentary feature Mirai -- Animated feature Of Fathers and Sons -- Documentary feature A Quiet Place -- Sound editing Ralph Breaks the Internet -- Animated feature Ready Player One -- Visual effects Shoplifters -- Foreign language film Solo: A Star Wars Story -- Visual effects Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse -- Animated feature The Wife -- Actress (Glenn Close) I'm happy to say that there are only three films on this list that I haven't seen. The Wife is due out on video next week, I believe, and Never Look Away will supposedly come to Vancouver on February 22, two days before the Oscar ceremony (though the distributor of that film has had a regrettable tendency to see their films get bumped repeatedly). That just leaves the documentary Of Fathers and Sons, a film that I have heard absolutely *nothing* about -- the only mention of it in my e-mail archives is a news alert from Deadline Hollywood as part of their awards-season coverage. Anyway. What patterns can we discern here? A few quick thoughts before I have to step out: If Best Picture generally goes to the film that gets nominated for Director, Screenplay and Film Editing, then the front-runners this year are The Favourite, Vice and BlacKkKlansman. Traditionally, when a film is nominated for Best Picture *and* Best Foreign Language Film, it wins the latter category (think of Life Is Beautiful or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Roma has the most nominations overall -- which would ordinarily make it a front-runner -- but without a Film Editing nomination, it may be destined to settle for the Foreign Language Film award like those other films. A Star Is Born was once considered *the* front-runner for Best Picture by some people, but it failed to get nominations in Directing *and* Film Editing, so. No less than *three* of this year's Foreign Language Film nominees are also nominated for Cinematography, and two are nominated for Director. Isle of Dogs and RBG also broke out of the animated and documentary ghettoes, respectively, with nominations for their music. I have to step out now, but may have more thoughts later.
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    Aquaman

    kenmorefield wrote: : I had been totally unaware of Whedon's fall from his pedestal as beloved author of strong female characters....I've never seen a whole episode of Buffy or Angel, adn I found Dollhouse and Firefly left me indifferent. From the sound of this, I am glad he didn't get to do Wonder Woman...but I also don't want to assume second-hand info is always accurate. My impression, as one who has also never watched an episode of Buffy or Angel, is that Whedon's fall has been happening for a few years now, ever since two things happened: (1) his script for a never-filmed version of Wonder Woman got leaked, and (2) his ex-wife went public with some gripes about his behaviour around actresses etc. In the case of (1), presumably there wouldn't have to be any second-hand info involved -- you could just look at the script itself (though I have not done this myself, I have only read other people's comments about it).
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    Aquaman

    Links to our threads on other DC Cinematic Universe films Man of Steel (2013), Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League (2017), Shazam! (2019), Joker (2019), Wonder Woman 1984 (2019) and Birds of Prey (in development), as well as the in-development Flashpoint, Black Adam, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Nightwing, Batgirl, Gotham City Sirens and Justice League Dark movies and the not-yet-dated Superman, Batman, Justice League and Joker sequels.   - - - Warner Bros. sets 'Sherlock' sequel date Meyer particularly highlighted that DC Comics characters are key parts of Warner's future, mentioning a July 20, 2012 release date for the latest "Batman" film by Christopher Nolan and a holiday season 2012 "Superman" film. He added that the studio is also "nearing" a greenlight for a "Flash" movie, with films featuring Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Mad magazine characters also in development. Hollywood Reporter, May 27
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    Oscars 2019 - nominations!

    Re: Never Look Away, it was vaguely on my radar because it was on the Oscar shortlist, and also because it was directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (who previously won an Oscar for 2006's The Lives of Others). But it hasn't played in Vancouver at all, to my knowledge, not even at the festivals. Here's hoping it sticks to its February 22 release date (or, at least, that it has a press screening in advance of that date, even if the date itself gets bumped). Joel Mayward wrote: : Another observation: someone on Twitter (I can't remember who) mentioned that there is a very real possibility that Green Book wins Best Picture and Spike Lee wins Best Director, which would be...interesting. It would be! Andrew wrote: : I still need to see Capernaum, Border, and Never Look Away - the premises for each sound quite interesting. I saw Border quite spur-of-the-moment just nine days ago -- I was literally out for a walk here in Surrey when I checked the local movie listings on my phone, saw that Border was playing at a specialty theatre in Vancouver a couple hours later, and then decided to walk to the SkyTrain and make my way to the theatre, where I arrived only a few minutes before the movie started. The film was on my radar because it had made the makeup & hairstyling shortlist, and that branch of the Academy has shown an interest in Swedish films these last few years (other recent nominees include 2016's A Man Called Ove and 2015's The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared), so it seemed like there was a good possibility it would make the final list of nominees.
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    Oscars 2019 - nominations!

    Extra thought: Is Black Panther the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture? Depends on whether or not you count 2014's Birdman, which was about an actor who *played* a superhero (and starred an actor who really *had* played a superhero). I'm tempted to say that it's the first *comic book* movie to be nominated for Best Picture, but I wouldn't be surprised if some serious drama turned out to have been based on a graphic novel or something. Superheroes are also big this year inasmuch as Animated Feature seems to be a showdown between Incredibles 2 (which has the box-office success and Disney-Pixar brand working in its favour) and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (which has all the critical love). (Note: the only sequels that have won Animated Feature to date are Toy Story 3, which was a long-delayed follow-up to two films that came out before the Animated Feature category even *existed*, and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, which was the first feature-length film featuring the title characters, who had previously starred in three animated *short* films, two of which won Oscars in that category. The original Incredibles won Animated Feature in 2004... but there is a precedent for a Marvel-based film winning Animated Feature too, inasmuch as Big Hero 6 won the award in 2014... Of course, Big Hero 6 was a Disney release, like the Incredibles movies, whereas Spider-Man is not...)
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    Watership Down

    Links to our threads on the 1972 book and the 1978 film. - - - BBC Plans To Improve ‘Watership Down’ With CGI A CGI remake of Watership Down is in the works, Radio Times reported today. A new script, based on Richard Adams’s 1972 children’s book about the rabbits of Sandleford warren searching for a new home, is in the early stages of development with the BBC. . . . “People love the 1978 film,” an unnamed source told Radio Times, “but with new CGI technology we can do amazing things–you can see the wind blowing the fur which you didn’t get with the cartoon film.” . . . Cartoon Brew, March 10
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    Oscars 2019: Best Picture

    Vote! Note: the Oscars agreed with four of the SAG ensemble nominees (the one film that got snubbed being Crazy Rich Asians), and all eight of the Oscar nominees were among the ten films nominated for the PGA award (the two PGA nominees that got snubbed being Crazy Rich Asians and A Quiet Place).
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    Oscars 2019: Best Director

    Vote! Note: the Oscars agreed with three of the DGA picks, but substituted Cold War's Pawlikowski and The Favourite's Lanthimos for A Star Is Born's Cooper and Green Book's Farrelly.
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    Oscars 2019: Best Director

    The Directors Guild nominees: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Alfonso Cuaron, Roma Peter Farrelly, Green Book Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman Adam McKay, Vice Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Feature Film Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Carlos Lopez Estrada, Blindspotting Matthew Heineman, A Private War Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You The winners will be announced February 2.
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    Oscars 2019: Best Screenplay (Original)

    Vote! Note: the Oscars agreed with three of the WGA picks, but substituted The Favourite and First Reformed for Eighth Grade and A Quiet Place.
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    Oscars 2019: Best Screenplay (Original)

    The Writers Guild nominees in this category:  Eighth Grade, Written by Bo Burnham; A24 Green Book, Written by Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly; Universal Pictures A Quiet Place, Screenplay by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski, Story by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck; Paramount Pictures Roma, Written by Alfonso Cuarón; Netflix Vice, Written by Adam McKay; Annapurna Pictures Note that some potential Oscar contenders might not be eligible for the WGA award due to the guild's rules.  The winner will be announced February 17. 
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    Oscars 2019: Best Screenplay (Adapted)

    Vote! Note: Can You Ever Forgive Me? and If Beale Street Could Talk are the only Oscar nominees that got nominated for the WGA *and* Scripter awards. The Oscars also went with the WGA's BlacKkKlansman and A Star Is Born, but substituted The Ballad of Buster Scruggs for Black Panther.
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    Oscars 2019: Best Screenplay (Adapted)

    The Writers Guild nominees in this category: Blackkklansman, Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee, Based on the book by Ron Stallworth; Focus Features Black Panther, Written by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole, Based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, Based on the book by Lee Israel; Fox Searchlight If Beale Street Could Talk, Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, Based on the novel by James Baldwin; Annapurna Pictures A Star is Born, Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters, Based on the 1954 screenplay by Moss Hart and the 1976 screenplay by John Gregory Dunne & Joan Didion and Frank Pierson, Based on a story by William Wellman and Robert Carson; Warner Bros. Note that some potential Oscar contenders might not be eligible for the WGA award due to the guild's rules. The winner will be announced February 17.
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    Oscars 2019: Best Makeup and Hairstyling

    Vote! Note: two of the Oscar nominees have multiple guild nominations, while the third -- Border -- doesn't have any at all.
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    Oscars 2019: Best Makeup and Hairstyling

    The shortlist (with the ones I've seen in bold):  “Black Panther” “Bohemian Rhapsody” “Border” “Mary Queen of Scots” “Stan & Ollie” “Suspiria” “Vice” The nominees will be announced January 22.
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    Oscars 2019: Best Visual Effects

    Vote! Note: the Oscars overlap with two of the Annie nominees, and all of the Oscar nominees have multiple VES nominations.
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    Oscars 2019: Best Visual Effects

    The contenders (with films I have seen in bold -- basically everything that has already been released or screened for media in my neck of the woods): “Ant-Man and the Wasp” “Aquaman” “Avengers: Infinity War” “Black Panther” “Bumblebee” “Christopher Robin” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” “First Man” “Incredibles 2” “Isle of Dogs” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” “Mary Poppins Returns” “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” “Mortal Engines” “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” “Paddington 2” “A Quiet Place” “Ready Player One” “Solo: A Star Wars Story” “Welcome to Marwen” Note: there are two animated films on this list (Incredibles 2 and Isle of Dogs)! A shortlist of 10 movies will be released later this month. The final nominees will be announced January 22.
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    Oscars 2019: Best Cinematography

    Vote! Note: the Oscars agreed with four of the guild's picks, but substituted Never Look Away for First Man.
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    Oscars 2019: Best Cinematography

    The ASC nominees: Alfonso Cuarón for "Roma" Matthew Libatique, ASC for "A Star is Born" Robbie Ryan, BSC, ISC for "The Favourite" Linus Sandgren, ASC, FSF for "First Man" Łukasz Żal, PSC for "Cold War" The winner will be announced February 9.
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    Oscars 2019: Best Production Design

    Vote! Note: the Oscars picked two of the guild's "fantasy" nominees and three of the guild's "period" nominees, and none of the guild's "contemporary" nominees.
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    Oscars 2019: Best Production Design

    The Art Directors Guild nominees: Period Film “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (Jess Gonchor) “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Aaron Haye) “The Favourite” (Fiona Crombie) “First Man” (Nathan Crowley) “Roma” (Eugenio Caballero) Fantasy Film “Black Panther” (Hannah Beachler) “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” (Stuart Craig) “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” (Jon Hutman) “Mary Poppins Returns” (John Myhre) “Ready Player One” (Adam Stockhausen) Contemporary Film “A Quiet Place” (Jeffrey Beecroft) “A Star Is Born” (Karen Murphy) “Crazy Rich Asians” (Nelson Coates) “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” (Peter Wenham) “Welcome to Marwen” (Stefan Dechant) So... A Quiet Place is not a "fantasy" film. Huh. The winners will be announced February 2.
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    Oscars 2019: Best Foreign Language Film

    Vote! Note: three of these films were also nominated for the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel award.
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    Oscars 2019: Best Foreign Language Film

    The submitted films (with the ones I've seen in bold; bizarrely, I have never even heard of the Canadian film, and the only time it has ever been mentioned in my e-mail archives is in a press release that mentions an actor who happens to be in it): Afghanistan, “Rona Azim’s Mother,” Jamshid Mahmoudi, director; Algeria, “Until the End of Time,” Yasmine Chouikh, director; Argentina, “El Ángel,” Luis Ortega, director; Armenia, “Spitak,” Alexander Kott, director; Australia, “Jirga,” Benjamin Gilmour, director; Austria, “The Waldheim Waltz,” Ruth Beckermann, director; Bangladesh, “No Bed of Roses,” Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, director; Belarus, “Crystal Swan,” Darya Zhuk, director; Belgium, “Girl,” Lukas Dhont, director; Bolivia, “The Goalkeeper,” Rodrigo “Gory” Patiño, director; Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Never Leave Me,” Aida Begić, director; Brazil, “The Great Mystical Circus,” Carlos Diegues, director; Bulgaria, “Omnipresent,” Ilian Djevelekov, director; Cambodia, “Graves without a Name,” Rithy Panh, director; Canada, “Family First,” Sophie Dupuis, director; Chile, “…And Suddenly the Dawn,” Silvio Caiozzi, director; China, “Hidden Man,” Jiang Wen, director; Colombia, “Birds of Passage,” Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra, directors; Costa Rica, “Medea,” Alexandra Latishev, director; Croatia, “The Eighth Commissioner,” Ivan Salaj, director; Czech Republic, “Winter Flies,” Olmo Omerzu, director; Denmark, “The Guilty,” Gustav Möller, director; Dominican Republic, “Cocote,” Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias, director; Ecuador, “A Son of Man,” Jamaicanoproblem, director; Egypt, “Yomeddine,” A.B. Shawky, director; Estonia, “Take It or Leave It,” Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo, director; Finland, “Euthanizer,” Teemu Nikki, director; France, “Memoir of War,” Emmanuel Finkiel, director; Georgia, “Namme,” Zaza Khalvashi, director; Germany, “Never Look Away,” Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, director; Greece, “Polyxeni,” Dora Masklavanou, director; Hong Kong, “Operation Red Sea,” Dante Lam, director; Hungary, “Sunset,” László Nemes, director; Iceland, “Woman at War,” Benedikt Erlingsson, director; India, “Village Rockstars,” Rima Das, director; Indonesia, “Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts,” Mouly Surya, director; Iran, “No Date, No Signature,” Vahid Jalilvand, director; Iraq, “The Journey,” Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji, director; Israel, “The Cakemaker,” Ofir Raul Graizer, director; Italy, “Dogman,” Matteo Garrone, director; Japan, “Shoplifters,” Hirokazu Kore-eda, director; Kazakhstan, “Ayka,” Sergey Dvortsevoy, director; Kenya, “Supa Modo,” Likarion Wainaina, director; Kosovo, “The Marriage,” Blerta Zeqiri, director; Latvia, “To Be Continued,” Ivars Seleckis, director; Lebanon, “Capernaum,” Nadine Labaki, director; Lithuania, “Wonderful Losers: A Different World,” Arunas Matelis, director; Luxembourg, “Gutland,” Govinda Van Maele, director; Macedonia, “Secret Ingredient,” Gjorce Stavreski, director; Malawi, “The Road to Sunrise,” Shemu Joyah, director; Mexico, “Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón, director; Montenegro, “Iskra,” Gojko Berkuljan, director; Morocco, “Burnout,” Nour-Eddine Lakhmari, director; Nepal, “Panchayat,” Shivam Adhikari, director; Netherlands, “The Resistance Banker,” Joram Lürsen, director; New Zealand, “Yellow Is Forbidden,” Pietra Brettkelly, director; Niger, “The Wedding Ring,” Rahmatou Keïta, director; Norway, “What Will People Say,” Iram Haq, director; Pakistan, “Cake,” Asim Abbasi, director; Palestine, “Ghost Hunting,” Raed Andoni, director; Panama, “Ruben Blades Is Not My Name,” Abner Benaim, director; Paraguay, “The Heiresses,” Marcelo Martinessi, director; Peru, “Eternity,” Oscar Catacora, director; Philippines, “Signal Rock,” Chito S. Roño, director; Poland, “Cold War,” Pawel Pawlikowski, director; Portugal, “Pilgrimage,” João Botelho, director; Romania, “I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians,” Radu Jude, director; Russia, “Sobibor,” Konstantin Khabensky, director; Serbia, “Offenders,” Dejan Zecevic, director; Singapore, “Buffalo Boys,” Mike Wiluan, director; Slovakia, “The Interpreter,” Martin Šulík, director; Slovenia, “Ivan,” Janez Burger, director; South Africa, “Sew the Winter to My Skin,” Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, director; South Korea, “Burning,” Lee Chang-dong, director; Spain, “Champions,” Javier Fesser, director; Sweden, “Border,” Ali Abbasi, director; Switzerland, “Eldorado,” Markus Imhoof, director; Taiwan, “The Great Buddha+,” Hsin-Yao Huang, director; Thailand, “Malila The Farewell Flower,” Anucha Boonyawatana, director; Tunisia, “Beauty and the Dogs,” Kaouther Ben Hania, director; Turkey, “The Wild Pear Tree,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director; Ukraine, “Donbass,” Sergei Loznitsa, director; United Kingdom, “I Am Not a Witch,” Rungano Nyoni, director; Uruguay, “Twelve-Year Night,” Álvaro Brechner, director; Venezuela, “The Family,” Gustavo Rondón Córdova, director; Vietnam, “The Tailor,” Buu Loc Tran, Kay Nguyen, directors; Yemen, “10 Days before the Wedding,” Amr Gamal, director. The nominees will be announced January 22. There will probably be a shortlist before then.
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