It's really too bad that Hollywood's unlikely to ever notice Kiarostami, even though he is viewed by many on the international stage as one of the greatest living filmmakers, if not the greatest.
While this is definitely true, the AMPAS is a very American-centric voting-body unless Harvey Weinstein points them to something.
Actually, what's more relevant is that AMPAS is also a populist body that views movies as an entertainment-first medium. It is, and always has been, fine with honoring foreign directors (and other artists) who make (appear in) relatively populist works — Truffaut, Fellini, Almodovar, Lelouch, Kurosawa (Loren, Cotillard, Cruz, Deneuve, Mastroianni). Bergman would probably be the exception, but even he won the most garlands for FANNY AND ALEXANDER, the most "enjoyable" film in his canon.
However Kiarostami, especially of late, has more in common with Dreyer, Bresson, Godard, the recently departed Angelopoulos — artists who make films that, for better or worse, use some radically off-putting styles and resist conventional consumption. And they have never been embraced by AMPAS. (Nor have their American equivalents, by the by.)
Edited by vjmorton, 25 January 2012 - 05:40 PM.