A few hours to Yalda Eve, the greatest surprise appeared on Hollywood Reporter and other websites announcing the nominees of the 2014 Oscar Awards for Best Foreign Films, a list that had no room for Asghar Farhadi’s The Past , although a number of Iranian film critics had long started attacking the film and criticizing it.
With Iran’s “The Past” and other high-profile contenders not among the final nine, several specialty film distributors are up in arms — but the Academy’s foreign-language committee chairman stands behind his group’s selection, writes Hollywood Reporter. Along with Asghar Farhadi‘s The Past (Iran), other glaring films that are dropped include Yuval Adler‘s Bethlehem (Israel), Sebastián Lelio‘s Gloria (Chile) and Haifaa Al-Mansour‘s Wadjda (Saudi Arabia).
Therefore, the nine Oscar finalists are:
- Felix van Groeningen‘s The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium),
- Danis Tanović‘s An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (Bosnia and Herzegovina),
- Rithy Panh‘s The Missing Picture (Cambodia),
- Thomas Vinterberg‘s The Hunt (Denmark),
- Georg Maas‘ Two Lives (Germany),
- Wong Kar-wai‘s The Grandmaster (Hong Kong),
- Janos Szasz‘s The Notebook (Hungary),
- Paolo Sorrentino‘s The Great Beauty (Italy)
- and Hany Abu-Assad‘s Omar (Palestine)