The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their nine-film shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film yesterday (it will be narrowed down to five when the official nominations are announced on January 23rd). Despite getting nominated for a Golden Globe, Cambodian entry First They Killed My Father didn’t make Oscars’ shortlist. Oh no, I’ve seen Maleficent; I know what happens when Angelina Jolie doesn’t get invited to the party. Whoever runs the red carpet at the Dolby Theater might want to prepare for a chance of rain, wind, hail, snow, and possibly fire on Oscar night.
Below is the list of foreign films that did make the cut. Every film nominated alongside First They Killed My Father for a Golden Globe has also made the AMPAS shortlist. Eeesh, that’s going to make for some awkward attempts at avoiding eye-contact at the Globes.
A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
In the Fade (Germany)
The Insult (Lebanon)
On Body and Soul (Hungary)
The Square (Sweden)
The Wound (South Africa)
This probably wasn’t some petty act of revenge against Angelina by the AMPAS for possibly tricking little Cambodia children during the casting process. The Hollywood Reporter says that the AMPAS also snubbed the extremely well-received French film BPM (Beats Per Minute).
So just like that, Angelina Jolie’s dreams of another Academy Award nomination are dashed. Well you know what? Screw them, Angelina Jolie can hold her own Oscars ceremony at home. She’s already got an Academy Award, and enough children to make up the front row of the audience. I’d say the upside is that it will be a short ceremony, but let’s face it; without a band to play her off, Angelina’s acceptance speech will probably last the full 3-and-a-half hours.