just a few days, the foreign language shortlist will be announced, thereby making or breaking the Oscar dreams of films from around the world. In the long road to an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, this represents the most pivotal stage of the process, as 80 films are ruthlessly cut down to 9. This three-tier voting system is infamous for throwing up shockers, and with a high quality field this year we expect nothing less. Making sense of the race is therefore a challenge, even for those who follow it closely. But that’s all part of the fun of Oscar predicting. With that in mind, here’s my rundown of the top contenders as we await the impending shortlist.
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