Much has been said about the Academy’s rule of allowing only one submission per country in the Foreign Language Oscar category. In the eyes of many, it gives an inaccurate representation of the best in world cinema, as some countries have multiple worthy films or may not select their best. But the restriction has its benefits, namely in leveling the playing field to allow entries from smaller nations a better chance at recognition. The system still shows its biases however, as the Asian region has been sorely underrepresented among the nominees, despite containing some of the world’s most influential film industries. This year, 19 Asian hopefuls will chase Oscar glory, ranging from big-budget genre films to intimate dramas.
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