The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has revealed their shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Film. One of the features to make the cut is Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s drama Biuitiful, which has earned great praise for its star Javier Bardem. The international roster includes films from Greece, Denmark, Algeria, and South Africa. Check out the full list…

  • Algeria, Hors la Loi (“Outside the Law”), Rachid Bouchareb, director
  • Canada, Incendies, Denis Villeneuve, director
  • Denmark, In a Better World, Susanne Bier, director
  • Greece, Dogtooth Yorgos Lanthimos, director
  • Japan, Confessions, Tetsuya Nakashima, director
  • Mexico, Biutiful, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, director
  • South Africa, Life, above All, Oliver Schmitz, director
  • Spain, Tambien la Lluvia (“Even the Rain”), Iciar Bollain, director
  • Sweden, Simple Simon, Andreas Ohman, director

The majority of these films haven’t seen the light of day in the States, which is sad and telling. The Foreign Film category usually gets glossed over by the general public because they don’t have a desire to watch movies that require them to read. This year, some really hardcore features are in the running, and they deserve a little attention. Let’s give it to them.

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

What do you think of the Foreign Language Shortlist? Who should make the final cut?

Source: Coming Soon