Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Oscar Winner Predictions: Best Foreign Film

The competition
: Biutiful (Mexico), Dogtooth (Greece), In a Better World (Denmark), Incendies (Canada), Outside the Law (Algeria)

Previous winners: The Secret in their Eyes (Argentina), Departures (Japan), The Counterfeiters (Austria), The Lives of Others (Germany), Tsotsi (South Africa), The Sea Inside (Spain)
Who should win: “Dogtooth” or “In a Better World” – they’re both so good!
Who will win: Unlike the past few years, we don’t have a clear frontrunner or two films pitted against each other. Regarding the contenders, I unfortunately haven’t had the chance to see “Outside the Law,” which comes from Algeria, which has won this award once out of four nominations. Films with other nominations don’t always prevail, so that doesn’t necessarily give “Biutiful,” form Oscar-nominated director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“Babel”), an edge over the competition. Mexico has never won despite seven nominations. I think people might find both “Dogtooth” and “Incendies” rather objectionable and disturbing, preventing Greece (4 nods, 0 wins) and Canada (4 nods, 1 win) from taking this home. I’ll go then with the awe-inspiring film that won the Golden Globe, “In a Better World,” which comes from Denmark, a two-time winner and seven-time nominee.

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