Thursday, December 10, 2015

Golden Globe Nominees: Best Foreign Film

My predictions: 2/5, picking only “Mustang” and “Son of Saul”
Who’s missing? The Second Mother, Felix and Meira, Labyrinth of Lies, The Assassin, countless others

As usual, this list completely redistributes expectations, and this time all five are Oscar eligible. Son of Saul (Hungary) and Mustang (France), both of which will be playing in New York as of next week, were the predicted choices. I’m surprised that “The Second Mother” isn’t here since that seemed like a sure thing, but it may still show up in the Oscar field. Instead, we get three films that weren’t even on my radar. The Brand New Testament (Belgium), whose tagline reads “God exists. He lives in Brussels,” looks very silly. The Club (Chile) is notable for being directed by “No” helmer Pablo Larrain. The Fencer (Finland) rounds out the list. I haven’t seen any of these but plan to see the first two soon and hopefully the other three at some point if they get released or screened.

Who will win? It seems like Son of Saul has this in the bag no matter what it’s up against.

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