Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Oscar Winner Predictions: Best Foreign Film

The competition: Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia), A War (Denmark), Mustang (France), Son of Saul (Hungary), Theeb (Jordan)

Previous winners: Ida (Poland), The Great Beauty (Italy), Amour (Austria), A Separation (Iran), In a Better World (Denmark), The Secret in their Eyes (Argentina), Departures (Japan), The Counterfeiters (Austria)
My winner: TBA
The facts: This is the thirty-ninth nomination for France, which has won twelve times. This is the thirteenth nomination for Denmark, which has won three times. This is the ninth nomination for Hungary, which has won once. Both Colombia and Jordan are nominated for the first time. Every filmmaker is a first-time nominee in this category.

Who should win: “Son of Saul” and “Mustang” are the best films here.
Who will win: Except for when “Pan’s Labyrinth” lost, the undisputed frontrunner in this race usually wins. Having seen the other films, I don’t see anything knocking Son of Saul out of the way.

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