Thursday, December 6, 2018

Golden Globe Nominees: Best Foreign Film

My predictions: 2/5, missing “Capernaum,” “Girl,” and “Never Look Away
Who’s missing? Cold War, Everybody Knows, Happy as Lazzaro, Burning, Border

I’m not too surprised by these nominees, though I did much worse than I thought I had here. Like with every category I made a switch to last minute, I swapped out an eventual nominee. I’m thrilled to see Capernaum, an excellent film that marks Lebanon’s first entry into this category. The biggest surprise, of course, is the omission of Poland’s “Cold War,” though I assume that won’t be the case come Oscar time. Germany’s very lengthy Never Look Away, made the cut, as did Japan’s Shoplifters and Mexico’s Roma, which scored director and screenplay bids also. The fifth nominee and the only one I haven’t seen is Girl from Belgium, which according to fellow critic Oliver Whitney, is very dangerous for the transgender community. I respect what Whitney has to say and will offer my take on the film when I’m able to see it.

Who will win? Without Poland competing, this seems like a very easy win for Roma.

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