Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Oscar Nominees: Best International Feature

My predictions: 4/5
My ballot: Coming soon!
The nominees: Drive My Car (Japan), Flee (Denmark), The Hand of God (Italy), Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Bhutan), The Worst Person in the World (Norway)

I had a feeling that Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Bhutan) would make the cut, and I’m very glad it did. I knew it would have to bump something, and I wish it had been Flee (Denmark) since that film got honored in two other categories, animated and documentary, meaning that “A Hero,” from Iran, and another film I have a feeling may have come close to getting nominated, “Plaza Catedral,” from Panama. The Hand of God (Italy) did make the cut, joined by The Worst Person in the World, which also scored a screenplay nomination. Drive My Car was today’s big winner, earning bids for its screenplay, director, and Best Picture, marking the first time a foreign film without consistent precursor support achieved that feat since “Amour” in 2012.

My current bet to win: There’s no way that Drive My Car doesn’t win this.

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