Toni Erdmann and My Life as a Courgette shortlisted for the Oscars

Good news arrive from the other side of the pond. 2016 LUX Prize winner Toni Erdmann and finalist My Life as a Courgette have made it to the shortlist of nine features selected for the Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film.

Maren Ade’s and Claude Barras’ film are two of the films that have advanced to the next round of voting in the category for the 89th Academy Awards, out of 85 eligible in the category. Europe dominates the list, which also includes Martin Zandvliet’s Land of Mine (Denmark), Eric Poppe’s The King’s Choice (Norway), Hannes Holm’s A Man Called Ove (Sweden) and Andrei Konchalovsky’s Paradise (Russia). The rest of the selected films are It’s Only the End of the World by Xavier Dolan (Canada), The Salesman by Asghar Farhadi (Iran), and Tanna by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler (Australia).

It is worth noting that other 2016 LUX finalists selected to represent their respective countries have not made it to the list, such as Leyla Bouzid’s As I Open My Eyes (Tunisia), Ivo M Ferreira’s Letters From War (Portugal) and Cristi Puiu’s Sieranevada (Romania).

The Foreign Language Film nominations for 2017 are determined in two phases. The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and 12 December. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist. Specially invited committees in New York, Los Angeles and London will narrow the shortlist down to the category’s five nominees. They will spend Friday, 13 January, through Sunday, 15 January, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.

Nominations for the 89th Oscars will be announced on 24 January, 2017. The Oscars will be held on 26 February, 2017. Don’t miss them!