January 19, 2011
Israel out of Oscar race
Israel’s three-year streak of reaching the five finalists lists in the Oscar race for foreign-language films ended Wednesday (1/19), when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its shortlist of nine semi-finalists.
The Israeli film industry seemed tantalizingly close to its first Oscar win when its entries were picked among the final five in 2010 (“Ajami”), 2009 (“Waltz with Bashir”) and 2008 (“Beaufort”). However, this year’s Israeli contender, “The Human Resources Manager,” found few supporters among Academy and earlier Golden Globe voters.
The selection committee for foreign films seemed in a somber mood, shortlisting the following nine movies dealing mainly with wars, diseases and dysfunctional families.
List of the five final nominees will be announced Jan. 25 and the winner will be crowned at the Feb. 27 award ceremonies.