The International Feature category (formerly the Foreign Language Feature category) has been narrowed down to ten contenders. Only one of the films I originally predicted in my “WAY TOO EARLY PREDICTIONS” made the cut and that was “Parasite,” which has been winning across the board and is the official front-runner in the category. Knowing what has won pretty consistently, “Pain and Glory” and “Les Misérables” seem like fairly good bets. Also, the fact that “Honeyland” made it here and the Best Documentary Feature shortlist speaks to the Academy’s reception of it. If you want a bold “No Guts, No Glory” play this year, predict that “Parasite” doesn’t make the final nominations list and this year will end up being wide open in this category.

“Ninety-one films were eligible in the category. Academy members from all branches were invited to participate in the preliminary round. They must have viewed the submitted films theatrically and met a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in the category. Their seven choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s International Feature Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist. In the nominations round, Academy members from all branches are invited to opt-in to participate and must view all 10 shortlisted films in order to cast a ballot.”

The actual nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards will be announced on Monday, January 13, 2020.

MY PREDICTIONS
  • France, “Les Misérables”
  • North Macedonia, “Honeyland”
  • Senegal, “Atlantics”
  • South Korea, “Parasite”
  • Spain, “Pain and Glory”

Here’s the full list:

  1. Czech Republic, “The Painted Bird”
  2. Estonia, “Truth and Justice”
  3. France, “Les Misérables”
  4. Hungary, “Those Who Remained”
  5. North Macedonia, “Honeyland”
  6. Poland, “Corpus Christi”
  7. Russia, “Beanpole”
  8. Senegal, “Atlantics”
  9. South Korea, “Parasite”
  10. Spain, “Pain and Glory”

https://www.oscars.org/oscars/92nd-oscars-shortlists

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