In the interest of being honest, my predictions here are mainly just stabs in the dark. I follow the Oscars and the awards season leading up to them fairly closely. I get an idea what has groundswell, what history says the Academy votes for, and just a general gut feeling regarding certain films. But there’s nothing close to science behind my picks. I mainly like to put them out there as a challenge to myself. As each year passes, I feel I get a little more in tune with the Oscar predicting game and to get better, I must put out some predictions and thoughts.

Next week, the International Feature category will get shortlisted from 93 films to 15. So here’s a shot in the dark at which films might make the cut.


“Another Round”

“Agnes Joy”

“Quo Vadis, Aida?”
Bosnia and Herzegovina

“Two Of Us”

“My Little Sister”


“La Llorona”

“Night of the Kings”
Ivory Coast

“Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time”



“Vitalina Varela”

“Dear Comrades!”

“A Sun”

“You Will Die at Twenty”


Albania — “Open Door”
Argentina — “The Sleepwalkers”
Armenia — “Songs of Solomon”
Austria — “What We Wanted”
Bangladesh — “Sincerely Yours, Dhaka”
Belgium — “Working Girls”
Bolivia — “Chaco”
Bosnia and Herzegovina — “Quo Vadis, Aida?”
Brazil — “Babenco -Tell Me When I Die”
Bulgaria — “The Father”
Cambodia — “Fathers”
Cameroon — “The Fisherman’s Diary”
Canada — “14 Days, 12 Nights”
Chile — “The Mole Agent”
China — “Leap”
Colombia — “El Olvido Que Seremos (Memories of My Father)”
Costa Rica — “Land of Ashes”
Croatia — “Extracurricular”
Cuba — “Buscando a Casal”
Czech Republic — “Charlatan”
Denmark — “Another Round”
Dominican Republic — “A State of Madness”
Ecuador — “Emptiness”
Egypt — “When We’re Born”
Estonia — “The Last Ones”
Finland — “Tove”
France — “Two of Us”
Georgia — “Beginning”
Germany — “And Tomorrow the Entire World”
Greece — “Apples”
Guatemala — “La Llorona”
Honduras — “Days of Light”
Hong Kong — “Better Days”
Hungary — “Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time”
Iceland — “Agnes Joy”
India — “Jallikattu”
Indonesia — “Impetigore”
Iran — “Sun Children”
Ireland — “Arracht”
Israel — “Asia”
Italy — “Notturno”
Ivory Coast — “Night of the Kings”
Japan — “True Mothers”
Jordan — “200 Meters”
Kazakhstan — “The Crying Steppe”
Kenya — “The Letter”
Kosovo — “Exile”
Kyrgyzstan — “Running to the Sky”
Latvia — “Blizzard of Souls”
Lebanon — “Broken Keys”
Lesotho — “This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection”
Lithuania — “Nova Lituania”
Luxembourg — “River Tales”
Malaysia — “Roh”
Mexico — “I’m No Longer Here”
Mongolia — “Veins of the World”
Montenegro — “Breasts”
Morocco — “The Unknown Saint”
Netherlands — “Buladó”
Nigeria — “The Milkmaid”
North Macedonia — “Willow”
Norway — “Hope”
Pakistan — “Circus of Life”
Palestine — “Gaza Mon Amour”
Panama — “Operation Just Cause”
Paraguay — “Killing the Dead”
Peru — “Song without a Name”
Philippines — “Mindanao”
Poland — “Never Gonna Snow Again”
Portugal — “Vitalina Varela”
Romania — “Collective”
Russia — “Dear Comrades!”
Saudi Arabia — “Scales”
Senegal — “Nafi’s Father”
Serbia — “Dara of Jasenovac”
Singapore — “Wet Season”
Slovakia — “The Auschwitz Report”
Slovenia — “Stories from the Chestnut Woods”
South Africa — “Toorbos”
South Korea — “The Man Standing Next”
Spain — “The Endless Trench”
Sudan — “You Will Die at Twenty”
Suriname — “Wiren”
Sweden — “Charter”
Switzerland — “My Little Sister”
Taiwan — “A Sun”
Thailand — “Happy Old Year”
Tunisia — “The Man Who Sold His Skin”
Turkey — “Miracle in Cell No. 7″
Ukraine — “Atlantis”
Uruguay — “Aleli”
Venezuela — “Once upon a Time in Venezuela”
Vietnam — “Dreamy Eyes”

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