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Maureen O'Hara & Harry Belafonte

"This complete's Harry Belafonte's EGOT! Sure it's an honorary Oscar, but to quote Whoopi on this topic (on 30 Rock): "It still counts! Girl's gotta eat!- Charles

"It's time for the AMPAS to look hard at the 70's and 80's for indelible contributions. No need to wait til some of these ladies are 94.- Hayden

 "What I wish they would do is an hour long special devoted to the four recipients. They could show clips and have edited interviews with the honorees. Then it could be shown on PBS or TCM or something." - Dave

 

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THERE WERE 63 ELIGIBLE SUBMISSIONS THIS YEAR. YOU CAN READ ABOUT THEM ON THE FOLLOWING CHARTS

the foreign language sweet spot - can A Separation lose?

AND THE NOMINEES ARE...

BELGIUM
6 nominations
"Bullhead" 
Michaël R Roskam
CANADA 
6 noms | 1 win
"Monsieur Lazhar"
Philippe Falardeau
IRAN
2 nominations
"A Separation"
Asghar Farhadi 
ISRAEL
10 nominations
"Footnote"
Joseph Cedar 
POLAND
9 nominations
"In Darkness" 
Agnieska Holland 
 Details
124 min | Dutch & French
Genre
Crime Thriller
Starring
Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy
Synopsis
Cattle farmers, illegal growth hormones and the mafia
Additional Info
a controversial selection as there was a Dardenne Brothers movie available (The Kid With A Bike).
 Details
unknown min | French
Genre
Immigration Drama
Starring
Monhamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Emilien Néron, Danielle Proulx
Synopsis 
An Algerian is hired to replace a recently deceased elementary school teacher 
Additional Info
This is based on a play. 
Details
120 min | Persian
Genre
Marital / Legal Drama
Starring
Peyman Moaadi an Leila Hatami
Synopsis 
A couple struggles with their future: the wife wants to divorce and move to America, the husband wants  to stay and care for his father. Complications erupt from there.
Additional Info
Other films considered for the submission honor were Alzheimer'sHere without MeSalve and No Men Allowed 
REVIEWED | TOP TEN LIST
Details
103 min | Hebrew
Genre
Family Drama
Starring
Shlomo Bar Aba, Israeli movie star Lior Ashkenazi (Late Marriage) and Yuval Scharf
Synopsis 
Father and Son Talmud professors are major rivals at Hebrew University in Jerusalem
Additional Info
The film won big at Israel's Oscars "The Ophirs" [more
Details
145 min | Multilingual
Genre
WW II Drama
Starring
Robert Wieckiewicz and Benno Fürmann
Synopsis
One man rescues Jewish refugees in a Nazi occupied Polish city
Additional Info 
Though they've never won this prize, watch out. This is from the Oscar-nominated writer/director of Europa Europa (which would probably have won the prize had it been submitted in its year). 
 

Who Got Left Out? Denmark (8 noms/3 wins) "SuperClásico", Taiwan "Warriors of the Rainbow", Morocco"Omar Killed Me", and Germany "Pina" were the four finalists that didn't manage nominations. But they did make the finals which is tough to do. 50+ other films can't say the same from Albania to Ireland  and Israel to Vietnam

Who Will Win? Iran's A SEPARATION (also nominated for screenplay) is the clear frontrunner but this particular category almost never has completely safe bets. Amélie lost despite plentiful Oscar nominations and other frontrunners have too. It's the rare category where AMPAS members are required to see all nominees before voting on a winner. They really should do that with every category. Imagine how volatile every race would be if they had to be informed voters!