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Oct 12 2018

Oscar's Foreign Race Pt 5 - Beauty Break,International Male

Chino Darín,son of Argentina's most prominent movie star Richardo Darín,stars in two of the Foreign Film Contenders this yearby Nathaniel R

We've been digging into the87 filmsthat are up for the Academy Award in Foreign Language Film.So far we've watchedthe trailers,talked abotu thefemale directors,and introduced thefirst time filmmakers.

Today something more fun but of vital importance: hot men.Please enjoy this beauty break featuring snacks from all over the world.We scoured the entries for the eye candy (it was painstaking research!) and here's what we found.If we missed someone from your country,we apologize because we haven't seen all the film so someone just gorgeous could have easily slipped through the cracks.

SO.Which of these dozen men do you already love and which do you want to love just by looking at them?They're presented in random order after the jump...

GorgeousAdnan Malikplays "Romeo"in Pakistan'sCake(2018) and certainly looks the part.Plus he's a goodwill ambassador for WWF so he's got a fine heart,too.He speaks English very well so we're hoping he'll get more of an international profile.You can follow him on Instagram.

Oh daddy...It'sBarry Atsmaof The Netherlands' WW II dramaThe Resistance Banker.The Dutch actor is a major star at home and also occasionally spotted in English language productions (American action filmThe Hitman's Bodyguard,the BBC seriesThe Split).You can streamThe Resistance Bankeron Netflix right now.

"Weir"is his nickname and how fans and magazines refer to him (for reasons we do not know) but professionally he'sSukollawatKanarot.The 33 year old Thai actor has been famous for about 10 years or so back home.He's currently starring in Thailand's Oscar submission,a gay dramaMalila: The Farewell Flower.He previously starred in a TV series and does a lot of spokesmodelling,too.

If you like things on the edgier side there'sDawid Ogrodnik(Poland) who is part of the large international cast of Brazil'sThe Great Mystical Circus.You might remember him as the handsome travelling saxophonist who romances the novitiate in Poland's Oscar-winnerIda(2013).

If you swoon for the twinks you'll love French-CanadianThéodore Pellerin.He's in two Oscar hopefuls this year: he plays the violent out-of-control protagonist in Canada's Oscar submissionFamily Tiesand,in an about face performance,a gentle romantic in a small but pivotal role inBoy Erased.

Chino Darínwas genetically predisposed to become a movie star.He's the son of Argentian superstar Ricardo Darín (a regular in this Oscar category).Darín made a name for himself on Spanish TV series but the filmography is rapidly growing.He's now starring in not one buttwoof the foreign contenders this year.In Argentina'sEl Angel,produced by Pedro Almodóvar,he plays a homophobic but 100% homoerotic criminal who the titular character,a young serial murderer and thief,falls hard for.Darín also stars inA Twelve Year Night,Uruguay's Oscar submission.You can follow his generous thirst-trapness on Instagram.

Eddie Peng,is a Taiwanese-Canadian actor who is a regular in Asian action flicks and well known for his insane physical regimen to prepare for these films (see proof above).He's co-starring in China's submissionHidden Man.This isn't his first time starring in an Oscar submission,since he was also inTo the Fore,three years ago.You can follow him on Instagram.

Alban Ukajstars in Kosovo's groundbreaking dramaThe Marriage,about a woman who isn't aware that her fiance is in love with his best friend.You might have previously seen him in the Dardenne brothers' Cannes prize winnerLorna's Silence.Here's a good interview with him aboutbeing an actor in the post-Yugoslav space.

Radovan Vujovic,another actor from the Post-Yugoslav region, stars in the Serbian submissionOffenders.He's been working in film and television since the early Aughts and has won two Best Actor awards for this film already.He had a small role in Ralph FiennesCoriolanus(2011) as well.

Ezra Mabengezais a model turned actor who is starring in South Africa's submissionSew the Winter to My Skinwhere he plays a real folk hero of South African legend (Robin Hood like) in the 1950s who the authorities are trying to hunt downl.He gets an "introducing"credit in the film but he's been in a few other things before including Spike Lee'sMiracle at St Anna's.You can follow him on Instagram.

Johnny Huang(also known as Huang Jingyu) is a 25 year-old Chinese actor/model with several 'brand ambassador' gigs already.He's part of the ensemble of the action filmOperation Red Seawhich was a box office phenomenon in China.

And we'll end with the most familiar man to American audiences...

Steven Yeunis famous from several seasons onThe Walking Deadbut he's a revelation in South Korea's Oscar contenderBurningby master auteur Lee Chang-dong (Poetry,Secret Sunshine) as a mysterious wealthy playboy with a strange hobby.Here's hoping Yeun is inspired to take more daring roles moving forward since he aced this challenge.Did you know he was raised in Michigan?(I only mention it because he grew up just 20 miles from me.Say yes to Michigan!)

In addition to being a fantastic actor,he's also easy on the eyes...but you knew that already.You can follow him on Twitter.

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GOOD LORD.I'll take one of each please.

October 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

Oh,I met Chino!He's super tiny

October 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Back in 2010,just like his son Chino now,Ricardo Darín was also in two different BFLF submissions.He was in Spain's "The Dancer and the Thief"and in Argentina's "The Secret in Their Eyes"."Dancer"didn't make it to a nomination,and "Secret"won the Oscar.
At Spain's Goya Awards,he was nominated as Best Lead Actor for "Secret"and as Best Supporting Actor for "Dancer".He lost in both categories.

October 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterMarcos

Sheesh,so many hot man things here.I'm partial to a handsome bespectacled face,so my #1 pick might just have to be Alban Ukaj.But that's just at the moment.Chino Darín is just plain intimidating,he's so beautiful.

Nathaniel: I am from Michigan,too!Sing along,won't you?"Say YES to Michigan!Say Yes,Yes,Yes!"

October 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Lukas Dhont for me ...LOL ...I know he's the director but he's just perfection.

October 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterRod

Chino Darin is sexy and talented.He first caught my attention in "Death in Buenos Aires"(2014) where he plays a rookie policeman who is use as bait to snare a gay criminal.Hot Chino also arises homosexual urges in his other macho officers- a stylish sexy noir

October 12,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

why is no one thirsty.I really thought y'all would drool for this post.

October 13,2018 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

@NATHANIELR We are better than that.( Looking down at you,Michelle Yeoh in CRA style.)

October 13,2018 | Unregistered CommenterEvaGr


I knew I saw his face somewhere before!Good lord,even the straight guys in that movie lusted after him.Sheesh!

October 13,2018 | Unregistered CommenterIsmael

Steven Yeun is SO so good in Burning.Comfortably on my Supporting Actor ballot this year.Less of an obvious hunk but also stellar is Arieh Worthalter in Girl.

October 15,2018 | Unregistered CommenterDuncan Dykes

Good list Nathaniel.You forgot Javier Gutiérrez in "Campeones";)

October 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie

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