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Sep 18 2012

Foreign Oscar Updates.Will France Finally Win Again?

With France's official announcement that the blockbusterThe Intouchableswill be theirOfficial Oscar submission for Best Foreign Film,is the race already over?Its global tally currently rests atan astounding $364 million dollars,most of that from overseas bank.The film hasn't been ignored in American arthouse theaters exactly but it's $9 million gross and mainstream appeal (it's even in the IMDb top 100) qualifies it as a major arthouse hit but no crossover slam dunk;roughly speaking it's a hit the way last year's foreign film winner,the instant classicA Separation,was or the wayBeasts of the Southern Wildis.

French cinema has had a complex intermittently passionate long-distance relationship with Hollywood since cinema began and that is reflected in their Oscar success over the years both in this category and others.France leads all countries in most Foreign Film nominations by a wide margin (36 nominees to Italy's 26) but surprisingly they have not won since the Catherine Deneuve dramaIndochinerocked US arthouses twenty years ago.Will this Gallic sort-of variation onDriving Miss Daisy(is that too dismissive?) be a lock for Oscar love or will last year's swerve towards critically prestigious international cinema signal a sea change to new glory days for the category?(Yes,I still have impromptu ecstatic flashbacks toA Separation's win)

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Current Predictions- Australia,Austria,Denmark,France and Romania
Albania through Iran- 15 official submissions (thus far...updates in progress)
Italy through Venezuala- 16 official submissions (thus far...updates in progress)

Amelie netflix illustration by Tim Hodge (click for original source)A collection of France's biggest Oscar hits if you'd like to catch up with a movie marathon at home...after the jump

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