Wednesday Roundup: Oscar foreign film shortlist; PaleyFest 2010 lineup
From an original list of 65, nine films remain in the derby for the foreign language film Oscar at the 82nd Academy Awards. The short list:
"El Secreto de Sus Ojos" (Argentina)
"Samson and Delilah" (Australia)
"The World is Big and Salvation is Right Around the Corner" (Bulgaria)
"Un Prophete (A Prophet)" (France)
"The White Ribbon" (Germany)
"Winter in Wartime" (The Netherlands)
"The Milk of Sorrow" (Peru)
Missing from this list are such critical and popular favorites as Romania's "Police, Adjective," Sweden's "Involuntary," Canada's "I Killed My Mother" (the latter two both recent winners at the Palm Springs International Film Festival), the U.K. documentary "Afghan Star," "Mother" from Korea's Bong Joon-ho, and recent Golden Globe nominee "Baaria" from Italy. With "White Ribbon" director Michael Haneke pulling somewhat into the lead with his Golden Globe win on Sunday, the race seems to be his to win, but there remains competition from Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet" and Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani's "Ajami," both of which, like "Ribbon," took honors at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, among many other awards.
From here, the list will be pared to five nominees by committees in New York and Los Angeles. They'll spend Jan. 29-31 (nice work if you can get it) screening the films on the short list and then picking the official nominees. Their decision, along with the rest of this year's nominees, will be announced Feb. 2, with the ceremony itself taking place March 7. Place your bets now.
Meanwhile, in the Land of Television, the Paley Center for Media has announced its lineup for the 27th PaleyFest, which presents panel discussions with the cast and creators of some of the most popular and critically acclaimed current series, including recent Golden Globe winner "Glee" as well as such hits as "Modern Family," "NCIS," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Cougar Town" and "Dexter." Audiences get to see highlights or episodes from the shows and then engage in a Q&A with the attending talent. This year's roster, which takes place from Feb. 26 to March 14:
Feb. 26: "Modern Family"
Feb. 27: "Lost"
March 1: "NCIS"
March 3: "Community"
March 4: "Dexter"
March 5: "Cougar Town"
March 6: "The Vampire Diaries"
March 9: An evening with Seth Macfarlane and friends
March 10: "Breaking Bad"
March 11: "Flashforward"
March 12: "Men of a Certain Age"
March 13: "Glee"
March 14: "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
In addition, recorded discussions with panels from the past 27 PaleyFests will screen from Feb. 24 through March 14. Got a burning question for the folks from "Lost?" Dying to find out what the cast of "True Blood" said last year? Here's your place to find that satisfaction.
-- Paul Gaita
Top photo: Image from "The White Ribbon." Credit: Sony Pictures Classics.
Bottom photo: Seth Macfarlane. Credit: Getty Images.
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