Academy Awards 2012: 'A Separation' wins for foreign-language film
The Iranian film “A Separation” from director Asghar Farhadi took home the Oscar for foreign language film on Sunday.
The film’s story centers on a couple who must decide whether to leave Iran to offer their child a better life, or stay to take care of an ailing parent. Released in February 2011, "A Separation" was deemed an early front-runner by critics after a rare triple-prize-winning performance at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Competing against the movie at the 84th Academy Awards were Poland's “In Darkness” from director Agnieszka Holland, Canada's "Monsieur Lazhar" from director Philippe Falardeau, Belgium's “Bullhead” from director Michael R. Roskam and Israel’s “Footnote” from director Joseph Cedar.
After garnering high box office numbers and taking home the Golden Globe for foreign language film earlier this month, the film had come into the Oscar race with an undeniable edge.
The Academy Awards are taking place in Hollywood and are being televised live on ABC. They are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose membership was recently examined in depth by the Los Angeles Times.
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-- Nate Jackson
Photo: Leila Hatami, left, and Peyman Moadi in "A Separation." Credit: Habib Madjidi / Sony Pictures Classics.