Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts & Sciences announced this morning that Drafthouse Films' Bullhead is among nine films out of sixty-three submissions competing over this weekend for nominations in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 84th Academy Awards®.
There were sixty-three films qualified for the Foreign Language category this year and among the final contenders are:
Belgium, Bullhead by Michael R. Roskam;
Canada, Monsieur Lazhar by Philippe Falardeau;
Denmark, Superclásico by Ole Christian Madsen;
Germany, Pina by Wim Wenders;
Iran, A Separation by Asghar Farhadi;
Israel, Footnote by Joseph Cedar;
Morocco, Omar Killed Me by Roschdy Zem;
Poland, In Darkness by Agnieszka Holland;
Taiwan, Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale by Wei Te-sheng
Michael Roskam's stunning debut about a domineering cattle farmer consistently pumped on steroids and hormones, played by Matthias Schoenaerts in an award-winning, ferocious breakout performance, will be screened this weekend by The Academy in advance of the Oscar® nominations announcement on January 24th.
The "Phase I" committee, made of several hundred Los Angeles-based voting Academy® members, screened the sixty-three foreign language submissions from mid-October to January 13. The group's top six choices, plus three additional selections voted by Breaking Bad Producer Mark Johnson's Foreign Language Executive Committee, constituted the official short list.