Oscar Notes: Critics’ Choice Awards Dated and 32 Foreign Language Contenders


wadjaSeveral films have been added to the list of films submitted for consideration at the 2014 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category since I last updated the page and today a total of 32 films make the list with a couple of interesting and notable entries.

To begin we have Haifaa al-Mansour‘s Wadjda serving as the first film to ever be submitted from Saudi Arabia and it just so happens it’s also the first film in the country to be directed by a woman.

There’s also the interesting French submission of Renoir as they very well could have submit any one of Francois Ozon‘s latest features or even Asghar Farhadi‘s The Past, the latter, of course, would have been a surprise considering while the film is a largely French production, Farhadi not being a French director makes it a less likely submission. Considering Blue is the Warmest Color isn’t releasing in time for submission, the result was going to be interesting either way, but having not seen Renoir I can’t say anything to its quality.

You can find the full, up-to-date list right here.

Next up, I’ve added a ton of new dates to the awards calendar including the following:

  • Wednesday, December 4th – National Board of Review Awards Announced
  • Thursday, January 16th – 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards
  • Saturday, February 1st – ASC Winners Announced
  • Saturday, February 8th – Art Directors Guild Awards
  • Wednesday, February 12th – 12th Annual VES Awards
  • Saturday, February 15th – 2014 ACE Eddie Awards
  • Saturday, February 22nd – 50th Annual CAS Awards
  • Saturday, February 22nd – 15th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards
  • Saturday, March 1st – 2014 Independent Spirit Awards

You can find the complete schedule right here, which also includes nomination announcements and more. You’ll also want to start tracking the RopeofSilicon Oscar® Overture once the awards start being handed out.