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For Your Consideration: The Foreign Language Race Arrives

For Your Consideration: The Foreign Language Race Arrives

It's generally an assured equation: Oscars + Foreign Language Film Category = Outrage. Sometimes, the fault lies with Academy voters (as it did when "Departures" won the Oscar in 2008 over what most viewed as two greatly superior nominees - "Waltz With Bashir" and "The Class;" or when "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," "Persepolis" and "Volver" were all left off the ballot in 2007). And sometimes, the national submission committees are at fault (like in 2010 when Italy submitted "La Prima Cosa Bella" over "I Am Love"). Last year, there were quite a few controversies from both sides of the equation. Albania originally submitted "The Forgiveness of Blood," but it was rejected due to protest of Bujar Alimani, the director of another Albanian film, "Amnesty." He made the case that "Blood" shouldn't be eligible to represent Albania because its director, Joshua Marston,...

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