Nine films out of 71 have advanced passed the first round on the journey to the Oscars. The list, which be pared down to five nominees on Jan. 10, include Golden Globe nominees “Amour” (Austria), “A Royal Affair” (Denmark), “The Intouchables"(France), and “Kon-Tiki” (Norway).
French film “Rust and Bone," the fifth Golden Globe nominee, was not considered for the shortlist because the Academy Award rules dictate that each country may only submit only one film from the eligible time period. (The French film industry elected "The Intouchables," the second highest-grossing French film of all-time over the arguably more ambitious "Rust and Bone").
The full shortlist, featuring country and directors, below:
Austria, "Amour", Michael Haneke
Canada, "War Witch", Kim Nguyen
Chile, "No", Pablo Larraín
Denmark, "A Royal Affair", Nikolaj Arcel
France, "The Intouchables", Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano
Iceland, "The Deep", Baltasar Kormákur
Norway, "Kon-Tiki", Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
Romania, "Beyond the Hills", Cristian Mungiu
Switzerland, "Sister", Ursula Meier
The 85th Academy Awards will held on Feb. 24.