Angelina Jolie just got more good news about her new film “First They Killed My Father,” which opened on Sept. 15 to rave reviews. Cambodia is submitting the Netflix release, which chronicles the horrific childhood of Loung Ung under the deadly Khmer Rouge of the 1970s, for Oscar consideration as Best Foreign Language Film. There had been some question as to whether the current government of Cambodia would endorse the film in such a public manner.
“First They Killed My Father” will now face off against upwards of 90 other Oscar contenders for one of the five Foreign Language Film nominations. These are arrived at by a two-step process that will begin after the Oct. 2 deadline for countries to submit entries.
First, the several hundred academy members of the screening committee are divided into groups and required to watch a number of the submissions over a two-month period that ends in mid December. They will rate these from 6 to 10 and their top six vote-getters move on to the next round. In addition, three films will be added by the 20 members of the executive committee. Those latter picks tend to be films far less accessible than “First They Killed My Father.”
The nine semi-finalists will then be screened three per day beginning in early January by select committee members in both New York and Hollywood who will then vote for the final five which will be revealed, along with the other Oscar nominations on Jan. 23, 2018.
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