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    I can’t believe the news didn’t get to this board yet.
    Today the Spanish Academy has shortlisted three finalists for the International Feature Oscar. The chosen one will be named on September, 5th.:

    – ‘While At War’ (‘Mientras dure la guerra’), by Alejandro Amenábar. Amenábar won the Oscar in 2004 for ‘The Sea Inside’ which was also nominated for Best Makeup. A drama set in 1936, at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, with celebrated writer Miguel de Unamuno as the center of the story.
    – ‘Pain and Glory’ (‘Dolor y gloria’), by Pedro Almodóvar. The frontrunner. His most personal film to date.
    – Buñuel and the labyrinth of turtles’ (‘Buñuel y el laberinto de las tortugas’), by Salvador Simó Busom. Our animated hope for the Best Animated Feature Oscar, distributed by GKIDS and recently released in the US.

    If the Spanish Academy does not mess this thing up, they’ll probably go with Almodóvar once again. ‘Buñuel’ is popular right now as it’s the first animated feature to compete in this race and the movie is about one of our most beloved filmmakers. But it would be a waste since it could go Waltz with Basir (losing the nomination in Animation) or My Life as a Zucchini (losing the Foreign Language one). The movie by Amenábar, ‘Mientras dure la guerra’ has not yet seen the light but it seems to be solid and Amenábar is less divisive than Almodóvar in Spain. For now, I would dare to say ‘Pain and Glory’ has this in the bag but there’s room for a Talk to Her suprise.

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    Thatcher, Former Prime Minister of GoldDerby
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    Darlings, Spain should go with Pain and Glory if they want a dildo.

    I was your Prime Minister once.

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    Awardsfan1990
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    It’s going to be Pain & Glory. It’s pretty obvious, especially after Antonio Banderas’ Best Actor win at Cannes.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    Pain and Glory all the way! (: Almodovar might even make it in to Best Director and Antonio Banderas is imo a lock for a Best Actor nomination!

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    vndavid
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    The Spanish Academy just announced ‘Pain and Glory’ will be submitted to represent our country at the Best International Feature Film. Congratulations Pedro!

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    manakamana
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    The Spanish Academy just announced ‘Pain and Glory’ will be submitted to represent our country at the Best International Feature Film. Congratulations Pedro!

    Antonio’s Actor chances must have helped that out, because I almost thought they’d choose Amenábar! Hopefully Antonio doesn’t become another Ethan (even if that comes with a Pedro Screenplay nom).

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    Eddy Q
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    Antonio’s Actor chances must have helped that out, because I almost thought they’d choose Amenábar! Hopefully Antonio doesn’t become another Ethan (even if that comes with a Pedro Screenplay nom).

    He fits the profile of obligatory Sony Pictures Classics foreign language nominee, so he’ll probably be fine. Those types of nominations have recently happened more often in Best Actress but that might be just coincidence. And part of Ethan’s problem was apparently A24’s lacklustre campaign.

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    Aunt Peg
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    It’s going to be Pain & Glory. It’s pretty obvious, especially after Antonio Banderas’ Best Actor win at Cannes.

    I am inclined to agree. Though I personally think Parasite is a far superior film Pain & Glory is very Academy friendly, whereas Parasite I think will prove diverse enough to turn some viewers up. I have a couple of friends who didn’t mind Parasite but had issues with things about it – I don’t want to say what because I don’t want to spoil Parasite for anyone. But when I saw Parasite a second time a picked up something that I really overlooked the first time and it is this very thing that will alienate some viewers. I don’t have a problem with it but I can’t understand that others do.

    Pain & Glory is very safe Academy stuff and Banderass given the role of his life is going to help has well.

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