Oscar Handicap 2010: Foreign Language Film

We continue our annual Oscar Handicap with the Best Foreign Language Film category.

(For explanations as to how our scoring system works, make sure to read our first article in the series, Best Picture of the Year, linked at the bottom of this article.)

They might not have the audience they once enjoyed, but films made outside of America often tell us stories American filmmakers can not or will not tell. This year’s batch, from strange events happening in a small German to an epic tale of modern mafia life in Italy, continue the fine tradition of honoring some of the best films from the rest of the world.

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Oscar Handicap 2009: Best Picture of the Year

We conclude this year’s series of articles with the most important and prestigious award in all cinema.

Can one win an Oscar even though they appear in the lowest-grossing film nominated in that category? Or win in an acting category being the only one whose film is not also nominated for Best Picture? We took a look many of the major categories over the past 30 ceremonies (for the films of 1978 through 2007), as well as select statistical data from all 80 previous ceremonies, and found some surprising mathematical data, which may give some pause about who might win on February 22.

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