Forty-nine countries have submitted films to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Academy Award consideration in the Foreign Language Film Award category, Academy President Frank Pierson announced on Friday.
It might still be eight months before the 77th Annual Academy Awards are handed out in Hollywood, but that hasn’t stopped the Academy and others from making important decisions that may affect your enjoyment of the veritable cornucopia of tchotchkes handed out between December and February.
Now that the Academy Awards have been awarded for the films of 2003, we can start to look ahead towards the likely nominees for this year.
At this time last year, Charlize Theron was in Central Florida, filming what would become her Oscar-winning performance in “Monster,” independently, without the support of a distribution deal. Sofia Coppola’s “Lost In Translation” was barely a blip on the radar screens of even the most ardent Bill Murray fan. Since it would be nigh near impossible to predict who will be at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles a year from now, this list is meant to begin a discussion between friends and family, to place early focus on what will hopefully be a deserving crop of films in 2004.
Can the outcome of the Oscars be predicted by looking at a statistical breakdown of certain factors relating to the major categories? How important is it to have the most nominations? Are films released before September really ignored? Can one win an Oscar, even though they appear in the lowest-grossing film nominated in that category? Looking at the ten major categories over the past 25 ceremonies (1978 to 2002) and found some surprising mathematical data, which may give some pause about who might win Sunday night.
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to activate the category for the 76th Academy Awards.
Eleven films were accepted as eligible to compete by the executive committee of the Short Films and Feature Animation branch of the Academy, which recommended that the Award be given for this year.
Robert Zemeckis has one. Spike Lee as well. “Monsters, Inc.” writer/director Pete Docter has one, but his boss, John Lassiter, has two. What is it? It’s a Student Academy Award.