It took them long enough, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences finally released the names of sixty-five contenders for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar this week.

As many of the countries had already announced their submissions, there weren't any surprises on the list.  However, as noted last week, the Academy hasn't had a good track record recently of selecting the most deserving nominees or winners for that matter.

The most likely eventual nominees are bolded below.  The final five will be announced on Oscar Nomination Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010.

 



Albania, “Alive!,” Artan Minarolli, director
Argentina, “El Secreto de Sus Ojos,” Juan Jose Campanella, director
Armenia, “Autumn of the Magician,” Rouben Kevorkov and Vaheh Kevorkov, directors
Australia, “Samson & Delilah,” Warwick Thornton, director
Austria, “For a Moment Freedom,” Arash T. Riahi, director
Bangladesh, “Beyond the Circle,” Golam Rabbany Biplob, director
Belgium, “The Misfortunates,” Felix van Groeningen, director
Bolivia, “Zona Sur,” Juan Carlos Valdivia, director
Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Nightguards,” Namik Kabil, director
Brazil, “Time of Fear,” Sergio Rezende, director
Bulgaria, “The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner,” Stephan Komandarev, director
Canada, “I Killed My Mother,” Xavier Dolan, director
Chile, “Dawson, Isla 10,” Miguel Littin, director
China, “Forever Enthralled,” Chen Kaige, director
Colombia, “The Wind Journeys,” Ciro Guerra, director
Croatia, “Donkey,” Antonio Nuic, director
Cuba, “Fallen Gods,” Ernesto Daranas, director
Czech Republic, “Protektor,” Marek Najbrt, director
Denmark, “Terribly Happy,” Henrik Ruben Genz, director
Estonia, “December Heat,” Asko Kase, director
Finland, “Letters to Father Jacob,” Klaus Haro, director
France, “Un Prophete,” Jacques Audiard, director
Georgia, “The Other Bank,” George Ovashvili, director
Germany, “The White Ribbon,” Michael Haneke, director
Greece, “Slaves in Their Bonds,” Tony Lykouressis, director
Hong Kong, “Prince of Tears,” Yonfan, director
Hungary, “Chameleon,” Krisztina Goda, director
Iceland, “Reykjavik-Rotterdam,” Oskar Jonasson, director
India, “Harishchandrachi Factory,” Paresh Mokashi, director
Indonesia, “Jamila and the President,” Ratna Sarumpaet
Iran, “About Elly,” Asghar Farhadi, director
Israel, “Ajami,” Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, director
Italy, “Baaria,” Giuseppe Tornatore, director
Japan, “Nobody to Watch over Me,” Ryoichi Kimizuka, director

Kazakhstan, “Kelin,” Ermek Tursunov, director
Korea, “Mother,” Joon-ho Bong, director
Lithuania, “Vortex,” Gytis Luksas, director
Luxembourg, “Refractaire,” Nicolas Steil, director
Macedonia, “Wingless,” Ivo Trajkov, director
Mexico, “Backyard,” Carlos Carrera, director
Morocco, “Casanegra,” Nour-Eddine Lakhmari, director
The Netherlands, “Winter in Wartime,” Martin Koolhoven, director
Norway, “Max Manus,” Espen Sandberg and Joachim Roenning, directors
Peru, “The Milk of Sorrow,” Claudia Llosa, director
Philippines, “Grandpa Is Dead,” Soxie H. Topacio, director
Poland, “Reverse,” Borys Lankosz, director
Portugal, “Doomed Love,” Mario Barroso, director
Puerto Rico, “Kabo and Platon,” Edmundo H. Rodriguez, director
Romania, “Police, Adjective,” Corneliu Porumboiu, director
Russia, “Ward No. 6,” Karen Shakhnazarov, director
Serbia, “St. George Shoots the Dragon,” Srdjan Dragojevic, director
Slovakia, “Broken Promise,” Jiri Chlumsky, director
Slovenia, “Landscape No. 2,” Vinko Moderndorfer, director
South Africa, “White Wedding,” Jann Turner, director
Spain, “The Dancer and the Thief,” Fernando Trueba, director
Sri Lanka, “The Road from Elephant Pass,” Chandran Rutnam
Sweden, “Involuntary,” Ruben Ostlund, director
Switzerland, “Home,” Ursula Meier, director
Taiwan, “No Puedo Vivir sin Ti,” Leon Dai, director
Thailand, “Best of Times,” Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, director
Turkey, “I Saw the Sun,” Mahsun Kirmizigul, director
United Kingdom, “Afghan Star,” Havana Marking, director
Uruguay, “Bad Day for Fishing,” Alvaro Brechner, director
Venezuela, “Libertador Morales, El Justiciero,” Efterpi Charalambidis, director
Vietnam, “Don’t Burn It,” Dang Nhat Minh