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Snub: “Philomena” misses the cut in an all-foreign International Feature lineup
In most years, at least one British film makes the cut in the Best International Film category at the Spirits – often one that’s poised for crossover success in the general awards race – and the signs pointed to “Philomena” being this year’s representative. Stephen Frears’ classy tearjerker has registered strongly on the festival circuit, winning Best Screenplay at Venice and coming second to “12 Years a Slave” in the public vote at Toronto. It boasts at least one surefire Oscar contender in leading lady Judi Dench, and its healthy nomination at the BIFAs (the Spirits’ UK equivalent) bodes well for BAFTA success. But the Spirits passed it over for a quintet of artsier, less broadly accessible foreign-language films – not the wrong call at all, but an unexpected one.
- Guy Lodge