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Sony Pictures Classics is usually the dominant force in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race -- they've won the award for the last four years running. But they took a knock when the Academy unveiled the nine-film shortlist last month: with "The Past" and "Wadjda" failing to make the cut, the savvy campaigners were left without a contender in the hunt. Until now. SPC has picked up one of the two distributor-less titles on the list, Hungary's hard-edged Holocaust drama "The Notebook." It was already a strong nomination possibility, given the Academy's seemingly tireless taste for films on that era. Now that it has Sony's undivided attention in this competitive category, however, it's a formidable threat. [Deadline]
Ramin Setoodeh looks at the list of 2013's highest-grossing female-directed films, and concludes that we still have a long way to go. [Variety]
Joaquin Phoenix was not entirely sold on his high-waisted trousers in "Her." [Hollywood Reporter]
Musical biopic "Monica Z" leads the nominations for Sweden's Guldbagge Awards. [Screen Daily]
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