'Transit' fails to secure Oscar nomination

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Monday, December 23, 2013

FILIPINO independent film "Transit" did not make the cut in the Foreign Language Film category of the upcoming 86th Academy Awards.

The Oscars recently released the nine shortlisted films for consideration on its official website. From nine, the Academy will then winnow down the list to five nominees.

Out of 76 countries, Belgium's "The Broken Circle Breakdown" by Felix van Groeningen made it alongside "An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker" by Danis Tanovic from Bosnia and Herzegovina, "The Missing Picture" by Rithy Panh from Cambodia, Denmark's "The Hunt" by Thomas Vinterberg, and "Two Lives" by Georg Maas representing Germany.

Completing the nine entries are Hong Kong's "The Grandmaster" by Wong Kar-wai, "The Notebook" from Hungary by Janos Szasz, Italy's "The Great Beauty" by Paolo Sorrentino and Hany Abu-Assad's "Omar" from the Palestinian Territories.

Aside from the "Transit," Filipino-themed movies "Metro Manila" and "Iloilo," which represents Great Britain and Singapore, respectively, also did not make the cut.

The final five films in the Foreign Language Film category, as well as other nominees, will be announced on Thursday, January 16 at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California.

The 86th Academy Awards meanwhile is scheduled on March 2 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood & Highland Center, Los Angeles, California.

The event will be aired in more than 225 countries, including the Philippines, and will be hosted by television host Ellen DeGeneres. (Sunnex)


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