Cannes Proves Its Power Again in the Foreign-Language Golden Globe and Oscar Races

  • Variety
Having premiered half of the 10 films shortlisted for the international feature film Oscar and four of the five movies nominated in the Golden Globes’ foreign-language category, the Cannes Film Festival has once again proven its power to position non-English films in the awards season, ahead of the Venice, Toronto and Berlin fests.

Last year, six of the nine Oscar-shortlisted foreign-language films were Cannes titles, and three of the five Golden Globe nominees. There is also an increasing number of Cannes films being submitted by individual nations for Oscar consideration. Out of the 93 films submitted to the Academy in the international feature film category this year, 16 bowed on the Croisette.

Two of the films on the 2020 Oscar shortlist announced Monday are feature debuts that competed at Cannes: Ladj Ly’s timely police-brutality drama, “Les Miserables,” and Mati Diop’s supernatural romance, “Atlantics,” which represent France and Senegal, respectively, in the Oscar race.
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