Out of 80 accepted Oscar submissions (one, from Afghanistan, was disqualified for containing what was considered more English-language dialogue that is permitted to be eligible in the category), nine features have been shortlisted to advance to the next round of voting in which 30 Academy members, chosen at random from multiple branches of the organization, will watch the films over a a period of three days to select the finalists.
The five nominees will be announced on January 14, 2016 alongside all other categories.
As expected Hungary’s “Son of Saul” and France’s Turkish-language “Mustang” made the cut following their Golden Globe nominations in the same category. Two other Golden Globe nominees, “The Fencer” and “The Brand New Testament,” also made the cut.
The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:
Belgium, “The Brand New Testament,” Jaco Van Dormael, director;
Colombia, “Embrace of the Serpent,” Ciro Guerra, director;
Denmark, “A War,” Tobias Lindholm, director;
Finland, “The Fencer,” Klaus Härö, director;
France, “Mustang,” Deniz Gamze Ergüven, director;
Germany, “Labyrinth of Lies,” Giulio Ricciarelli, director;
Hungary, “Son of Saul,” László Nemes, director;
Ireland, “Viva,” Paddy Breathnach, director;
Jordan, “Theeb,” Naji Abu Nowar, director.