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IndieWire’s Movie Podcast (116): What’s the Deal With the Foreign Language Oscar Submissions?

Plus: Why "La La Land" may not be a longterm best picture frontrunner, "Sully" keeps soaring, and Fantastic Fest is on a roll.


Tuesday, November 29, 7:30 p.m.

In many ways, the Oscar race is still just starting. We have yet to see a lot of highly anticipated contenders, and the campaigns for some of the more prominent films have yet to take complete shape. But the situation is slightly different for foreign language contenders, now that numerous countries have submitted their selections to contend for the shortlist. So what’s the deal with the foreign language Oscar process — and why is it up to the countries, rather than than Academy voters, to choose the best overseas options from the past year?

That’s a central topic in this week’s episode of Screen Talk, in which Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson look through the submissions to see which ones have serious potential. They also look at the recent triumph of “La La Land” at the Toronto International Film Festival, and why this may not be the big Oscar boost everyone expects. And Kohn explains why he’s dialing into this week’s episode from Austin’s Fantastic Fest, a gathering for genre fans with more influence than you might think.

Listen to the full episode above.

Screen Talk is available on iTunes. You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter or sound off in the comments. Browse previous installments here, review the show on and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. Check out the rest of IndieWire’s podcasts on iTunes right here.

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