The shortlist for Best Foreign-Language movie at the Academy Awards has just been announced and Lebanon’s Where Do We Go Now is not on it.
Therefore, we are no longer in the race for an Oscar nomination.
The nine shortlisted movies, out of which five will be selected for nomination, are:
Canada, “Monsieur Lazhar,”
Iran, “A Separation,”
Morocco, “Omar Killed Me,”
Poland, “In Darkness,”
Taiwan, “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale.”
That’s it, fellow Lebanese, I guess we were too foolishly optimistic about our chances. I guess having a movie from Iran, Israel and Lebanon in a shortlist was too much for the region. Till next time, I guess (which means till Nadine Labaki’s third movie). You’d think winning the same prize that the King’s Speech and Slumdog Millionaire won, at one of the world’s top festivals, would be enough to pull an Oscar nomination for a movie. But I guess politics is more important.