The dynamics behind the way the best foreign film oscar nominees are chosen, is tricky. But basicly, each country chooses one film to be eligible in the competition.
Pedro Almodovar's film Volver staring Penelope Cruz has been selected as the film to represent Spain in this year's foreign film race.
This is significant becaues Volver has received significant buzz, including winning best screenplay and best actress (for the female ensamble cast) at this year's Cannes film festival.
This announcements practicly makes Volver a shoe-in at least for a foriegn film nomination.
Director Almodovar (right) is not newcomer to the Oscar race. Almodovar won the Academy Award for best original screenplay in 2003 for Hable con ella (Talk to Her), and was also nominated for best director that same year.
I usually don't stay on top of the Foreign Film Race at this stage in the game but many countries have begun announcing their selections.
Including (to name a few that have been announced):
Algeria - Indigènes (Days of Glory)
Australia - Ten Canoes
Brazil - Movies, Aspirin, and Vultures
China - Curse of the Golden Flower
Japan - Hula Girls
Norway - Reprise
Phillipines - The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros
Vietnam - Pao's Story
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