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Nine films advance in Foreign Language Oscar race

Oscar nominations in all categories will be announced Jan.15
By Karen Butler   |   Dec. 20, 2014 at 3:53 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

Eighty-three films had originally been considered for the race. Five will eventually be nominated for the Oscar.

The nine films on the short list, named in alphabetical order by country, are:

Argentina, Wild Tales, Damián Szifrón, director

Estonia, Tangerines, Zaza Urushadze, director

Georgia, Corn Island, George Ovashvili, director

Mauritania, Timbuktu, Abderrahmane Sissako, director

Netherlands, Accused, Paula van der Oest, director

Poland, Ida, Paweł Pawlikowski, director

Russia, Leviathan, Andrey Zvyagintsev, director

Sweden, Force Majeure, Ruben Östlund, director

Venezuela, The Liberator, Alberto Arvelo, director

Oscar nominations in all categories will be announced Jan.15 in the academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Winners will be revealed Feb. 22 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC. Neil Patrick Harris is to host the ceremony.

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New Sony leak shows the next James Bond could be Idris Elba

Elba would be the first black James Bond.
By Thor Benson Contact the Author   |   Dec. 20, 2014 at 3:06 PM
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CULVER CITY, Calif., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A recently discovered email released through the Sony Pictures hack reveals the company's co-chairman, Amy Pascal, wants Idris Elba to be the next James Bond.

"Idris should be the next bond," the email from Pascal to Elizabeth Cantillon, the former executive vice president of production for Columbia Pictures, says.

Daniel Craig only has one more Bond movie on his contract after the upcoming Spectre, according to The Daily Beast, and he told Rolling Stone in 2012 that he's been trying to get out of the role since he started it.

"I've been trying to get out of this from the very moment I got into it," Craig said. "But they won't let me go."

Elba has expressed interest in the role and seems likely to take it if offered.

North Korea has been blamed for the Sony hacks by the FBI, and the nation recently denied those claims and announced it wants to cooperate with the United States for a joint investigation.

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