Our look at the Oscar nominations come to a close today and we finish by looking at the nominees for Best Foreign Language Film.

In recent years the likes of A Separation, In A Better World, The Secret In Their Eyes and Departures have been triumphant and it looks set to be another close run thing.

We take a closer look at the five great movies that have been recognised in this category.


Amour was one of the big winners when the nominations were announced as it picked up more nods than everyone was expecting.

It was a favourite for a nod in this category but it went on to pick up nominations in Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Director for Michael Haneke.

Amour has been lighting up cinemas and winning over audiences wherever it has played as it is an emotional story that sees a relationship put to the test.

Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintigant play and elderly married couple who's lives are turned upside down when she suffers a stroke.

This is a movie that takes a fearless looks at old age and the problems that come with it as well as tackling the idea of mortality.

Amour is perhaps the favourite to take away this Best Foreign Language Film Oscar next month.


Kon-Tiki sees Norway in the mix for this Oscar as Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg team up in the director's chair.

The movie tells the story of legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300 miles crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, in an effort prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

Kon-Tiki has made history this year as the first Norwegian film to be nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Oscar.

The film has been a huge hit at home and the Weinstein Company have got the rights to distribute it throughout the U.S. and UK.


Pablo Larrain is back in the director's chair with his new movie No and represents Chile in this category.

The movie sees Gael García Bernal lead the cast with the lead role of Rene Saavedra while Alfredo Castro and Antonia Zegers will also star.

The film follows an ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum.

No did well on the festival circuit last year as it went on to win the Art Cinema Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

A Royal Affair

A Royal Affair was one of the best foreign language films that I saw last year and it was a historical drama from director Nikolaj Arcel.

Starring Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander the movie follows a young queen who falls in love with her physician and together they try to bring about a revolution in Denmark.

Arcel has delivered a movie that is both visually stunning as well as emotionally engaging and it really is not to be missed.

War Witch

War Witch is the final film in this category and it come from Canada and is directed by Kim Nguyen.

The movie is set in Africa and follows a fourteen year old girl as she tells her unborn child a story about her life and the wars that she has seen.

War Witch competed for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival last year while Rachel Mwanz won the Silver Bear for her fantastic central performance.

The winners will be announced 24th February.

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