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Director Wong Kar-wai's "The Grandmaster" among contenders for Oscar nomination

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences released its short list of Best Foreign Language Film contenders today.

"The Grandmaster" from Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai made the list of nine films that are semi-finalists to receive an Oscar nomination on January 16, 2014.

Wong Kar-wai's film tells the story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained legendary martial arts star Bruce Lee.

The nine films on the Best Foreign Language Film short-list are:

  • Belgium: “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Felix van Groeningen, director
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker,” Danis Tanovic, director
  • Cambodia: “The Missing Picture,” Rithy Panh, director
  • Denmark: “The Hunt,” Thomas Vinterberg, director
  • Germany: “Two Lives,” Georg Maas, director
  • Hong Kong: “The Grandmaster,” Wong Kar-wai, director
  • Hungary: “The Notebook,” Janos Szasz, director
  • Italy: “The Great Beauty,” Paolo Sorrentino, director
  • Palestine: “Omar,” Hany Abu-Assad, director

Five finalists films will be selected when the official Oscar nominations are unveiled January 16, 2014.

The Academy Awards will take place on March 2, 2014 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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