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Oscar nominee release dates and predictions

Theatrical poster for A Prophet.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences may have already made their nominations for Best Foreign Language Film but when can you actually see these films in theaters? Below is a list of the Oscar nominated foreign movies coming out in Los Angeles in the following months.

A Prophet (France)-  Plays in L.A. 2/26- Movie from Jacques Audiard about a man who goes to prison and is taken under the wing of gang leaders while incarcerated. Young and illiterate when he enters prison, he quickly becomes hardened and comes into his own during his imprisonment. 

Poster for Ajami.

Ajami (Israel) - Playing currently in L.A. at the Laemmle 5- A crime drama that deals with the intersecting lives of several Jews, Muslims, and Christians living in Israel.

 The Secrets in Their Eyes: Sony has set a 4/16 release date for the film- A retired court employee decides to investigate a thirty year old crime finds himself confronted by his own past.

Theatrical poster for The Secret in Their Eyes.

Oscar Predictions? It's hard to say anything with confidence after last year's unexpected turn of events in the foreign language category. As some of you may recall, the Japanese film Departures shocked many by winning the Oscar, beating out the heavily favored Waltz with Bashir and The Class. However, Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon has done well at festivals and with critics and the French film A Prophet has been well received. The White Ribbon also won the foreign language Golden Globe. Though this is not an assurance of Oscar gold, The White Ribbon still seems like the best bet for Oscar night. The awards ceremony airs March 7.

 Other upcoming releases:

These films may not be Oscar nominated, but they're still pretty cool. Click on the titles for more information on individual movies.

Mother (Korea):  3/12

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Sweden): 3/19

The Good, The Bad, The Weird (Korea):  4/19



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