By Anjelica Oswald
As the Oct. 1 deadline approaches for foreign language submissions, countries are starting to name their entries or at least schedule their announcements. Germany, Turkey, Sweden, and Mexico are among the countries who have already announced their entries. Belgium intends on announcing its choice on Sept. 19, Canada is releasing its option Sept. 23 and Denmark is choosing its submission from a shortlist of three films on Sept. 18. Other countries have also scheduled their announcements for later this month.
A record 76 films were submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last year for best foreign language film. A shortlist of nine films was released in December and then the final five nominees were announced in January. In the end, Paolo Sorrentino‘s The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) won Italy its 11th Oscar, the most foreign-language wins of any country. Italy has yet to announce an official submission, but they released a shortlist of seven films that they will choose from and announce on Sept. 24.