Those Oscar Missed: Best Foreign Language Film

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Best Foreign Language Film has always been a little odd to me.  It isn’t the quality of work that gets nominated that worries me, but it’s the politics that can sometimes prevent a certain film from being submitted by its native country in the first place.  It’s hard to complain because so many exemplary foreign language films have been nominated over the years.  I really wish that the director would also be a recipient for this category in addition to the submitting country, but I’ll just have to settle for hoping that this happens someday.  There have been some surprising omissions in this category, and now I will translate into English those major snubs.

One major snub is 1957’s Wild Strawberries.  Written and directed by Ingmar Bergman, this film features Victor Sjostrom as a 78 year-old widowed physician who, while traveling from Stockholm to Lund…

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