Thailand and the Philippines announce Oscar submissions

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
September 27th, 2010

It’s getting to be that time.

With the deadline for foreign Oscar submissions coming this Friday, a few countries have jumped the gun and already announced their selections.

First, according to Variety, Thailand has selected Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Palme d’Or winner, UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES, to contend for the Best Foreign Langauge Film at the upcoming Academy Awards. 

Variety is also reporting that the Philippines has selected NOY, a Dondon Santos directed docu-drama, which “tracks a young man from the slums who poses as a journo to document the ascent of his namesake Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III who goes on to become President-elect of the Philippines.”

Personally, I think the true winner of this pair will be UNCLE BOONMEE which, while not quite the type of film that would typically go over with the Academy, is a film with enough sufficient buzz to carry a bit of weight. I haven’t seen either of these films, so I can’t quite say what I think is the better film, but it’s hard to argue with the Palme d’Or. 

More on Foreign Oscar submissions when they are announced.

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