The French film BPM (Beats Per Minute), about ACT UP Paris in 1992, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival last year and has been a hit among the HIV community (and others) stateside, where it is still being released. But, alas, the movie won’t be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
As IndieWire reports, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a shortlist of the nine foreign language films still in the running to be Oscar nominees, and BPM did not make the cut. The academy received 92 foreign language submissions this year; ultimately, five will be nominated in this category.
All the final Oscar nominees will be announced Tuesday, January 23. The 90th Academy Awards will be held Sunday, March 9.
BPM wasn’t the only surprise snub in this category. Angelina Jolie, who directed the Cambodian-language war drama First They Killed My Father, also didn’t make the shortlist.
Slate film reviewer Dana Steven best summed up the shortlist situation in a recent article praising the AIDS film: “America better not let BPM’s Oscar snub stop it from seeing this movie.”
The following nine films made the shortlist for the foreign language category. They’re listed by country, title and director:
- Chile, A Fantastic Woman, Sebastián Lelio
- Germany, In the Fade, Fatih Akin
- Hungary, On Body and Soul, Ildikó Enyedi
- Israel, Foxtrot, Samuel Maoz
- Lebanon, The Insult, Ziad Doueiri
- Russia, Loveless, Andrey Zvyagintsev
- Senegal, Félicité, Alain Gomis
- South Africa, The Wound, John Trengove
- Sweden, The Square, Ruben Östlund
For a POZ interview with BPM’s director and two main stars, read “Why AIDS Film BPM Has So Many Love Scenes—and So Much Dancing.”