Potential nominees for Oscars' Best Foreign Language Film list cut to nine

Hong Kong director WONG KAR-WAI's THE GRANDMASTER and Italian filmmaker PAOLO SORRENTINO's THE GREAT BEAUTY are among the nine semi-finalists for the 2014 Oscars' Best Foreign Language Film category.

Representatives from a record 76 countries submitted their top picks for the Academy Award in October (13), and the longlist has been gradually cut down in the run-up to the 2014 prizegiving.

The contenders were reduced to nine on Friday (20Dec13) and the new list also features: The Broken Circle Breakdown by Felix van Groeningen (Belgium); An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker from Danis Tanovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina); The Missing Picture by Rithy Panh (Cambodia); The Hunt by Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark); Two Lives from Georg Maas (Germany), The Notebook by Janos Szasz (Hungary), and Hany Abu-Assad's Omar (Palestine).

The final shortlist will feature five movies in contention for the big prize and will be announced on 16 January (14), when the Oscar nominations will be unveiled.

The 86th Academy Awards will take place in Hollywood on 2 March (14).

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