LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Biutiful,” which earned Javier Bardem a best-actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival, is among the contenders for foreign-language honors at the Academy Awards.
Also among Oscar submissions from 65 countries that were announced Wednesday is Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” which won the top Cannes award, the Palme d’Or, last May.
The second-place winner at Cannes, Xavier Beauvois’ “Of Gods and Men,” is France’s Oscar entry, while Semih Kaplanoglu’s “Honey”, which won the top honor at February’s Berlin film festival, is Turkey’s submission.
The Oscar list also includes the first-ever entries from Ethiopia (Davey Frankel and Rasselas Lakew’s “The Athlete”) and Greenland (Otto Rosing and Torben Bech’s “Nuummioq”).
Inarritu previously competed at the Oscars with 2006’s “Babel,” whose seven nominations included best picture and director.
Nominations are due out Jan. 25, with the 83rd Oscar ceremony following on Feb. 27.
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