Ilo Ilo's winning streak snapped, not short listed for Oscar
Ilo Ilo has been pipped to the Oscar's best foreign film shortlist by Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai's martial arts movie The Grandmaster.
Just last month, local director Anthony Chen's family drama had beaten The Grandmaster to emerge triumphant as Best Feature Film at the Golden Horse Awards.
The shortlist of nine films was released by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Dec 20. The other Asian contender is Khmer Rouge documentary The Missing Picture, from Cambodia's Rithy Panh.
The final five nominees will be announced on Jan 16.