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Surprises, snubs in Oscars foreign film shortlist

Published on Dec 21, 2013 6:10 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Nine movies including Palestinian, Danish and Hong Kong movies have been shortlisted for the best foreign language film Oscar, organisers announced on Friday, offering surprises and some unexpected snubs.

Films left out included Saudi Arabia's first-ever candidate and Pakistan's first entry in five decades, while an Oscar-winning Iranian director also failed to make the cut.

Films by Belgian, Bosnian, Cambodian, German, Hungarian and Italian directors are on the shortlist, which did not include any women film-makers.

The Hunt by Dane Thomas Vinterberg, The Grandmaster from Hong Kong's Wong Kar-wai and The Great Beauty by Italian Paolo Sorrentino could be among the frontrunners.

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