LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A record 92 countries have entered the race hoping to snag an Oscar for best foreign language film at next year's awards.
Among the contenders that have created a buzz this year are Angelina Jolie's First They Killed My Father from Cambodia, Robin Camillo's BPM (Beats Per Minute) from France, Ziad Doueiri's The Insult from Lebanon and Joachim Trier's Thelma from Norway.
Swedish art world satire The Square, directed by Ruben Ostlund, was the shock winner at the Cannes Film Festival this year and is also among the contenders.
First-time entrants include Haiti, Laos and Syria.
Last year's winner was Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman.
He boycotted the ceremony over US President Donald Trump's visa ban barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, from entering the United States.
The Oscars will be held on March 4 in Hollywood.