Nine films – seven out of them produced in Europe - will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 85th Academy Awards. The shortlist will be winnowed down to the five nominees by specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles. The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10. Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013.

The contenders include:

Amour , film focus - Michael Haneke - Austria

A Royal Affair, film focus - Nikolaj Arcel - Denmark

The Untouchables - Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano - France

The Deep - Baltasar Kormákur - Iceland

The Deep

Kon-Tiki - Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg - Norway

Beyond the Hills, film focus - Cristian Mungiu - Romania

Sisterfilm focus- Ursula Meier – Switzerland

War Witch - Kim Nguyen - Canada

No - Pablo Larraín - Chile