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China and Uruguay Pick Contenders for Foreign Language Oscars

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood October 1, 2012 at 5:28AM

On the eve of the Academy's October 1 foreign film submission deadline, both China and Uruguay selected films to vie for a Best Foreign Language nomination.
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Chen Kaige and his film "Caught in the Web"
Chen Kaige and his film "Caught in the Web"

On the eve of the Academy's October 1 foreign film submission deadline, both China and Uruguay selected films to vie for a Best Foreign Language nomination. 

China picked Chen Kaige's social drama "Caught in the Web," which grossed $28 million at the Chinese box office this summer. "Caught in the Web" is the fourth Chen film submitted by China for the Oscars. His 1993 film "Farewell My Concubine" was nominated for two Academy Awards, Best Foreign Film and Best Cinematography, as well as winning the Palm d'Or at Cannes.  

Uruguay selected Rodrigo Pla's family drama "La Demora" ("The Delay"). Inspired by true events, it describes an overwhelmed woman who left her three small children and senile father on a park bench.

This article is related to: Academy Awards, Caught in the Web, Awards, Awards, Oscars


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.