Israel's animated war film "Waltz with Bashir," a Golden Globe winner, was named on Tuesday to a short list of nine movies up for Oscar nominations in the foreign-language contest, but an Italian entry that won a key prize at Cannes failed to make the cut.
That movie, "Gomorrah," from director Matteo Garrone, won the runner-up Grand Prix at the Cannes film festival in May. The hard-hitting film about the Neapolitan Mafia was Italy's contender for an Oscar and was nominated for a Golden Globe.
But another Cannes favorite, "The Class," a French movie set in a tough Parisian high school, made the short list of films vying for a nomination in the foreign-language Oscar race. "The Class" topped the competition at Cannes to win the Palme d'Or prize for best picture.
"Waltz with Bashir" was named best foreign-language film at Sunday's Golden Globes, often a harbinger of Oscar glory, and it was included on the Oscar short list.
The other foreign-language films short-listed for an Oscar nomination are: "Revanche" (Austria), "The Necessities of Life" (Canada), "The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany), "Departures" (Japan), "Tear This Heart Out" (Mexico), "Everlasting Moments" (Sweden) and "3 Monkeys" (Turkey).
Each country can submit only one film for consideration.