A record 92 countries submitted entries in the Foreign-Language Film race at the 2018 Oscars. That is up by seven from last year which had broken the benchmark of 83 set in 2015. The nations represented ranged from A (Afghanistan) to V (Vietnam). Among these number six first-time contenders: Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal and Syria. Among the contenders are two Cannes Film Festival winners: the Swedish film “The Square,” which claimed the top prize of the Palme d’Or and Germany’s “In the Fade,” which earned Diane Kruger the Best Actress award. And Angelina Jolie ‘s “ First They Killed My Father ,” qualified as the Cambodian entry after the academy ruled in favor of its eligibility based on her holding dual citizenship with that country. Predicting the eventual five Oscar nominees for Best Foreign-Language Film is made difficult by the two-step process. First, the several hundred academy members of the Foreign-Language Film screening committee are required to watch a number of the submissions (upwards of 15) over a two-month period that ends in mid December. They will rate them from 6 to 10 and their top six vote-getters make it to the next round, as […]