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Xavier Dolan's lauded 'Mommy' doesn't make cut for best foreign-language Oscar

December 19, 2014 - 9:44 AM

LOS ANGELES, - Montreal filmmaker Xavier Dolan's acclaimed feature "Mommy" has not made the cut for this year's Oscar race.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released a list of nine features that are still in the running for best foreign-language film and "Mommy" is not on it.

Eighty-three films had originally been considered in the category, including "Mommy," which has been widely praised by critics.

After the news broke, Dolan issued the possibly related tweet: "Um.."

The foreign-language short list will be winnowed down to five finalists, which will be announced along with this year's other Oscar nominees on Jan. 15.

"Mommy" premiered earlier this year at the Cannes film festival, where it got a lengthy standing ovation and shared the prestigious Jury Prize with French film legend Jean-Luc Godard.

Despite lavish praised heaped upon it, it also failed to recently receive a Golden Globe nomination.

The film stars Anne Dorval as a widowed mother trying to help her troubled teenage son, played by Antoine-Olivier Pilon.

The Oscars will be held on Feb. 22.

The films that did make the latest cut are:

- Argentina, "Wild Tales," Damian Szifron

- Estonia, "Tangerines," Zaza Urushadze

- Georgia, "Corn Island," George Ovashvili

- Mauritania, "Timbuktu," Abderrahmane Sissako

- Netherlands, "Accused," Paula van der Oest

- Poland, "Ida," Pawel Pawlikowski

- Russia, "Leviathan," Andrey Zvyagintsev

- Sweden, "Force Majeure," Ruben Ostlund

- Venezuela, "The Liberator," Alberto Arvelo

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