'Broken Circle Breakdown,' 'Omar' among contenders for foreign-language Academy Award

This undated picture made available by the press office Punto e Virgola, shows Italian actress Sabrina Ferilli, as Ramona, in a scene from Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's "La grande bellezza" (The Great Beauty). The film was nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign picture on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. The 86th Academy Awards will be held on March 2. (AP Photo/Gianni Fiorito, Punto e Virgola press office, ho)

LONDON - A Belgian drama of love, loss and bluegrass, and a love story from the Palestinian territories are among Academy Award nominees for best foreign-language film.

Felix van Groeningen's "Broken Circle Breakdown" and Hany Abu-Assad's "Omar" are nominated alongside Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's love letter to Rome, "The Great Beauty"; psychological thriller "The Hunt" from Denmark's Thomas Vinterberg; and "The Missing Picture," an exploration of Pol Pot's bloody dictatorship by Cambodia's Rithy Panh.

The shortlist was announced Thursday in Beverly Hills.

Winners of the 86th Oscars will be announced March 2 during a ceremony at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre.


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