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The Conversation: 2015 Oscar Predix: A Break in the System…Leviathan is Dark Horse Winner for Best Foreign Pic

The Nominations: Foreign Language Film
“Ida” Poland
“Leviathan” Russia
“Tangerines” Estonia
“Timbuktu” Mauritania
“Wild Tales” Argentina

Shoulda Been a Contender: Force Majeure

Always a contentious category considering the silly selection process, there are too many deserving films left out. But the Golden Globe nominated Force Majeure was definitely a title that deserved to be amongst the five nominated films.

Should Win: Leviathan

Winner of the Golden Globe and the Best Screenplay Award at Cannes, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s magnetic latest should certainly take home the Oscar.

Could Win: Ida

Pawel Pawlikowski’s beautiful and emotionally compelling drama could very well take home the gold (though, who knows….the Academy may very well award the more zany Wild Tales).

Will Win: Leviathan

The tide swinging between Ida and Wild Tales, it is Leviathan‘s topicality that may very well give Academy voters the sense that they realize this to be true.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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