Academy Awards Redefine 'Foreign'

Films from other cultures and countries are big with filmgoers and Hollywood investors, and are being nominated in all Oscar categories

When the 79th Academy Award glitz-fest is beamed around the globe on Feb. 25, film fans in Tokyo, Mexico City, and Madrid will be awaiting news of who won with more than the usual suspense. Rarely has such a culturally diverse group of actors and directors been honored with nominations by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and many of the contenders are in major Oscar categories other than best foreign language film.

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