The Hollywood Academy has announced the nominations for 10 of its categories. Among them the Oscar for best international film, where Spanish-speaking have entered The good patron, by Fernando León, for Spain; Noche de fuego, by Tatiana Huezo, for Mexico, and Plaza Catedral, by Abner Benaim, for Panama.
Along with them are four Scandinavian films (only Sweden has been left out of that region): Flee (Denmark), Compartment nº6 (Finland), Lamb (Iceland) and The worst person in the world (Norway). The big favorite is still the Japanese Drive My Car, by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, with It was the hand of God, by Paolo Sorrentino (Italy) and A hero, of Asghar Farhadi (Iran) as rivals to beat. Other strong rivals have also entered such as the Austrian Great Freedom or the Belgian A better world (Playground). And they complete the fifteen shortlisted Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Bhutan) and Hive (Kosovo).
In the other nine categories that have announced their pre-candidacies – all the candidacies will be read on February 8, and the Oscars will be delivered on March 27 – the name of Alberto Iglesias appears thanks to his score of Parallel Mothers in best soundtrack. The composer from San Sebastian has already been a candidate on three previous occasions. In addition, shortlists have been made public in better visual effects, sound, the three sections of short films (where the Spanish appears Distancias, by Susan Béjar, in short film fiction), song, makeup and hairdressing, and documentary, which also repeats the Danish Flee (one of the most awarded in the past European film awards) and two musical films with a long career appear Awards: Summer Of Soul and The Velvet Underground.