Canada shut out of Oscar race as ‘Mommy’ fails to make the cut

Xavier Dolan, pictured in September 2013. Getty Images

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.

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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.

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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

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– 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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