The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that Ruben Östlund’s The Square is among the five films nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.
An Oscar nomination is just the latest accolade for The Square, which began collecting major awards with the Palme d’Or at Cannes last May. Since then it has won a record six European Film Awards, two Guldbagge Awards, and was nominated for a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award.
Ruben Östlund told SVT: “I think it will be between The Square and A Fantastic Woman (to win)… It would be really nice to tick this one off the list though, so I can concentrate on making good movies. It would be nice to just get it over with.”
The Oscar awards ceremony will take place on 4th March 2018 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT, and is televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
THE NOMINEES ARE:
A FANTASTIC WOMAN
Sebastián Lelio (Chile)
Marina, a waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer, struggles to come to terms with the death of her older boyfriend.
ON BODY AND SOUL
Ildikó Enyedi (Hungary)
Two people find out that they share the same dream every night. They hesitantly accept this coincidence and try to recreate in real life what happens in their dreams.
Ziad Doueiri (Lebanon)
Following a minor incident, a violent dispute between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian Muslim escalates in scale to a national level.
Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia)
A vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations is interrupted when the couple’s 12-year-old son disappears after witnessing one of their fights.
Ruben Östlund (Sweden)
A satirical drama reflecting our times — about the sense of community, moral courage and the affluent person’s need for egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world.