The Austrian film “Amour” has won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film on Feb. 24 at the 85th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif. The Academy Awards are presented by the Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and honors the best in film. Tonight’s show was hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on ABC and was televised in more than 225 countries worldwide.
This award is not given to the film’s producers as is done with the Best Motion Picture. Instead the award is given to the country that submits the film for consideration. “Amour” is now the Oscar-winning film for Austria. It is tradition that usually the director of the Foreign Language Film accept the award. Accepting the Oscar for “Amour” was the film’s writer/director Michael Haneke.
Also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film were:
- “Kon-Tiki” from Norway
- “No” from Chile
- “A Royal Affair” from Denmark
- “War Witch” from Canada
“Amour” has been winning awards since last May when it was victorious at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France. The film is the story of Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple’s bond of love is severely tested.
“Amour” was nominated for five Academy Awards, including honors for:
- Best Motion Picture of the Year
- Best Achievement in Directing
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role to Emmanuelle Riva
- Best Foreign Language Film
- Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com