Israeli Oscar entry eliminated from contention

December 22, 2012 12:19

LOS ANGELES - Israel’s 2012 Academy Award entry failed to make the list of nine semi-finalists among foreign-language films on Friday.

Israel's entry, "Fill the Void," was eliminated from contention. The country's Oscar hopes now rest in the documentary feature category, where "The Gatekeepers," from director Dror Moreh, and "5 Broken Cameras," a collaboration between Emud Burnat and Guy Davidi, a Palestinian and an Israeli respectively, are among the 15 semi-finalists.

Israeli entries had made the elite list of five finalists for best foreign-language film in four of the last five years, but without garnering the top prize. Last year’s submission was Joseph Cedar’s “Footnote,” one of the strongest bids ever by the Israeli film industry, but the trophy went to Iran’s “A Separation.”

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