Out of 71 films from around the world, the Chilean film No directed by Pablo Larraín starring Mexican actor Gael García Bernal has been chosen as one of the nine films which will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language category for the 85th Academy Awards. No is the only Latin American film remaining in the competition for the golden statuette.
The film details the "No" revisits the campaign when Gen. Augusto Pinochet Ugarte was forced out by the "No" campaign, a center-left coalition that packaged resistance into commercials featuring jingles. The film will be released in the U.S. in February 2013 by Sony Pictures Classics.
Foreign language Film nominations are determined in two phases. Phase I consists of screening the 71 eligible films between mid-October and December 17 for several hundred Los Angeles-based members and by the Academy's Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee. The group's top six choices constitute the shortlist. The shortlist will be whittles down to the five nominees by specially invites committees in New York and Los Angeles. From Friday January 4th through Sunday January 6th, three films are viewed each day and then ballots are cast.
The 85th Academy Award nominations will be announced live on Thursday January 10th, 2013 at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.