The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences released this morning its shortlist of nine films to compete in the Best Foreign Language Film category for this year's edition of the Oscars, and surprisingly no Latin American films were included in the list. The only Latin American reference in the shortlist was the Danish filmSuperclásico directed by Ole Christian Madsen which is set and was shot on location in Buenos Aries.
The strongest Latin American candidate to make it to this year's shortlist was the Mexican submission Miss Bala by Gerardo Naranjo, which opens in New York and LA this Friday, January 20. Mexico has been nominated in eight occasions and has never won the award for Best Foreign Language Film. In the past few years only Argentina has taken home the coveted award for El secreto de sus ojos / The Secret in their Eyes by Juan José Campanella in 2010.