M FOR MALAYSIA (directors Dian Lee and Ineza Roussille) is one of the 93 films from across the world that has been submitted for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film (known until now as the Best Foreign Film), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Oct 7.
The most high-profiles entries in the category include South Korea’s Parasite (from director Bong Joon Ho’s dramedy that won this year’s Cannes’ Palme d’Or), Spain’s Pain and Glory (from director Pedro Almodovar, who previously won for All About My Mother), France’s Les Miserables and Senegal’s Atlantics (Mati Diop became the first black female director ever to have a film in competition at Cannes and was awarded the Grand Prix).
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences defines an international feature film as “a feature-length motion picture (more than 40 minutes) produced outside the United States with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”
A shortlist of 10 films will be announced Dec 16, 2019. Nominations for all categories for 92nd Academy Awards will be announced Jan 13, 2020, and the ceremony where the highly sought after Oscar awards will be bestowed to the winners at a glittering live will be held on Feb 9, 2019.