Paul Weiner wonders: > And here's a dumb question: > > would someone briefly explain to me why (the highly overrated) "Life Is > Beautiful" is a nominee as best American film AND foreign film? Am I > missing something? Is it part of an effort to make this year's awards the > least responsible ever? Oh, the Academy would have to work pretty hard to sink *that* low! (Just check the backlists of winners and nominees on the Academy website or other sources. Some years make this one look like the epitome of class!) Nonetheless, there are precedents. Costa-Gavras' Z got a double nomination in 1969 (and did win Best Foreign Language). And you had the strange situation of 1972, when Jan Troell's THE EMIGRANTS had a Best Picture nomination but the sequel, THE NEW LAND, was up for Best Foreign Language Film. I suspect that the nominations came because people were surprised (as I have to admit I was) that a comic film about the Holocaust could be something other than an exercise in sheer tastelessness. The Foreign Film nomination, of course, comes from Italy, while the Best Picture nomination is American-made. Don Larsson ---------------------- Donald Larsson Minnesota State U, Mankato [log in to unmask] ---- Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the University of Alabama.