Thanks Lang. That answer pretty much clears up my confusion; as I said, I
don't like it anyway, but since the Oscars reflect true cinema about as
much as the Grammys reflect true music, I won't lose any sleep over it.

At 07:05 PM 2/22/99 -0500, Lang Thompson wrote:
>At 08:37 AM 2/19/99 -0500, you wrote:
>>I am mostly wondering how/why "Life Is Beautiful" can be considered a
>>domestic (USA) film. I'm sure there's a simple answer - I just won't like
>It's not considered a domestic film.  The eligibility requirement for Best
>Picture is that the film play commercially for one week in LA; it's just
>that films not in English are rarely nominated.  After all this year had
>one other foreign film nominated for Best Picture:  Elizabeth.  (Or one and
>a half if you count Shakespeare in Love's co-production status.)
>English-language foreign films are often nominated (The Full Monty, Secrets
>& Lies, Babe, The Piano, Shine) and sometimes win (Gandhi, Chariots of
>Fire, Tom Jones).
>Lang Thompson
>World Cinema Review
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