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. > > >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 >http://www.tcf.ua.edu/wlt4 > >World Cinema Review >http://www.tcf.ua.edu/wlt4/wcr.htm > >---- >Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite >http://www.tcf.ua.edu/ScreenSite > > Paul B. Wiener Special Services Librarian SUNY at Stony Brook 516/632-7253 [log in to unmask] ---- Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the University of Alabama.