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Breaking down the Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography

The sun shines through a silhouette of an Oscar statue at the 90th Annual Academy Awards
The sun shines through a silhouette of an Oscar statue at the 90th Annual Academy Awards
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If you’re a regular FilmWeek listener, which you probably are if you’re reading this, you’ve likely already secured your tickets for our annual FilmWeek Oscars Preview on Saturday, February 17th at 1 p.m. at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Larry Mantle and the FilmWeek critics will be live on stage breaking down and sharing their picks for all the major categories.

Today on FilmWeek, critics Christy Lemire and Peter Rainer are breaking down a couple of the categories we traditionally can’t get to during the Oscars show -- Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography. Here are the nominees:

Best Foreign Language Film

Capernaum (Lebanon) -- Nadine Labaki

Cold War (Poland) -- Pawel Pawlikowski

Never Look Away (Germany) -- Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Roma (Mexico) -- Alfonso Cuarón

Shoplifters (Japan) -- Hirokazu Koreeda


Best Cinematography

The Favourite -- Robbie Ryan (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)

Never Look Away -- Caleb Deschanel (dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)

Roma -- Alfonso Cuarón (also directed)

A Star is Born -- Matty Libatique (dir. Bradley Cooper)

Cold War -- Lukasz Zal (dir. Pawel Pawlikowski)

If you haven’t reserved your seats yet for our FilmWeek Oscars Preview show, click here for tickets and information.


Christy Lemire, film critic for KPCC, and co-host of the ‘Breakfast All Day’ podcast; she tweets @christylemire

Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and the Christian Science Monitor