Ida sets its sights on the Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film

© European Union 2014

Today, the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were unveiled at a live news conference in Los Angeles – and they brought good news for the LUX Prize. The 2014 winner, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida, is one of the candidates for the Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film. The highly acclaimed movie, which was the Polish entry, will have to duke it out with Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan (Russia), Zaza Urushadze’s Tangerines (Estonia), Damián Szifrón’s Wild Tales (Argentina) and Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu (Mauritania).
 
Also, quite unexpectedly but deservedly, the film is nominated for Best Cinematography, for Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lynzewski’s rich and beautifully composed black-and-white images.
 
Ida is one of the frontrunners in the Oscars race, having already been named as Best Foreign Language Film by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics and the Las Vegas Film Critics, among others. After sweeping the European Film Awards (read the news), Pawlikowski’s film may also be blessed with an Oscar, which would serve as another tidy addition to the LUX Prize it has already won.
 
The awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on 22 February 2015. Don’t miss it!
 
Photo: Pawel Pawlikowski (© European Union 2014)