Who will be Canada's pick for the Oscars? Telefilm to unveil foreign-language contender

Telefilm Canada is set to announce the country’s official pick for the best foreign-language film Oscar.

The announcement is taking place in Montreal Monday afternoon, with the film chosen by a Telefilm Canada committee comprising of government and industry representatives from across the country.

The Oscars foreign-language film category is limited to non-American productions primarily featuring dialogue in languages other than English.

Canadians at the Oscars

Canadian directors whose movies have previously been Canada’s official submission for Oscar best foreign-languge film consideration include, from left, Denis Villeneuve, Xavier Dolan, Deepa Mehta, Zacharias Kunuk and Kim Nguyen. (Canadian Press)

Canada’s most recent submissions for Oscar consideration included Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World and Mommy, Maxime Giroux’s Félix et Meira and Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle

Canada’s choices have overwhelmingly been French-language movies, although we’ve also submitted films in other languages as well, including Kim Nguyen’s French- and Lingala-language War Witch, Deepa Mehta’s Hindi-language Water and Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner and The Necessities of Life, both starring main characters speaking Inuktituk.

The lone Canadian movie to triumph as best foreign-language Oscar winner is 2003’s The Barbarian Invasions, directed by Denys Arcand. He had earlier been nominated in the category for his films The Decline of the American Empire and Jesus of Montreal.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 23, 2018, with the awards gala set for March 4, 2018 — a later date due to the 2018 Winter Olympics. Jimmy Kimmel is slated to return as host.

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