The Rundown 2020: International Feature Film

For our third Rundown article, we explore Best International Feature Film. After the jump, you’ll find our winner and runner-up predictions for Best International Feature Film as well as general commentary about the race. Tuesday, we’ll cover Best Live Action Short Film.

Best International Feature Film

Winner Predictions

  • Another Round (WL O) (PP O) (TB O) (TL O)
  • Better Days
  • Collective
  • The Man Who Sold His Skin
  • Quo Vadis, Aida?

Runner-Up Predictions

  • Better Days (PP O)
  • Quo Vadis, Aida? (WL O) (TB O) (TL O)

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Wesley Lovell: With a handful of the major contenders missing the final cut, it might well be smooth sailing for Another Round. It’s nomination in Best Directing suggests broad support for the film, but surprises can and do happen. That said, I’d be surprised if Thomas Vinterberg’s film didn’t ultimately win.
Peter J. Patrick: This should easily go to the Danish Another Round. Any other choice would be a major upset. I see Hong Kong’s Better Days as a remote possibility.
Tripp Burton: There is no real doubt that Another Round is the frontrunner here — not only has it led the buzz all season, but that surprising Best Directing nod shows support for it. If voters watch all of the films, though, there is a good chance that the power of Quo Vadis, Aida? makes it a strong dark horse.
Thomas La Tourrette: At this point, this is the only category where I have seen none of the nominees, so this is purely guesswork. The movie that has all the buzz this year is Denmark’s entry, Another Round. It would be hard to imagine it not winning, though the Academy can throw curveballs in this category. Quo Vadis, Aida? might be the beneficiary if that happens. Or perhaps the Tunisian The Man Who Sold His Skin, which sounds like quite the original film, though it has been little seen so far this year. Still, I fully expect Another Round to be announced when the envelope is opened on Oscar night.

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Appears on Four Lists
Appears on Three Lists
Appears on Two Lists

Wesley Lovell Peter Patrick Tripp Burton Thomas LaTourrette
[New] = New Prediction
[Return] = Prior Prediction Returning
(O) = Original Prediction
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