The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced on Monday that 93 films from different countries and regions will compete for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.
The academy changed its previous category Best Foreign Language Film award to Best International Feature Film in April to better reflect the international representation of the award.
The previous highest number of eligible films in the category was 92, in 2017. For the first time this year, films from Ghana, Nigeria, and Uzbekistan were considered.
According to a statement from the academy, Chinese director Yang Yu’s animated film “Ne Zha” will participate on behalf of the Chinese mainland, where it has grossed more than 4.9 billion yuan.
China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) submitted the action movie “The White Storm 2 – Drug Lords,” while China’s Taiwan submitted the romantic comedy “Dear Ex.”
The three Chinese-language films will compete with the South Korean film “Parasite,” the Spanish film “Pain and Glory,” the Japanese film “Weathering With You,” the British film “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind,” and the Norwegian film “Out Stealing Horses.”
The 92nd Academy Awards will be presented at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 9 next year.