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Aust film makes Oscar short-list

AAP logoAAP 16/12/2016 By Peter Mitchell, AAP US Correspondent

Australia has a great chance at winning an Oscar in the unlikely foreign language category.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday Australia's entrant, Tanna, had survived the latest cut for February's Oscars.

The Academy slashed 85 potential films from around the world to just nine.

Tanna, by filmmaking duo Bentley Dean and Martin Butler and shot entirely on the South Pacific Island of Tanna in the Navhal and Nafe languages, has been a hit on the global film circuit.

It tells the true story of a couple who disobeyed their parents' wishes to marry for love, with most of the cast playing themselves.

The Oscar shortlist will be winnowed down to the final five nominees by specially invited committees in New York, Los Angeles and London.

The five will be revealed with the Academy's acting, directing and other categories at the January 24 nomination ceremony in Beverly Hills.

The Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled for February 26 in Hollywood.

The other eight films in the hunt for the foreign language category are Canada's It's Only the End of the World, Denmark's Land of Mine, Germany's Toni Erdmann, Iran's The Salesman, Norway's The King's Choice, Russia's Paradise, Sweden's A Man Called Ove and Switzerland's My Life as a Zucchini.

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