With "Argentina, 1985" we got excited again

Confirmed: now we returned to the illusion. Not with “the” third party, which, as any living being on planet Earth knows, came to the country of Messi and Maradona, but with “the” third party. More precisely, with the third Oscar for a national production after those obtained by La historia oficial (1986), by Luis Puenzo, and El secreto de sus ojos (2010), by Juan José Campanella.

It is that, as predicted by the forecasts of the main analysts of the audiovisual industry, “Argentine, 1985” was among the five nominees in the Best International Film category at the Hollywood Academy Awards together with the German All Quiet on the Front, the Polish EO, the Belgian Close and the Irish The Quiet Girl. Different was the fate of Pasajero, the animated short by Juan Pablo Zaramella, who was left out of the quintet chosen for his respective category, as announced this Tuesday morning by actors Riz Ahmed and Allison Williams.


The 95th edition of the Oscars is scheduled for Sunday, March 12, at the historic Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. The Amazon Prime Video production on the Trial of the Military Juntas will seek to crown a season of red carpets that has had her as one of the great protagonists.

However, whatever happens in a month and a half, Miter’s film already rubs shoulders with the great history of national cinema: in addition to having given the country the third Golden Globe after La mujer de las camellias (1955). , by Ernesto Arancibia, and La historia oficial, entered the select group of productions that won a ticket for the most important award in the industry. In addition to Puenzo’s film, which was also in the shortlist for Best Original Screenplay, and Campanella’s, La trugua (1974), by Sergio Renán, competed without winning in the international category; Camila (1984), by María Luisa Bemberg; Tango, never leave me (1998), by Carlos Saura; The son of the bride (2001), also by Campanella; and Wild Tales (2014), by Damián Szifron.

Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo (1985), by Susana Blaustein Muñoz and Lourdes Portillo, was part of the Best Documentary category without luck.

The rivals of “Argentina, 1985” at the Oscars 2023

As in almost all the awards where he competed —and will compete— “Argentine, 1985”as the main rival appears the German No news at the frontwhich last week had an unexpected bump by becoming the film with the most nominations (accumulated 14) in the BAFTA of British cinema, including the main categories and Best International Film.


Like the war drama set in the First World Waralmost all the others who will compete are old acquaintances for the movie of Santiago Miter. Nothing new, as it is customary for a group of no more than eight or ten films to share out the vacancies in this category at each of the ceremonies organized by different audiovisual entities during the boreal winter.


“Argentine, 1985” it has already competed against All Quiet on the Front, Belgium’s Close, South Korea’s Decision to Leave and India’s RRR in the Golden Globes —where he won—, while in the Critics’ Choice he did it again against the four of them and the Mexican Bardo, false chronicle of a few truths, by Alejandro González Iñárritu. The statuette was left in the hands of the Indian blockbuster, the third local production with the highest grossing at the box office in that country, which had all the numbers to join that group and fight for the Oscar, but the Indian audiovisual entity sent as a representative to the Academy The Last Film Show, which was left out of the first elimination cut.

Passenger, out of the race

the short film Passengerof Juan Pablo Zaramellawas left out of the five animated films of less than half an hour that will compete for the Best Animated Short Award, the same category that last year had Latin American representation thanks to Beastfrom Chilean Hugo Covarrubias. Focused on the relationship of a man who travels by train with his social environment and its codes, such as cell phone use, laughter, and respect, the latest work by the director of Luminaris (2011) —which, with 324 awards, holds the record Guinness for the most awarded short film in history— was one of the two made outside of Europe or North America that had passed the first qualifying cut, together with the Australian An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe Itof lachlan pendragon.


How is awards season going?

Although the stellar day will be on Sunday, March 12, there are other relevant dates for Argentina, 1985 facing the golden statuette. On Saturday, February 11, two days before the Academy nominees luncheon, the 27th awards ceremony will take place. Satellite Awards 2023organized by the International Press Academy (IPA)in which it will compete for Best International Film against Decision To Leave, Close and Bardoto which will be added the Danish holy spiderthe norway War Sailorthe Austrian corset and the irish The Quiet Girl.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, for its part, has scheduled the delivery of the BAFTAs for Sunday, February 19. Again “Argentina, 1985” against All Quiet on the Front, Corsage, Decision to Leave and The Quiet Girl. What can happen there is key for the Oscar, while the final voting period of the academics to define the winners will be between March 2 and 7, that is, with all the previous results already defined. It is not unreasonable to think that a good performance in the Satellites and the BAFTAs could tip the internal balance of some undecided voter towards national production.

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Varun Kumar

Varun Kumar is a freelance writer working on news website. He contributes to Our Blog and more. Wise also works in higher ed sustainability and previously in stream restoration. He loves running, trees and hanging out with her family.

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