The world already has counted a few years until another foreign language film got nominated for Best Picture in The Academy Awards. This Oscars 2013, Austria’s entry Amour secured a spot to contend for the prestigious Best Picture award this coming February 24, 2013 (U.S. time).
It is not every year that we see a foreign language film get an Oscar nod. The last one was the 2006 film Letters from Iwo Jima. Though it was in Japanese, it was directed by Clint Eastwood so it still has that Hollywood touch. Also a few years back, Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon got to be nominated for the Best Picture and bagged some Oscars including the Best Foreign Language Film for Taiwan. What is probably a little close to Amour would be Life Is Beautiful which also got nominated for Best Picture and won the Best Foreign Language Film for Italy together with the Best Actor in a Leading Role for Roberto Benigni and Best Original Score while having also nominated in a few more categories.
Amour gathered a total of five nominations in the upcoming 85th Academy Awards which will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane. All of its nominations are considered major awards. Of course, it got nominated as Best Foreign Language Film for being Austria’s entry this year. Among the numerous countries who submitted their film, only one will win the Oscars and 2013 appeared to be a favourable year for Austria. Amour also got a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Emanuelle Riva’s brilliant portrayal of Anne. Not only did she get nominated, she also marked her name on the Oscar history as she currently is the oldest one to be nominated for Best Actress. The Academy also gave two considerations to Amour’s creator, Michael Haneke, as he got nominated for Best Director and his screenplay was also given an Oscar nod for the Best Original Screenplay award. And lastly, the most prestigious and sought-after of all the awards, it got nominated for Best Motion Picture of the Year.
“With towering performances and an unflinching script from Michael Haneke, Amour represents an honest, heart-wrenching depiction of deep love and responsibility.” Amour is about the love strengthened by time and experience 80-year-olds Georges and Anne shared which got severely tested at the twilight of their lives. It is a poignant picture of a love so profound that it is not merely about holding hands and kissing. Amour is an honest and moving film that gets rid of all the sugar-coating and imparts to the audience a tale so true and so tragic. Its superb screenplay was exceptionally presented by Haneke’s exquisite and skilful direction. With Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant’s excellent performance, Amour came out to be a film to celebrate not only of Austria but of The Academy and the rest of the world.
With its poignancy, honesty and effectiveness, Amour is nothing less than one the best films in the past decade. Amour is a lovely gift from Austria to the rest of the world.