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Tsotsi Wins, Foreign Film Loses at the Oscars

By March 5, 2006

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The South African gangster drama Tsotsi won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film at the 78th Academy Awards tonight. The award is well-deserved, but we're disappointed with the Academy for seriously shortchanging the category.

The nominated world films--Paradise Now, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, Joyeux Noel, Don't Tell, in addition to the winner--were listed with a notable lack of enthusiasm by Will Smith without so much as a clip of the films while their posters scrolled by in the background. Even animated shorts and sound editing got a montage--and Sophie Scholl's Julia Jentsch flew in from Berlin without getting shown in the broadcast once.

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