Oscar calls 87 nations

Entry forms due Oct. 1; film deadline is Oct. 15

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 87 countries to submit films for foreign-lingo Academy Awards consideration.

Last year, the Acad screened pics from 54 countries, an Oscar record. With 87 countries invited this year, the response for the 2004 edition could be even greater.

To qualify, films must have a predominantly non-English dialogue track in an official language of the submitting country and at least a weeklong run at a public theater in the home country between November 2002 and September 2003.

Ninety-five countries have vied for the golden prize. Last year, German helmer and scribe Caroline Link won for “Nowhere in Africa.”

Entry forms are due Oct. 1, and the film deadline is Oct. 15. The Acad will announce the nominees on Jan. 27.

The 76th annual Academy Awards are skedded for Feb. 29 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

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