Oscar nominees: Foreign Language
Why it’ll win: It’s already won gongs in its homeland as well as in the States (an audience award at the Palm Springs Film Fest). A black comedy, pic stands out from the more serious contenders in the mix.
Maybe not: The “ick” factor of the main character’s calling (ritually washing the clothes and bodies of dead people prior to funeral services) could get the better of it.
Critical quote: “Eccentric, movingly funny, and lushly scored. A seriocomic look at life, death and forgiveness,” says Emanuel Levy of Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.