Argentina’s ‘Ojos’ a surprise Oscar winner

Crime drama victorious in foreign language category

Argentina’s crime drama “El Secreto de Sus Ojos” (“The Secret of Their Eyes”) emerged as a surprise Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film.

“Ojos,” directed by Juan José Campanella, topped Isarael’s “Ajami,” Peru’s “The Milk of Sorrow,” Frances “The Prophet” and German’s “The White Ribbon.” “Ribbon” and “Prophet” had generated most of the buzz during awards season.

“Ojos” stars Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Javier Godino, Guillermo Francella and Pablo Rago. It won the Goya Awards in Spain and has become the second highest grosser in Argentinian history with over $8 million.

It’s the second Argentinian film to win the Foreign Language Oscar following “La Historia Oficial” in 1985. Campanella’s comedy “El Hijo de La Novia” was nommed in the category in 2001.

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