Gabrielle gets Oscar nod for best foreign-language film
MONTREAL — Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle has been selected as Canada’s candidate in the best foreign-language film category at next year’s Oscars.
Telefilm Canada, which chairs the Oscar selection committee, made the announcement Tuesday.
Gabrielle traces the burgeoning independence of a young woman with Williams syndrome, a genetic condition marked by developmental delays and strong social personalities. It stars Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, who has Williams syndrome.
Finalists will be announced in January with five shortlisted films to be named by the end of that month. The 86th Academy Awards are on March 2.
”Over the last several years, Canada’s film industry has done our country proud, with three nominations for best foreign-language film three years running,” said Carolle Brabant, executive director of Telefilm Canada. ”The selection committee certainly got it right these last three years, and we’re confident that we once again have a strong and very competitive candidate for the upcoming Oscar race. Gabrielle has won over audiences internationally, and there’s no question that the Academy members will succumb to its charms as well.”