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Oscars controversies in Britain and China

October 7, 2007 | 11:00 am

The British Academy of Film & TV Arts chiefs "have been deluged with e-mails, not just from Scotland but also from the U.S., accusing them of an English conspiracy to stifle voices from other parts of the U.K.," reports Variety.

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The gist: BAFTA declined to submit any film for Oscar consideration in the foreign-language category after being pressured by U.K. factions to enter Ashley Way's Welsh drama "Calon Gaeth" by director Ashley Way and Simon Miller's Scots Gaelic pic "Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle."

"Seachd" producer Chris Young, whose last film "Festival" won two BAFTA awards, "has resigned his membership, in protest at what he sees as 'dangerously close to censorship,'" adds the trade paper. "Angry questions have been asked in the Scottish parliament. BAFTA toppers have been taken aback by the strength of Scottish protests. Privately, they admit that a London-based jury might not be the best way in future to make the U.K.'s Oscar choice." READ MORE

Rivals Taiwan and China could both lay claim to "Lust, Caution," but Taiwan has submitted it for Oscar consideration, even though, notes Variety, "Apart from being the place of (director Ang) Lee’s birth, Taiwan had little to do with the film. Its story is set in Shanghai and Hong Kong and filmed in China and Malaysia. It was made with coin from China, Hong Kong and Focus Features of the U.S. Lead actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai is from Hong Kong, while Tang Wei and Joan Chen are both from China."

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However, China couldn't submit "Lust" because it didn't play commercially in its theaters prior to the submission deadline. It's possible that China may have missed the Oct. 1 cut-off, but the motion-picture academy may grant a special extension.READ MORE


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