140919 Korean Film Council: Haemoo To Represent South Korea In Foreign Film Category at The Oscars 2015

The Academy Awards, commonly known as The Oscars, (rebranded as The Oscars in 2013)[1] is an annual American awards ceremony honoring cinematic achievements in the film industry. Winners are awarded the statuette, officially the Academy Award of Merit, that is much better known by its nickname Oscar. The awards, first presented in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, are overseen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).[2][3]

The awards ceremony was first televised in 1953 and is now seen live in more than 200 countries.[4] The Oscars is also the oldest entertainment awards ceremony; its equivalents, the Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Awards for theatre, and the Grammy Awards for music and recording, are modeled after the Academy Awards.[citation needed]

The 87th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), is scheduled to take place on February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.


The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015 and about a week before organizers will announce the short list of nine (9) among almost 100 entries.

Korean Film Council Official Announcement 

South Korea’s Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Award for the 87th Academy Awards

We would like to thanks for the supports from all the film makers that applied works for the selection of South Korean entry to the 87th Academy Awards Foreign Language Film category. The selection results are as followed.

1. Selected Works: <Haemoo> (Director Shim Sung Bo, Haemoo Production Co. Ltd.)

2. Overall Evaluation:

Commentary on selected 2014 Academy Awards Film Entries

Each film submitted for selection for The Academy Awards has its own distinct color. To pick out 10 that can represent the works of major South Korean domestic  film distributors was not easy.

The judges picked out four to five films that attracted their attention the most. <Haemoo>, <A Hard Day>, <A Girl At My Door> and <Han Gong Ju> are the films that have the highest potential to win awards. <A Hard Day> achieved commercial success and rave reviews in Cannes Film Festival. <A Girl At My Door> was also invited to Cannes and got good reviews from audiences oversea. <Han Gong Ju> is a widely known 2014 film for its cinematic quality and got a lot of love in various film festivals.

However, the judges selected <Haemoo> at the end. <Haemoo> was invited to gala presentation at Toronto International Film Festival, where it received rave review and became very popular among audiences. In addition, the film appealed as it was based on a real life event, which can be a main factor to score big in the Academy Awards.

So far, Korean films have not yet made to the official 5 nominations, nor the shortlist of 9 for Foreign Language Film Award in The Academy Awards, even though they succeeded in many prestigious European Film Festivals like Cannes, Venice, Berlin. Considering this problems, the judges tried to chose films that appeal to Academy committee members rather than choosing based on personal preference and individual taste.

Finally, we hope for a lot of support and attention for all the potential nominations for Best Foreign Language Film category in The Academy Awards.

2015 Academy Awards Foreign Language Film category – Korea Film Selection Judge Panel

Credit: KOFIC

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