19:44 Aug. 12, 2016
US Academy approves Ukraine's new Oscar committee
The US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has approved a new Oscar Committee of Ukraine thus paving the way for country's entry into the foreign-language Oscar race, the national filmmakers' union reported on August 12.
Ukrainian Oscar Committee will be receiving submissions up to August 29, and promises to announce the Ukrainian nominee already on September 9.
The Oscar committee has been reformed after a scandal over the country's Oscar selection process back in 2014. Then-existing selection procedure provoked accusations of irregularities over the choice of The Guide as Ukraine's foreign-language Oscar candidate.
Myroslav Slaboshpitsky, the director of international festival hit The Tribe, claimed that three members of The Guide's production team were involved in voting in a decision shrouded in mystery and made by too few members of the committee.
Last year, a new makeup of the committee and a new selection procedure were introduced by the national filmmakers' union.
However, the Ukrainian producers' association and some individual producers who felt sidelined accused the new committee of inactivity and insufficient transparency.
Thus, the committee's operations were paralysed and Ukraine missed the submission deadline last year for the 2016 Academy Awards.
Now that the differences are resolved, the observers say Ukraine shouldn't have any problems submitting a film for next year's awards.
Ukraine has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1997.
Based on reporting by Hollywood Reporter