Kraków, Poland – Paweł Pawlikowski’s black-and-white drama Cold War has been nominated for Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography categories. Unfortunately, lead actress Joanna Kulig was left out of the Best Actress category.
While expected, these nominations conclude a fantastic year for Cold War, which has been making waves and winning hearts all around the world, which started with Pawel Pawlikowski winning Best Director for at Cannes Film Festival last year – the first Pole to ever do so. After being nominated for numerous BAFTA’s, the movie then proved to be the biggest winner of the European Film Awards, winning Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Movie, Best Actress and Best Editor. At the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, the movie also won a Golden Lion for Best Movie and other awards for editing and sound.
However, the movie was not nominated for a Golden Globe, which is generally considered to be a measure of a movie’s chances at the Academy Awards.
Other nominees in the Best Foreign Language Film category include Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, Gustaw Möller’s The Guilty, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Never Look Away, Chang-dong Lee’s Burning, Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum, and, of course, Hirokazu Koreedy’s Palme d’Or, Shoplifters.
Pawel Pawlikowski’s previous film Ida won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2015.