Brillante Mendoza's Ma'Rosa fails to be shortlisted in Oscars 2017

by Jocelyn Dimaculangan
Dec 16, 2016

Brillante Mendoza's Ma'Rosa did not make it to the shortlist for nominations in the Best Foreign Language category of the 2017 Oscars.

Eighty-five films were submitted for consideration to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The nine shortlisted movies for the 89th Annual Academy Awards were finally revealed.

The Philippine submission, Direk Brillante's Ma'Rosa, had its world premiere at the 69th Cannes Film Festival. This project earned for Jaclyn Jose the Cannes Best Actress award, making her the first Filipina and Southeast Asian to win the honor.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Australia, Tanna, Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, directors;

Canada, It’s Only the End of the World, Xavier Dolan, director;

Denmark, Land of Mine, Martin Zandvliet, director;

Germany, Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade, director;

Iran, The Salesman, Asghar Farhadi, director;

Norway, The King’s Choice, Erik Poppe, director;

Russia, Paradise, Andrei Konchalovsky, director;

Sweden, A Man Called Ove, Hannes Holm, director;

Switzerland, My Life as a Zucchini, Claude Barras, director.

In the Filipino film Ma’Rosa, Jaclyn Jose played the titular character who owns a small convenient store in a poor neighborhood of Manila. To make ends meet, Rosa and her husband, Nestor (played by Julio Diaz), resell small amounts of narcotics on the side. One day, they get arrested. Rosa’s children are ready to do anything to buy their parents’ freedom from corrupt policemen.

The shortlist will be trimmed down to five official nominees that will be announced on January 24, 2017.

The awarding ceremony is scheduled to take place on February 26, 2017 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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