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China's foreign-language Oscars pick, 'Nightingale,' a surprise move
China's foreign-language Oscars pick, 'Nightingale,' a surprise move

For years, mainland China has thrown the big-budget movies of its most-heralded directors into the Oscars' foreign-language film race. Zhang Yimou, known for "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers," has had seven shots at the Academy Award as China's representative; movies by Feng Xiaogang and Chen Kaige have each been put forth three times. But never has mainland China come away a winner. Since 1979, when it first joined the foreign-language contest, mainland China has only twice had a film advance to the final circle of five nominees. Thirteen Oscars ago "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" won at the 73rd Academy Awards — but that was directed by...

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