Amour is one of the nine finalists for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 85th Annual Academy Awards
Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 85th Academy Awards. Seventy-one films had originally qualified in the category.

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

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2012 are again being determined in two phases.

The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 71 eligible films between mid-October and December 17. The group's top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy's Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

The shortlist will be winnowed down to the five nominees by specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles. They will spend Friday, January 4, through Sunday, January 6, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.