Three other films whose international rights are handled by French companies are also in the running for Academy Awards: A Separation by Asghar Farhadi, representing Iran (sold by Memento Distribution), October by Daniel and Diego Vega, representing Peru (both sold by Urban Sales), and The Colors of the Mountain by Carlos César Arbelàez, representing Colombia.
We can also note that The Weinstein Company is actively campaigning to promote The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius in the lead-up to the Oscars in the hope of snaring nominations in the Best Film and Best Actor categories.
France's official submission to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was selected by a committee of industry professionals gathered under the aegis of the CNC (Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée) in September, 2011.
The five finalists in the Best Foreign-Language Film category will be announced by the Academy on January 24, 2012. The Academy Awards ceremony will be held February 24, 2012.