Now – I’ll be the first to say that the Academy liking/hating/ignoring/loving something usually doesn’t really reflect a film’s quality but rather the internal politics of the organization itself. And I’m sure the case is the same here. It’s probably because of Almodovar’s name that it made the short list for “Best Foreign Language” film. But in a world where films with horror elements struggle to be recognized as legitimate, this could be a good thing.
Per Variety, “Pedro Almodovar’s “The Skin I Live In” has made the Spanish Academy’s three-film shortlist for its foreign-language Oscar contender. ‘Skin’ faces off with Agusti Villaronga’s “Black Bread” and Benito Zambrano’s ‘The Sleeping Voice.’… In a statement after the shortlist was known, Almodovar said that the selection “demonstrated Spanish cinema’s variety,” and that the Spanish Academy’s final choice of its foreign-language Oscar contender was “absolutely unpredictable.