Arab Groups Protest Exclusion of Palestinian Film From Oscars

“Arab-American and Palestinian groups have denounced the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for allegedly keeping the acclaimed film ‘Divine Intervention’ out of the running for a foreign-language movie Oscar on the ground that Palestine isn’t a state. But the academy denies excluding Divine Intervention, saying the film was never submitted.” The film’s distributor says it wasn’t submitted because the Academy made it clear ahead of time it wouldn’t be considered.