Cristian Mungiu's Palme d'Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days and Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's Persepolis both failed to make the cut as the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced its nine-film shortlist for the foreign language category.

The films listed in alphabetical order by country are:
Austria - The Counterfeiters (Stefan Ruzowitzky)
Brazil - The Year My Parents Went On Vacation (Cao Hamburger)
Canada - Days Of Darkness (Denys Arcand)
Israel - Beaufort (Joseph Cedar)
Italy - The Unknown Woman (Giuseppe Tornatore)
Kazakhstan - Mongol (Sergei Bodrov)
Poland - Katyn (Andrzej Wajda)
Russia - 12 (Nikita Mikhalkov)
Serbia - The Trap (Srdan Golubovic)

Persepolis is still eligible in the animated category; other notable films which failed to make the final nine include Ben X from Belgium, I Served The King Of England from the Czech Republic, The Edge Of Heaven from Germany, Secret Sunshine from Korea, Caramel from Lebanon, Silent Light from Mexico, and The Orphanage from Spain.

The shortlist was whittled down from 63 eligible submissions by a Phase I committee comprising several hundred Los Angeles-based Academy

From Jan 18-20 a Phase II committee, made up of 10 randomly selected members from the Phase I group joined by a 10-member contingent in New York and Los Angeles, will select the five nominees.

As previously reported, Ang Lee's Lust, Caution was deemed ineligible as the Taiwanese entry and two other high profile French films The Diving Bell And The Butterfly and La Vie En Rose are not eligible since France did not submit them. Israel's The Band's Visit was also disqualified from the foreign language Oscar race since much of its dialogue is in English.

Nominations for the 80th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 22 and the Oscar ceremony is scheduled to take place on Feb