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Promising Makhmalbaf film "Sex and Philosophy" disqualified from Oscar competition

TEHRAN, Dec. 2 (Mehr News Agency) - Oscar organizers have disqualified the film "Sex and Philosophy" from competing in the best foreign-language film category because director/producer Mohsen Makhmalbaf missed a key deadline for next year's Academy Awards.

Tajikistan's entry "Sex and Philosophy" and Bolivian entry "Say Good Morning to Dad" were shut out of the nominations race after copies of the movies failed to reach Oscar officials on time.

"The two films were excluded from the competition because they failed to supply prints ahead of the deadline," said a spokesperson for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Each of the 58 countries hoping to win one of the five nominations for the best foreign-language picture were required to deliver an English-subtitled print to the Academy by October 14 ahead of screening for Oscar voters.

The disqualifications still leave a record of 56 countries in the running for the coveted award, nominations for which will be announced in Los Angeles on January 25, organizers said.

"Sex and Philosophy" had generated interest because it was one of the three movies made by Iranian-born filmmakers submitted for the 2006 race along with other Iranian entry "Too Far, Too Close" directed by Reza Mir-Karimi.

The Oscar statuettes will be handed out at a star-studded show in Hollywood on March 5.

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