While still three months shy from the Academy Awards’ official nominations roster, nominee predictions have been circulating for months. Out of the 24 awards categories, there’s one award that film experts around in the world are particularly betting on, and it’s not the Best Movie award. Filipino filmmakers and film lovers alike annually clamor about the Best Foreign Film, where they hope upon hope that a Filipino entry makes the cut. This year, local film industry’s rising star is Birdshot, a film directed by Mikhail Red. The film is the Philippines’ sole entry to the awards show, out of almost a hundred titles.
It already seems that the film’s potential has also caught the intention of international media. Entertainment website Award Circuit has likewise placed their bets and has ranked Birdshot among the top contenders for the category. The film has fallen into 12th place on their predicted
Birdshot tells the story of a local farm girl named Maya who hunts and unknowingly shoots down an endangered Philippine Eagle, the national bird, within a sanctuary. Meanwhile, a rookie cop is sent to investigate what’s categorized as a “missing persons” crime. While the film had only premiered in local cinemas this year, it’s garnered praise at the Tokyo International Film Festival, where it won Best Asian Feature Film last year. Watch the trailer below:
Last year, Brillante Mendoza’s Ma Rosa missed to make the Oscars shortlist but the film’s leading lady, Jaclyn Jose, received recognition as Best Actress in the Cannes Film Festival. Despite the odds, many remain hopeful that Red’s Birdshot takes home an Oscar.