‘Son of Saul’ Golden Globe called good omen for Oscars

Analysis

In the 66-year history of the Golden Globe’s foreign film category, no Hungarian film has ever received the accolade until this year. According to a post today in entertainment blog velvet.hu, this is a good omen for László Nemes’ award-winning holocaust story “Son of Saul”, and it signals that an Oscar for best foreign-language picture may be on the way.

A scene from the movie ‘Son of Saul’.

History shows that a Golden Globe win in the best foreign-language film or best foreign film category gives one fair odds at getting an Oscar as was the case in 1959 when Oscar Camus’s “Black Orfeus” bagged both awards. The same happened in 1960 and 1961 with Ingmar Bergman’s “Virgin Spring”, and “Through a Glass Darkly” respectively, and in 1962 Serge Bourguignon’s “Sunday’s and Cybele” also took a Golden Globe and an Oscar. This was followed in 1966 by several more joint wins including Jirí Menzel’s “Closely Watched Trains” and Sergey Bondarchuk’s “War and Peace” in 1966, velvet.hu reported.

Roman Polanski’s “Tess” took home three Oscars in 1981 after winning a Golden Globe and “Chariots of Fire” won four Oscars in 1982. Outdoing all before it, “Gandhi” won eight of its 14 Oscar nominations after its Golden Globe win for best foreign film. “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” also won four Oscars following its Golden Globe win.

“Son of Saul” has received nearly two dozen awards and 33 nominations to date, velvet.hu noted, and this is a good sign that it could fare well at the Oscars this year.

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