PrivateOne of the ground rules of submitting a film for consideration in the Best Foreign Film Oscar category is that it has to take place "predominantly in an official language of the country submitting the film." Oops. Forgetting about that condition, Italy's Oscar committee submitted Private, a documentary-style film about the relationship between a Palestinian teacher and the Israel solider who is sent to drive him from his home. Though the film was directed by an Italian (Saverio Costanzo, whose work won him the Best Director award at this year's Italian Oscars), and produced by Italians, it takes place in Arabic and English, which makes it ineligible for submission.

Italy will have a chance to submit a replacement offering, but this situation sort of screams out to be corrected. Why does the language within a film determine its country of origin? That's absurd.