These days, the global community is all the rage. We talk to people on the other side of the earth through our keyboards, and now cinema is increasingly looking to blur the lines between nations and films. Numerous countries will now pitch in on a single film, directors will come together for huge collaborations and even big-name US directors, like Clint Eastwood and Woody Allen have been jumping out of their comfort zones on international, foreign-language projects. Yet the Oscars have yet to catch up, which is a shame, considering all of the great collaborations these days.

Anne Thompson blogged the other day about two notable foreign films that won't be entering the foreign race for the Academy Awards. One is The Kite Runner, based on the Khaled Hosseini novel, a dramatic tear-jerker about a man from Afghanistan who lives in the US and returns home to help his childhood friend years after they were separated by war. The other is Julien Schnabel's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, a French film that details the true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, an editor who suffered a stroke that paralyzed everything but his right eyelid. Bauby, with only one lid, had relayed his story, and that is what the film is based on. (James Rocchi raved about the film here from Cannes.)

Obviously, both are powerful stories, and definitely the sort of drama the Academy should be jumping for. Unfortunately, as Thompson explains, they are seen as American productions with foreign elements: "The Academy rules dictate that two out of three categories -- writer, director and producer -- must be from the submitting country." With all of the American fare sure to be on the list, that leaves out productions like these. What should they do to compensate for these films potentially caught in limbo? Should the Academy add an award for best international collaboration? Should they make a best US, and then best overall film, cutting out the foreign category? What say you?