In the wake of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' rejection of America for consideration for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, a petition has been launched lobbying the Academy to consider films from Puerto Rico.
The U.S. protectorate has had 11 foreign language movies nominated since the mid-80s, but a rules "clarification" by the Academy has effectively nixed submissions by Puerto Rico:
"We wanted to clear up an inconsistency that allowed a U.S. territory to compete in a category meant for countries outside the U.S.," Oscar COO Ric Robertson said. "We told them in our letter last year that 2010 would be the last time they could submit an entry."
"We believe that films from Puerto Rico fulfill the two requirements stated in the definition of Rule 14th (sic) of the Academy of Motion Pictures Regulation: A foreign language film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track."
Directed by Sonia Fritz, America is a production of Puerto Rico and was predominantly filmed in Spanish, though it contains some English dialogue. It stars Lymari Nadal (Edward James Olmos' wife), Mr. Olmos, Yancey Arias, Rachel Ticotin, Tony Plana, and James Callis.