OK, this is all a little confusing, but I think I got the gist of it: Mel Gibson‘s "Apocalypto" and Clint Eastwood‘s "Letters from Iwo Jima" WILL be eligible for "best foreign language film" at the Golden Globes — but NOT at the Oscars, because they’re technically considered "American" movies. American movies in which nothing but "foreign" languages are spoken.
The whole convoluted story can be enjoyed at Variety’s Award Central.
And here’s one strange side effect: Both movies will be eligible for "Best Picture," as far as Oscar is concerned … but NOT according to the Globes.
Ugh, who really cares about these designations anymore? As far as movies go, we’re pretty much living in a global village at this point, aren’t we? Maybe the Oscars could just award a Top Ten Best Films of the Year list and leave it at that.