Angelina Jolie’s ‘FTKMF’ wasn’t shortlisted for the Best Foreign Film Oscar

Sexy and single Angelina Jolie leaves Cipriani's Wall Street with her well dressed kids

Angelina Jolie brought all of her kids to New York last week. Jolie was still shilling for her Cambodian film, First They Killed My Father, and doing press and events for promotion. Friday night, Jolie and all of the kids attended the 2017 UN Correspondents Association Awards at the Cipriani’s – Jolie was decked out in a strapless black satin dress with some kind of white feature at the back (it looked like a bow with a train). It seemed like a frigid, windy night and Jolie was not dressed for it, as evidenced by these photos. Her kids seem to be trying to help their mom get to the car quickly as they made their exit from Cipriani’s. Jolie attended the event – with her kids – because she won the 2017 UNCA Global Citizen of the Year Award.

Speaking of awards, it sounds like Jolie’s big Oscar campaign has already come to an end. Last week, the Academy released their “shortlist” for Best Foreign Film, and First They Killed My Father did not make the list of nine. Neither did the highly acclaimed French film BPM, which premiered at this year’s Cannes to a lot of emotion and controversy (it’s a mostly true story about the start of the AIDS crisis in France). Jolie’s FTKMF did get a Golden Globe nomination and that will probably be the last we see of her during the awards season… unless she’s invited to present at the Oscars or something, which might happen, you never know. I’m a little bit disappointed to see that the Academy didn’t shortlist FTKMF, but I also think it might be a blessing in disguise: a real, substantial Oscar push would have brought up more uncomfortable questions and Jolie didn’t know how to answer the questions she was getting.

PS… I honestly believe her kids are styling her these days for events. Like, Zahara and Pax are carefully selecting Jolie’s dresses and gowns and they have veto power on the sack dresses.

Sexy and single Angelina Jolie leaves Cipriani's Wall Street with her well dressed kids

Angelina Jolie exits Cipriani Wall Street with her kids after attending an UN event

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

118 Responses to “Angelina Jolie’s ‘FTKMF’ wasn’t shortlisted for the Best Foreign Film Oscar”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. Nancy says:

    Her arm raised over her head….she’s still a Pitt!

  2. C says:

    Pax is such a handsome boy.

  3. Maria F. says:

    i love that dress on her. With the gloves it looks pure old Hollywood.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      JUST what I was thinking. I’d love to see a shot where she’s not holding her hair or running for the car…I’ll bet she looked amazing. and I want to see the back of the dress with the bow thing.

      but also, bravo to her for her honor, she deserves it. keep up the good work, Ms. Jolie.

      ETA: my goodness, Shiloh does favor her father!

      • babykitten says:

        Isn’t that Knox?

      • whatWHAT? says:

        Knox is in the pics, too, but I meant the pic of Shiloh holding the program (I think that’s what it is) with her mom on the cover. (she’s wearing a bow tie, Knox is tie-less)

      • babykitten says:

        I didn’t see that picture – need to check it out.

      • Lauren II says:

        Angie’s hair has been receding for years…she is grasping her hair extensions.

        I thiñk her children are Angies’s security blanket. I just wonder if all this exposure is healthy for them long term.

      • Deedee says:

        Doesn’t she thou? For a split second, I thought it was an old picture of Bras.

    • minx says:

      Yes, very glamorous. She looks great.

      • Sal says:

        maren, yeah, she is drunk or high. That is why no media commented on it. Really? Your comment is disgusting, as well as desperate.

  4. tracking says:

    That dress looks super uncomfortable and a bit much for a UN event. Very Rita Hayworth–would have been a good choice for the Globes. I’m sure she’s disappointed about the Oscar nom, but she’s probably got a good shot at the Globe–and that’s not nothing.

  5. Goats on the Roof says:

    Personally, I would be uncomfortable wth the film being nominated because I do have so many questions. The child casting is the obvious one, but I also took issue with the gleeful way it was reported that adult survivors were falling to their knees weeping for fear the regime was back. It just seems so unnecessarily traumatic for a film, tbh.

    She looks beautiful here, but I actually like her sack dresses. They look so…comfy and non-binding. Bring back the sacks!

  6. Adorable says:

    I’m disappointed it didn’t get nominated as well,oh well her other movie “The breadwinner”might get nominated & I think she’s an E/producer for that.& that dress looks amazing,hoping jen rade gives Angie fab options for the golden globes cause jolie “still has it”!

  7. Leanne says:

    She is exploiting those children. They all have to dance around her like little minions. Yes, she is a humanitarian, yes, she is beautiful and yes, she works hard. But she does not seem to provide those children with an environment where they can grow up to be anything but freaks in the Hollywood side show.

    • Jenna says:

      That’s a little aggressive. She’s taking her kids to an event where she is being honoured for her humanitarian work…. i’d bring my kids too. Are they supposed to hide at home because their parents are two of the most famous people on earth?

      They likely have as much influence as a young royalty at this point. It’s a good thing they can navigate the attention. Why shouldn’t she share her life with her kids?

      • HadToChangeMyName says:

        “That’s a little aggressive.” Ya think? Oh my goodness, the woman wanted her children at an event where she was being honored for her work. What a horrible human being. /sarcasm

      • whatWHAT? says:

        yeah, she doesn’t drag them out to EVERY red carpet she walks…and this isn’t even a red carpet, it’s a UN event to honor their mother. taking them to this event is A-OK, IMO.

        as for the “freak show” comment…has there ever been a credible report of ANY of these kids acting up or acting out? no, from every report from “the public” that we’ve heard, from someone who encountered them while out, is that they’re incredibly polite and kind and well-behaved. Maddox is a teen, has all sorts of $ at his disposal, and has parents who went through a VERY public split. if anyone had the reasons/resources to act up and misbehave, it would be him…and?…BUPKUS. I’m not even a superfan but geez, let’s keep it accurate.

    • Jana says:

      i agree Leanne

    • babykitten says:

      I wouldn’t personally label it exploitation, but it is a little disturbing that it looks like Pax is her protector/guard. The kid just turned fourteen years old. Is this the type of event that children typically attend?

      • Miss V says:

        Umm, my daughter is very protective of me like that. She’s 9. I think it’s a sign of how close they are as a family. They all look out for one another.

      • Shijel says:

        Miss V

        I think it’s creepy especially in the light of some interviews Angie has given recently where it’s become evident that the older kids are very protective of her and that they’re concerned and ‘an emotional support’.

        No matter how hard it is, how broken you are, your kids shouldn’t have to feel like they need to protect you and be your emotional pillar. Kids are not equipped to do that and it’s wildly taxing on a young, developing psyche. In this light it all looks messed up.

        Being close as a family is one thing, but you might want to look into why your daughter’s so protective of you. Why does a 9-year-old think that she needs to look out for her adult mother?

      • Beth says:

        @Miss V, Your daughter may be protective of you, but this is a little different because she always has her children in the public eye everywhere she goes, leaving their entire family with no privacy. I’m definitely not saying she’s a bad mother at all, but maybe if she didn’t always bring them to these events for the world to watch, she’d be protecting her children a little better.

        Ummm, if your family was going through the tough times the Jolie-Pitts are, would you want everyone to be talking about you and your childrens life? Of course you wouldn’t

      • babykitten says:

        I agree Shijel and Beth. It calls to mind the stories of William pushing tissues under the door to a sobbing Diana. It also smacks of the old fashioned belief that a male child has to be “the man of the family” when there’s no adult male in residence.

    • Umyeah says:

      I think she doesnt provide them with the privacy they deserve, her and Brad would always trot the kids out when they had a movie to film. I am disappointed she doesnt try to sheild them more from the media, especially the younger ones

      • babykitten says:

        I don’t think Angie necessarily uses her children to promote her projects, but I do believe they are her emotional crutch. Pax’s protection may seem sweet and normal, but he’s a child and it’s not his place to be her body guard. Would it be as cute and sweet if it were Shiloh guarding Brad?

        If children typically attend these events with their parents, then it’s really not a big deal for me.

      • Umyeah says:

        @babykitten i agree that if this was an event that you bring your kids its no big deal but she brings them to so many events and lets them get photographed all the time while they are dealing with the seperation of their parents. I would want to sheild my kids from media scrutany as much as i could.

    • Belle says:

      Agree, it seems like she’s parading them around. As much as she may do for humanitarian issues, she doesn’t seem to actually care much for any child’s well being (human rights abuses on her film, parading her young kids around at adult events, etc).

    • Sabrine says:

      The kids are supporting their mom. Nobody is being exploited. They’re actually rarely in the spotlight unless it’s something like this occasion. I think the concern they have for their mom shows that they think the world of her.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        “They’re actually rarely in the spotlight unless it’s something like this occasion”

        yes, THIS. she isn’t like Tori Spelling who brings ALL of her kids to any opening of anything she goes to. with the Jolie-Pitt family, every once in a while you’d see one or two of the kids at some event but, for something like this honor being given, I don’t see what the problem of them all going is.

      • Umyeah says:

        Sorry but those kids are not rarely in the spotlight they have been paraded around since they were born. She and Brad both used those kids to promote movies or to help their image. How many times have we seen those kids pap walked through an airport right before a premier? Brad and Angie have the financial meams to travel privatly and keep their plans undercover when they choose.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        “they have been paraded around since they were born.”

        I simply do not agree with this. I don’t frequent fan sites (perhaps you do) so I don’t see every pic of these kids. yes, I’ve seen them going in and out of toy stores, and yes, in the airport (we know paparazzi hang out there) and on a few red carpets. yes, we see them.

        these kids will be hounded for pics because they’re the children of one of the most famous couples (both together and separate) in the world. of COURSE we will see them at airports etc. but to say they’re “paraded” around is simply untrue. Tori Spelling’s kids are “paraded” around. these kids are not.

      • Umyeah says:

        @whatWHAT you should read an article from the NY times from a few years back entitled “Angelina Jolies carefully orchestrated image”. Angelina is seen or heard in public unless she wants as are her children.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        I never said she didn’t have a carefully orchestrated image…I agree with that, but I disagree that she parades her/Brad’s children around to every event she attends.

      • Umyeah says:

        @whatWHAT my guess is you didnt read the article? They specifically talk about how she reformed her image as homewrecker by turning the focus on to her kids

      • whatWHAT? says:

        no, I didn’t read the article and I don’t need to. an opinion piece/profile of how THEY think she reformed her image is just that…OPINION.

        seems to me she was focused on her kid (the first one she adopted) well before she was with Pitt and became a “homewrecker” (and, for the record, the only person who could be accused of wrecking a home is Pitt. MEN CANNOT BE STOLEN).

        she started to “reform” her image when she began working with humanitarian groups. she turned focus to her kids because THEY WERE HER FOCUS, not to “reform” her image. she grew as a person and her priorities shifted. happens to a lot of people.

      • please says:

        It shows they know she’s extremely fragile. Not a good role for a kid to support a parent. It will harm them. She should be strong for them, not leaning on them. She seems histrionic and manipulative towards her children.

      • Sal says:

        Umyeah, you mean the article that was a hit job and as such was discredited and retracted, as well as an apology given? Hardly a reliable source.

    • magnoliarose says:

      I like AJ, but when I first saw the photos, I didn’t care for it very much. I don’t like children looking like caregivers. At all. Children aren’t capable of being emotional crutches or support. They are kids, and I don’t think this works to her favor PR wise. Too many red carpets with the kids and we see them so much the interest wanes for everyone besides her hardcore fans.
      She doesn’t seem to have regained her footing.

      • minxx says:

        I agree 100%

      • Savasana Lotus says:

        She’s going through something and leans on her kids. That in itself is not necessarily bad. But, she does not have them in school. They’re not being socialized and learning independence. She is IMO socially awkward. I don’t dislike her for that, but she should be leading her kids toward separateness/being individuals with boundaries…not imeshed. Her kids need to venture, individually off of Angie Island. They’re kids.

      • Mathilde says:

        I was leaned on when my parents divorced and in hindsight I can definitely say that it was not a good thing!

      • Sally says:

        Angie is a very loving and caring Mother, if she seems “to lean on” her children, I think they are leaning on each other. They have been through a lot, they’ve been dealt a hard blow by the person they all loved and trusted. If Angie and the children seem “too close” for some, I think that is exactly what they needed to heal.

        After all those kids have been through in the last 15 months, they look remarkably healthy and happy, you can thank their Mother for that.

    • Helen Smith says:

      I’ve always thought the Jolie-Pitt kids should receive a cut of their parents’ earnings given how those kids are responsible for keeping Pitt and Jolie in the public eye. The kids are easy publicity and cheap too especially if they aren’t compensated.

  8. kate says:

    poor Jolie

    • Michelle says:

      So much projection! Just because we see a round of photographs taken within seconds, does not mean we know the ins & out of them as a family, especially their emotional wellbeing. There are children that are shielded most of their life & still grow up messed up. She knows what is best for her children, not people who don’t know them, or have spoken to them, or see their everyday life. These past 18mths they have had children’s services in & out their life, analysing every aspect, if they see she is a loving capable mother & the kids are ok, then who are we to judge?

      • Deleted User says:

        ‘So much projection! Just because we see a round of photographs taken within seconds, does not mean we know the ins & out of them as a family,’

        👍 Exactly.

      • Eve says:

        @ Michelle and Deleted User:

        Same here.

  9. pOOP says:

    She looks gorgeous!

  10. Giulia says:

    But do the kids really need to participate in red carpets/awards/etc poledance? There’s Take Your Child To Work, but this is getting ridiculous 😉

    • Beth says:

      I agree. Just because they’re a loving family who are close to their mother doesn’t mean they should be going to every single red carpet event there is. Getting dressed up and having to pose with my family in front of cameras all the time doesn’t sound like much fun. Thankfully, I didn’t have to wear make up and fancy clothes to my dads Bring Your Daughter To Work Day

      • babykitten says:

        I think Angie should maybe rely on her brother and adult friends to be her emotional support for some of these events.

      • Savasana Lotus says:

        She does seem to be creating co-dependency. Closeness is good but they should have private lives and be at social events related to school with their school buddies.

      • Mathilde says:

        What’s wrong with going by yourself?

      • m says:

        Yeah, I’m sort of waiting to see a picture of her sans kids (and obligatory sack dress).

    • lucy2 says:

      I think most people would have their kids in attendance when receiving a special award, but she goes to a lot of events, and it seems like the kids have been out and about with her a lot for them. If it were my family, especially in the middle of a high profile divorce, I’d probably not bring them to so much.

    • magnoliarose says:

      It is too much. Cipriani Wall Street is not a child-friendly place, and I can’t imagine even remotely enjoyable. The children dressed in black is somewhat morose and cheerless, like they are leaving the swanky memorial party for the Addam’s Family.
      Maybe she needs some months off to contemplate her next steps.

    • Jellybean says:

      I tend to agree. If this was a special occasion the kids could have been taken in quietly so they didn’t have to face the cameras. Kids should never fell they have to look after their parents. My father suffered from severe depression during my childhood. My parents had no idea how much it impacted on me, but my need to please him and make him smile had a profound affect on the choices I made throughout my adolescence and young adulthood. The situation with these kids has always made me feel uncomfortable.

    • LadyT says:

      I’ve seen these children at too many red carpets and events over the last year. I feel like she uses them as a crutch or a shield or pretty PR and it is uncomfortable. If it was just this event or that event- fine. Mother got an award or enjoy Mother’s premiere. But she’s brought them out a LOT.

    • Sally says:

      The children were with her the entire time during the filming of FTKMF, they became friends with the children actors, and were on set almost every day. I see nothing wrong with them being at the premieres or walking the red carpet with their Mother and the children actors.

      As for Saturday night, Angie received a prestigious award for her UN work, why would anyone think it odd her children would be there.

      As for FTKMF not being selected, we all knew it was a long shot for an Oscar nod, especially since most foreign films are directed by up and coming Directors.

      BPM not being selected is much more a shock. Both FTKMF and BPM were more critically acclaimed than some of those selected. After the success of FTKMF it’s going to be extremely easy for Angie to pick and choose her next film to direct.

  11. Ninks says:

    She’s a producer on The Breadwinner which is a contender for best animated movie, and in with a good shot of a nomination because the team behind it have been nominated a few times before, so she might still pop up.

  12. roses says:

    I really can’t believe BPM didn’t make the shortlist thought it had a better shot.
    Both films had good reviews but BPM had more acclaim so that’s a huge disappointment. At least A Fantastic Woman and The Wound made it but there is still one more round the films on the shortlist have to go thru so hopefully they will make it to the Oscar five.

    She still has the Breadwinner too which is in a very strong position to get nominated so she may still make an appearance

  13. Loo says:

    I’m fine with this. I hate how Jolie is treated like a great director just because she is a movie star.

    • Squiggisbig says:

      Very true. It also doesn’t seem like a good look for the best foreign film to be one directed by a wealthy American.

    • Tanguerita says:

      Agree. The latest movie is a decent try and better than her previous efforts, but it most certainly doesn’t “play” in the same league as “The square”, “The loveless” or “BPM” – which unfortunately didn’t make it into the shortlist either.

    • Nick says:

      This. I was pissed at what she did to Mr. Zamporini’s story that I actually walked out of the theater. She’s much better in front of the camera than behind it,

    • Pandy says:

      Yes! I’m just sitting thinking “guess it wasn’t such a great film”?

  14. Jana says:

    She is boring

  15. Izzie the other says:

    Not surprised about the non-nomination. The Oscars and Netflix are famously at odds. It’s the old vs. new thing. I watched the movie and I liked it. I read the book in high school and it always stayed with me so I was glad that someone who has a deep connection to Cambodia could bring it to life.

    Angelina hustled the hell out of that film. It’s a shame but as a whole I think the Oscars need to be overhauled, especially now. This whole system of campaigning is exhausting and it makes me NOT want to see the film. The round tables, the discussion, the Oscars itself.. it just feels so out of place for the world we’re in right now. The world has changed so drastically in the last two years and somehow the Oscars just seem so self-important and out of place, like an ancient institution.

  16. Mumzy says:

    Love the photo of her with Pax. It looks as though he is saying, “Enough already Mom! Less talking and more walking!”

    She can rock sack dresses and fitted dresses — she’s allowed to vary. For instance, I have sweatpants and yoga pants. It’s good to have a little variety for different moments in life.

  17. Belle says:

    To be honest, this movie was not that great. For such a strong topic, it was pretty mediocre. I don’t think she should direct, she just isn’t that great. Stick to acting…

    As for the children, it seems like she doesn’t respect their privacy or provide real boundaries, so it surely seems to border on exploiting them in my eyes. I had a mother who relentlessly dragged me to adult events and it really effected me negatively.

    • Jayna says:

      I gave it a B plus at the time of my post about it when it came out, but maybe it’s only a B. I think I gave it a B plus because I was rooting for Angie. I remember thinking it was a solid B after I watched it, but added the plus to it when posting about it.

      My sister and her daughter watched it, who we like similar movies usually, and they didn’t like it. In fact, my sister asked me why I told her to watch it as it wasn’t a very good movie.

      Another friend and also my nephew, who is a real eclectic movie watcher and this would be right up his alley, watched it, and neither cared for it.

      • magnoliarose says:

        It got mixed reviews from my film buffs; my husband, brother, two sisters and grandmother disliked it. My mother has deep issues with white saviors so according to my father she really didn’t think an American should have had anything to do with the movie. Then others I know liked it but no one LOVED it.
        There were holes, and she struggles with authentic, quiet emotions and impact. I never feel the way I want to feel when I watch her movies.
        Documentaries would be perfect for her, and she would kill that.

      • belle says:

        Yeah, I really did try with this one to remain neutral before seeing it. I just lost interest before it was halfway through. It wasn’t very well done, seemed very hollow.

    • Umyeah says:

      @belle totally agree with your assessment of the film

  18. Noelle says:

    It was an excellent movie and incredibly well directed. Seriously the bs from posters above is pathetic re the quality of Angelina’s direction of this film. The reviews of both critics and audience generally disagree with you knowingly mediocre reviews.

  19. HoustonGrl says:

    Wow…she looks like a million bucks!

  20. The Original G says:

    These photos really are unfortunate. She looks rather like Gloria Swanson in Sunset Blvd.

  21. Michelle says:

    There are tons of people on twitter who saw this film & loved it. I truly would hate to be in the public eye, especially someone like Angelina. This woman gets criticism from every angle, from bullshit tabloids everyday to her parenting, relationships, her past, her father, her career, her fashion, her hair, her make up, thank god she tunes all the noise out & is just focusing on living her life & raising her family.

  22. Whatever says:

    Actually the breadwinner will probably be nominated. If her ex can get praise for executive producing films why can’t she ? Especially when she actually puts in work and doesn’t take others credit. I think the voters didn’t feel comfortable with FTKMF because Angelina is an American actress first– even if Cambodia awarded her citizenship. I will crack up if she’s nominated best director.

    Also, the video of her accepting the award is good. Another good speech and what she says about her kids knowing right from wrong and not just following a strategy sure seems like she could be talking about her abusive ex husband. Their older kids still want nothing to do with him but the media will not admit it… Wonder why.

    • Flipper says:


    • magnoliarose says:


      • Whatever says:

        Speechless ? You? Yeah right. Say what you feel.if people actually paid attention to what’s going on you wouldn’t be so speechless. Pit was nowhere near pax on his birthday and chose to be photographed in Boston and New Jersey. If everything was so great I would think he’d at least be in town for his sons 14th.

        Also pit was seen in a bar and a marijuana distributor at Brandon Boyd’s art show said Brad was more than happy to accept a joint . Old people cant handle the wax.

        Anyway go ahead and pretend he’s good with their kids but reality says he’s NOT.

  23. A says:

    Her dress is amazing. It’s classic Angelina Jolie, esp with the gloves and the blown back hair. My goodness. <3

    No comment on her kids. 🙂

  24. truth hurts says:

    The bottom line HWA will not recognize Netflix. They are afraid of Netflix and it is a shame it has nothing to do with them not liking Angelina. This film is continuing to win awards by the critics so it has bridged a milestone. Good job gorgeous.

    • Katie says:

      It wasn’t nominated because it was not that great. I also think the casting controversy is what soured in the deciding of including or excluding this film.
      Angelina is not cut out for directing. She has no talent or skills for it.

  25. Adele Dazeem says:

    I’m charmed by the fact you can see her corset through this dress.

    Even the skinny and the rich need supportive undergarments!

  26. Rocket says:

    I think she loves those kids (and Pitt checked out but wasn’t abusive). But she has a serious blind spot when it comes to using them for PR and no stable roots. Almost daily pap walks with these poor children in the last month plus as she promotes FTKMF. She’s not aware of what’s a healthy way to raise children bc look at how she was raised (see former nanny Krisann Morel). She might think it’s all harmless and creative and educational for them to have a globetrotting childhood in the public eye but she needs a reality check.

  27. Eve says:

    Stunning. Simply stunning.

  28. Shannon says:

    I think she looks great here! And if her kids are styling her, I love it. I always ask my 10-year-old son his opinion on an outfit before any special outing, and one of his favorite things is to go by the local bridal/prom dress shop and give his opinions on the dresses in the window lol, I basically trust his opinion more than mine because I have no fashion sense. I’ve always been on the fence about AG, not a fan but not NOT a fan, but she’s really starting to grow on me. Frankly, I like her better without Pitt.

  29. T-Rasha says:

    I have no idea what’s going on inside her house but I don’t like seeing her this fragile looking. I want bad ass AJ. Besides that she looks stunning.

  30. CiCi says:

    It was not a well made film, Jolie is not a foreign director( really disgusted she would stoop low to do that to the actual foreign directors) and she exploited and abused children for the movie. Thats why it was not nominated.

  31. Fatty says: