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Angelina Jolie shimmered in silver at the 21st annual Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Nov. 5, 2017, where she received the Hollywood Foreign Language Film Award (for 'First They Killed My Father'). Click through to see who else was on the red carpet.(Photo: Neilson Barnard, Getty Images)

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Angelina Jolie's critically praised Cambodian film, >First They Killed My Father, will not contend for an Oscar in 2018.

Jolie's Netflix passion project — which she co-wrote, produced and directed — had been selected as the Cambodian entry in the best foreign film category for the 90th Academy Awards on March 4.

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Director Angelina Jolie discusses having her kids on the set of 'First They Killed My Father' at the movie's Toronto International Film Festival premiere. (Sept. 12) AP

But the film was not on the shortlist of nine candidates for five nominations that were announced Thursday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Ninety-two films had originally been considered in the foreign film category.

Unveiling First They Killed My Father to acclaim at September's Toronto Film Festival, Jolie said she made the film for the people of Cambodia and also for her Cambodian-born son, Maddox, 16, who has an executive producer credit. 

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Sareum Srey Moch, who plays the central role of Loung Ung from ages 5 to 9 in 'First They Killed My Father,' was discovered in a school run by a local charity. (Photo: Toronto International Film Festival)

Written by Jolie and Cambodian activist Loung Ung and based on Ung's memoir of the same name, First They Killed My Father witnesses the country's Khmer Rouge takeover through the perspective of a 5-year-old Cambodian girl.

Jolie read Ung's book in 2000 when she shot Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in the country.

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The film was critically well-received with an 88% critical approval score on the aggregate review site RottenTomatoes.com.

The final foreign film Oscar nominations will be announced on January 23.

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Loung Ung, from left, Kompheak Phoeung and Angelina Jolie attends a special screening of Netflix's"First They Killed My Father," on Thursday. (Photo: Andy Kropa, Invision/AP)

Here's the shortlist of foreign films still in the running.

Chile, A Fantastic Woman, Sebastián Lelio, director;

Germany, In the Fade, Fatih Akin, director;

Hungary, On Body and Soul, Ildikó Enyedi, director;

Israel, Foxtrot, Samuel Maoz, director;

Lebanon, The Insult, Ziad Doueiri, director;

Russia, Loveless, Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;

Senegal, Félicité, Alain Gomis, director;

South Africa, The Wound, John Trengove, director;

Sweden, The Square, Ruben Östlund, director.

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Speaking at the New York premiere of "In the Fade," star Diane Kruger says she hopes this year will be a turning point marking "the beginning of a safer work environment for all women in all categories." (Dec. 5) AP

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