Academy drops 'territories' in Palestine reference

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — In the Oscar nominations, foreign language nominee "Omar" was described as being from "Palestine," a reference the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has avoided in the past.

"Palestinian Territories" or "Palestinian Authority" was the academy's choice when previously referring to films from Palestine.

After hearing the news of his latest nomination, director Hany Abu-Assad said Thursday that having the academy refer to his entry as being from Palestine was a step in the right direction.

Set amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, "Omar," is Abu-Assad's second Oscar nomination. His first was thriller "Paradise Now," which was also nominated in the foreign language category in 2006.

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