Germans celebrate Oscar Nomination

German-Austrian film Die Fälscher – The Counterfeiters - has been nominated for the Oscar for best foreign film. The movie was co-produced in Babelsberg, near Berlin.

“We sincerely congratulate the director Stefan Ruzowitzky and are crossing our fingers,” Henning Molfenter, director of Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures, told regional German broadcaster RBB on Wednesday.

“The Counterfeiters” is a story of a Jewish counterfeiter, Salomon Sorowitsch, who is forced to help the Nazis with a plot to flood the UK with forged money. Sorowitsch, who was being held at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, was forced into the forgery as part of a plot destabilize the British economy during World War II.

The 6,000 plus members of the Academy have until February 19th, 2008 to decide who will be the winner at the ceremony on February 24th.