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"Waltz with Bashir," Ari Folman's animated film recounting his experiences as a soldier in the First Lebanon War, was nominated yesterday for Best Foreign Film in next month's Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced yesterday.

The film, which took four years to complete, was screened at this year's Cannes Film Festival and was named the year's best picture by the Israeli Film Academy. Despite these accolades, it was not among the nominees for any other Golden Globes award - not even for Best Animated Film.

Rounding out the nominations for Best Foreign Film are Germany's "The Baader Meinhof Complex," Sweden's "Everlasting Moments," Italy's "Gomorra" and "I've Loved You So Long" of France.

Heading the nominations list, with five apiece, are David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Ron Howard's "Frost/Nixon," and John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt."

The awards, which are considered the film industry's second most important after the Academy Awards, will be handed out on January 11.