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Andrzej Wajda, photo: Łukasz Ostalski / Reporter / East News

Poland has selected Andrzej Wajda’s Afterimage as its candidate for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

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Plastic covers an Oscar statue on the red carpet arrivals area outside the Kodak Theater in preparation for the the 82nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, 5.03.2010. REUTERS / Rick Wilking / Forum

In honour of Poland’s unbelievable quintet of Oscar nominations, Culture.pl would like to remind the film world that Poles have been ruling the Oscar scene since way back in the day. Here are five authentic and entertaining stories showing that Poland and the Academy Awards go together like popcorn and butter.

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Still from Paweł Pawlikowski's "Ida", 2013. Pictured: Agata Trzebuchowska, photo: CAP/NFS / Forum

It was Ida's night. At the 27th European Film Awards ceremony, Ida took home 5 awards, making it the biggest winner of the evening – Best Director, Best Screenplay for Paweł Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Best Cinematography – Prix Carlo di Palma for Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski, and above all: Best Film and the People's Choice Award.

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The biopic of Lech Wałęsa wavers between the sublime and the ironic as it tells the story of the leading figure of the Solidarity movement.

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If selected for the Oscars, Burning Bush will be the first Czech submission with foreign direction and it will compete against Wajda.

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Steven Spielberg's 2012 historical drama is a cinematic journey through the American president's fight to end slavery, not only from a legal standpoint, but from a moral position as well.

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Agnieszka Holland's chances for taking home the Oscar this year are high as In Darkness vies as one of the stronger contenders for Best Foreign Language Film, but will the Holocaust drama win out against Iran's A Separation and Israel's Footnote?

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The 2009 documentary film by Bartosz Konopka and Piotr Rosołowski tells the story of the rabbits living in the grassy space between the two layers of the Berlin Wall and their fate.

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Agnieszka Holland, photo: Marek Wiśniewski / Puls Biznesu / Forum

Film director and scriptwriter, her stories are founded in the human story of life and joy in the midst of tragedy and disaster.

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