A record 58 countries from four continents have submitted movies for consideration as Foreign Language Film Award hopefuls at next year's (06) Oscars.

Movies from Costa Rica, Fiji and Iraq make history, as they're the first films submitted by those countries.

The 78th Academy Award nominations will be announced on 31 January (06). The Oscars will be staged at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on 5 March (06).