Spanish-language movie hits PAN'S LABYRINTH and VOLVER will compete for Oscar gold at the Academy Awards next month (FEB07), but Clint Eastwood's Golden Globe winner LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA will miss out. Nine films from 61 hopefuls were selected as nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 79th Oscars. As well as Mexico's Pan's Labyrinth and Spain's Volver, other nominees are DAYS OF GLORIA (Algeria), WATER (Canada), AFTER THE WEDDING (Denmark), AVENUE MONTAIGNE (France), BLACK BOOK (The Netherlands), VITUS (Switzerland) and LIVES OF OTHERS (Germany). The final five films will be announced at the officials nominations on 23 January (07).