Cinemascope‘s Yair Raveh is reporting that the Israeli academy has chosen Yaron Shani and Scander Kobti‘s Ajami as the Israeli Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Feature. So that’s all she wrote Academy-hoopla-wise for Samuel Moaz‘s Lebanon, which Sony Classics recently acquired.

A just-announced winner of five awards at the Ophirs (i.e., the Israeli academy awards), Ajami is described by Raveh as “a gritty crime drama about Israeli and Arabs in the Ajami neighborhood in Jaffa.” The closing-night attraction in the Director’s Fortnight program in Cannes last May, Ajami won Ophirs this evening for Best Picture, direction, screenplay, editing and music. Lebanon was the second biggest winner with prizes for supporting actor, cinematography, production design and sound design.