List of Academy Award-winning foreign-language films

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A theatrical poster for Japan's Gate of Hell, a recipient of the Academy Award for Costume Design as well as an Academy Honorary Award

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has given Academy Awards to foreign language films since 1945. The Academy defines a foreign language film as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue. Films that meet these criteria are eligible for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. They can be nominated for awards in categories other than Best Foreign Language Film provided that they have been commercially released in Los Angeles County and comply with the special rules governing those categories. In addition, foreign-language films produced in the United States are not eligible for Best Foreign Language Film, but are eligible for awards in other categories.[1]

As of 2008, 24 foreign language films have won Academy Awards outside of the Best Foreign Language Film category. The foreign language films with the most awards are Sweden's Fanny and Alexander and Taiwan's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, with both winning four awards, including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[2] Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon received ten Academy Award nominations, the highest number of nominations ever garnered for a foreign language film.[3] No foreign language film has been a recipient of an Academy Award for Best Picture, although eight foreign language films have been nominees for the award.[2][4]

Best Foreign Language Film winners[edit]

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1956.[5] The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. Following this, they vote via secret ballot to determine the five nominees for the award.[1] Before the award was created in 1956, the Board of Governors of the Academy voted on a film every year that was considered the best foreign language film released in the United States, and there were no submissions. These films were recipients of Academy Honorary Awards.[6]

Other categories[edit]

Films that are eligible for the Best Foreign Language Film category are able to compete for other Academy Awards if they had been commercially released in Los Angeles County and fulfill the requirements of the categories they are participating in.[1] Among the foreign language films that have won Academy Awards outside the Best Foreign Language Film category, six have won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and Gate of Hell was the recipient of an Academy Honorary Award.[7][8]

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Original title Category Winner(s) Country Language(s)
1945
(18th)
Marie-Louise Marie-Louise Writing
(original screenplay)
Schweizer, RichardRichard Schweizer Switzerland Switzerland German
1954
(27th)
Gate of Hell[A] Jigokumon (地獄門?) Costume Design
(color)
Wada, SanzoSanzo Wada Japan Japan Japanese
1956
(29th)
The Red Balloon Le ballon rouge Writing
(original screenplay)
Lamorisse, AlbertAlbert Lamorisse France France French
1961
(34th)
La Dolce Vita La dolce vita Costume Design
(black-and-white)
Gherardi, PieroPiero Gherardi Italy Italy Italian, English, French, German
1961
(34th)
Two Women La ciociara Actress in a Leading Role Loren, SophiaSophia Loren Italy Italy
France France
Italian, German
1962
(35th)
Divorce, Italian Style Divorzio all'italiana Writing
(story and screenplay)
de Concini, EnnioEnnio de Concini
Alfredo Giannetti
Pietro Germi
Italy Italy Italian
1963
(36th)
[B] Costume Design
(black-and-white)
Gherardi, PieroPiero Gherardi Italy Italy Italian, English, French, German
1966
(39th)
A Man and a Woman[B] Un homme et une femme Writing
(story and screenplay)
Lelouch, ClaudeClaude Lelouch
(story and screenplay)
Pierre Uytterhoeven
(screenplay)
France France French
1969
(41st)
Z[B] Z Film Editing Bonnot, FrançoiseFrançoise Bonnot Algeria Algeria French
1973
(46th)
Cries and Whispers Viskningar och rop Cinematography Nykvist, SvenSven Nykvist Sweden Sweden Swedish
1983
(56th)
Fanny and Alexander[B] Fanny och Alexander Art Direction
Cinematography
Costume Design
Asp, AnnaAnna Asp
(art direction)
Sven Nykvist
(cinematography)
Marik Vos
(costume design)
Sweden Sweden Swedish, German, Yiddish, English
1985
(58th)
Ran Ran (?) Costume Design Wada, EmiEmi Wada Japan Japan Japanese
1990
(63rd)
Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac Costume Design Squarciapino, FrancaFranca Squarciapino France France French
1995
(68th)
The Postman Il postino Music
(original dramatic score)
Bacalov, Luis EnriqueLuis Enrique Bacalov Italy Italy Italian, Spanish
1998
(71st)
Life Is Beautiful[B] La vita è bella Actor in a Leading Role
Music
(original dramatic score)
Benigni, RobertoRoberto Benigni
(best actor)
Nicola Piovani
(original dramatic score)
Italy Italy Italian, German, English
2000
(73rd)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon[B] Wòhǔ Cánglóng (臥虎藏龍) Art Direction
Cinematography
Music
(original score)
Yip, TimTim Yip
(art direction)
Peter Pau
(cinematography)
Tan Dun
(original score)
Taiwan Taiwan
China China
Hong Kong Hong Kong
United States United States
Mandarin
2002
(75th)
Talk to Her Hable con ella Writing
(original screenplay)
Almodóvar, PedroPedro Almodóvar Spain Spain Spanish
2004
(77th)
The Motorcycle Diaries Diarios de motocicleta Music
(original song)
Drexler, JorgeJorge Drexler
for "Al otro lado del río"
Brazil Brazil
Argentina Argentina
Chile Chile
France France
Germany Germany
Peru Peru
United Kingdom United Kingdom
United States United States
Quechua, Spanish
2006
(79th)
Letters from Iwo Jima[C] Letters from Iwo Jima Sound Editing Asman, BubBub Asman
Alan Robert Murray
United States United States Japanese, English
2006
(79th)
Pan's Labyrinth El laberinto del fauno Art Direction
Cinematography
Makeup
Caballero, EugenioEugenio Caballero
(art direction)
Pilar Revuelta
(set decoration)
Guillermo Navarro
(cinematography)
David Martí
(makeup)
Montse Ribé
(makeup)
Mexico Mexico Spanish
2007
(80th)
La Vie en Rose La Môme Actress in a Leading Role
Makeup
Cotillard, MarionMarion Cotillard
(best actress)
Jan Archibald
(makeup)
Didier Lavergne
(makeup)
United States United States
France France
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Czech Republic Czech Republic
French

Notes[edit]

Academy Award-winning foreign language films using English dubbage[edit]

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Original title Category Winner(s) Country Language(s)
2002
(75th)
Spirited Away Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi Animated Feature Miyazaki, HayaoHayao Miyazaki Japan Japan Japanese
2005
(78th)
March of the Penguins La Marche de l'empereur Documentary Feature Jacquet, LucLuc Jacquet France France French

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b c "Special Rules for the Best Foreign Language Film Award". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2007-12-31. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Foreign Language Films Other Categories". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2008-02-24. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  3. ^ "'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Wins Best Foreign Film Oscar". People's Daily. 2001-03-26. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  4. ^ Clark, Mike (2006-02-27). "When Oscar stood tall". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  5. ^ "History of the Academy Awards – Page 2". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2007-12-28. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  6. ^ "History of the Academy Awards – Page 1". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2007-12-20. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  7. ^ a b Mermelstein, David (2007-08-23). "Toho's film catalog riddled with gems". Variety. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  8. ^ a b Variety Staff (2007-03-01). "Best Foreign Film". Variety. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 

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