List of Canadian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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Canada has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1971. The award is handed out annually by the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.[1] It was not created until the 1956 Academy Awards, in which a competitive Academy Award of Merit, known as the Best Foreign Language Film Award, was created for non-English speaking films, and has been given annually since.[2]

As of 2013, seven Canadian films have been nominated, including one winner, for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Of these films, three have been directed by Denys Arcand: Jesus of Montreal, nominated at the 62nd Academy Awards; The Decline of the American Empire, nominated at the 59th Academy Awards; and its sequel, The Barbarian Invasions, which was the winner at the 76th Academy Awards.[3] Arcand's Days of Darkness was shortlisted for the Oscar, but was not nominated. The other four Canadian directors to have their films nominated are Deepa Mehta for Water at the 79th Academy Awards,[4] Denis Villeneuve for Incendies at the 83rd Academy Awards,[5] Philippe Falardeau for Monsieur Lazhar at the 84th Academy Awards,[6] and Kim Nguyen for War Witch at the 85th Academy Awards.[7]

Submissions[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.[2] 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] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Canada for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony. With two exceptions (2001's Inuktitut Atanarjuat and 2005's Hindi Water), all submissions were Québécois films. All of these were in French, except for A Bullet in the Head which contained no dialogue.

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
1971
(44th)
Mon oncle Antoine Mon oncle Antoine Jutra, ClaudeClaude Jutra Not Nominated
1972
(45th)
The True Nature of Bernadette La Vraie nature de Bernadette Carle, GillesGilles Carle Not Nominated
1975
(48th)
Orders Les Ordres Brault, MichelMichel Brault Not Nominated
1977
(50th)
J.A. Martin Photographer J.A. Martin photographe Beaudin, JeanJean Beaudin Not Nominated
1979
(52nd)
A Scream from Silence Mourir à tue-tête Poirier, Anne ClaireAnne Claire Poirier Not Nominated
1980
(53rd)
Good Riddance Les Bons débarras Mankiewicz, FrancisFrancis Mankiewicz Not Nominated
1981
(54th)
The Plouffe Family Les Plouffe Carle, GillesGilles Carle Not Nominated
1982
(55th)
Wild Flowers Les Fleurs savages Lefebvre, Jean PierreJean Pierre Lefebvre Not Nominated
1983
(56th)
The Tin Flute Bonheur d'occasion Fournier, ClaudeClaude Fournier Not Nominated
1984
(57th)
Sonatine Sonatine Lanctôt, MichelineMicheline Lanctôt Not Nominated
1985
(58th)
Jacques and November Jacques et novembre Bouvier, FrançoisFrançois Bouvier Not Nominated
1986
(59th)
The Decline of the American Empire Le Déclin de l'empire américain Arcand, DenysDenys Arcand Nominated
1987
(60th)
Night Zoo Un Zoo la Nuit Lauzon, Jean-ClaudeJean-Claude Lauzon Not Nominated
1988
(61st)
The Revolving Doors Les portes tournantes Mankiewicz, FrancisFrancis Mankiewicz Not Nominated
1989
(62nd)
Jesus of Montreal Jésus de Montréal Arcand, DenysDenys Arcand Nominated
1990
(63rd)
An Imaginary Tale Une histoire inventée Forcier, AndréAndré Forcier Not Nominated
1991
(64th)
A Bullet in the Head A Bullet in the Head Bertalan, AttilaAttila Bertalan Not Nominated
1992
(65th)
Léolo Léolo Lauzon, Jean-ClaudeJean-Claude Lauzon Not Nominated
1993
(66th)
Le Sexe des étoiles Le Sexe des étoiles Baillargeon, PaulePaule Baillargeon Not Nominated
1994
(67th)
Mon amie Max Mon amie Max Brault, MichelMichel Brault Not Nominated
1995
(68th)
The Confessional Le Confessional Lepage, RobertRobert Lepage Not Nominated
1996
(69th)
Not Me! Sous-sol Gang, PierrePierre Gang Not Nominated
1997
(70th)
Cosmos Cosmos Alleyn, JenniferJennifer Alleyn, Briand, ManonManon Briand,
Dallaire, Marie-JulieMarie-Julie Dallaire, Paragamian, ArtoArto Paragamian,
Turpin, AndréAndré Turpin, Villeneuve, DenisDenis Villeneuve
Not Nominated
1998
(71st)
August 32nd on Earth Un 32 août sur terre Villeneuve, DenisDenis Villeneuve Not Nominated
1999
(72nd)
Set Me Free Emporte-moi Pool, LéaLéa Pool Not Nominated
2000
(73rd)
Maelström Maelström Villeneuve, DenisDenis Villeneuve Not Nominated
2001
(74th)
Atanarjuat Atanarjuat Kunuk, ZachariasZacharias Kunuk Not Nominated
2002
(75th)
Un crabe dans la tête Un crabe dans la tête Turpin, AndréAndré Turpin Not Nominated
2003
(76th)
The Barbarian Invasions Les Invasions barbares Arcand, DenysDenys Arcand Won Academy Award
2004
(77th)
Far Side of the Moon La face cachée de la lune Lepage, RobertRobert Lepage Not Nominated
2005
(78th)
C.R.A.Z.Y. C.R.A.Z.Y. Vallée, Jean-MarcJean-Marc Vallée Not Nominated
2006
(79th)
Water वाटर Mehta, DeepaDeepa Mehta Nominated
2007
(80th)
Days of Darkness L’Âge des ténèbres Arcand, DenysDenys Arcand Made January Shortlist
2008
(81st)
The Necessities of Life Ce qu'il faut pour vivre Pilon, BenoîtBenoît Pilon Made January Shortlist
2009
(82nd)
I Killed My Mother J'ai tué ma mère Dolan, XavierXavier Dolan Not Nominated
2010
(83rd)
Incendies[8] Incendies Villeneuve, DenisDenis Villeneuve Nominated[5]
2011
(84th)
Monsieur Lazhar[9] Monsieur Lazhar Falardeau, PhilippePhilippe Falardeau Nominated[10]
2012
(85th)
War Witch[11] Rebelle Nguyen, KimKim Nguyen Nominated[12]
2013
(86th)
Gabrielle[13] Gabrielle Archambault, LouiseLouise Archambault Not Nominated
2014
(87th)
Mommy[14] Mommy Dolan, XavierXavier Dolan Not Nominated

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rule Thirteen: Special Rules for the Foreign Language Film Award". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  2. ^ a b "History of the Academy Awards - Page 2". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2009-01-15. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Denys Arcand - Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  4. ^ "Deepa Mehta - Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  5. ^ a b "Nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-01-25. 
  6. ^ "When the Best Teacher Doesn’t Have a Degree". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  7. ^ "Canadian director Kim Nguyen on his Oscar nomination for War Witch (Rebelle): ‘We’re clearly the underdog’". The National Post. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  8. ^ "Canada picks 'Incendies' to vie for Oscar". hollywoodreporter. Retrieved 2010-09-29. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Monsieur Lazhar is Canada's Oscar selection". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  10. ^ "Oscars 2012: Nominees in full". BBC News. 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-01-24. 
  11. ^ "Kim Nguyen’s Rebelle (War Witch) is Canada’s Oscar submission for best foreign language film". The Montreal Gazette. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Oscars: Hollywood announces 85th Academy Award nominations". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  13. ^ "Gabrielle gets Canada's Oscar selection for best foreign film". The Canadian Press. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  14. ^ "Dolan's 'Mommy' Canada's Oscar bid". Brampton Guardian. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 

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