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

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Italian director Federico Fellini has received four Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, the most for any director in the history of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and has had three other films submitted to the Academy

Italy has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since the conception of the award. 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]

The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was not created until 1956; however, between 1947 and 1955, the Academy presented Honorary Awards to the best foreign language films released in the United States. These awards were not competitive, as there were no nominees but simply a winner every year that was voted on by the Board of Governors of the Academy.[2] Three Italian films received Honorary Awards during this period. For the 1956 Academy Awards, 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.[3]

As of 2014, twenty-eight Italian films have been nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and thirteen films have won the award.[4] Among all countries that have submitted films for the award, Italy ranks first in terms of films that have won the award, followed by France (nine awards) and Spain (four awards), and second in terms of nominees, behind France (thirty-four nominations) and ahead of Spain (nineteen nominations).[5] The only Italian directors to win multiple awards are Federico Fellini and Vittorio De Sica. Fellini received four awards for La Strada, Nights of Cabiria, , and Amarcord, the most in the history of the Academy, and had three other films submitted, although none of them were accepted as nominees.[6] De Sica received two Honorary Awards prior to the conception of the formal award for Shoeshine and The Bicycle Thief and two actual Academy Awards for Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow and The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, and had one other film, Marriage Italian-Style, accepted as a nominee.[7][8][9]

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.[3] 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, 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.[2] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Italy for review by the Academy for the award since its conception.

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
1947
(20th)
Shoeshine Sciuscià De Sica, VittorioVittorio De Sica Won Honorary Award
1949
(22nd)
The Bicycle Thief Ladri di biciclette De Sica, VittorioVittorio De Sica Won Honorary Award
1950
(23rd)
The Walls of Malapaga Le mura di Malapaga Clément, RenéRené Clément Won Honorary Award
1956:
(29th)
La Strada La strada Fellini, FedericoFederico Fellini Won Academy Award
1957:
(30th)
Nights of Cabiria Le notti di Cabiria Fellini, FedericoFederico Fellini Won Academy Award
1958:
(31st)
Big Deal on Madonna Street I soliti ignoti Monicelli, MarioMario Monicelli Nominee
1959:
(32nd)
The Great War La grande guerra Monicelli, MarioMario Monicelli Nominee
1960:
(33rd)
Kapò Kapò Pontecorvo, GilloGillo Pontecorvo Nominee
1961
(34th)
La Notte La Notte Antonioni, MichelangeloMichelangelo Antonioni Not Nominated
1962:
(35th)
The Four Days of Naples Le quattro giornate di Napoli Loy, NanniNanni Loy Nominee
1963:
(36th)
Otto e mezzo Fellini, FedericoFederico Fellini Won Academy Award
1964:
(37th)
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Ieri, oggi, domani De Sica, VittorioVittorio De Sica Won Academy Award
1965:
(38th)
Marriage Italian-Style Matrimonio all'Italiana De Sica, VittorioVittorio De Sica Nominee
1966:
(39th)
The Battle of Algiers La Battaglia di Algeri Pontecorvo, GilloGillo Pontecorvo Nominee
1967:
(40th)
China is Near La Cina è vicina Bellocchio, MarcoMarco Bellocchio Not Nominated
1968:
(41st)
The Girl with the Pistol La ragazza con la pistola Monicelli, MarioMario Monicelli Nominee
1969:
(42nd)
Satyricon Fellini Satyricon Fellini, FedericoFederico Fellini Not Nominated
1970:
(43rd)
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto Petri, ElioElio Petri Won Academy Award
1971:
(44th)
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini De Sica, VittorioVittorio De Sica Won Academy Award
1972:
(45th)
Roma Roma Fellini, FedericoFederico Fellini Not Nominated
1974:
(47th)
Amarcord Amarcord Fellini, FedericoFederico Fellini Won Academy Award
1975:
(48th)
Scent of a Woman Profumo di donna Risi, DinoDino Risi Nominee
1976:
(49th)
Seven Beauties Pasqualino Settebellezze Wertmüller, LinaLina Wertmüller Nominee
1977:
(50th)
A Special Day Una giornata particolare Scola, EttoreEttore Scola Nominee
1978:
(51st)
Viva Italia! I nuovi mostri Monicelli, MarioMario Monicelli, Dino Risi, Ettore Scola Nominee
1979:
(52nd)
To Forget Venice Dimenticare Venezia Brusati, FrancoFranco Brusati Nominee
1980:
(53rd)
A Leap in the Dark Salto nel vuoto Bellocchio, MarcoMarco Bellocchio Not Nominated
1981:
(54th)
Three Brothers Tre Fratelli Rosi, FrancescoFrancesco Rosi Nominee
1982:
(55th)
The Night of the Shooting Stars La notte di San Lorenzo Taviani, Paolo and VittorioPaolo and Vittorio Taviani Not Nominated
1983:
(56th)
And the Ship Sails On E la nave va Fellini, FedericoFederico Fellini Not Nominated
1984:
(57th)
Where's Picone? Mi manda Picone Loy, NanniNanni Loy Not Nominated
1985:
(58th)
Macaroni Maccheroni Scola, EttoreEttore Scola Not Nominated
1986:
(59th)
Summer Night with Greek Profile, Almond Eyes and Scent of Basil Notte d'estate con profilo greco, occhi a mandorla e odore di basilico Wertmüller, LinaLina Wertmüller Not Nominated
1987:
(60th)
The Family La famiglia Scola, EttoreEttore Scola Nominee
1988:
(61st)
The Legend of the Holy Drinker La leggenda del santo bevitore Olmi, ErmannoErmanno Olmi Not Nominated
1989:
(62nd)
Cinema Paradiso Nuovo Cinema Paradiso Tornatore, GiuseppeGiuseppe Tornatore Won Academy Award
1990:
(63rd)
Open Doors Porte Aperte Amelio, GianniGianni Amelio Nominee
1991:
(64th)
Mediterraneo Mediterraneo Salvatores, GabrieleGabriele Salvatores Won Academy Award
1992:
(65th)
The Stolen Children Il ladro di bambini Amelio, GianniGianni Amelio Not Nominated
1993:
(66th)
The Great Pumpkin Il grande cocomero Archibugi, FrancescaFrancesca Archibugi Not Nominated
1994:
(67th)
Lamerica Lamerica Amelio, GianniGianni Amelio Not Nominated
1995:
(68th)
The Star Maker L'uomo delle stelle Tornatore, GiuseppeGiuseppe Tornatore Nominee
1996:
(69th)
My Generation La mia generazione Labate, WilmaWilma Labate Not Nominated
1997:
(70th)
The Best Man Il testimone dello sposo Avati, PupiPupi Avati Not Nominated
1998:
(71st)
Life Is Beautiful La vita è bella Benigni, RobertoRoberto Benigni Won Academy Award
1999:
(72nd)
Not of This World Fuori dal mondo Piccioni, GiuseppeGiuseppe Piccioni Not Nominated
2000:
(73rd)
The Hundred Steps I cento passi Giordana, Marco TullioMarco Tullio Giordana Not Nominated
2001:
(74th)
The Son's Room La stanza del figlio Moretti, NanniNanni Moretti Not Nominated
2002:
(75th)
Pinocchio Pinocchio Benigni, RobertoRoberto Benigni Not Nominated
2003:
(76th)
I'm Not Scared Io non ho paura Salvatores, GabrieleGabriele Salvatores Not Nominated
2004:
(77th)
The Keys to the House Le chiavi di casa Amelio, GianniGianni Amelio Not Nominated
2005:
(78th)
Don't Tell La bestia nel cuore Comencini, CristinaCristina Comencini Nominee
2006:
(79th)
The Golden Door Nuovomondo Crialese, EmanueleEmanuele Crialese Not Nominated
2007:
(80th)
The Unknown Woman La sconosciuta Tornatore, GiuseppeGiuseppe Tornatore Made January Shortlist
2008:
(81st)
Gomorrah Gomorra Garrone, MatteoMatteo Garrone Not Nominated
2009:
(82nd)
Baarìa Baarìa Tornatore, GiuseppeGiuseppe Tornatore Not Nominated
2010:
(83rd)
The First Beautiful Thing[10] La prima cosa bella Virzì, PaoloPaolo Virzì Not Nominated[11]
2011:
(84th)
Terraferma[12] Terraferma Crialese, EmanueleEmanuele Crialese Not Nominated
2012:
(85th)
Caesar Must Die[13] Cesare deve morire Paolo and Vittorio Taviani Not Nominated
2013:
(86th)
The Great Beauty[14] La grande bellezza Paolo Sorrentino Won Academy Award[15]

See also[edit]

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 1". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2008-04-13. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  3. ^ a b "History of the Academy Awards – Page 2". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2008-04-06. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  4. ^ Variety Staff (2007-03-01). "Best Foreign Film". Variety. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  5. ^ "Foreign Language Film Facts". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2008-03-08. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  6. ^ "Federico Fellini – Awards". Moviefone. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  7. ^ Harmetz, Aljean (1989-02-21). "Nomination Intricacies For Foreign-Film Oscar". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  8. ^ "The Bicycle Thief (1949) – Awards & Nominations". MSN. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  9. ^ "Vittorio De Sica – Awards". Moviefone. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  10. ^ "Virzì’s The First Beautiful Thing sets out to conquer Hollywood". cineuropa. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  11. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  12. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  13. ^ "L'Italia candida agli Oscar il film dei fratelli Taviani". Gazzetta di Parma (Gazzetta di Parma). 26 September 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Italy Picks Sorrentino's "Beauty" As Its Oscar Contender". Variety. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  15. ^ "Oscars 2014: Full list of winners". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 

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