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

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Spain 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 award was created for the 1956 Academy Awards, succeeding the non-competitive Honorary Academy Awards which were presented between 1947 and 1955 to the best foreign language films released in the United States.[2]

As of 2008, nineteen Spanish films have been nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, four of which have won the award: Begin the Beguine in 1982, Belle Époque in 1993, All About My Mother in 1999 and The Sea Inside in 2004.[3] Among all countries that have submitted films for the award, Spain ranks third in terms of films that have won the award, behind Italy (ten awards) and France (nine awards) and tied with Japan (four awards), and third in terms of nominees, behind France (thirty-four nominations) and Italy (twenty-seven nominations).[4]

Since the 1980s, the Spanish submission has been decided annually by the Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España (known in English as the 'Spanish Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences or AACCE). Beginning in 2001, the Academy has announced a three-film shortlist before announcing the winning Spanish film.

José Luis Garci has represented Spain in the competition six times, achieving four Oscar nominations, including one win. Pedro Almodóvar and Carlos Saura have each represented Spain five times apiece.

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.[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, 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 Spain for review by the Academy for the award since its first entry in 1959.

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
1956
(29th)
Afternoon of the Bulls Tarde de toros Vajda, LadislaoLadislao Vajda Not Nominated
1957
(30th)
High Street Calle Mayor Antonio Bardem, JuanJuan Antonio Bardem Not Nominated
1958
(31st)
La Venganza La venganza Antonio Bardem, JuanJuan Antonio Bardem Nominee
1960
(33rd)
At Five O'Clock in the Afternoon A las cinco de la tarde Antonio Bardem, JuanJuan Antonio Bardem Not Nominated
1961
(34th)
Plácido Plácido García Berlanga, LuisLuis García Berlanga Nominee
1962
(35th)
Dulcinea Dulcinea Escrivá, VicenteVicente Escrivá Not Nominated
1963
(36th)
Los Tarantos Los Tarantos Rovira Beleta, FranciscoFrancisco Rovira Beleta Nominee
1964
(37th)
The Girl in Mourning La niña de luto Summers, ManuelManuel Summers Not Nominated
1965
(38th)
La Tía Tula La tía Tula Picazo, MiguelMiguel Picazo Not Nominated
1967
(40th)
El amor brujo El amor brujo Rovira Beleta, FranciscoFrancisco Rovira Beleta Nominee
1968
(41st)
Spain Again España otra vez Camino, JaimeJaime Camino Not Nominated
1969
(42nd)
La Celestina La Celestina Fernández Ardavín, CésarCésar Fernández Ardavín Not Nominated
1970
(43rd)
Tristana Tristana Buñuel, LuisLuis Buñuel Nominee
1971
(44th)
Marta Marta Antonio Nieves Conde, JoséJosé Antonio Nieves Conde Not Nominated
1972
(45th)
My Dearest Senorita Mi querida señorita Armiñán, Jaime deJaime de Armiñán Nominee
1973
(46th)
Habla, mudita Habla, mudita Gutiérrez Aragón, ManuelManuel Gutiérrez Aragón Not Nominated
1974
(47th)
La prima Angélica La prima Angélica Saura, CarlosCarlos Saura Not Nominated
1975
(48th)
Poachers Furtivos Luis Borau, JoséJosé Luis Borau Not Nominated
1976
(49th)
Raise Ravens Cría cuervos Saura, CarlosCarlos Saura Not Nominated
1977
(50th)
That Obscure Object of Desire Cet obscur objet du désir (French)
Ese oscuro objeto del deseo (Spanish)
Buñuel, LuisLuis Buñuel Nominee
1978
(51st)
Sonambulists Sonámbulos Gutiérrez Aragón, ManuelManuel Gutiérrez Aragón Not Nominated
1979
(52nd)
Mama Turns a Hundred Mamá cumple cien años Saura, CarlosCarlos Saura Nominee
1980
(53rd)
The Nest El nido Armiñán, Jaime deJaime de Armiñán Nominee
1981
(54th)
Patrimonio nacional Patrimonio nacional García Berlanga, LuisLuis García Berlanga Not Nominated
1982
(55th)
Begin the Beguine Volver a empezar Luis Garci, JoséJosé Luis Garci Won Academy Award
1983
(56th)
Carmen Carmen Saura, CarlosCarlos Saura Nominee
1984
(57th)
Double Feature Sesión continua Luis Garci, JoséJosé Luis Garci Nominee
1985
(58th)
The Witching Hour La hora bruja Armiñán, Jaime deJaime de Armiñán Not Nominated
1986
(59th)
Half of Heaven La mitad del cielo Gutiérrez Aragón, ManuelManuel Gutiérrez Aragón Not Nominated
1987
(60th)
Course Completed Asignatura aprobada Luis Garci, JoséJosé Luis Garci Nominee
1988
(61st)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios Almodóvar, PedroPedro Almodóvar Nominee
1989
(62nd)
Love, Hate and Death Montoyas y Tarantos Escrivá, VicenteVicente Escrivá Not Nominated
1990
(63rd)
Ay, Carmela! ¡Ay, Carmela! Saura, CarlosCarlos Saura Not Nominated
1991
(64th)
High Heels Tacones lejanos Almodóvar, PedroPedro Almodóvar Not Nominated
1992
(65th)
The Fencing Master El maestro de esgrima Olea, PedroPedro Olea Not Nominated
1993
(66th)
Belle Époque Belle Époque Trueba, FernandoFernando Trueba Won Academy Award
1994
(67th)
Cradle Song Canción de cuna Luis Garci, JoséJosé Luis Garci Not Nominated
1995
(68th)
The Flower of My Secret La flor de mi secreto Almodóvar, PedroPedro Almodóvar Not Nominated
1996
(69th)
Bwana Bwana Uribe, ImanolImanol Uribe Not Nominated
1997
(70th)
Secrets of the Heart Secretos del corazón Armendáriz, MontxoMontxo Armendáriz Nominee
1998
(71st)
The Grandfather El abuelo Luis Garci, JoséJosé Luis Garci Nominee
1999
(72nd)
All About My Mother Todo sobre mi madre Almodóvar, PedroPedro Almodóvar Won Academy Award
2000
(73rd)
You're the One You're the One: Una historia de entonces Luis Garci, JoséJosé Luis Garci Not Nominated
2001
(74th)
Mad Love [9] Juana la Loca Aranda, VicenteVicente Aranda Not Nominated
2002
(75th)
Mondays in the Sun [8] Los lunes al sol León de Aranoa, FernandoFernando León de Aranoa Not Nominated
2003
(76th)
Soldiers of Salamis [7] Soldados de Salamina Trueba, DavidDavid Trueba Not Nominated
2004
(77th)
The Sea Inside [6] Mar adentro Amenábar, AlejandroAlejandro Amenábar Won Academy Award
2005
(78th)
Obaba [5] Obaba Armendáriz, MontxoMontxo Armendáriz Not Nominated
2006
(79th)
Volver [4] Volver Almodóvar, PedroPedro Almodóvar Made January Shortlist
2007
(80th)
The Orphanage [3] El orfanato Antonio Bayona, JuanJuan Antonio Bayona Not Nominated
2008
(81st)
The Blind Sunflowers [2] Los girasoles ciegos Luis Cuerda, JoséJosé Luis Cuerda Not Nominated
2009
(82nd)
The Dancer and the Thief [1] El baile de la Victoria Trueba, FernandoFernando Trueba Not Nominated
2010
(83rd)
Even the Rain[6] También la lluvia Bollaín, IcíarIcíar Bollaín Made January Shortlist[7]
2011
(84th)
Black Bread[8] Pa negre (Catalan)
Pan negro (Spanish)
Villaronga, AgustíAgustí Villaronga Not Nominated[9]
2012
(85th)
Blancanieves[10] Blancanieves Berger, PabloPablo Berger Not Nominated
2013
(86th)
15 Years and One Day[11] 15 años y un día Querejeta, GraciaGracia Querejeta 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 1". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2008-06-22. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  3. ^ "Foreign Language Film Facts". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2008-03-08. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  4. ^ "Foreign Language Film Facts". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2008-03-08. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  5. ^ "History of the Academy Awards - Page 2". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2008-06-22. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  6. ^ "Bollaín’s Even the Rain joins Oscar race". cineuropa. Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  7. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  8. ^ ""PA NEGRE" REPRESENTARÁ A ESPAÑA EN LOS OSCAR". CBC. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  9. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  10. ^ Fernández-Santos, Estela (27 September 2012). "‘Blancanieves’ será la candidata española a los Oscar". El País. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Oscars: Spain Nominates '15 Years and One Day' for Foreign Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 

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