List of actors nominated for Academy Awards for foreign language performances

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Sophia Loren received an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Two Women and a Best Actress nomination for her performance in Marriage Italian-Style.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has given Academy Awards to actors and actresses for foreign language (non-English) performances in films, with the first award given in 1961. For an actor or actress to be eligible for any of the Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, or Best Supporting Actress for a foreign language performance in a film produced outside the United States, the film must have been commercially released in Los Angeles County and have English subtitles with the theatrical release.[1]

As of 2012, 28 actors and actresses have been nominated for Academy Awards for foreign language performances. Eight of these actors and actresses have received Academy Awards for their performances. Five have had multiple Academy Award nominations: Marcello Mastroianni (three Best Actor nominations),[2] Isabelle Adjani (two Best Actress nominations),[3] Sophia Loren (one Academy Award for Best Actress for Two Women and one other Best Actress nomination),[4] Liv Ullmann (two Best Actress nominations).,[5][6] and Penélope Cruz (one Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona and one Best Actress nomination).[7]


Actor/Actress Category Film title used in nomination Original title Language Result
Loren, SophiaSophia Loren Best Actress Two Women La ciociara Italian Won Academy Award
Mastroianni, MarcelloMarcello Mastroianni Best Actor Divorce, Italian Style Divorzio all'italiana Italian Nominee
Loren, SophiaSophia Loren Best Actress Marriage Italian-Style Matrimonio all'Italiana Italian Nominee
Aimée, AnoukAnouk Aimée Best Actress A Man and a Woman Un homme et une femme French Nominee
Kaminska, IdaIda Kaminska Best Actress The Shop on Main Street Obchod na korze Slovak Nominee
Ullmann, LivLiv Ullmann Best Actress The Emigrants Utvandrarna Swedish Nominee
Cortese, ValentinaValentina Cortese Best Supporting Actress Day for Night La Nuit américaine French Nominee
De Niro, RobertRobert De Niro Best Supporting Actor The Godfather Part II[A] The Godfather Part II Italian Won Academy Award
Kane, CarolCarol Kane Best Actress Hester Street[A] Hester Street Yiddish Nominee
Adjani, IsabelleIsabelle Adjani Best Actress The Story of Adele H. L'Histoire d'Adèle H. French Nominee
Barrault, Marie-ChristineMarie-Christine Barrault Best Actress Cousin, cousine Cousin, cousine French Nominee
Giannini, GiancarloGiancarlo Giannini Best Actor Seven Beauties Pasqualino Settebellezze Italian Nominee
Ullmann, LivLiv Ullmann Best Actress Face to Face Ansikte mot ansikte Swedish Nominee
Mastroianni, MarcelloMarcello Mastroianni Best Actor A Special Day Una giornata particolare Italian Nominee
Bergman, IngridIngrid Bergman Best Actress Autumn Sonata Höstsonaten Swedish Nominee
Matlin, MarleeMarlee Matlin Best Actress Children of a Lesser God[A] Children of a Lesser God American Sign Language Won Academy Award
Mastroianni, MarcelloMarcello Mastroianni Best Actor Dark Eyes Oci ciornie Italian Nominee
von Sydow, MaxMax von Sydow Best Actor Pelle the Conqueror Pelle Erobreren Swedish Nominee
Adjani, IsabelleIsabelle Adjani Best Actress Camille Claudel Camille Claudel French Nominee
Depardieu, GerardGerard Depardieu Best Actor Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac French Nominee
Greene (actor), GrahamGraham Greene (actor) Best Supporting Actor Dances with Wolves[A] Dances with Wolves Lakota Nominee
Deneuve, CatherineCatherine Deneuve Best Actress Indochine Indochine French Nominee
Troisi, MassimoMassimo Troisi Best Actor The Postman (Il Postino) Il Postino Italian Nominee
Benigni, RobertoRoberto Benigni Best Actor Life Is Beautiful La vita è bella Italian Won Academy Award
Montenegro, FernandaFernanda Montenegro Best Actress Central Station Central do Brasil Portuguese Nominee
del Toro, BenicioBenicio del Toro Best Supporting Actor Traffic[A] Traffic Spanish Won Academy Award
Aghdashloo, ShohrehShohreh Aghdashloo Best Supporting Actress House of Sand and Fog House of Sand and Fog Farsi Nominee
Moreno, Catalina SandinoCatalina Sandino Moreno Best Actress Maria Full of Grace María llena eres de gracia Spanish Nominee
Cruz, PenélopePenélope Cruz Best Actress Volver Volver Spanish Nominee
Barraza, AdrianaAdriana Barraza Best Supporting Actress Babel[A] Babel Spanish Nominee
Kikuchi, RinkoRinko Kikuchi Best Supporting Actress Japanese Sign Language Nominee
Cotillard, MarionMarion Cotillard Best Actress La Vie en Rose La Môme French Won Academy Award
Cruz, PenélopePenélope Cruz Best Supporting Actress Vicky Cristina Barcelona[A] Vicky Cristina Barcelona Spanish Won Academy Award
Waltz, ChristophChristoph Waltz Best Supporting Actor Inglourious Basterds[A] Inglourious Basterds German, French, Italian Won Academy Award
Bardem, JavierJavier Bardem Best Actor Biutiful Biutiful Spanish Nominee
Riva, EmmanuelleEmmanuelle Riva Best Actress Amour Amour French Nominee
Abdi, BarkhadBarkhad Abdi Best Supporting Actor Captain Phillips[A] Captain Phillips Somali Nominee

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  • A The film was produced in the United States and contains primarily English dialogue.


  1. ^ "Special Rules for the Best Foreign Language Film Award". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2008-03-14. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  2. ^ "Marcello Mastroianni - Awards". Moviefone. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  3. ^ "Isabelle Adjani - Awards". Moviefone. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  4. ^ "Sophia Loren - Awards". Moviefone. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  5. ^ "Liv Ullmann - Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  6. ^ O'Neil, Tom (2006-09-08). "Toronto fest-goers love Almodóvar's latest". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  7. ^ "Penélope Cruz - Awards". Moviefone. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 

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