List of countries by number of Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

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This is a list of countries by number of Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. This table shows the total number of nominations and awards received by each country. It follows Academy convention by not grouping the tally of extinct countries with that of their successor state(s).

Awards tally by country[edit]

Submitting country Number of
winning films
Number of
nominated films
Number of
submitted films
Reference
Italy Italy[a] &&&&&&&&+14 &&&&&&&&+31 &&&&&&&&+64 [1]
France France[b] &&&&&&&&+12 &&&&&&&&+39 &&&&&&&&+64 [2]
Spain Spain &&&&&&&&&+4 &&&&&&&&+19 &&&&&&&&+57 [3]
Japan Japan[c] &&&&&&&&&+4 &&&&&&&&+12 &&&&&&&&+60 [4]
Sweden Sweden &&&&&&&&&+3 &&&&&&&&+14 &&&&&&&&+52 [5]
Denmark Denmark &&&&&&&&&+3 &&&&&&&&+10 &&&&&&&&+51 [6]
Soviet Union Soviet Union[d] &&&&&&&&&+3 &&&&&&&&&+9 &&&&&&&&+24 [7]
Netherlands Netherlands &&&&&&&&&+3 &&&&&&&&&+7 &&&&&&&&+46 [8]
Germany Germany[e] &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&&+9 &&&&&&&&+23 [9]
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia[f] &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&&+6 &&&&&&&&+23 [10]
Argentina Argentina &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&&+6 &&&&&&&&+40 [11]
Switzerland Switzerland &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&&+5 &&&&&&&&+41 [12]
Austria Austria &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&&+4 &&&&&&&&+37 [13]
West Germany Germany (West)[e] &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+8 &&&&&&&&+29 [14]
Hungary Hungary &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+8 &&&&&&&&+49 [15]
Canada Canada &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+7 &&&&&&&&+39 [16]
Russia Russia[d] &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+5 &&&&&&&&+20 [17]
Algeria Algeria &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+5 &&&&&&&&+16 [18]
Czech Republic Czech Republic[f] &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+3 &&&&&&&&+20 [19]
Taiwan Taiwan &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+3 &&&&&&&&+39 [20]
South Africa South Africa &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&+10 [21]
Iran Iran &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&+19 [22]
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina[g] &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+13 [23]
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+1 [24]
Israel Israel &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+10 &&&&&&&&+46 [25]
Poland Poland &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+9 &&&&&&&&+45 [26]
Mexico Mexico &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+8 &&&&&&&&+46 [27]
Belgium Belgium &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+7 &&&&&&&&+38 [28]
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia[g] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+6 &&&&&&&&+29 [29]
Greece Greece &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+5 &&&&&&&&+33 [30]
Norway Norway &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+5 &&&&&&&&+35 [31]
Brazil Brazil &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+4 &&&&&&&&+41 [32]
India India[j] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+3 &&&&&&&&+46 [33]
China China &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&+27 [34]
Hong Kong Hong Kong &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&+32 [35]
State of Palestine Palestine[i] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&&+6 [36]
United Kingdom United Kingdom[h] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&+11 [37]
Cambodia Cambodia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+3
Chile Chile &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+18 [38]
Cuba Cuba &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+17 [39]
Finland Finland &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+27 [40]
Georgia (country) Georgia[d] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+12 [41]
East Germany Germany (East)[e] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+5 [42]
Iceland Iceland &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+34 [43]
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan[d] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+9 [44]
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia[g] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+11 [45]
Nepal Nepal &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+5 [46]
Nicaragua Nicaragua &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+3 [47]
Peru Peru &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+20 [48]
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico[j] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+12 [49]
Vietnam Vietnam &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+10 [50]
Afghanistan Afghanistan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+8
Albania Albania &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+8
Armenia Armenia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+4
Australia Australia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+7
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+5
Bangladesh Bangladesh &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+9
Belarus Belarus &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2
Bhutan Bhutan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Bolivia Bolivia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+6
Bulgaria Bulgaria &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+25
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Cameroon Cameroon &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Chad Chad &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2
Colombia Colombia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+23
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo (DR) &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Costa Rica Costa Rica &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2
Croatia Croatia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+22
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+6
Ecuador Ecuador &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+3
Egypt Egypt &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+29
Estonia Estonia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+11
Ethiopia Ethiopia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Fiji Fiji &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Greenland Greenland &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2
Guatemala Guatemala &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Indonesia Indonesia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+16
Iraq Iraq &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+4
Republic of Ireland Ireland &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2
Jordan Jordan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Kenya Kenya &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
South Korea South Korea &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+25
Kuwait Kuwait &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2
Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+6
Latvia Latvia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+5
Lebanon Lebanon &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+10
Lithuania Lithuania &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+6
Luxembourg Luxembourg &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+10
Malaysia Malaysia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2
Moldova Moldova &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Mongolia Mongolia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2
Montenegro Montenegro &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Morocco Morocco &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+9
New Zealand New Zealand &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2
Pakistan Pakistan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+3
Philippines Philippines &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+25
Portugal Portugal &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+30
Romania Romania &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+29
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Serbia Serbia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+20
Singapore Singapore &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+7
Slovakia Slovakia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+17
Slovenia Slovenia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+17
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Tajikistan Tajikistan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2
Tanzania Tanzania &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Thailand Thailand &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+20
Tunisia Tunisia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2
Turkey Turkey &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+20
Ukraine Ukraine &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+7
Uruguay Uruguay &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1[k] &&&&&&&&+13 [51]
Venezuela Venezuela &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+23

Notes[edit]

a^ : Italy's tally includes two Special Awards for Shoe-Shine (1946) and The Bicycle Thief (1948), as well as an Honorary Award shared with France for The Walls of Malapaga (1949).
b^ : France's tally includes a Special Award for Monsieur Vincent (1947) as well as two Honorary Awards: one for Forbidden Games (1952) and one shared with Italy for The Walls of Malapaga (1949).
c^ : Japan's four-award tally includes three Honorary Awards.
d1 2 3 4 : The Soviet Union, which received all of its nominations for Russian-language films, was nominated for the last time in 1984 and was formally dissolved on December 26, 1991. Russia, Georgia and Kazakhstan are the only post-Soviet states to have been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Award.
e1 2 3 : East Germany received its only nomination in 1976, and West Germany was nominated for the last time in 1985. The two countries formally reunited on October 3, 1990. Reunified Germany has received seven nominations since then, two of which have resulted in a successful win.
f1 2 : Czechoslovakia was nominated for the first time in 1965 for a Slovak-language film. Its five other nominations, the last of which occurred in 1991, were received for Czech-language films. The formerly Communist country formally split into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic on January 1, 1993. Since then, only the Czech Republic has been able to get nominated in the Foreign Language Film category.
g1 2 3 : Yugoslavia was nominated for the first time in 1958 for an Italian-language film. Its five other nominations, the last of which occurred in 1985, were received for Serbo-Croatian-language films. The formerly Communist country gradually disintegrated at the beginning of the 1990s. Macedonia and Bosnia & Herzegovina are the only post-Yugoslav states to have been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Award.
h^ : The United Kingdom has a very small tally even though it has a prolific film industry. This is due to the fact that the overwhelming majority of British films are in English and are thus ineligible for competition in the Foreign Language Film category. The only British films nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Award have been Welsh-language films.
i^ : Paradise Now (2005) was initially nominated as a submission from "Palestine" and presented as such on the official Academy website. However, following protests from pro-Israeli groups in the United States, the Academy decided to designate it as a submission from the Palestinian Authority, a move that was decried by the film's director Hany Abu-Assad. During the awards ceremony, the film was eventually announced by presenter Will Smith as a submission from the Palestinian Territories.
j^ : Although films produced inside the United States are not eligible for consideration for the Best Foreign Language Film Award, those produced in U.S. overseas possessions are. Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States, was thus able to receive a nomination for What Happened to Santiago (1989).[52] However, this rule was changed in 2011 barring Puerto Rican submissions.[53]
k^ : This is not an official nomination. After nominations were announced, information came to light that showed that A Place in the World (1992) was wholly produced in Argentina, and had insufficient Uruguayan artistic control. The film was declared ineligible and removed from the final ballot.
j^ : Indians have been awarded Oscars on separate occasions. For example: Bhanu Athaiya won India's first Oscar in 1983 for Gandhi, Satyajit Ray was given an Honorary Oscar in 1992, and A.R. Rahman won two Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire in 2009. No Indian film has yet claimed the achievement.[54]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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