List of Academy Award winners and nominees for Best Foreign Language Film

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National origin of Academy Award winners and nominees for Best Foreign Language Film (as of 2018)
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  United States (ineligible for competition)
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  Nominated but later disqualified

The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film is handed out annually by the U.S.-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.[1]

When the first Academy Awards ceremony was held on May 16, 1929 to honor films released in 1927–28, there was no separate category for foreign language films. Between 1947 and 1955, the Academy presented Special/Honorary Awards to the best foreign language films released in the United States.[2] These awards, however, were not handed out on a regular basis (no award was given in 1953), and were not competitive since there were no nominees but simply one winning film per year. 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 then.

Unlike other Academy Awards, the Best Foreign Language Film Award is not presented to a specific individual. It is accepted by the winning film's director,[1] but is considered an award for the submitting country as a whole. As of 2014, the Academy changed its rules so that the name of the director is etched onto the Oscar statuette, in addition to the film's country.[3] The director also gets to keep the statuette.

Over the years, the Best Foreign Language Film Award and its predecessors have been given almost exclusively to European films: out of the 68 awards handed out by the Academy since 1947 to foreign language films, 56 have gone to European films,[A] six to Asian films,[B] three to African films and three to films from the Americas. The late Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini directed four Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award-winning motion pictures during his lifetime, more than any other director. If Special Awards are taken into account, then Fellini's record is tied by his fellow countryman Vittorio De Sica. The Soviet epic War and Peace (1966–67), for its part, is the longest motion picture to have won the Best Foreign Language Film Award. Filmed from 1962 to 1966, it ran for more than seven hours.[4]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Countries without Academy Award winners for Best Foreign Language Film ordered by number of nominees for said award (as of 2018)
  Nominees
  Submissions
  Nominated but later disqualified

In the following table, the years are listed as per Academy convention, and generally correspond to the year of film release; the ceremonies are always held the following year. Films in bold and in dark blue background have received a Special/Honorary Award; those in bold and in yellow background have won a regular Academy Award of Merit. Films that are neither highlighted nor in bold are the nominees. When sorted chronologically, the table always lists the winning film first and then the four other nominees.

The Submitting country column indicates the country that officially submitted the film to the Academy, and is not necessarily indicative of the film's main country of production. The original titles of the films are also mentioned, as well as the names of the directors and the languages used in the dialogue track, even though none of these elements is officially included in the nomination.

When several languages are used in a film, the predominant one is always listed first; the names of the other languages are written in smaller typesize and placed between brackets. When a film's original title is in a language that uses a non-Latin script, it is first transliterated into the Latin alphabet and then written in its original script.

Films from the former Yugoslavia are written in both Latin and Cyrillic due to the fact that the previously official Serbo-Croatian language used both alphabets. Chinese film titles are romanized according to the pinyin system, and are written using the characters employed in their submitting country, i.e. traditional Chinese ones for films submitted by Hong Kong and Taiwan, and simplified Chinese ones for films submitted by the People's Republic of China.

Table key
Award winner Special/Honorary Award (1947–1955)

1940s[edit]

Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country Language
1947
(20th)
Shoe-Shine Award winner [C] Sciuscià Vittorio De Sica Italy Italy Italian
English
1948
(21st)
Monsieur Vincent Award winner [D] Monsieur Vincent Maurice Cloche France France French
1949
(22nd)
Bicycle Thieves Award winner [E] Ladri di biciclette Vittorio De Sica Italy Italy Italian

1950s[edit]

Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country Language
1950
(23rd)
The Walls of Malapaga Award winner [F] French
Au-delà des grilles

Italian
Le mura di Malapaga
René Clément {co-production}
France France
Italy Italy
French
Italian
1951
(24th)
Rashomon Award winner [G] Rashômon
羅生門
Akira Kurosawa Japan Japan Japanese
1952
(25th)
Forbidden GamesAward winner [H] Jeux interdits René Clément France France French
1953
(26th)
No Award Given
1954
(27th)
Gate of Hell Award winner [I] Jigokumon
地獄門
Teinosuke Kinugasa Japan Japan Japanese
1955
(28th)
Samurai, The Legend of Musashi Award winner [J] Miyamoto Musashi
宮本武蔵
Hiroshi Inagaki Japan Japan Japanese
1956
(29th)
La Strada [K] Federico Fellini Italy Italy Italian
The Captain of Köpenick [K] Der Hauptmann von Köpenick Helmut Käutner West Germany Germany (West) German
Gervaise [K] Gervaise René Clément France France French
Harp of Burma [K] Biruma no tategoto
ビルマの竪琴
Kon Ichikawa Japan Japan Japanese
Qivitoq [K] Qivitoq Erik Balling Denmark Denmark Danish
1957
(30th)
Nights of Cabiria Le notti di Cabiria Federico Fellini Italy Italy Italian
The Devil Strikes at Night Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam Robert Siodmak West Germany Germany (West) German
Gates of Paris Porte des Lilas René Clair France France French
Mother India Mother India Hindi: मदर इण्डिया Mehboob Khan India India Hindi
Nine Lives Ni liv Arne Skouen Norway Norway Norwegian
1958
(31st)
My Uncle Mon oncle Jacques Tati France France French
Arms and the Man Helden Franz Peter Wirth West Germany Germany (West) German
La Venganza La venganza Juan Antonio Bardem Spain Spain Spanish
The Road a Year Long Italian
La strada lunga un anno

Serbo-Croatian
Cesta duga godinu dana
Цеста дуга годину дана
Giuseppe De Santis Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Italian
The Usual Unidentified Thieves I soliti ignoti Mario Monicelli Italy Italy
1959
(32nd)
Black Orpheus Orfeu Negro Marcel Camus France France Portuguese
The Bridge Die Brücke Bernhard Wicki West Germany Germany (West) German
The Great War La grande guerra Mario Monicelli Italy Italy Italian
Paw Paw Astrid Henning-Jensen Denmark Denmark Danish
The Village on the River Dorp aan de rivier Fons Rademakers Netherlands Netherlands Dutch

1960s[edit]

Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country Language
1960
(33rd)
The Virgin Spring Jungfrukällan Ingmar Bergman Sweden Sweden Swedish
Kapo Kapò Gillo Pontecorvo Italy Italy Italian
La Vérité La Vérité Henri-Georges Clouzot France France French
Macario Macario Roberto Gavaldón Mexico Mexico Spanish
The Ninth Circle Deveti krug
Девети круг
France Štiglic Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Serbo-Croatian
1961
(34th)
Through a Glass Darkly Såsom i en spegel Ingmar Bergman Sweden Sweden Swedish
Harry and the Butler Harry og kammertjeneren Bent Christensen Denmark Denmark Danish
Immortal Love Eien no hito
永遠の人
Keisuke Kinoshita Japan Japan Japanese
The Important Man Ánimas Trujano (El hombre importante) Ismael Rodríguez Mexico Mexico Spanish
Plácido Plácido Luis García Berlanga Spain Spain
1962
(35th)
Sundays and Cybele Les Dimanches de Ville d'Avray Serge Bourguignon France France French
Electra Ilektra
Ηλέκτρα
Michael Cacoyannis Greece Greece Greek
The Four Days of Naples Le quattro giornate di Napoli Nanni Loy Italy Italy Italian
Keeper of Promises (The Given Word) O Pagador de Promessas Anselmo Duarte Brazil Brazil Portuguese
Tlayucan Tlayucan Luis Alcoriza Mexico Mexico Spanish
1963
(36th)
Federico Fellini Italy Italy Italian
Knife in the Water Nóż w wodzie Roman Polanski Poland Poland Polish
Los Tarantos Los Tarantos Francisco Rovira Beleta Spain Spain Spanish
The Red Lanterns Ta Kokkina fanaria
Τα κόκκινα φανάρια
Vasilis Georgiadis Greece Greece Greek
Twin Sisters of Kyoto Koto
古都
Noboru Nakamura Japan Japan Japanese
1964
(37th)
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Ieri, oggi, domani Vittorio De Sica Italy Italy Italian
Raven's End Kvarteret Korpen Bo Widerberg Sweden Sweden Swedish
Sallah Shabati Sallah Shabati
סאלח שבתי
Ephraim Kishon Israel Israel Hebrew
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Les Parapluies de Cherbourg Jacques Demy France France French
Woman in the Dunes Suna no onna
砂の女
Hiroshi Teshigahara Japan Japan Japanese
1965
(38th)
The Shop on Main Street Obchod na korze {co-directed by}
Ján Kadár
Elmar Klos
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Slovak
Blood on the Land To Homa vaftike kokkino
Το χώμα βάφτηκε κόκκινο
Vasilis Georgiadis Greece Greece Greek
Dear John Käre John Lars-Magnus Lindgren Sweden Sweden Swedish
Kwaidan Kaidan
怪談
Masaki Kobayashi Japan Japan Japanese
Marriage Italian Style Matrimonio all'italiana Vittorio De Sica Italy Italy Italian
1966
(39th)
A Man and a Woman Un homme et une femme Claude Lelouch France France French
The Battle of Algiers French
La Bataille d'Alger

Italian
La battaglia di Algeri
Gillo Pontecorvo Italy Italy Italian
Loves of a Blonde Lásky jedné plavovlásky Miloš Forman Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Czech
Pharaoh Faraon Jerzy Kawalerowicz Poland Poland Polish
Three Tri
Три
Aleksandar Petrović Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Serbo-Croatian
1967
(40th)
Closely Watched Trains Ostře sledované vlaky Jiří Menzel Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Czech
German
Bewitched Love El amor brujo Francisco Rovira Beleta Spain Spain Spanish
I Even Met Happy Gypsies Skupljači perja
Скупљачи перја
Aleksandar Petrović Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Serbo-Croatian
Live for Life Vivre pour vivre Claude Lelouch France France French
Portrait of Chieko Chieko-sho
智恵子抄
Noboru Nakamura Japan Japan Japanese
1968
(41st)
War and Peace Voyna i mir
Война и мир
Sergei Bondarchuk Soviet Union Soviet Union Russian
French
German
The Boys of Paul Street A Pál-utcai fiúk Zoltán Fábri Hungary Hungary Hungarian
The Firemen's Ball Hoří, má panenko Miloš Forman Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Czech
The Girl with the Pistol La ragazza con la pistola Mario Monicelli Italy Italy Italian
Stolen Kisses Baisers volés François Truffaut France France French
1969
(42nd)
Z Costa-Gavras Algeria Algeria French
Russian
English
Ådalen 31 Ådalen 31 Bo Widerberg Sweden Sweden Swedish
Battle of Neretva Bitka na Neretvi
Битка на Неретви
Veljko Bulajić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Serbo-Croatian
Italian
German
English
The Brothers Karamazov Bratya Karamazovy
Братья Карамазовы
{co-directed by}
Kirill Lavrov
Ivan Pyryev
Mikhail Ulyanov
Soviet Union Soviet Union Russian
My Night with Maud [L] Ma nuit chez Maud Éric Rohmer France France French

1970s[edit]

Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country Language
1970
(43rd)
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto Elio Petri Italy Italy Italian
First Love Erste Liebe Maximilian Schell Switzerland Switzerland German
Hoa-Binh Hoa-Binh Raoul Coutard France France French
Peace in the Fields Paix sur les champs Jacques Boigelot Belgium Belgium
Tristana Tristana Luis Buñuel Spain Spain Spanish
1971
(44th)
The Garden of the Finzi Continis Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini Vittorio De Sica Italy Italy Italian
Dodes'ka-den Dodesukaden
どですかでん
Akira Kurosawa Japan Japan Japanese
The Emigrants Utvandrarna Jan Troell Sweden Sweden Swedish
The Policeman Ha-Shoter Azulai
השוטר אזולאי
Ephraim Kishon Israel Israel Hebrew
Tchaikovsky Chaykovskiy
Чайковский
Igor Talankin Soviet Union Soviet Union Russian
1972
(45th)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie Luis Buñuel France France French
The Dawns Here Are Quiet A zori zdes tikhie
А зори здесь тихие
Stanislav Rostotsky Soviet Union Soviet Union Russian
I Love You Rosa Ani Ohev Otach Rosa
אני אוהב אותך רוזה
Moshé Mizrahi Israel Israel Hebrew
My Dearest Señorita Mi querida señorita Jaime de Armiñán Spain Spain Spanish
The New Land Nybyggarna Jan Troell Sweden Sweden Swedish
1973
(46th)
Day for Night La Nuit américaine François Truffaut France France French
The House on Chelouche Street Ha-Bayit Berechov Chelouche
הבית ברחוב שלוש
Moshé Mizrahi Israel Israel Hebrew
L'Invitation L'Invitation Claude Goretta Switzerland Switzerland French
The Pedestrian Der Fußgänger Maximilian Schell West Germany Germany (West) German
Turkish Delight Turks Fruit Paul Verhoeven Netherlands Netherlands Dutch
1974
(47th)
Amarcord Federico Fellini Italy Italy Italian
Cats' Play Macskajáték Károly Makk Hungary Hungary Hungarian
The Deluge Potop Jerzy Hoffman Poland Poland Polish
Lacombe, Lucien Lacombe Lucien Louis Malle France France French
The Truce La tregua Sergio Renán Argentina Argentina Spanish
1975
(48th)
Dersu Uzala Дерсу Узала Akira Kurosawa Soviet Union Soviet Union Russian
Letters from Marusia Actas de Marusia Miguel Littín Mexico Mexico Spanish
The Promised Land Ziemia obiecana Andrzej Wajda Poland Poland Polish
Sandakan No. 8 Sandakan hachibanshokan bohkyo
サンダカン八番娼館 望郷
Kei Kumai Japan Japan Japanese
Scent of a Woman Profumo di donna Dino Risi Italy Italy Italian
1976
(49th)
Black and White in Color La Victoire en chantant [M] Jean-Jacques Annaud Ivory Coast Ivory Coast French
Cousin Cousine Cousin, cousine Jean-Charles Tacchella France France French
Jacob the Liar Jakob der Lügner Frank Beyer East Germany Germany (East) German
Nights and Days Noce i dnie Jerzy Antczak Poland Poland Polish
Seven Beauties Pasqualino Settebellezze Lina Wertmüller Italy Italy Italian
1977
(50th)
Madame Rosa La Vie devant soi Moshé Mizrahi France France French
Iphigenia Ifigeneia
Ιφιγένεια
Michael Cacoyannis Greece Greece Greek
Operation Thunderbolt Mivtsa Yonatan
מבצע יונתן
Menahem Golan Israel Israel Hebrew
A Special Day Una giornata particolare Ettore Scola Italy Italy Italian
That Obscure Object of Desire French
Cet obscur objet du désir

Spanish
Ese oscuro objeto del deseo
Luis Buñuel Spain Spain French
Spanish
1978
(51st)
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs Préparez vos mouchoirs Bertrand Blier France France French
The Glass Cell Die gläserne Zelle Hans W. Geißendörfer West Germany Germany (West) German
Hungarians Magyarok Zoltán Fábri Hungary Hungary Hungarian
Viva Italia! I nuovi mostri {co-directed by}
Mario Monicelli
Dino Risi
Ettore Scola
Italy Italy Italian
White Bim Black Ear Belyy Bim - Chyornoe ukho
Белый Бим Чёрное ухо
Stanislav Rostotsky Soviet Union Soviet Union Russian
1979
(52nd)
The Tin Drum Die Blechtrommel Volker Schlöndorff West Germany Germany (West) German
The Maids of Wilko Panny z Wilka Andrzej Wajda Poland Poland Polish
Mama Turns 100 Mamá cumple cien años Carlos Saura Spain Spain Spanish
A Simple Story Une histoire simple Claude Sautet France France French
To Forget Venice Dimenticare Venezia Franco Brusati Italy Italy Italian

1980s[edit]

Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country Language
1980
(53rd)
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears Moskva slezam ne verit
Москва слезам не верит
Vladimir Menshov Soviet Union Soviet Union Russian
Confidence Bizalom István Szabó Hungary Hungary Hungarian
Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior) Kagemusha
影武者
Akira Kurosawa Japan Japan Japanese
The Last Metro Le Dernier Métro François Truffaut France France French
The Nest El nido Jaime de Armiñán Spain Spain Spanish
1981
(54th)
Mephisto István Szabó Hungary Hungary Hungarian
The Boat Is Full Das Boot ist voll Markus Imhoof Switzerland Switzerland German
Man of Iron Człowiek z żelaza Andrzej Wajda Poland Poland Polish
Muddy River Doro no kawa
泥の河
Kōhei Oguri Japan Japan Japanese
Three Brothers Tre fratelli Francesco Rosi Italy Italy Italian
1982
(55th)
To Begin Again Volver a empezar José Luis Garci Spain Spain Spanish
Alsino and the Condor Alsino y el cóndor Miguel Littín Nicaragua Nicaragua Spanish
Coup de Torchon ('Clean Slate') Coup de torchon Bertrand Tavernier France France French
Flight of the Eagle Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd Jan Troell Sweden Sweden Swedish
Private Life Chastnaya zhizn
Частная жизнь
Yuli Raizman Soviet Union Soviet Union Russian
1983
(56th)
Fanny and Alexander Fanny och Alexander Ingmar Bergman Sweden Sweden Swedish
Carmen Carmen Carlos Saura Spain Spain Spanish
Entre Nous Coup de foudre Diane Kurys France France French
The Revolt of Job Jób lázadása {co-directed by}
Imre Gyöngyössy
Barna Kabay
Hungary Hungary Hungarian
Le Bal Le Bal Ettore Scola Algeria Algeria No dialogue
1984
(57th)
Dangerous Moves La Diagonale du fou Richard Dembo Switzerland Switzerland French
Beyond the Walls Me'Ahorei Hasoragim
מאחורי הסורגים
Uri Barbash Israel Israel Hebrew
Camila Camila María Luisa Bemberg Argentina Argentina Spanish
Double Feature Sesión continua José Luis Garci Spain Spain
Wartime Romance Voenno-polevoy roman
Военно-полевой роман
Pyotr Todorovsky Soviet Union Soviet Union Russian
1985
(58th)
The Official Story La historia oficial Luis Puenzo Argentina Argentina Spanish
Angry Harvest Bittere Ernte Agnieszka Holland West Germany Germany (West) German
Colonel Redl Oberst Redl István Szabó Hungary Hungary Hungarian
Three Men and a Cradle Trois Hommes et un couffin Coline Serreau France France French
When Father Was Away on Business Otac na službenom putu
Отац на службеном путу
Emir Kusturica Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Serbo-Croatian
1986
(59th)
The Assault De aanslag Fons Rademakers Netherlands Netherlands Dutch
English
German
'38' 38 – Auch das war Wien Wolfgang Glück Austria Austria German
Betty Blue 37°2 le matin Jean-Jacques Beineix France France French
The Decline of the American Empire Le Déclin de l'empire américain Denys Arcand Canada Canada
My Sweet Little Village Vesničko má středisková Jiří Menzel Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Czech
1987
(60th)
Babette's Feast Babettes gæstebud Gabriel Axel Denmark Denmark Danish
Swedish
French
Au Revoir Les Enfants (Goodbye, Children) Au revoir les enfants Louis Malle France France French
Course Completed Asignatura aprobada José Luis Garci Spain Spain Spanish
The Family La famiglia Ettore Scola Italy Italy Italian
Pathfinder Sami
Ofelaš

Norwegian
Veiviseren
Nils Gaup Norway Norway Norwegian
1988
(61st)
Pelle the Conqueror Pelle Erobreren Bille August Denmark Denmark Scanian
Danish
Swedish
Hanussen Hanussen István Szabó Hungary Hungary Hungarian
The Music Teacher Le maître de musique Gérard Corbiau Belgium Belgium French
Salaam Bombay! Salaam Bombay!
सलाम बॉम्बे
Mira Nair India India Hindi
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios Pedro Almodóvar Spain Spain Spanish
1989
(62nd)
Cinema Paradiso Nuovo cinema Paradiso Giuseppe Tornatore Italy Italy Italian
Camille Claudel Camille Claudel Bruno Nuytten France France French
Jesus of Montreal Jésus de Montréal Denys Arcand Canada Canada
Waltzing Regitze Dansen med Regitze Kaspar Rostrup Denmark Denmark Danish
What Happened to Santiago Lo que le pasó a Santiago Jacobo Morales Puerto Rico Puerto Rico [N] Spanish

1990s[edit]

Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country Language
1990
(63rd)
Journey of Hope Reise der Hoffnung Xavier Koller Switzerland Switzerland German
Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac Jean-Paul Rappeneau France France French
Ju Dou Jú Dòu
菊豆
{co-directed by}
Zhang Yimou
Yang Fengliang
China China Mandarin
The Nasty Girl Das schreckliche Mädchen Michael Verhoeven Germany Germany German
Open Doors Porte aperte Gianni Amelio Italy Italy Italian
1991
(64th)
Mediterraneo Gabriele Salvatores Italy Italy Italian
Children of Nature Börn náttúrunnar Friðrik Þór Friðriksson Iceland Iceland Icelandic
English
The Elementary School Obecná škola Jan Svěrák Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Czech
The Ox Oxen Sven Nykvist Sweden Sweden Swedish
Raise the Red Lantern Dà Hóng Dēnglóng Gāogāo Guà
大紅燈籠高高掛
Zhang Yimou Hong Kong Hong Kong Mandarin
1992
(65th)
Indochine Régis Wargnier France France French
Vietnamese
Close to Eden Urga
Урга
Nikita Mikhalkov Russia Russia Russian
Daens Daens Stijn Coninx Belgium Belgium Dutch
French
Latin
A Place in the World Un lugar en el mundo Adolfo Aristarain Uruguay Uruguay[O] Spanish
Schtonk! Schtonk! Helmut Dietl Germany Germany German
1993
(66th)
Belle Epoque Fernando Trueba Spain Spain Spanish
Farewell My Concubine Bàwáng Bié Jī
霸王別姬
Chen Kaige Hong Kong Hong Kong Mandarin
Hedd Wyn Hedd Wyn Paul Turner United Kingdom United Kingdom Welsh
The Scent of Green Papaya Mùi đu đủ xanh Trần Anh Hùng Vietnam Vietnam Vietnamese
The Wedding Banquet Xǐyàn
喜宴
Ang Lee Taiwan Taiwan Mandarin
English
1994
(67th)
Burnt by the Sun Utomlyonnye solntsem
Утомлённые солнцем
Nikita Mikhalkov Russia Russia Russian
Before the Rain Pred dozhdot
Пред дождот
Milcho Manchevski Republic of Macedonia Macedonia Macedonian
English
Albanian
Eat Drink Man Woman yǐn shí nán nǚ
飲食男女
Ang Lee Taiwan Taiwan Mandarin
Farinelli: Il Castrato Farinelli Gérard Corbiau Belgium Belgium Italian
French
Strawberry and Chocolate Fresa y chocolate {co-directed by}
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Juan Carlos Tabío
Cuba Cuba Spanish
1995
(68th)
Antonia's Line Antonia Marleen Gorris Netherlands Netherlands Dutch
All Things Fair Lust och fägring stor Bo Widerberg Sweden Sweden Swedish
Dust of Life Poussières de vie Rachid Bouchareb Algeria Algeria French
O Quatrilho O Quatrilho Fábio Barreto Brazil Brazil Portuguese
The Star Maker L'uomo delle stelle Giuseppe Tornatore Italy Italy Italian
1996
(69th)
Kolya Kolja Jan Svěrák Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech
A Chef in Love Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti
შეყვარებული კულინარის 1001 რეცეპტი
Nana Jorjadze Georgia (country) Georgia French
Georgian
The Other Side of Sunday Søndagsengler Berit Nesheim Norway Norway Norwegian
Prisoner of the Mountains Kavkazskiy plennik
Кавказский пленник
Sergei Bodrov Russia Russia Russian
Ridicule Ridicule Patrice Leconte France France French
1997
(70th)
Character Karakter Mike van Diem Netherlands Netherlands Dutch
Beyond Silence Jenseits der Stille Caroline Link Germany Germany German
Four Days in September O Que é Isso, Companheiro? Bruno Barreto Brazil Brazil Portuguese
Secrets of the Heart Secretos del corazón Montxo Armendáriz Spain Spain Spanish
The Thief Vor
Вор
Pavel Chukhray Russia Russia Russian
1998
(71st)
Life Is Beautiful La vita è bella Roberto Benigni Italy Italy Italian
German
Central Station Central do Brasil Walter Salles Brazil Brazil Portuguese
Children of Heaven Bacheha-Ye aseman
بچه های آسمان
Majid Majidi Iran Iran Persian
The Grandfather El abuelo José Luis Garci Spain Spain Spanish
Tango Tango, no me dejes nunca Carlos Saura Argentina Argentina
1999
(72nd)
All About My Mother Todo sobre mi madre Pedro Almodóvar Spain Spain Spanish
East-West Est-Ouest Régis Wargnier France France French
Russian
Himalaya Himalaya, l'enfance d'un chef Éric Valli Nepal Nepal Dolpo
Solomon & Gaenor Solomon a Gaenor Paul Morrison United Kingdom United Kingdom Welsh
Yiddish
Under the Sun Under solen Colin Nutley Sweden Sweden Swedish

2000s[edit]

Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country Language
2000
(73rd)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Wòhǔ Cánglóng
臥虎藏龍
Ang Lee Taiwan Taiwan Mandarin
Amores Perros Amores perros Alejandro González Iñárritu Mexico Mexico Spanish
Divided We Fall Musíme si pomáhat Jan Hřebejk Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech
Everybody's Famous! Iedereen beroemd! Dominique Deruddere Belgium Belgium Dutch
The Taste of Others Le goût des autres Agnès Jaoui France France French
2001
(74th)
No Man's Land Ničija zemlja Danis Tanović Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina Bosnian
Serbian
French
English
Amélie Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain Jean-Pierre Jeunet France France French
Elling Elling Petter Næss Norway Norway Norwegian
Lagaan Lagaan
लगान
Ashutosh Gowariker India India Hindi
English
Awadhi
Son of the Bride El hijo de la novia Juan J. Campanella Argentina Argentina Spanish
2002
(75th)
Nowhere in Africa Nirgendwo in Afrika Caroline Link Germany Germany German
English
Swahili
The Crime of Father Amaro El crimen del padre Amaro Carlos Carrera Mexico Mexico Spanish
Hero Yīng xióng
英雄
Zhang Yimou China China Mandarin
The Man Without a Past Mies vailla menneisyyttä Aki Kaurismäki Finland Finland Finnish
Zus & Zo Zus & zo Paula van der Oest Netherlands Netherlands Dutch
2003
(76th)
The Barbarian Invasions Les Invasions barbares Denys Arcand Canada Canada French
Evil Ondskan Mikael Håfström Sweden Sweden Swedish
The Twilight Samurai Tasogare Seibei
たそがれ清兵衛
Yoji Yamada Japan Japan Japanese
Twin Sisters De tweeling Ben Sombogaart Netherlands Netherlands Dutch
Želary Želary Ondřej Trojan Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech
2004
(77th)
The Sea Inside Mar adentro Alejandro Amenábar Spain Spain Spanish
As It Is in Heaven Så som i himmelen Kay Pollak Sweden Sweden Swedish
The Chorus Les choristes Christophe Barratier France France French
Downfall Der Untergang Oliver Hirschbiegel Germany Germany German
Yesterday Yesterday Darrell Roodt South Africa South Africa Zulu
2005
(78th)
Tsotsi Gavin Hood South Africa South Africa Zulu
Xhosa
Afrikaans
The Beast in the Heart La bestia nel cuore Cristina Comencini Italy Italy Italian
Joyeux Noël Joyeux Noël Christian Carion France France French
English
German
Paradise Now Al-Jannah al'ān
الجنة الآن
Hany Abu-Assad State of Palestine Palestine[P] Arabic
Sophie Scholl – The Final Days Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage Marc Rothemund Germany Germany German
2006
(79th)
The Lives of Others Das Leben der Anderen Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Germany Germany German
After the Wedding Efter brylluppet Susanne Bier Denmark Denmark Danish
Swedish
Hindi
English
Days of Glory Indigènes Rachid Bouchareb Algeria Algeria Arabic
French
Pan's Labyrinth El laberinto del fauno Guillermo del Toro Mexico Mexico Spanish
Water Water
वाटर
Deepa Mehta Canada Canada Hindi
2007
(80th)
The Counterfeiters Die Fälscher Stefan Ruzowitzky Austria Austria German
12 12 Nikita Mikhalkov Russia Russia Russian
Chechen
Beaufort Beaufort
בופור
Joseph Cedar Israel Israel Hebrew
Katyń Katyń Andrzej Wajda Poland Poland Polish
Mongol Mongol
Монгол
Sergei Bodrov Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Mongolian
Mandarin
2008
(81st)
Departures Okuribito
おくりびと
Yōjirō Takita Japan Japan Japanese
The Baader Meinhof Complex Der Baader Meinhof Komplex Uli Edel Germany Germany German
The Class Entre les murs Laurent Cantet France France French
Revanche Revanche Götz Spielmann Austria Austria German
Waltz with Bashir Vals Im Bashir
ואלס עם באשיר
Ari Folman Israel Israel Hebrew
2009
(82nd)
The Secret in Their Eyes El secreto de sus ojos Juan José Campanella Argentina Argentina Spanish
Ajami Ajami
عجمي
עג'מי
{co-directed by}
Scandar Copti
Yaron Shani
Israel Israel Arabic
Hebrew
The Milk of Sorrow La teta asustada Claudia Llosa Peru Peru Spanish/Quechua
A Prophet Un prophète Jacques Audiard France France French
Arabic
The White Ribbon Das weiße Band Michael Haneke Germany Germany German

2010s[edit]

Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country Language
2010
(83rd)
In a Better World Hævnen Susanne Bier Denmark Denmark Danish
Biutiful Biutiful Alejandro González Iñárritu Mexico Mexico Spanish
Dogtooth Kynodontas (Κυνόδοντας) Yorgos Lanthimos Greece Greece Greek
Incendies Incendies Denis Villeneuve Canada Canada French
Outside the Law Hors-la-loi Rachid Bouchareb Algeria Algeria French
Arabic
2011
(84th)
A Separation Jodái-e Náder az Simin (جدایی نادر از سیمین) Asghar Farhadi Iran Iran Persian
Bullhead Rundskop Michaël R. Roskam Belgium Belgium Dutch
Footnote He'arat Shulayim (הערת שוליים) Joseph Cedar Israel Israel Hebrew
In Darkness W ciemności Agnieszka Holland Poland Poland Polish
Monsieur Lazhar Monsieur Lazhar Philippe Falardeau Canada Canada French
2012
(85th)
Amour Michael Haneke Austria Austria French
Kon-Tiki Kon-Tiki Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg Norway Norway Norwegian
No No Pablo Larraín Chile Chile Spanish
A Royal Affair En kongelig affære Nikolaj Arcel Denmark Denmark Danish
War Witch Rebelle Kim Nguyen Canada Canada French
Lingala
2013
(86th)
The Great Beauty La grande bellezza Paolo Sorrentino Italy Italy Italian
The Broken Circle Breakdown The Broken Circle Breakdown Felix Van Groeningen Belgium Belgium Dutch
The Hunt Jagten Thomas Vinterberg Denmark Denmark Danish
The Missing Picture L'image manquante Rithy Panh Cambodia Cambodia French
Omar Omar (عمر) Hany Abu-Assad State of Palestine Palestine Arabic
2014
(87th)
Ida Paweł Pawlikowski Poland Poland Polish
Leviathan Левиафан Andrey Zvyagintsev Russia Russia Russian
Tangerines Mandariinid Zaza Urushadze Estonia Estonia Estonian
Russian
Timbuktu Timbuktu Abderrahmane Sissako Mauritania Mauritania Tamasheq
Bambara
Arabic
French
Wild Tales Relatos Salvajes Damián Szifron Argentina Argentina Spanish
2015
(88th)
Son of Saul Saul fia László Nemes Hungary Hungary Hungarian
Embrace of the Serpent El abrazo de la serpiente Ciro Guerra Colombia Colombia Spanish
Mustang Mustang Deniz Gamze Ergüven France France Turkish
Theeb Theeb (ذيب) Naji Abu Nowar Jordan Jordan Arabic
A War Krigen Tobias Lindholm Denmark Denmark Danish
2016
(89th)
The Salesman Forushandeh (فروشنده) Asghar Farhadi Iran Iran Persian
Land of Mine Under sandet Martin Zandvliet Denmark Denmark German
Danish
A Man Called Ove En man som heter Ove Hannes Holm Sweden Sweden Swedish
Tanna Tanna Martin Butler and Bentley Dean Australia Australia Nauvhal
Toni Erdmann Toni Erdmann Maren Ade Germany Germany German
2017
(90th)
A Fantastic Woman Una mujer fantástica Sebastián Lelio Chile Chile Spanish
The Insult ʼadiyye raʼam 23 (قضية رقم ٢٣) Ziad Doueiri Lebanon Lebanon Arabic (Lebanese)
Loveless Nelyubov (Нелюбовь) Andrey Zvyagintsev Russia Russia Russian
On Body and Soul Testről és lélekről Ildikó Enyedi Hungary Hungary Hungarian
The Square The Square Ruben Östlund Sweden Sweden Swedish
Danish
English

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Notes[edit]

A^ : Europe's tally includes three awards won by the Soviet Union and an award won by Russia. It also includes five Special/Honorary Awards: two won by Italy, two won by France and one shared between them for The Walls of Malapaga (1949).[5]
B^ : Japan's four-award tally includes three Honorary Awards.[5]
C^ : Shoe-Shine (1946) won a Special Award because "the high quality of this motion picture, brought to eloquent life in a country scarred by war, is proof to the world that the creative spirit can triumph over adversity".[6]
D^ : Monsieur Vincent (1947) won a Special Foreign Language Film Award. It was voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1948.[6]
E^ : Bicycle Thieves (1948) won a Special Foreign Language Film Award. It was voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1949.[6]
F^ : The Walls of Malapaga (1949) won an Honorary Foreign Language Film Award. It was voted by the Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States in 1950.[6]
G^ : Rashomon (1950) won an Honorary Foreign Language Film Award. It was voted by the Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1951.[6]
H^ : Forbidden Games (1952) won an Honorary Foreign Language Film Award. It was named Best Foreign Language Film first released in the United States during 1952.[6]
I^ : Gate of Hell (1953) won an Honorary Foreign Language Film Award. It was named Best Foreign Language Film first released in the United States during 1954.[6]
J^ : Samurai, The Legend of Musashi (1954) won an Honorary Foreign Language Film Award. It was named Best Foreign Language Film first released in the United States during 1955.[6]
K1 2 3 4 5 : For the 29th Academy Awards, the names of the producers were included in the nominations for the Foreign Language Film category. Dino De Laurentiis and Carlo Ponti won the award for La Strada (1954). Gyula Trebitsch and Walter Koppel were nominated for The Captain of Köpenick (1956), Annie Dorfmann for Gervaise (1956), Masayuki Takagi for Harp of Burma (1956), and O. Dalsgaard-Olsen for Qivitoq (1956).[7]
L^ : The film received its 1969 nomination under the title My Night with Maud. It had no US distributor at the time. When it was released in Los Angeles on April 15, 1970, it became eligible for consideration for Academy Awards in other categories, and received a 1970 nomination for Writing under the title My Night at Maud's. Today, the latter title is the most commonly used when referring to the film in the English-speaking world.[7]
M^ : Originally released under the title La Victoire en chantant, the film was reissued in France under the title Noirs et Blancs en couleur (a literal French translation of its English title Black and White in Color) following its 1976 Academy Award win.[8]
N^ : Although films produced inside the United States are not eligible for consideration for the Best Foreign Language Film Award,[1] 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).[9] However, this rule was changed in 2011 barring Puerto Rican submissions.[10]
O^ : 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.[11]
P^ : Paradise Now (2005) was initially nominated as a submission from Palestine and presented as such on the official Academy website at the Wayback Machine (archived April 9, 2006). 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.

References[edit]

General
  • Variety Staff (2007-03-01). "Best Foreign Film". Variety. Retrieved 2008-07-23.
Specific
  1. ^ a b c "Rule Fourteen: Special Rules for the Best Foreign Language Film Award". 81st Academy Awards Rules. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2009-01-22.
  2. ^ "History of the Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2009-01-22.
  3. ^ Pond, Steve (18 September 2014). "Oscars to Add Winning Foreign Language Director's Name on Statuette". The Wrap. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  4. ^ Arnold, William (16 December 2007). "A rare chance to see a legendary - and lengthy - War and Peace". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2008-02-11.
  5. ^ a b "Foreign Language Film Facts". Academy Award Statistics. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. last updated in March 2008. Archived from the original on 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2008-09-02. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Levy, Emanuel (2003). All about Oscar: The History and Politics of the Academy Awards. New York: Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 207. ISBN 978-0-8264-1452-6. OCLC 50291058.
  7. ^ a b "The Official Academy Awards Database". (click on "Basic Search", then choose "Foreign Language Film" in the "Award Category" section, then click on "Search"). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original (JSP) on 2008-07-07. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  8. ^ "L'avis de la Fnac sur La Victoire en chantant". Fnac. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  9. ^ "Lo Que Le Paso a Santiago (1989) - Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-03.
  10. ^ Puerto Rico queda excluido de la carrera por el Oscar; El Nuevo Día (October 5, 2011)
  11. ^ Marx, Andy (26 February 1993). "Acad rejects 'World'". Variety. Retrieved 2008-09-03.

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