List of Academy Awards nominations for Brazilian films

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The following is a list of the Academy Award nominations for Brazilian films. To this date, the only winner is Orfeu Negro (1959). The film, however, was submitted by the French government and thus France was credited as the award recipient. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), a Brazilian-American co-production, and City of God (2002) are the films that earned most nominations in a single year, with four each. Fernanda Montenegro holds the title as the only Brazilian nominated to an acting category for her role in Central do Brasil. She was also the first Latin American nominated to the Academy Award for Best Actress, paving the way to Salma Hayek and Catalina Sandino Moreno. Boy and the World, animated film directed by Alê Abreu, was nominated for Best Animated Feature in 2016. Also, the documentary Waste Land that takes place in Brazil was nominated in 2011 and the song Real in Rio composed by two Brazilian authors was nominated in 2012.


Year Film Category Nominee Result
1945 Rio de Janeiro Best Original Song Ary Barroso Nominated
1959 Orfeu Negro
(Black Orpheus)
Best Foreign Language Film France Won
1962 O Pagador de Promessas
(Keeper of Promises, The Given Word, The Promise)
Brazil Nominated
1985 O Beijo da Mulher Aranha
(Kiss of the Spider Woman)
Best Picture David Weisman (American) Nominated
Best Director Hector Babenco (Argentine-born Brazilian) Nominated
Best Actor in a Leading Role William Hurt (American) Won
Best Adapted Screenplay Leonard Schrader (American) Nominated
1995 O Quatrilho Best Foreign Language Film Brazil Nominated
1998 O Que é Isso, Companheiro?
(Four Days in September)
Brazil Nominated
1999 Central do Brasil
(Central Station)
Brazil Nominated
Best Actress in a Leading Role Fernanda Montenegro Nominated
2001 Uma História de Futebol
(A Soccer Story)
Best Live Action Short Film Paulo Machline Nominated
2002 Cidade de Deus
(City of God)
Best Director Fernando Meirelles Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Bráulio Mantovani Nominated
Best Editing Daniel Rezende Nominated
Best Cinematography César Charlone Nominated
2010 Waste Land Best Documentary - Feature Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley Nominated
2011 "Real in Rio" from the film Rio Best Original Song Sérgio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Nominated
2015 The Salt of the Earth Best Documentary – Feature Lélia Wanick Salgado Nominated
2016 Boy and the World Best Animated Feature Alê Abreu Nominated

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