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

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Belgium has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1967. 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] It was not created until the 1956 Academy Awards, in which 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.[2]

Seven Belgian films have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Of these films, two have been directed by Gérard Corbiau: The Music Teacher and Farinelli.[3] The five other Belgian directors to have films accepted as nominees are Jacques Boigelot, Stijn Coninx, Dominique Deruddere, Michaël R. Roskam and Felix Van Groeningen. Boigelot's Peace in the Fields was accepted as a nominee at the 43rd Academy Awards,[4] Stijn Coninx's Daens was a nominee in 1993,[5] Deruddere's Everybody's Famous! was a nominee at the 73rd Academy Awards,[6] Roskam's Bullhead for the 84th and Van Groeningen's The Broken Circle Breakdown for the 86th.


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.[2] 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] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Belgium for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

Film title used in nomination Original title Language(s) Director Result
Le Départ Le Départ French Skolimowski, JerzyJerzy Skolimowski Not Nominated
Palaver Palaver Dutch Degelin, EmileEmile Degelin Not Nominated
Peace in the Fields Paix sur les champs French Boigelot, JacquesJacques Boigelot Nominated
The Lonely Killers Les Tueurs Fous French Szulzinger, BorisBoris Szulzinger Not Nominated
The Conscript De loteling Dutch Verhavert, RolandRoland Verhavert Not Nominated
High Street Rue Haute French Ernotte, AndréAndré Ernotte Not Nominated
Rubens Rubens, schilder en diplomaat Dutch Verhavert, RolandRoland Verhavert Not Nominated
Woman in a Twilight Garden Een vrouw tussen hond en wolf Dutch Delvaux, AndréAndré Delvaux Not Nominated
Le Grand Paysage d'Alexis Droeven Le Grand paysage d'Alexis Droeven French Andrien, Jean-JacquesJean-Jacques Andrien Not Nominated
Minuet Menuet Dutch Rademakers, LiliLili Rademakers Not Nominated
Dust Dust English Hänsel, MarionMarion Hänsel Not Nominated
Jumping Springen Dutch De Decker, Jean-PierreJean-Pierre De Decker Not Nominated
The Cruel Embrace Les noces barbares French Hänsel, MarionMarion Hänsel Not Nominated
The Music Teacher Le maître de musique French Corbiau, GérardGérard Corbiau Nominated
The Sacrament Het Sacrament Dutch Claus, HugoHugo Claus Not Nominated
Toto the Hero Toto le héros French van Dormael, JacoJaco van Dormael Not Nominated
Daens Daens Dutch, French Coninx, StijnStijn Coninx Nominated
Just Friends Just Friends Dutch, French Wajnberg, Marc-HenriMarc-Henri Wajnberg Not Nominated
Farinelli Farinelli Il Castrato French, Italian Corbiau, GérardGérard Corbiau Nominated
Manneken Pis Manneken Pis Dutch Van Passel, FrankFrank Van Passel Not Nominated
The Eighth Day Le huitième jour French Van Dormael, JacoJaco Van Dormael Not Nominated
My Life in Pink Ma vie en rose French Berliner, AlainAlain Berliner Not Nominated
Rosie Rosie Dutch Toye, PatricePatrice Toye Not Nominated
Rosetta Rosetta French Dardenne, Jean-PierreJean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Not Nominated
Everybody's Famous! Iedereen beroemd! Dutch, English Deruddere, DominiqueDominique Deruddere Nominated
Pauline & Paulette Pauline & Paulette Dutch Debrauwer, LievenLieven Debrauwer Not Nominated
The Son Le fils French Dardenne, Jean-PierreJean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Not Nominated
Sea of Silence Verder dan de maan Dutch Coninx, StijnStijn Coninx Not Nominated
The Alzheimer Case De zaak alzheimer Dutch Van Looy, ErikErik Van Looy Not Nominated
The Child L'enfant French Dardenne, Jean-PierreJean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Not Nominated
Someone Else's Happiness Een ander zijn geluk Dutch Troch, FienFien Troch Not Nominated
Ben X Ben X Dutch[citation needed] Balthazar, NicNic Balthazar Not Nominated
Eldorado Eldorado French Lanners, BouliBouli Lanners Not Nominated
The Misfortunates De Helaasheid der Dingen Dutch Van Groeningen, FelixFelix Van Groeningen Not Nominated
Illegal[7] Illégal French Masset-Depasse, OlivierOlivier Masset-Depasse Not Nominated
Bullhead[8] Rundskop Dutch Roskam, Michael R.Michael R. Roskam Nominated
Our Children[9] À perdre la raison French Lafosse, JoachimJoachim Lafosse Not Nominated
The Broken Circle Breakdown[10] The Broken Circle Breakdown Dutch Felix Van Groeningen Nominated[11]
Two Days, One Night[12] Deux jours, une nuit French Dardenne brothers Not Nominated
The Brand New Testament[13] Le Tout Nouveau Testament French Jaco Van Dormael

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  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 2". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2008-06-22. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  3. ^ "Gerard Corbiau - Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  4. ^ "James Boigelot - Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  5. ^ Daens, Academy Award nominee in 1993
  6. ^ Meek, Tom (2001-07-19). "Short Reviews - Everybody's Famous". The Phoenix. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  7. ^ Mundell, Ian (2010-09-17). "Belgium selects 'Illegal' for Oscars". Variety. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  8. ^ "Oscars 2012: Nominees in full". BBC News. 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-01-24. 
  9. ^ "" A perdre la raison " représentera la Belgique pour l'Oscar du " Meilleur film en langue étrangère "". Radio Télévision Belge Francophone. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "The Broken Circle Breakdown represents Belgium at Foreign Language Oscars". Flanders Image. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  11. ^ "Oscars: Main nominations 2014". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  12. ^ "Belgium enters Dardennes to Oscar race". Screendaily. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  13. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (22 September 2015). "Belgium Sends ‘The Brand New Testament’ To Foreign-Language Oscar Race". Variety. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 

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