List of Colombian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Colombia has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1980. 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.
As of 2016, Colombia has entered the competition 25 times, and has been nominated once for an Academy Award.
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. 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. Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Colombia for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.
In 2004, Colombia announced that it had selected Maria, Full of Grace as its Oscar submission, and the film was touted as an early front-runner to win the award. However, the film was disqualified by AMPAS which said that the film, a drama which had won Best Colombian Feature at the Cartagena Film Festival, featuring mostly Colombian characters and starring Colombian actress Catalina Sandino Moreno in the title role, did not qualify as a majority Colombian production because it was written and directed by an American, Joshua Marston. After an unsuccessful appeal, Colombia was allowed to send El Rey as a replacement. Although it was disqualified, however, Catalina Sandino Moreno was eventually nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and holds the title as the only Colombian nominated to an acting category.
Ciro Guerra is currently the director with most submissions with three films, and his 2015 film Embrace of the Serpent is the only Colombian film to be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Directors Sergio Cabrera, Carlos Moreno and Jorge Alí Triana have each had their films selected two times, but none have been nominated. Triana's son Rodrigo had one of his films selected in 2006. The actor with the most appearances in the Colombian submissions is renowned Colombian actress Vicky Hernández who co-starred in five of the national nominees. All Colombian submissions were filmed primarily in Spanish.
|English title||Spanish title||Director||Result|
|The Latin Immigrant||El Inmigrante latino||Nieto Roa, GustavoGustavo Nieto Roa||Not Nominated|
|A Man of Principle||Cóndores no entierran todos los días||Norden, FranciscoFrancisco Norden||Not Nominated|
|A Time to Die||Tiempo de morir||Triana, Jorge AlíJorge Alí Triana||Not Nominated|
|Confessing to Laura||Confesión a Laura||Osorio Gómez, JaimeJaime Osorio Gómez||Not Nominated|
|The Strategy of the Snail||La Estrategia del caracol||Cabrera, SergioSergio Cabrera||Not Nominated|
|Oedipus Mayor||Edipo Alcalde||Triana, Jorge AlíJorge Alí Triana||Not Nominated|
|The Debt||La Deuda||Manuel José Álvarez & Nicolás Buenaventura||Not Nominated|
|The Rose Seller||La Vendedora de Rosas||Gaviria, VíctorVíctor Gaviria||Not Nominated|
|Time Out||Golpe de Estadio||Cabrera, SergioSergio Cabrera||Not Nominated|
|Our Lady of the Assassins||La virgen de los sicarios||Schroeder, BarbetBarbet Schroeder||Not Nominated|
|The Invisible Children||Los Niños invisibles||Duque Naranjo, LisandroLisandro Duque Naranjo||Not Nominated|
|The First Night||La Primera Noche||Restrepo, Luis AlbertoLuis Alberto Restrepo||Not Nominated|
|El Rey||El Rey||de Rivaz, DominiqueDominique de Rivaz||Not Nominated|
|Wandering Shadows||La Sombra del Caminante||Guerra, CiroCiro Guerra||Not Nominated|
|A Ton of Luck||Soñar no cuesta nada||Triana, RodrigoRodrigo Triana||Not Nominated|
|Satanás||Satanás||Baiz, AndrésAndrés Baiz||Not Nominated|
|Dog Eat Dog||Perro come Perro||Moreno, CarlosCarlos Moreno||Not Nominated|
|The Wind Journeys||Los viajes del viento||Guerra, CiroCiro Guerra||Not Nominated|
|Crab Trap||El vuelco del cangrejo||Ruiz Navia, OscarOscar Ruiz Navia||Not Nominated|
|The Colors of the Mountain||Los colores de la montaña||Arbeláez, Carlos CésarCarlos César Arbeláez||Not Nominated|
|The Snitch Cartel||El Cartel de los Sapos||Moreno, CarlosCarlos Moreno||Not Nominated|
|La Playa DC||La Playa DC||Arango, Juan AndrésJuan Andrés Arango||Not Nominated|
|Mateo||Mateo||Gamboa, MaríaMaría Gamboa||Not Nominated|
|Embrace of the Serpent||El abrazo de la serpiente||Guerra, CiroCiro Guerra||Nominated|
|Alias Maria||Alias María||Rugeles Gracia, José LuisJosé Luis Rugeles Gracia||Not Nominated|
- List of Academy Award winners and nominees for Best Foreign Language Film
- List of Academy Award-winning foreign language films
- Cinema of Colombia
- List of Colombian films
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