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

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Mexico has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1957. 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] The award 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]

Mexico has submitted fifty-one films for Oscar consideration over the years, and eight Mexican films have been nominated by the Academy for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Arturo Ripstein has represented Mexico five times—more than any other Mexican director—although he has never received an Oscar nomination.

The Mexican nominee is selected annually by the Academia Mexicana de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas. The selection committee holds separate votes to decide which film goes to the Oscars and, in a separate vote, which film goes to the Spanish Goya Awards.


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 Mexico for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

All Mexican submissions were exclusively in Spanish with two exceptions: their 2007 submission, Silent Light, which was exclusively in the Plautdietsch dialect of Low German; as well as their 2018 submission, Roma, which is partially in Spanish as well as partially in Mixtec.

Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
Torero! Torero Carlos Velo Not Nominated
Nazarín Nazarín Luis Buñuel Not Nominated
Macario Macario Roberto Gavaldón Nominated
The Important Man Ánimas Trujano (El hombre importante) Ismael Rodríguez Nominated
The Pearl of Tlayucan Tlayucan Luis Alcoriza Nominated
The Paper Man El hombre de papel Ismael Rodríguez Not Nominated
Always Farther Away Tarahumara (Cada vez más lejos) Luis Alcoriza Not Nominated
Black Wind Viento Negro Servando González Not Nominated
The Adolescents Los Adolescentes Abel Salazar Not Nominated
El Topo El Topo Alejandro Jodorowsky Not Nominated
Reed: Insurgent Mexico Reed, México insurgente Paul Leduc Not Nominated
Calzonzin Inspector Calzonzin Inspector Alfonso Arau Not Nominated
Letters from Marusia Actas de Marusia Miguel Littín Nominated
Length of War Longitud de guerra Gonzalo Martínez Ortega Not Nominated
Pafnucio Santo Pafnucio Santo Rafael Corkidi Not Nominated
A Limitless Place El Lugar sin límites Arturo Ripstein Not Nominated
Mojado Power Mojado Power Alfonso Arau Not Nominated
Eréndira Eréndira Ruy Guerra Not Nominated
Frida Still Life Frida, naturaleza viva Paul Leduc Not Nominated
The Realm of Fortune El Imperio de la fortuna Arturo Ripstein Not Nominated
Life Is Most Important Lo Que Importa es Vivir Luis Alcoriza Not Nominated
The Last Tunnel El Último túnel Servando González Not Nominated
Cabeza de Vaca Cabeza de Vaca Nicolás Echevarría Not Nominated
Homework La Tarea Jaime Humberto Hermosillo Not Nominated
Like Water for Chocolate Como agua para chocolate Alfonso Arau Not Nominated
Chronos Cronos Guillermo del Toro Not Nominated
The Beginning and the End Principio y fin Arturo Ripstein Not Nominated
Midaq Alley El callejón de los milagros Jorge Fons Not Nominated
Between Pancho Villa and a Naked Woman Entre Pancho Villa y una mujer desnuda Sabina Berman
Isabelle Tardán
Not Nominated
Deep Crimson Profundo carmesí Arturo Ripstein Not Nominated
Un embrujo Un embrujo Carlos Carrera Not Nominated
No One Writes to the Colonel El Coronel no tiene quien le escriba Arturo Ripstein Not Nominated
Amores perros Amores perros Alejandro González Iñárritu Nominated
Perfume de violetas, nadie te oye Perfume de violetas, nadie te oye Maryse Sistach Not Nominated
El crimen del Padre Amaro El crimen del Padre Amaro Carlos Carrera Nominated
Aro Tolbukhin Aro Tolbukhin Isaac Pierre Racine
Agustí Villaronga
Lydia Zimmermann
Not Nominated
Innocent Voices Voces inocentes Luis Mandoki Not Nominated
Al otro lado Al otro lado Gustavo Loza Not Nominated
Pan's Labyrinth El laberinto del fauno Guillermo del Toro Nominated
Silent Light Luz silenciosa Carlos Reygadas Not Nominated
Tear This Heart Out Arráncame La Vida Roberto Sneider Made January Shortlist
Backyard[3] El Traspatio Carlos Carrera Not Nominated
Biutiful[4] Biutiful Alejandro González Iñárritu Nominated[5]
Miss Bala[6] Miss Bala Gerardo Naranjo Not Nominated
After Lucia[7] Después de Lucía Michel Franco Not Nominated
Heli[8] Heli Amat Escalante Not Nominated
Cantinflas[9] Cantinflas Sebastian del Amo Not Nominated
600 Miles[10] 600 Millas Gabriel Ripstein Not Nominated
Desierto[11] Desierto Jonás Cuarón Not Nominated
Tempestad[12] Tempestad Tatiana Huezo Not Nominated
Roma[13] Roma Alfonso Cuarón

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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. Archived from the original on 22 August 2013. 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 6 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-19.
  3. ^ Also shortlisted: Bajo la sal, Five Days Without Nora, The Desert Within, Los bastardos, Los herederos, Rudo y Cursi and I'm Gonna Explode. Source:
  4. ^ "Biutiful Just Announced as Mexico's Oscar Entry". AwardsDaily. Retrieved 2010-10-05.
  5. ^ "Nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards". Retrieved 2011-01-25.
  6. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  7. ^ Young, James (20 September 2012). "'Mexico picks 'Lucia' for Oscar". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Oscars: Mexico Nominates 'Heli' for Foreign Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Oscars: Mexico Selects 'Cantinflas' for Foreign-Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  10. ^ Hecht, John (17 September 2015). "Oscars: Mexico Selects '600 Miles' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  11. ^ Hecht, John (14 September 2016). "Oscars: Mexico Selects 'Desierto' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  12. ^ Hecht, John (13 September 2017). "Oscars: Mexico Selects 'Tempestad' For Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  13. ^ Hecht, John (14 September 2018). "Oscars: Mexico Selects 'Roma' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 September 2018.