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

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Nikita Mikhalkov was the first post-Soviet Russian director to win the award, for Burnt by the Sun.[1]

Russia has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1992. Prior to that, Russian films were strongly represented among the films submitted by the former Soviet Union. The Foreign Language Film award 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 that contains primarily non-English dialogue.[2]

Each year, the Academy invites countries to submit their best films for competition, with only one film being accepted from each country.[2] After the breakup of the Soviet Union, films representing the Russian Federation have had six nominations, including one Oscar win for Burnt by the Sun.[3]

Nikita Mikhalkov has been chosen to represent Russia five times. While The Barber of Siberia was disqualified when the print did not arrive in Los Angeles in time,[4] three other films were nominated for an Oscar.

Submissions[edit]

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.[2] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Russia for review by the Academy since 1992. All Russian submissions were filmed mostly in Russian.

Among the submissions were a horror film about vampires (2004), a Russian film dubbed into German (1999), a controversial anti-corruption film (2014) and a slew of historical dramas.

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
1992
(65th)
Close to Eden Урга Nikita Mikhalkov Nominated[5]
1994
(67th)
Burnt by the Sun Утомлённые солнцем Nikita Mikhalkov Won Academy Award[1]
1995
(68th)
A Moslem Мусульманин Vladimir Khotinenko Not Nominated
1996
(69th)
Prisoner of the Mountains Кавказский пленник Sergei Bodrov Nominated[6]
1997
(70th)
The Thief Вор Pavel Chukhray Nominated[7]
1998
(71st)
The Barber of Siberia Сибирский цирюльник Nikita Mikhalkov Disqualified[4]
1999
(72nd)
Moloch Молох Alexander Sokurov Not Nominated
2000
(73rd)
His Wife's Diary Дневник его жены Alexei Uchitel Not Nominated
2001
(74th)
The Romanovs: An Imperial Family Романовы - Венценосная семья Gleb Panfilov Not Nominated
2002
(75th)
House of Fools Дом дураков Andrei Konchalovsky Not Nominated
2003
(76th)
The Return Возвращение Andrey Zvyagintsev Not Nominated
2004
(77th)
Night Watch Ночной дозор Timur Bekmambetov Not Nominated
2005
(78th)
The Italian Итальянец Andrei Kravchuk Not Nominated
2006
(79th)
9th Company 9 рота Fedor Bondarchuk Not Nominated
2007
(80th)
12 12 Nikita Mikhalkov Nominated[8]
2008
(81st)
Mermaid Русалка Anna Melikian Not Nominated
2009
(82nd)
Ward No. 6 Палата №6 Aleksandr Gornovsky and Karen Shakhnazarov Not Nominated
2010
(83rd)
The Edge Край Alexei Uchitel Not Nominated[9]
2011
(84th)
Burnt by the Sun 2: The Citadel[10] Утомлённые солнцем 2: Цитадель Nikita Mikhalkov Not Nominated
2012
(85th)
White Tiger[11] Белый тигр Karen Shakhnazarov Not Nominated
2013
(86th)
Stalingrad[12] Сталинград Fedor Bondarchuk Not Nominated
2014
(87th)
Leviathan[13] Левиафан Andrey Zvyagintsev Nominated[14]
2015
(88th)
Sunstroke[15] Солнечный удар Nikita Mikhalkov Not Nominated
2016
(89th)
Paradise[16] Рай Andrei Konchalovsky Made December Shortlist[17]
2017
(90th)
Loveless[18] Нелюбовь Andrey Zvyagintsev Nominated[19]
2018
(91st)
Sobibor[20] Собибор Konstantin Khabensky Not Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Rule Thirteen: Special Rules for the Foreign Language Film Award" (PDF). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 August 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
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  4. ^ a b "Will 'Sunstroke' Make the Oscar List?". The Moscow Times. 25 October 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  5. ^ "The 65th Academy Awards (1993) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  6. ^ "The 69th Academy Awards (1997) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  7. ^ "The 70th Academy Awards (1998) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  8. ^ "The 80th Academy Awards (2008) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  9. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  10. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  11. ^ "Karen Shakhnazarov's "White Tiger"nominated for Oscar". PanArmenian. PanArmenian. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  12. ^ "Russia Nominates WWII Movie 'Stalingrad' for Oscars". RIA. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  13. ^ "Oscars: Russia Shockingly Submits Russia-Bashing Hit 'Leviathan' for Foreign-Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  14. ^ "Oscar Nominations 2015: See The Full List". Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  15. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (22 September 2015). "Oscars: Russia Nominates 'Sunstroke' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  16. ^ Kozlov, Vladimir (20 September 2016). "Oscars: Russia Selects 'Paradise' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Oscars: Nine Films Advance in Foreign-Language Race". Variety. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  18. ^ "Oscars: Russia submits Zvyagintsev's film Loveless for Oscars". TASS. 21 September 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  19. ^ "Oscars 2018: The list of nominees in full". BBC News. 23 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  20. ^ Kozlov, Vladimir (10 September 2018). "Oscars: Russia Selects 'Sobibor' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 September 2018.