List of Russian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
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.
Each year, the Academy invites countries to submit their best films for competition, with only one film being accepted from each country. After the breakup of the Soviet Union, films representing the Russian Federation have had five nominations, including one Oscar win for Burnt by the Sun.
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, the other three films were all nominated for an Oscar.
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 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.
|Film title used in nomination||Original title||Director||Result|
|Close to Eden||Урга||Mikhalkov, NikitaNikita Mikhalkov||Nominated|
|Burnt by the Sun||Утомлённые солнцем||Mikhalkov, NikitaNikita Mikhalkov||Won Academy Award|
|A Moslem||Мусульманин||Khotinenko, VladimirVladimir Khotinenko||Not Nominated|
|Prisoner of the Mountains||Кавказский пленник||Bodrov, SergeiSergei Bodrov||Nominated|
|The Thief||Вор||Chukhray, PavelPavel Chukhray||Nominated|
|The Barber of Siberia ||Сибирский цирюльник||Mikhalkov, NikitaNikita Mikhalkov||Disqualifed|
|Moloch||Молох||Sokurov, AlexanderAlexander Sokurov||Not Nominated|
|His Wife's Diary||Дневник его жены||Uchitel, AlexeiAlexei Uchitel||Not Nominated|
|The Romanovs: An Imperial Family||Романовы - Венценосная семья||Panfilov, GlebGleb Panfilov||Not Nominated|
|House of Fools||Дом дураков||Konchalovsky, AndreiAndrei Konchalovsky||Not Nominated|
|The Return||Возвращение||Zvyagintsev, AndreiAndrei Zvyagintsev||Not Nominated|
|Night Watch||Ночной дозор||Bekmambetov, TimurTimur Bekmambetov||Not Nominated|
|The Italian||Итальянец||Kravchuk, AndreiAndrei Kravchuk||Not Nominated|
|9th Company||9 рота||Bondarchuk, FedorFedor Bondarchuk||Not Nominated|
|12||12||Mikhalkov, NikitaNikita Mikhalkov||Nominated|
|Mermaid||Русалка||Melikian, AnnaAnna Melikian||Not Nominated|
|Ward No. 6||Палата №6||Gornovsky, AleksandrAleksandr Gornovsky and Karen Shakhnazarov||Not Nominated|
|The Edge||Край||Uchitel, AlexeiAlexei Uchitel||Not Nominated|
|Burnt by the Sun 2: The Citadel||Утомлённые солнцем 2: Цитадель||Mikhalkov, NikitaNikita Mikhalkov||Not Nominated|
|White Tiger||Белый тигр||Shakhnazarov, KarenKaren Shakhnazarov||Not Nominated|
|Stalingrad||Сталинград||Bondarchuk, FedorFedor Bondarchuk||Not Nominated|
|Sunstroke||Солнечный удар||Nikita Mikhalkov||Not Nominated|
|Paradise||Рай||Andrei Konchalovsky||Made December Shortlist|
- List of Soviet submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- Cinema of Russia
- Cinema of the Soviet Union
- List of Academy Award winners and nominees for Best Foreign Language Film
- "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.
- "Foreign Language Film Facts". Academy Award Statistics. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. last updated in March 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-15. Check date values in:
- Disqualified when a print didn't arrive in Los Angeles in time
- "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
- "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
- "Karen Shakhnazarov’s “White Tiger”nominated for Oscar". PanArmenian. PanArmenian. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
- "Russia Nominates WWII Movie ‘Stalingrad’ for Oscars". RIA. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
- "Oscars: Russia Shockingly Submits Russia-Bashing Hit 'Leviathan' for Foreign-Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
- "Oscar Nominations 2015: See The Full List". Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
- Holdsworth, Nick (22 September 2015). "Oscars: Russia Nominates 'Sunstroke' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
- Kozlov, Vladimir (20 September 2016). "Oscars: Russia Selects 'Paradise' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
- "Oscars: Nine Films Advance in Foreign-Language Race". Variety. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016.