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

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Spain has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since the conception of the award. 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 created for the 1956 Academy Awards, succeeding the non-competitive Honorary Academy Awards which were presented between 1947 and 1955 to the best foreign language films released in the United States.[2]

As of 2018, nineteen Spanish films have been nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, four of which have won the award: Begin the Beguine in 1982, Belle Époque in 1993, All About My Mother in 1999 and The Sea Inside in 2004.[3] Among all countries that have submitted films for the award, Spain ranks third in terms of films that have won the award, behind Italy (ten awards) and France (nine awards) and tied with Japan (four awards), and third in terms of nominees, behind France (thirty-four nominations) and Italy (twenty-seven nominations).[4]

Since the 1980s, the Spanish submission has been decided annually by the Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España (known in English as the 'Spanish Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences or AACCE). Beginning in 2001, the Academy has announced a three-film shortlist before announcing the winning Spanish film.

José Luis Garci has represented Spain in the competition six times, achieving four Oscar nominations, including one win. Pedro Almodóvar and Carlos Saura have each represented Spain five times apiece.

All submissions were primarily in Spanish language, with the notable exceptions of That Obscure Object of Desire (French and Spanish), Black Bread (Catalan), Flowers (Basque) and Summer 1993 (Catalan).


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.[5] 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] Before the award was created, the Board of Governors of the Academy voted on a film every year that was considered the best foreign language film released in the United States, and there were no submissions.[2] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Spain for review by the Academy for the award since its first entry in 1959.

Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
Afternoon of the Bulls Tarde de toros Ladislao Vajda Not Nominated
High Street Calle Mayor Juan Antonio Bardem Not Nominated
La Venganza La venganza Juan Antonio Bardem Nominated
At Five O'Clock in the Afternoon A las cinco de la tarde Juan Antonio Bardem Not Nominated
Plácido Plácido Luis García Berlanga Nominated
Dulcinea Dulcinea Vicente Escrivá Not Nominated
Los Tarantos Los Tarantos Francisco Rovira Beleta Nominated
The Girl in Mourning La niña de luto Manuel Summers Not Nominated
La Tía Tula La tía Tula Miguel Picazo Not Nominated
El amor brujo El amor brujo Francisco Rovira Beleta Nominated
Spain Again España otra vez Jaime Camino Not Nominated
La Celestina La Celestina César Fernández Ardavín Not Nominated
Tristana Tristana Luis Buñuel Nominated
Marta Marta José Antonio Nieves Conde Not Nominated
My Dearest Senorita Mi querida señorita Jaime de Armiñán Nominated
Habla, mudita Habla, mudita Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón Not Nominated
La prima Angélica La prima Angélica Carlos Saura Not Nominated
Poachers Furtivos José Luis Borau Not Nominated
Raise Ravens Cría cuervos Carlos Saura Not Nominated
That Obscure Object of Desire Cet obscur objet du désir (in French)
Ese oscuro objeto del deseo (in Spanish)
Luis Buñuel Nominated
Somnambulists Sonámbulos Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón Not Nominated
Mama Turns a Hundred Mamá cumple cien años Carlos Saura Nominated
The Nest El nido Jaime de Armiñán Nominated
Patrimonio nacional Patrimonio nacional Luis García Berlanga Not Nominated
Begin the Beguine Volver a empezar José Luis Garci Won Academy Award
Carmen Carmen Carlos Saura Nominated
Double Feature Sesión continua José Luis Garci Nominated
The Witching Hour La hora bruja Jaime de Armiñán Not Nominated
Half of Heaven La mitad del cielo Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón Not Nominated
Course Completed Asignatura aprobada José Luis Garci Nominated
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios Pedro Almodóvar Nominated
Love, Hate and Death Montoyas y Tarantos Vicente Escrivá Not Nominated
Ay, Carmela! ¡Ay, Carmela! Carlos Saura Not Nominated
High Heels Tacones lejanos Pedro Almodóvar Not Nominated
The Fencing Master El maestro de esgrima Pedro Olea Not Nominated
Belle Époque Belle Époque Fernando Trueba Won Academy Award
Cradle Song Canción de cuna José Luis Garci Not Nominated
The Flower of My Secret La flor de mi secreto Pedro Almodóvar Not Nominated
Bwana Bwana Imanol Uribe Not Nominated
Secrets of the Heart Secretos del corazón Montxo Armendáriz Nominated
The Grandfather El abuelo José Luis Garci Nominated
All About My Mother Todo sobre mi madre Pedro Almodóvar Won Academy Award
You're the One You're the One: Una historia de entonces José Luis Garci Not Nominated
Mad Love [9] Juana la Loca Vicente Aranda Not Nominated
Mondays in the Sun [8] Los lunes al sol Fernando León de Aranoa Not Nominated
Soldiers of Salamis [7] Soldados de Salamina David Trueba Not Nominated
The Sea Inside [6] Mar adentro Alejandro Amenábar Won Academy Award
Obaba [5] Obaba Montxo Armendáriz Not Nominated
Volver [4] Volver Pedro Almodóvar Made January Shortlist
The Orphanage [3] El orfanato Juan Antonio Bayona Not Nominated
The Blind Sunflowers [2] Los girasoles ciegos José Luis Cuerda Not Nominated
The Dancer and the Thief [1] El baile de la Victoria Fernando Trueba Not Nominated
Even the Rain[6] También la lluvia Icíar Bollaín Made January Shortlist[7]
Black Bread[8] Pa negre Agustí Villaronga Not Nominated[9]
Blancanieves[10] Blancanieves Pablo Berger Not Nominated
15 Years and One Day[11] 15 años y un día Gracia Querejeta Not Nominated
Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed[12] Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados David Trueba Not Nominated
Flowers[13] Loreak Jon Garaño, Jose Mari Goenaga Not Nominated
Julieta[14] Julieta Pedro Almodóvar Not Nominated
Summer 1993[15] Estiu 1993 Carla Simón Not Nominated
Champions[16] Campeones Javier Fesser Not Nominated

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  12. ^ "Oscars: Spain Selects 'Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed' for Foreign-Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  13. ^ Aguilar, Carlos (29 September 2015). "Spain Chooses Basque-Language Drama 'Loreak' as Oscar Submission". IndieWire. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
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  15. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (7 September 2017). "Spain Sends Carla Simon's feature debut 'Summer 1993' to Foreign-Language Oscar Race". Variety. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  16. ^ Hopewell, John (6 September 2018). "Javier Fesser's 'Champions' Chosen as Spain's Oscar Submission". Variety. Retrieved 6 September 2018.

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