List of Spanish submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
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. 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.
As of 2018[update], 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. 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).
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. 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. 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. 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.
- List of Academy Award winners and nominees for Best Foreign Language Film
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- A^ : Also shortlisted: Map of the Sounds of Tokyo and Gordos. Source: http://www.screendaily.com/awards/academy-awards/academy-awards-news/spain-picks-the-dancer-and-the-thief-for-oscars/5006212.article
- B^ : Also shortlisted: Seven Billiard Tables and Sangre de Mayo. Source: http://cineuropa.org/newsdetail.aspx?documentID=86797
- C^ : Also shortlisted: Las 13 rosas and Sunday Light. Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/orfanato/news/1675642/the_orphanage_is_oscar_bound
- D^ : Also shortlisted: Alatriste and Salvador. Source: http://www.screendaily.com/spain-backs-almodovars-volver-in-oscar-race/4028883.article
- E^ : Also shortlisted: Ninette and Princesas. Source: http://www.elmulticine.com/noticias2.php?orden=264
- F^ : Also shortlisted: Bad Education and Tiovivo c. 1950. Source: http://www.elpais.com/articulo/cultura/Mar/adentro/mala/educacion/Tiovivo/C/1950/optan/representar/Espana/Oscar/elpepucul/20040917elpepucul_2/Tes
- G^ : Also shortlisted: Al sur de Granada and Hotel Danubio. Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20110718090339/http://www.elperiodicodearagon.com/noticias/noticia.asp?pkid=79228
- H^ : Also shortlisted: Talk to Her and Story of a Kiss. Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2002/nov/12/awardsandprizes.oscars2003
- I^ : Also shortlisted: Lucía y el sexo and Sin noticias de Dios. Source: http://www.comohacercine.com/articulo.php?id_art=303&id_cat=1[permanent dead link]
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