List of countries by number of Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film

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National origin of Academy Award winners and nominees for Best International Feature Film.
  Won the award or one of its Special/Honorary predecessors
  Nominated for the award
  United States (ineligible for competition)

This is a list of countries by number of Academy Award for Best International Feature Film (known as Best Foreign Language Film before 2020), a table showing the total number of submissions, nominations, and awards of the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film received by each country. It follows Academy convention by not grouping the tally of extinct countries with that of their successor states. As of 2021, at least one film has been submitted by 133 countries. Of this number, 61 countries have received a nomination,[a] with 28 countries ultimately winning the Oscar.

Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film tally by country[edit]

Submitting country Number of
winning films
Number of
nominated films
Number of
submitted films
First
submitted
Last
submitted
Italy Italy[b] &&&&&&&&+14 &&&&&&&&+31 &&&&&&&&+68 1947 2021
France France[c] &&&&&&&&+12 &&&&&&&&+40 &&&&&&&&+68 1948 2021
Spain Spain &&&&&&&&&+4 &&&&&&&&+20 &&&&&&&&+64 1956 2021
Japan Japan[d] &&&&&&&&&+4 &&&&&&&&+16 &&&&&&&&+68 1951 2021
Denmark Denmark &&&&&&&&&+4 &&&&&&&&+13 &&&&&&&&+59 1956 2021
Sweden Sweden &&&&&&&&&+3 &&&&&&&&+16 &&&&&&&&+60 1956 2021
Soviet Union Soviet Union[e] &&&&&&&&&+3 &&&&&&&&&+9 &&&&&&&&+24 1963 1991
Netherlands Netherlands &&&&&&&&&+3 &&&&&&&&&+7 &&&&&&&&+54 1959 2021
Germany Germany[f] &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&+11 &&&&&&&&+31 1990 2021
Hungary Hungary &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&+10 &&&&&&&&+57 1965 2021
Argentina Argentina &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&&+7 &&&&&&&&+48 1961 2021
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia[g] &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&&+6 &&&&&&&&+23 1964 1991
Switzerland Switzerland &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&&+5 &&&&&&&&+49 1961 2021
Austria Austria &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&&+4 &&&&&&&&+45 1961 2021
Iran Iran &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&&+3 &&&&&&&&+27 1977 2021
Poland Poland &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+12 &&&&&&&&+53 1963 2021
Mexico Mexico &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+9 &&&&&&&&+54 1957 2021
West Germany West Germany[f] &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+8 &&&&&&&&+29 1956 1989
Canada Canada &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+7 &&&&&&&&+47 1971 2021
Russia Russia[e] &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+7 &&&&&&&&+29 1992 2021
Algeria Algeria &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+5 &&&&&&&&+22 1969 2021
Taiwan Taiwan &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+3 &&&&&&&&+47 1957 2021
Czech Republic Czech Republic[g] &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+3 &&&&&&&&+28 1994 2021
Chile Chile &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&+26 1990 2021
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina[h] &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&+21 1994 2021
South Africa South Africa &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&+18 1989 2021
South Korea South Korea &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+33 1962 2021
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+3 1976 2020
Israel Israel &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+10 &&&&&&&&+54 1964 2021
Belgium Belgium &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+7 &&&&&&&&+46 1967 2021
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia[h] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+6 &&&&&&&&+29 1958 1991
Norway Norway &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+5 &&&&&&&&+43 1957 2021
Greece Greece &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+5 &&&&&&&&+41 1957 2021
Brazil Brazil &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+4 &&&&&&&&+49 1960 2021
India India &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+3 &&&&&&&&+54 1957 2021
Hong Kong Hong Kong &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+3 &&&&&&&&+40 1959 2021
China China &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&+35 1979 2021
Lebanon Lebanon &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&+18 1998 2021
North Macedonia North Macedonia[h] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&+18 1994 2021
United Kingdom United Kingdom[i] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&+18 1991 2021
State of Palestine Palestine[j] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&+14 2003 2021
Iceland Iceland &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+42 1980 2021
Romania Romania &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+37 1966 2021
Finland Finland &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+35 1973 2021
Colombia Colombia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+30 1980 2021
Peru Peru &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+28 1967 2021
Cuba Cuba &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+22 1978 2020
Uruguay Uruguay &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1[a] &&&&&&&&+21 1992 2021
Georgia (country) Georgia[e] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+20 1996 2021
Estonia Estonia[e] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+19 1992 2021
Vietnam Vietnam &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+17 1993 2021
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan[e] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+16 1992 2021
Australia Australia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+14 1996 2021
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico[k] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+12 1986 2011
Cambodia Cambodia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+10 1994 2021
Nepal Nepal &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+10 1999 2019
Tunisia Tunisia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+8 1995 2021
East Germany East Germany[f] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+5 1973 1983
Jordan Jordan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+5 2008 2021
Nicaragua Nicaragua &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+3 1982 2010
Mauritania Mauritania &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+1 2014 2014
Portugal Portugal &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+38 1980 2021
Egypt Egypt[l] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+36 1958 2021
Bulgaria Bulgaria &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+32 1971 2021
Philippines Philippines &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+32 1953 2020
Venezuela Venezuela &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+31 1978 2021
Croatia Croatia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+30 1992 2021
Serbia Serbia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+28 1994 2021
Thailand Thailand &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+28 1984 2021
Turkey Turkey &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+28 1964 2021
Slovakia Slovakia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+25 1993 2021
Slovenia Slovenia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+25 1993 2021
Indonesia Indonesia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+23 1987 2021
Luxembourg Luxembourg &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+18 1997 2021
Bangladesh Bangladesh &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+17 2002 2021
Morocco Morocco &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+17 1977 2021
Singapore Singapore &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+15 1959 2021
Afghanistan Afghanistan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+14 2002 2019
Albania Albania &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+14 1996 2021
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+14 1983 2021
Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+14 1998 2021
Lithuania Lithuania &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+14 2006 2021
Ukraine Ukraine &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+14 1997 2021
Bolivia Bolivia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+13 1995 2021
Latvia Latvia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+13 1992 2021
Armenia Armenia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+10 2001 2021
Costa Rica Costa Rica &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+10 2005 2021
Ecuador Ecuador &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+10 2000 2021
Iraq Iraq &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+10 2005 2021
Pakistan Pakistan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+10 1959 2020
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+8 2007 2021
Republic of Ireland Ireland &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+8 2007 2021
Kosovo Kosovo &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+8 2014 2021
Montenegro Montenegro &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+8 2013 2021
Panama Panama &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+8 2014 2021
Malaysia Malaysia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+7 2004 2021
Kenya Kenya &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+6 2012 2021
Mongolia Mongolia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+6 2003 2020
New Zealand New Zealand &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+6 2011 2018
Belarus Belarus &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+5 1994 2020
Paraguay Paraguay &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+5 2015 2021
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+5 2013 2021
Cameroon Cameroon &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+4 1980 2021
Ethiopia Ethiopia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+4 2010 2019
Chad Chad &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+3 2002 2021
Guatemala Guatemala &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+3 1994 2020
Honduras Honduras &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+3 2017 2020
Senegal Senegal &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+3 2017 2020
Bhutan Bhutan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 1999 2021
Greenland Greenland &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 2010 2012
Haiti Haiti &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 2017 2021
Kuwait Kuwait &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 1972 1978
Malawi Malawi &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 2018 2021
Malta Malta &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 2014 2021
Moldova Moldova &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 2013 2014
Nigeria Nigeria &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 2019 2020
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 2003 2009
Tajikistan Tajikistan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 1999 2005
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 2019 2021
Yemen Yemen &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 2016 2018
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 1989 1989
Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 1997 1997
Fiji Fiji &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 2005 2005
Ghana Ghana &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 2019 2019
Laos Laos &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 2017 2017
Lesotho Lesotho &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 2020 2020
Mozambique Mozambique &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 2017 2017
Niger Niger &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 2018 2018
Somalia Somalia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 2021 2021
Sudan Sudan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 2020 2020
Suriname Suriname &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 2020 2020
Syria Syria[l] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 2017 2017
Tanzania Tanzania &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 2001 2001

Notes[edit]

Submitted films include disqualified entries.

  1. ^ a b Includes a disqualified nomination for Uruguay. After nominations were announced in 1992, information came to light showing that A Place in the World (1992) was wholly produced in Argentina, and had insufficient Uruguayan artistic control. The film was declared ineligible and removed from the final ballot.
  2. ^ Italy's tally includes two Special Awards for Shoe-Shine (1946) and The Bicycle Thief (1948), as well as an Honorary Award shared with France for The Walls of Malapaga (1949).
  3. ^ France's tally includes a Special Award for Monsieur Vincent (1947) as well as two Honorary Awards: one for Forbidden Games (1952) and one shared with Italy for The Walls of Malapaga (1949).
  4. ^ Japan's tally includes three Honorary Awards.
  5. ^ a b c d e The Soviet Union, which received all of its nominations for Russian-language films, was nominated for the last time in 1984 and was formally dissolved on December 26, 1991. Russia, Georgia, Estonia and Kazakhstan are the only post-Soviet states to have been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Award.
  6. ^ a b c East Germany received its only nomination in 1976, and West Germany was nominated for the last time in 1985. The two countries formally reunited on October 3, 1990. Reunified Germany has received seven nominations since then, two of which have resulted in a successful win.
  7. ^ a b Czechoslovakia was nominated for the first time in 1965 for a Slovak-language film. Its five other nominations, the last of which occurred in 1991, were received for Czech-language films. The formerly Communist country formally split into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic on January 1, 1993. Since then, only the Czech Republic has been able to get nominated in the Foreign Language Film category.
  8. ^ a b c Yugoslavia was nominated for the first time in 1958 for an Italian-language film. Its five other nominations, the last of which occurred in 1985, were received for Serbo-Croatian-language films. The formerly Communist country gradually disintegrated at the beginning of the 1990s. North Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are the only post-Yugoslav states to have been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Award.
  9. ^ The United Kingdom has a very small tally even though it has a prolific film industry. This is due to the fact that the overwhelming majority of British films are in English and are thus ineligible for competition in the Foreign Language Film category. The only British films nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Award have been Welsh-language films.
  10. ^ Paradise Now (2005) was initially nominated as a submission from "Palestine" and presented as such on the official Academy website. However, following protests from pro-Israeli groups in the United States, the Academy decided to designate it as a submission from the Palestinian Authority, a move that was decried by the film's director Hany Abu-Assad. During the awards ceremony, the film was eventually announced by presenter Will Smith as a submission from the Palestinian Territories.
  11. ^ Although films produced inside the United States are not eligible for consideration for the Best Foreign Language Film Award, those produced in U.S. overseas possessions are. Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States, was thus able to receive a nomination for What Happened to Santiago (1989).[1] However, this rule was changed in 2011 barring Puerto Rican submissions.[2]
  12. ^ a b From 1966 until 1971, the United Arab Republic made submissions. In 1961, the union between Egypt and Syria was dissolved.

Submissions by year[edit]

Year Ceremony Submitted films Countries submitting for the first time
1956 29th 8  Denmark,  France,  West Germany,  Italy,  Japan,  Philippines,  Spain,  Sweden
1957 30th 12  Greece,  India,  Mexico,  Norway,  Taiwan
1958 31st 10  Egypt,  Yugoslavia
1959 32nd 13  Hong Kong,  Netherlands,  Pakistan,  Singapore
1960 33rd 12  Brazil
1961 34th 13  Argentina,  Austria,   Switzerland
1962 35th 13  South Korea
1963 36th 14  Poland,  Soviet Union
1964 37th 18  Czechoslovakia,  Israel,  Turkey
1965 38th 15  Hungary
1966 39th 19  Romania
1967 40th 16  Belgium,  Peru
1968 41st 18
1969 42nd 24  Algeria
1970 43rd 13
1971 44th 20  Bulgaria,  Canada
1972 45th 22  Kuwait
1973 46th 20  East Germany,  Finland
1974 47th 19
1975 48th 21
1976 49th 23  Ivory Coast
1977 50th 24  Iran,  Morocco,  Venezuela
1978 51st 19  Cuba,  Lebanon
1979 52nd 23  China
1980 53rd 26  Cameroon,  Colombia,  Iceland,  Portugal
1981 54th 25
1982 55th 25  Nicaragua
1983 56th 26  Dominican Republic
1984 57th 32  Thailand
1985 58th 30
1986 59th 32  Puerto Rico
1987 60th 30  Indonesia
1988 61st 31
1989 62nd 37  Burkina Faso,  South Africa
1990 63rd 37  Chile,  Germany
1991 64th 34  United Kingdom
1992 65th 33  Croatia,  Estonia,  Kazakhstan,  Latvia,  Russia,  Uruguay
1993 66th 35  Slovakia,  Slovenia,  Vietnam
1994 67th 46  Belarus,  Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Cambodia,  Czech Republic,  Guatemala,  North Macedonia,  Serbia
1995 68th 41  Bolivia,  Tunisia
1996 69th 39  Albania,  Australia,  Georgia
1997 70th 44  Democratic Republic of the Congo,  Luxembourg,  Ukraine
1998 71st 45  Kyrgyzstan
1999 72nd 47  Bhutan,    Nepal,  Tajikistan
2000 73rd 46  Ecuador
2001 74th 51  Armenia,  Tanzania
2002 75th 54  Afghanistan,  Bangladesh,  Chad
2003 76th 56  Mongolia,  Palestine,  Sri Lanka
2004 77th 51  Malaysia
2005 78th 63  Costa Rica,  Iraq,  Fiji
2006 79th 63  Lithuania
2007 80th 63  Azerbaijan,  Ireland
2008 81st 67  Jordan
2009 82nd 67
2010 83rd 66  Greenland,  Ethiopia
2011 84th 63  New Zealand
2012 85th 71  Kenya
2013 86th 76  Moldova,  Montenegro,  Saudi Arabia
2014 87th 83  Kosovo,  Malta,  Mauritania,  Panama
2015 88th 82  Paraguay
2016 89th 89  Yemen
2017 90th 92  Haiti,  Honduras,  Laos,  Mozambique,  Senegal,  Syria
2018 91st 89  Niger,  Malawi
2019 92nd 94  Ghana,  Nigeria,  Uzbekistan
2020 93rd 97  Lesotho,  Sudan,  Suriname
2021 94th 93  Somalia

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
  • "Foreign Language Film Facts". Academy Awards Database. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 1 March 2010. Archived from the original on 13 June 2007. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
Specific
  1. ^ "Lo Que Le Paso a Santiago (1989) - Awards". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2012. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2008.
  2. ^ Puerto Rico queda excluido de la carrera por el Oscar; El Nuevo Día (October 5, 2011)