List of countries by number of Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film
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[update], 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
|Submitting country||Number of
|Bosnia and Herzegovina[h]||1||2||21||1994||2021|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||0||0||1||1997||1997|
Submitted films include disqualified entries.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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).
- Japan's tally includes three Honorary Awards.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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). However, this rule was changed in 2011 barring Puerto Rican submissions.
- From 1966 until 1971, the United Arab Republic made submissions. In 1961, the union between Egypt and Syria was dissolved.
Submissions by year
- Academy Award for Best International Feature Film
- List of Academy Award winners and nominees for Best International Feature Film
- List of Academy Award–winning foreign-language films (in categories other than the Foreign Language Film category itself)
- "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.