Talk:Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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There's a section in the end that tallys the country score on Nominations. I don't think it's really relevant info, but it's nonetheless interesting. Wouldn't it be equally interesting to display the score on actual wins, instead of only the nominations?--nunocordeiro 06:24, 25 February 2006 (UTC)

And wouldn't it be preferable to have the original name first and the English name second? (In oposition to the current form with the english name first and original name next.)--nunocordeiro 14:25, 27 February 2006 (UTC)


Could someone put the appropriate Chinese, Japanese and Hebrew characters into these titles? -- Zoe


This page is exceedingly long. Would someone mind if I deleted the production company information? If it's worthwhile, it can be included in any articles that get created about these movies. I'll wait a week to see what the opinion is. RickK 02:32, 28 Jan 2004 (UTC)

OK, nobody objected, so I did it. If you want to create an article about a movie, add the production and direction info there. RickK 23:43, 8 Feb 2004 (UTC)


I just saw this change to-day, and I find it a shame to be losing the production information. Not all the films in this category have articles of their own. I long ago did have a concern myself about the length of the article and its numerous links. A better solution will be to divide the article into three parts.

Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 1947-1969
Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 1970-1989
Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 1990 and later

I would consider removing the word "Best" from the titles since it isn't really necessary, and I am open to other combinations of years for the divisions. I understand that many links will need to be repaired. Eclecticology 06:55, 2004 Mar 7 (UTC)

A suggestion - it is hard at first to understand the notation concerning winner vs. non-winner nominees. Perhaps it is a good idea to explain this in the beginning?

Also, it may be interesting to know whether movies eligible to "Best Foreign Language" are also eligible for the other categories. I can't edit this in as I don't know the answer myself...


Yes, foreign language films are eligible for other categories appropriate for the particular film. For example, in 1998, the film "Life Is Beautiful (Le Vita è bella)" won Academy Awards for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score and Best Foreign Language Film, and Benigni won Best Actor for his role. The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Directing, Film Editing, Best Picture, and Best Original Screenplay as well. Wikipedia link here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_Is_Beautiful . . jg 00:30, 22 February 2006 (UTC)

Suggestions[edit]

How about statistics about nominations and awards by language? And have any of the foreign language movies ever won more than just this award? ROGNNTUDJUU! 04:51, 6 March 2006 (UTC)

The next awards[edit]

When should we start listing the candidates for the 2007 award ? I note India's was announced recently. -- Beardo 05:03, 27 September 2006 (UTC)

I have started. -- Beardo 22:14, 30 September 2006 (UTC)

This article is a mess. This is just what I feared Wikipedia would be. This is a premio that goes to the director, not to the production companies. Why they are cluttering the page is hard to understand. This list was certainly added by the production people in an attempt to immortalizar themselves. Eliminating them would be a first step. Then there would have to be a list of records –Federico Fellini won this award four times. That's an interesting fact, I think.

List of candidates[edit]

Should we have separate pages for each year's candidates ? -- Beardo 05:03, 27 September 2006 (UTC)


Long list[edit]

I see there is a ´long list´ of Best Foreign Film nominations for the Academy Awards nr 65 to 78. Is there any plans to have the long list for awards nr 26 to 64? Any reply is well taken. Thanks --Steinninn 11:24, 5 January 2007 (UTC)

I don't think there is any 'plan' associated with these pages at all; they're rather piecemeal. So if you want to to do that, go for it! Cop 633 14:00, 5 January 2007 (UTC)
Humm... do you know where this data is? --Steinninn 12:33, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
Nope. Cop 633 13:15, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
One user has recently added the pages for 65 to 77 - I wonder where he got the data ? -- Beardo 18:54, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

I sent an e-mail to the Academy Awards Library and they sent me a list of all films ACCEPTED by the Academy back to the 1969/1970 (42nd) ceremony. (Lots of famous films have been disqualified by the committee). I'm adding these pages little by little...Should be done by next week. (User: adtran) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Adtran (talkcontribs) 05:47, August 26, 2007 (UTC)

Change in format[edit]

Why the sudden change in year format after 2000? I guess I understand the reasoning behind listing it that way, but it is visually confusing and can be accomplished via piped links . . . -Dmz5*Edits**Talk* 00:27, 28 February 2007 (UTC)

Presentation[edit]

Anyone know exactly who keeps this Oscar. Obviously the director is the one who usually gets up and accepts the award, i.e. Roberto Benigni for Life Is Beautiful, but I read an article saying that Dino De Laurentiis has several Oscars for producing the Fellini films that won. So does the director accept it at the ceremony, but the producer gets it once it's engraved or what is the deal as to who actually keeps the oscar statuette?Largo1965 23:31, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

Major Edit[edit]

I have been working on a new version of this article on my sandbox for quite some time, and now I am copying it here. I have added better-looking tables and written well-referenced explanatory paragraphs, and I have also created a section about the eligibility of foreign language films in other categories (a lot of people seem to be inquiring about this !). I really checked everything, from the countries' flags to the spelling of the films in their original language, but please do not hesitate to correct any mistake you might find. Hope to hear your comments about this new version of the article ! BomBom 20:14, 15 November 2007 (UTC) Bold text

That looks awesome! Nice work. Not quite sure about the bright yellow for the winners, I'd prefer something subtler like a darker blue, but that's just a personal taste thing. Cop 663 12:45, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for that positive comment ! I actually chose this bright yellow background because I find it reminiscent of the gold colour of the Oscar statuette. I nominated the article as a featured list candidate, so we'll see what other users think about this. If other people say they find the colour to be visually agressive, I'll change it. BomBom 14:26, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
Cool, like I said, it's just personal taste. A paler or greyer yellow would also suit me. By the way two other things I noticed - the film titles should really be in italics, and it would be nice to have subheadings in the "Rules" section, as it's a formidable block of text at the moment. Cop 663 15:32, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
I noticed that you added languages. I checked only one film (Children of the Nature), and it's listed as Icelandic and English. I own the DVD, and I can confirm that there are only a few words spoken in English. I would suggest only listing the main language(s) spoken in the film. --Steinninn 00:05, 27 November 2007 (UTC)

City of God (film)[edit]

Shouldn't this article make reference to how this specific awards designs can lead to poor consequences most notably the story of City of God. A film released in 2002, nominated by Brazil as their best picture for 2003, not chosen due to a variety of reasons (most of which being that nobody went to see it), it's fame growing rapidly in 2003 until in 2004 (two years after it was released) it was nominated for four oscars but was not eligible for best foreign film as it had already been nominated once. –– Lid(Talk) 15:10, 17 February 2008 (UTC)

My reply may be a little bit late, but I just saw your message. The case of City of God is already mentioned in the List of Academy Award-winning foreign language films. Moreover, I don't think it is fair to criticize the award because of the case of City of God. It is wrong to say that the film was not chosen because nobody went to see it. Unlike other categories where voting is open to all Academy members regardless of whether or not they have seen the films, voting in the Foreign Language Film category is explicitly restricted to Academy members who have watched special screenings of ALL films. Therefore, people who voted in this category have all watched City of God, and if they did not choose it as a nominee, it's simply because they thought that there were five other films that were better. As for the subsequent nominations received by the film, their belatedness is due to the fact that only films released in Los Angeles County can compete for Academy Awards (this applies to all films, regardless of whether they are foreign language or not). People may find this criticizable, but I believe that such criticism should be mentioned in the Academy Awards article rather than here, since the Foreign Language Film Award rules have nothing to do with such a requirement. Even though it was shown at the Cannes Film Festival as early as May 18, 2002, City of God had to wait for the 76th Academy Awards, held on February 29, 2004, in order to be able to compete for Academy Awards in other categories, since it was only released in Los Angeles on January 17, 2003. Unfortunately, it did not win because of the big sweep of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King that year. Anyway, there are other, far more absurd cases in the history of the Oscars. For instance, Charlie Chaplin's film Limelight (1952) received an Academy Award for Original Music Score twenty years after it was made, simply because it had not been released in Los Angeles until 1972!!! BomBom (talk) 10:04, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

What country is CIA?[edit]

I don't know and there were two Russia's but the first Russia was really the Soviet Union so I changed that. Qwerty786 (talk) 20:48, 2 September 2009 (UTC)

Israel's number of nominations[edit]

I updated the number of nominations Israel gathered to 9 based on recent news[1].--Gilisa (talk) 17:54, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

Move discussion in progress[edit]

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