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90th Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2017 - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes

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92 FILMS COMPETED /  9 FINALISTS SELECTED
Last Updated February 16th

Sweden's Palme D'Or winner THE SQUARE will now have to fend off popular challengers like Lebanon's THE INSULT and Chile's A FANTASTIC WOMAN. Or maybe the top threats are the underseen but wonderfully eccentric/memorable ON BODY AND SOUL or the severe and mesmerizing LOVELESS from Russia

AND THE NOMINEES ARE...

CHILE
(2nd nomination)
A FANTASTIC WOMAN
dir. Sebastian Lelio

Spirit Nom, NBR Top Five  | Critics Choice Nom | Globe Nom

REVIEWED
Now in Theaters
Box Office $360k+

 

HUNGARY
(10th nomination | 2 wins)
ON BODY AND SOUL
dir. Ildiko Enyedi

Berlinale Golden Bear | EFA Nominee

REVIEWED
Now on Netflix
No Theatrical Release 

 

LEBANON
first nomination!
THE INSULT
dir. Ziad Doueiri

Now in Theaters
Box Office $584k+

 

 

 

RUSSIA
(15th nomination | 4 wins)
LOVELESS
dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev

BIFA Nom, EFA Nom, Spirit Nom, NBR Top FiveLAFCA Win | Globe Nom

REVIEWED
Now in Theaters
Box Office $30k +

 

SWEDEN
(16th nomination | 3 wins)
THE SQUARE
dir. Ruben Ostlund

Palme D'Or Cannes, BIFA Nominee, EFA Nominee, NBR Top Five  | Critics Choice Nom | Globe Nom

Now in Theaters
Box Office $1.4+ 

 
Who was left out?
The other finalists were Germany's IN THE FADE (which had won the Globe for foreign film, South Africa's THE WOUND, Senegal's FELICITE (a favorite here at TFE), and Israel's FOXTROT.  Here's how the various foreign films performed at the US box office this year
 

92 FILMS ORIGINALLY SUBMITTED. THE LISTS ARE AS FOLLOWS


CHART #1
 Afghanistan through France (29 official submissions)
CHART #2 Georgia through Norway (33 official submissions)
CHART #3 Pakistan through Vietnam (30 official submissions)

Statistics for the Foreign Film Race

21st Century Top Dozen Countries (2000-2017)
In terms of Foreign Film Oscar play thus far.

Top 20 All Time Leaders (1947-2017)
Category officially started in 1956 but 8 honoraries were presented beforehand

 

1. GERMANY - 6 noms / 2 wins
2. AUSTRIA - 3 noms / 2 wins
3. IRAN - 2 noms / 2 wins
4. FRANCE - 7 noms / 0 wins
5. DENMARK - 6 noms | 1 win
6. CANADA - 4 noms / 1 win
7. [tie] ARGENTINA / POLAND - 3 nominations / 1 win
9. [tie] MEXICO / ISRAEL / SWEDEN - 4 nominations / 0 wins
11. [tie] SOUTH AFRICA / JAPAN / ITALY - 2 noms / 1 win

OSCAR IS RESISTANT TO...
Asian cinema. China, Japan, Hong Kong and India, for example, are prolific strong film industries but they are rarely nominated for Foreign Language Oscars though most of the Asian countries submit regularly. Taiwan has the best record among Asian film industries with 3 nominations and a win but every one of those is an Ang Lee picture (!!!). Japan was once popular with Oscar but that had more to do with Akira Kurosawa than with his country's cinema.

Most Noms Without a Win
The countries that have received the most nominations without a win to date are

  1. Israel (10 noms)
  2. Mexico (8 nom)
  3. Belgium (7 noms)
  4. [TIE] Norway and Greece (with 5 each)

Never Nominated
The countries that have submitted the most w/out receiving a single nomination are Portugal (33 times), Egypt and Romania (31), The Philippines and South Korea (28), Bulgaria (27), Venezuela (26), Croatia (25), Serbia, Turkey (23) and Thailand (22 times). Good luck to them all...and quickly!

CURRENT ARTICLES ON FOREIGN FILM ARE LOCATED HERE.

  1. ITALY - 28 noms / 11 wins / 3 honoraries
  2. FRANCE - 37 noms / 9 wins / 3 honoraries
  3. SPAIN - 19 noms / 4 wins
  4. GERMANY (+ EAST/WEST) - 19 noms / 3 wins
  5. JAPAN - 15 noms / 1 win / 3 honoraries
  6. RUSSIA (+ Russian films submitted by USSR) - 15 noms / 4 wins
  7. SWEDEN - 16 noms / 3 wins
  8. DENMARK - 15 noms / 3 wins
  9. CZECH REPUBLIC (+ CZECHOSLOVOKIA's stats) - 8 noms / 3 wins
  10. THE NETHERLANDS - 7 noms / 3 wins
  11. POLAND - 10 noms / 1 win
  12. ISRAEL - 10 noms / 0 wins
  13. HUNGARY - 10 noms / 2 wins
  14. ARGENTINA - 7 noms / 2 wins
  15. CANADA - 7 noms / 1 win
  16. MEXICO -8 noms / 0 wins
  17. SWITZERLAND - 5 noms / 2 wins
  18. BELGIUM - 7 noms / 0 wins
  19. AUSTRIA - 4 noms / 2 wins
  20. ALGERIA - 5 noms / 1 win
    Honorable Mention goes to...
    YUGOSLAVIA - 6 noms
    Yugoslavia no longer exists but unlike the Former Soviet Union it's nearly impossible to attribute their nominees to any of the current countries since the separations which began in the early 90s were unusually painful / confusing / name-change / war laden - Current countries that were once part of Yugoslavia that now submit are: Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Slovenia, and Montenegro.
 
WINNERS THIS CENTURY
     
2019
TBA
 
2018
TBA
2017
TBA
2016
The Salesman
Iran
2015
Son of Saul
Hungary

2014
Ida
Poland

1 additional nomination
(Cinematography) 

2013
The Great Beauty
Italy

2012
Amour
Austria 

4 additional noms
(including Best Picture) 

2011
A Separation
Iran

1 additional nomination (Screenplay)

2010
In a Better World
Denmark
2009
Secret In Their Eyes
Argentina
2008
Departures
Japan 
2007
The Counterfeiters
Austria 
2006
The Lives of Others
Germany 
2005
Tsotsi
South Africa 

2004
The Sea Inside
Spain 

1 additional nomination (Makeup)

2003
Barbarian Invasions
Canada 

1 additional nomination
(Screenplay) 

2002
Nowhere in Africa
Germany 
2001
No Man's Land
Bosnia & Herzegovina 

2000
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Taiwan 

9 additional noms (including Best Picture)