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Foreign Oscar Watch
71 films now submitted 

"I love the Foreign Language Film race and love reading the developments." - Edward L

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89th Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2016 - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

 discuss on the blog

Current Predictions for the 9 Wide Finalist List
(Submission Charts Updated as of September 23rd. The Deadline for entry is October 3rd)
71 titles have been announced with one week left before deadline.
The number of submissions varies each year but recently it's been hovering around 76 or so. The most entries ever was for the 2014 Oscars when Poland's Ida triumphed from a field of 83 options. 

Afghanistan to Finland submissions | France to Morocco submission | Nepal to Vietnam submissions 

these five...
 GERMANY
Toni Erdmann 
DENMARK
Land of Mine
SERBIA
Train Driver's Diary
CHILE
Neruda 
SPAIN
Julieta
official submission official submission official submission official submission official submission
and four of these five... what'cha think?
AUSTRALIA
Tanna
MEXICO
Desierto
ROMANIA
Sieranevada
FINLAND
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki
FRANCE
(whatever they end up submitting)
official submission official submission official submission official submission
five more alternate guesses for the 9 wide finalist list before nominations are announced... 
IRAN
Salesman 
NORWAY
The King's Choice
PORTUGAL
Letters From War
SWEDEN
A Man Called Ove
SAUDI ARABIA
Barakah Meets Barakah
official submission official submission official submission official submission official submission
 

Foreign Film Submission Pages - 71 Titles Announced Thus Far
UPDATED ON SEPTEMBER 23rd

Afghanistan to Finland
22 Official Submissions to date
France to Morocco 
21 Official Submissions to date
Nepal to Vietnam
28 Official Submissions to date

 

Last year's nominees: Colombia, Denmark, France, Hungary, and Jordan
(Finalists were: Finland, Germany, Ireland, and Belgium)

 

Statistics for the Foreign Film Race

21st Century Top Dozen Countries (2000-2015)
In terms of Foreign Film Oscar play thus far.

Top 20 All Time Leaders (1947-2015)
Category officially started in 1956 but 8 honoraries were presented beforehand

 

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

Runner up is BELGIUM - 3 nominations but no wins

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.

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 (32 times), Egypt and Romania (30), The Philippines and South Korea (27), Bulgaria (26), Venezuela (25), Colombia and Croatia (24), Serbia, Turkey (22) and Thailand (21 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) - 18 noms / 3 wins
  5. JAPAN - 15 noms / 1 win / 3 honoraries
  6. RUSSIA (+ Russian films submitted by USSR) - 14 noms / 4 wins
  7. SWEDEN - 14 noms / 3 wins
  8. DENMARK - 14 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 - 9 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
TBA

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 COUNTER-FEITERS
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)