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AND THE NOMINEES ARE...

LEBANON
submissions | 2nd consecutive nomination!
CAPERNAUM
(Nadine Labaki)
PODCAST | INTERVIEW
120 minutes
in Arabic

 

NOW PLAYING IN THEATERS

Like Shoplifters this is a story of abject poverty, centered around an 11 year old Syrian refugee living on his own in the streets of Lebanon. Labaki is Lebanon's most famous filmmaker and the only female director in the category this year.

POLAND
50 submissions | 11 nominations | 1 win

COLD WAR
(Pawel Pawlikowski)
REVIEW 
88 minutes
in Polish, French, German, Italian, Croatian, and Russian

NOW PLAYING IN THEATERS

 

 Pawlikowski is a previous winner of this category having given Poland its first win with this black and white novitiate drama Ida  (2014). Like Cuarón he has made more English language films than films in his native tongue. Cold War's tragic musical romance is loosely inspired by his parents who had a long volatile relationship across Europe in the 1950s and 1960s

 

GERMANY
62 submissions | 20 nominations | 3 wins

 NEVER LOOK AWAY
(Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)
REVIEW 
188 minutes
in German

OPENS JANUARY 25TH IN THE US

An epic drama about two art students and the father that's out to destroy their relationship. Von Donnersmarck is a previous winner of this category for The Lives of Others (2006), which was his debut film.

MEXICO
51 submissions | 9 nominations | 0 wins

ROMA
(Alfonso Cuarón)
REVIEW | YALITZA 

135 minutes
Spanish and Mixtec

currently streaming on Netflix

Cuarón is an Oscar favorite having already been nominated in multiple categories. But this  memoir picture about the imagined interior life of his childhood maid/nanny is his first submission in the Foreign Language Film category. His only previous Mexican film, Y Tu Mama También, was not submitted by Mexico though Cuarón was nominated for its screenplay

 

JAPAN
62 submissions | 13 nominations | 1 win (plus 3 honorary wins)

SHOPLIFTERS
(Hirokazu Koreeda)
INTERVIEW | PODCAST  
121 minutes
in Japanese

NOW PLAYING IN THEATERS

The Palme D'or winning humanist drama about a makeshift family living on the margins of society and stealing in order to eat. Koreeda is one of Japan's most lauded directors but he's never had a film nominated in this category until now despite his rich Japanese filmmakers. He was submitted once before for Nobody Knows (2004).

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MORE ON THIS RACE...
WHAT WILL WIN?
 
WHAT SHOULD WIN?
 
WHAT WAS LEFT OUT?

Of the nine finalists, four did not make the final cut. Those were...

  • Colombia's Birds of Passage  
  • Denmark's Guilty 
  • Kazakhstan's Ayka 
  • South Korea's Burning
WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE THE NOMINATIONS?

87 official submissions this season

Afghanistan through Georgia | Germany through Norway | Pakistan through Yemen 

Our extensive coverage of that 87 wide submission list this year...
 all the trailers | all the debut directors | all 20 female directors 
previously submitted auteurs | Nathaniel's rankings  | 
12 international hunks | LGBT entries and Trivia | 


High profile contenders that did not make the finals

Belgium's Girl, winner of the Camera d'Or and a Globe and EFA nominee, Italy's Dogman, winner of Best Actor at Cannes and an EFA favourite, and Sweden's Border, another EFA favourite, were the highest profile films to miss the 9 wide finals.

Countries that did not submit this year: Albania, Ethiopia, Guatamela, Haiti, Honduras, Ireland, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Laos, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritania, Moldova, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Senegal and Syria
Countries that announced submissions but that somehow didn't make the final list: Cuba (Sergei & Sergio), and Kyrgyzstan (Night Accident)

 

Statistics for the Foreign Film Race

The Category began officially in 1956 but 8 honory Oscar were presented to foreign films before it was an annual regular category.

Statistics, Blindspots, and Curiousities

Top 10 All Time Leaders (1947-2018)

 

Ten Countries Oscar Has Been Kindest To In Past 13 Years (2006-2018)
1. DENMARK - 6 noms / 1 win
2. ISRAEL - 4 nominations
3. AUSTRIA - 3 noms / 2 wins
4. (tie) GERMANY / POLAND - 3 noms / 1 win
6. (tie) RUSSIA / FRANCE / MEXICO -3 nominations
9. IRAN - 2 noms / 2 wins
10. (tie) CHILE / HUNGARY / ARGENTINA- 2 noms / 1 win

Runners Up: Algeria, Canada, Lebanon, and Sweden all with 2 nominations in that time frame. The only countries from the all time top ten not represented in this "currently favored" are Spain and Japan.

Oscar Is Annoyingly Resistant To...
Asian cinema as a whole. Japan and Taiwan have been honored most frequently but in both cases the reason is one particular filmmaker (Akira Kurosawa and Ang Lee, respectively). China, Hong Kong, South Korea, India... they all have prolific and strong film industries but they are very rarely nominated for Foreign Language Oscars.

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 (9 nom)
  3. Belgium (7 noms)
  4. [TIE] Norway and Greece (with 5 each)

Top Ten Persistent Shut-Outs. Never Nominated
The countries that have submitted the most w/out receiving a single nomination (the * means they made the finals once)... are:

1. Portugal (34 times)
2. Romania* (33 times)
3. Egypt (32 times)
4. (tie) The Philippines and South Korea* (29 times each)
6. Bulgaria* (28 times)
7. Venezuela* (27 times)
8. Croatia (26 times)
9. (tie) Serbia* and Turkey* and Thailand (24 times)

Good luck to them all...and quickly! This is getting ridiculous. Note that only one of them is a Western European country and Oscar has always been Eurocentric.

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
GERMANY (+ EAST/WEST)
20 noms / 3 wins

#4
SPAIN
19 noms / 4 wins

#5
(16 noms / 4 wins... if you include the Honoraries otherwise it's 13/1)

JAPAN 

#6
RUSSIA (15 noms / 4 wins...Russia stats in this way refer to Russia plus the Russian language nominations from the USSR stats)

#7
SWEDEN
16 noms / 3 wins

#8
DENMARK
15 noms / 3 wins

#9
POLAND 
11 noms / 1 win

#10
HUNGARY
10 noms / 2 wins

Runners Up:
Czech Republic (8 noms / 3 wins), Israel (10 noms), The Netherlands (7 noms / 3 wins), Argentina (7 noms / 2 wins) , Canada (7 noms / 1 win), Mexico (9 nominations)

 
WINNERS THIS CENTURY
   
2019
TBA
2018
TBA
2017
A Fantastic Woman
Chile
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)