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

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CHART #1 Afghanistan through Ethiopia (10 official submissions & speculation)
CHART #2 Finland through Norway (14 official submissions)
CHART #3 Pakistan through Yemen (11 official submissions and speculation)

 

Tier 1 - Prediction

 

 

 SWEDEN
The Square

opens Oct 27th in the US

Can the Palme d'Or winner continue its success all the way to Oscar night? We shall see. 

 

CHILE
A Fantastic Woman

opens Nov 17th in the US

Chile is sending this trans drama from the director of the glorious Gloria (which was inexplicably NOT nominated). Will Sebastian Lelio have better luck this time?

 

SPAIN
Summer 1993

Rumored to be quite moving. And Spain's had a long dry spell. Seems like it's time to have them back.

 

 

FRANCE
BPM

opens Oct 20th in the US

 (NOT AN OFFICIAL SUBMISSION YET)

Assuming France will select it but you never know given their strong film industry. The reports are true. This film is just fantastic. Gripping, well acted, moving, and superbly constructed. 

 

NORWAY
Thelma

opens Nov 10th in the US

 Oscar has resisted Joachim Trier so far despite two previous excellent submissions. Will they finally cave for this stretch of his range away from depressed men to a female lead in a sci-fi tinged story? Let's try this prediction on for size for the moment

 

 
Tier 2 - Or Maybe It'll Be

TURKEY
Ayla

Can Turkey finally score a nomination with this sure to be hearttugging movie about a soldier and an orphaned girl he finds?

HUNGARY
On Body and Soul

Audiences are responding to its unique blend of romantic comedy, discomfiting psychology, and dream sequences

GERMANY
In the Fade

qualifying release tba

Diane Kruger won stronger reviews than the film but a high profile really helps, don't believe anyone who says otherwise.

AUSTRIA
Happy End

opens Dec 22nd in the US

We know they love Michael Haneke now... and Huppert too. Nevertheless the reviews for this haven't been as "masterpiece" proselytizing as his previous nominees.

EGYPT
Sheikh Jackson

We keep hoping Oscar will expand their minds and look beyond Europe for a nominee here and there. Is this enough of a crowdpleaser to do it?

 

SUBMISSION CHARTS BEGIN HERE

 

 

 

Statistics for the Foreign Film Race

21st Century Top Dozen Countries (2000-2016)
In terms of Foreign Film Oscar play thus far.

Top 20 All Time Leaders (1947-2016)
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 - 4 nominations / 0 wins
11. [tie] SOUTH AFRICA / JAPAN / ITALY - 2 noms / 1 win

 

Runners up are BELGIUM & SWEDEN with 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 (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) - 14 noms / 4 wins
  7. SWEDEN - 15 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 - 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
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)