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

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Current Predictions for the 9 Wide Finalist List

85 titles are competing for this year's Foreign Language Film Oscar. The number of submissions varies each year but recently it's been hovering around 76 or so. This is the most contenders ever beating the 2014 Oscars when Poland's Ida triumphed from a field of 83 options. 

See all 85 Trailers

The race narrows to 9 films in December. Will these titles be the ones to make it

 GERMANY
Toni Erdmann 
DENMARK
Land of Mine
FRANCE
Elle
CHILE
Neruda 
THE NETHERLANDS
Tonio

REVIEWED 
Opens in US in late December 

Critics Choice Nom, NYFCC Winner, Spirit Nom

Opens in US in mid February 

REVIEWED 
Opens in US in November 

Critics Choice Nom

REVIEWED
Opens in US in mid December

Critics Choice Nom

No US distribution 

But there are so many fascinating possibilities. Please peruse the charts!

IRAN
Salesman 
SPAIN
Julieta
POLAND
After Image
SWEDEN
A Man Called Ove

REVIEWED
Opens in US in late January 

Critics Choice Nom

REVIEWED
Opens in US in Late December

Critics Choice Nom

No US distribution Now Playing

 

Foreign Film Oscar Race - 85 Official Contenders

Submissions Pt 1: Albania to Estonian
Submissions Pt 2: Finland to The Netherlands
Submissions Pt 3: New Zealand to Yemen 

See the trailers | Meet the first time directors | Read about the female directors in the mix

 

 

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 (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) - 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 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)