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

 discuss on the blog

92 FILMS OFFICIALLY COMPETING

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

 

Tier 1 - Prediction

 

 

 SWEDEN
The Square

Palme D'Or Cannes, BIFA Nominee, EFA Nominee

now playing 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

qualifying release / then february 2018

REVIEWED

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

EFA "Discovery" Nominee

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

 

 

RUSSIA
Loveless

BIFA Nominee, EFA Nominee

REVIEWED

opens 2018 in the US

 Oscar has nominated this director before for Leviathan and critics also went wild for this one. 

 

LEBANON
The Insult

 Was a crowd pleaser at TIFF and respected, too. It will strike people as timely, too.

 

 
Tier 2 - Or Maybe It'll Be

CAMBODIA
First They Killed My Father

now streaming on Netflix

 

 Angelina Jolie has no trouble bending Oscar voters ear and that's likely to help. Well that and the fact that people think the movie is strong.

HUNGARY
On Body and Soul

Berlinale Golden Bear | EFA Nominee

REVIEWED


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

GERMANY
In the Fade

Cannes Best Actress

qualifying release tba

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

ISRAEL
Foxtrot

opening in the US in 2018


Oscar likes Israeli movies and Lior Ashkenazi is a dependable star

FRANCE
BPM

Grand Prix Prize Cannes | EFA Nominee

REVIEWED

now playing in the US

 The reports are true. This film is just fantastic. Gripping, well acted, moving, and superbly constructed. But it's also very queer and Oscar is heteronormative as all mainstream institutions tend to be. No sure thing but it should be.

 

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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.

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) - 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)