Finalists that weren't nominated: Finland Fencer, Germany's Labyrinth of Lies, Ireland's Viva, and Belgium's The Brand New Testament
What's Missing: Critically speaking Taiwan's The Assassin and Sweden's A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence are snubs. I'm personally more surprised that Iceland's Rams didn't make it and disappointed to not see Brazil's The Second Mother in the mix.
Predictions: Of the 11 films I predicted as solidly in the running for the 9 finalists spots I scored a disappointing 6/9 missing Jordan, Belgium, and Finland.
1. GERMANY - 5 nominations / 2 wins
2. AUSTRIA - 3 nominations / 2 wins
3. FRANCE - 6 nominations / 0 wins
France hasn't been nominated since 2009 -- it's by far the longest they've gone without a nomination so if that keeps up they'll fall down the chart! Get it together France. You're still within reach of Italy for the #1 all time country with Oscar
4. [tie] CANADA / DENMARK - 4 nominations / 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 nominations / 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 the legendary Akira Kurosawa than with his home country.
The countries that have received the most nominations without a win to date are
- Israel (10 noms)
- Mexico (8 nom)
- Belgium (7 noms)
- [TIE] Norway and Greece (with 5 each)
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!
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- ITALY - 28 noms / 11 wins / 3 honoraries
- FRANCE - 36 noms / 9 wins / 3 honoraries
- SPAIN - 19 nominations / 4 wins
- GERMANY (+ EAST/WEST) - 18 noms / 3 wins
- JAPAN - 15 noms / 1 win / 3 honoraries
- RUSSIA (+ Russian films submitted by USSR) - 14 noms / 4 wins
- SWEDEN - 14 nominations / 3 wins
- DENMARK - 13 nominations / 3 wins
- CZECH REPUBLIC (+ CZECHOSLOVOKIA's stats) - 8 noms / 3 wins
- THE NETHERLANDS - 7 noms / 3 wins
- POLAND - 10 nominations / 1 win
- ISRAEL - 10 nominations / 0 wins
- ARGENTINA - 7 noms / 2 wins
- HUNGARY - 8 nominations / 1 win
- CANADA - 7 nominations / 1 win
- MEXICO -8 nominations / 0 wins
- SWITZERLAND - 5 noms / 2 wins
- BELGIUM - 7 nominations / 0 wins
- AUSTRIA - 4 noms / 2 wins
- ALGERIA - 5 noms / 1 win
Honorable Mention goes to...
YUGOSLAVIA - 6 noms / 0 wins.
Yugoslavia no longer exists but unlike the Former Soviet Union or the East Germany & West Germany situation, it's nearly impossible to attribute their Oscar 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 to the Oscars individualy are: Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Slovenia, and Montenegro. (Slovakia, which is easy for Westerners to confuse with Slovenia because of the name, was actually part of the former Czechoslovokia)
1 additional nomination
THE GREAT BEAUTY
4 additional noms
(including Best Picture)
1 additional nomination (Screenplay)
IN A BETTER WORLD
THE SEA INSIDE
1 additional nomination (Makeup)
1 additional nomination
NOWHERE IN AFRICA
NO MAN'S LAND
Bosnia & Herzegovina
CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON
9 additional noms (including Best Picture)