List of Academy Award winners and nominees for Best International Feature Film

The Academy Award for Best International Feature Film (formerly known as Best Foreign Language Film prior to 2020) is handed out annually by the U.S.-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.[1]

National origin of Academy Award winners and nominees for Best International Feature Film (as of 2019)
  Won the award
  Nominated for the award
  United States (ineligible for competition)

When the first Academy Awards ceremony was held on May 16, 1929 to honor films released in 1927–28, there was no separate category for foreign language films. Between 1947 and 1955, the Academy presented Special/Honorary Awards to the best foreign language films released in the United States.[2] These awards, however, were not handed out on a regular basis (no award was given in 1953), and were not competitive since there were no nominees but simply one winning film per year. For the 1956 Academy Awards, a competitive Academy Award of Merit, known as the Best Foreign Language Film Award, was created for non-English speaking films, and has been given annually since then.

Unlike other Academy Awards, the Best International Feature Film Award is not presented to a specific individual. It is accepted by the winning film's director,[1] but is considered an award for the submitting country as a whole. As of 2014, the Academy changed its rules so that the name of the director is etched onto the Oscar statuette, in addition to the film's country.[3] The director also gets to keep the statuette.

Over the years, the Best International Feature Film and its predecessors have been given almost exclusively to European films: out of the 68 awards handed out by the Academy since 1947 to foreign language films, fifty-seven have gone to European films,[A] eight to Asian films,[B] five to films from the Americas and three to African films. The late Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini directed four winning motion pictures during his lifetime, more than any other director. If Special Awards are taken into account, then Fellini's record is tied by his countryman Vittorio De Sica. The Soviet epic War and Peace (1966–67), for its part, is the longest motion picture to have won the Best Foreign Language Film Award. Filmed from 1962 to 1966, it ran for more than seven hours.[4]

Winners and nomineesEdit

Countries without Academy Award winners for Best International Feature Film ordered by number of nominees for said award (as of 2018)
  Nominated but later disqualified

In the following table, the years are listed as per Academy convention, and generally correspond to the year of film release; the ceremonies are always held the following year. Films in bold and dark blue background have received an Academy Award; winning films from 1947 to 1955 won a Special/Honorary Award as denoted in the key, while all other winning films won a regular Academy Award of Merit. Films that are neither highlighted nor in bold are the nominees. When sorted chronologically, the table always lists the winning film first and then the four other nominees.

The Submitting country column indicates the country that officially submitted the film to the Academy, and is not necessarily indicative of the film's main country of production. The original titles of the films are also mentioned, as well as the names of the directors and the languages used in the dialogue track, even though none of these elements is officially included in the nomination.

When several languages are used in a film, the predominant one is always listed first; the names of the other languages are written in smaller typesize and placed between brackets. When a film's original title is in a language that uses a non-Latin script, it is first transliterated into the Latin alphabet and then written in its original script.

Films from the former Yugoslavia are written in both Latin and Cyrillic due to the fact that the previously official Serbo-Croatian language used both alphabets. Chinese film titles are romanized according to the pinyin system, and are written using the characters employed in their submitting country, i.e. traditional Chinese ones for films submitted by Hong Kong and Taiwan, and simplified Chinese ones for films submitted by the People's Republic of China.

Table key
  Special/Honorary Award (1947–1955)


Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country Language
Shoe-Shine   [C] Sciuscià Vittorio De Sica   Italy Italian
Monsieur Vincent   [D] Monsieur Vincent Maurice Cloche   France French
Bicycle Thieves   [E] Ladri di biciclette Vittorio De Sica   Italy Italian


Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country Language
The Walls of Malapaga   [F] French
Au-delà des grilles

Le mura di Malapaga
René Clément {co-production}
Rashomon   [G] Rashômon
Akira Kurosawa   Japan Japanese
Forbidden Games  [H] Jeux interdits René Clément   France French
No Award Given
Gate of Hell   [I] Jigokumon
Teinosuke Kinugasa   Japan Japanese
Samurai, The Legend of Musashi   [J] Miyamoto Musashi
Hiroshi Inagaki   Japan Japanese
La Strada [K] Federico Fellini   Italy Italian
The Captain of Köpenick [K] Der Hauptmann von Köpenick Helmut Käutner   West Germany German
Gervaise [K] Gervaise René Clément   France French
Harp of Burma [K] Biruma no tategoto
Kon Ichikawa   Japan Japanese
Qivitoq [K] Qivitoq Erik Balling   Denmark Danish
Nights of Cabiria Le notti di Cabiria Federico Fellini   Italy Italian
The Devil Strikes at Night Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam Robert Siodmak   West Germany German
Gates of Paris Porte des Lilas René Clair   France French
Mother India Mother India

Hindi: मदर इण्डिया

Mehboob Khan   India Hindi
Nine Lives Ni liv Arne Skouen   Norway Norwegian
Mon Oncle Mon oncle Jacques Tati   France French
Arms and the Man Helden Franz Peter Wirth   West Germany German
La Venganza La venganza Juan Antonio Bardem   Spain Spanish
The Road a Year Long Italian
La strada lunga un anno

Cesta duga godinu dana
Цеста дуга годину дана
Giuseppe De Santis   Yugoslavia Italian
The Usual Unidentified Thieves I soliti ignoti Mario Monicelli   Italy
Black Orpheus Orfeu Negro Marcel Camus   France Portuguese
The Bridge Die Brücke Bernhard Wicki   West Germany German
The Great War La grande guerra Mario Monicelli   Italy Italian
Paw Paw Astrid Henning-Jensen   Denmark Danish
The Village on the River Dorp aan de rivier Fons Rademakers   Netherlands Dutch


Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country Language
The Virgin Spring Jungfrukällan Ingmar Bergman   Sweden Swedish
Kapo Kapò Gillo Pontecorvo   Italy Italian
La Vérité La Vérité Henri-Georges Clouzot   France French
Macario Macario Roberto Gavaldón   Mexico Spanish
The Ninth Circle Deveti krug
Девети круг
France Štiglic   Yugoslavia Serbo-Croatian
Through a Glass Darkly Såsom i en spegel Ingmar Bergman   Sweden Swedish
Harry and the Butler Harry og kammertjeneren Bent Christensen   Denmark Danish
Immortal Love Eien no hito
Keisuke Kinoshita   Japan Japanese
The Important Man Ánimas Trujano (El hombre importante) Ismael Rodríguez   Mexico Spanish
Plácido Plácido Luis García Berlanga   Spain
Sundays and Cybele Les Dimanches de Ville d'Avray Serge Bourguignon   France French
Electra Ilektra
Michael Cacoyannis   Greece Greek
The Four Days of Naples Le quattro giornate di Napoli Nanni Loy   Italy Italian
Keeper of Promises (The Given Word) O Pagador de Promessas Anselmo Duarte   Brazil Portuguese
Tlayucan Tlayucan Luis Alcoriza   Mexico Spanish
Federico Fellini   Italy Italian
Knife in the Water Nóż w wodzie Roman Polanski   Poland Polish
Los Tarantos Los Tarantos Francisco Rovira Beleta   Spain Spanish
The Red Lanterns Ta Kokkina fanaria
Τα κόκκινα φανάρια
Vasilis Georgiadis   Greece Greek
Twin Sisters of Kyoto Koto
Noboru Nakamura   Japan Japanese
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Ieri, oggi, domani Vittorio De Sica   Italy Italian
Raven's End Kvarteret Korpen Bo Widerberg   Sweden Swedish
Sallah Shabati Sallah Shabati
סאלח שבתי
Ephraim Kishon   Israel Hebrew
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Les Parapluies de Cherbourg Jacques Demy   France French
Woman in the Dunes Suna no onna
Hiroshi Teshigahara   Japan Japanese
The Shop on Main Street Obchod na korze {co-directed by}
Ján Kadár
Elmar Klos
  Czechoslovakia Slovak
Blood on the Land To Homa vaftike kokkino
Το χώμα βάφτηκε κόκκινο
Vasilis Georgiadis   Greece Greek
Dear John Käre John Lars-Magnus Lindgren   Sweden Swedish
Kwaidan Kaidan
Masaki Kobayashi   Japan Japanese
Marriage Italian Style Matrimonio all'italiana Vittorio De Sica   Italy Italian
A Man and a Woman Un homme et une femme Claude Lelouch   France French
The Battle of Algiers French
La Bataille d'Alger

La battaglia di Algeri
Gillo Pontecorvo   Italy Arabic
Loves of a Blonde Lásky jedné plavovlásky Miloš Forman   Czechoslovakia Czech
Pharaoh Faraon Jerzy Kawalerowicz   Poland Polish
Three Tri
Aleksandar Petrović   Yugoslavia Serbo-Croatian
Closely Watched Trains Ostře sledované vlaky Jiří Menzel   Czechoslovakia Czech
Bewitched Love El amor brujo Francisco Rovira Beleta   Spain Spanish
I Even Met Happy Gypsies Skupljači perja
Скупљачи перја
Aleksandar Petrović   Yugoslavia Serbo-Croatian
Live for Life Vivre pour vivre Claude Lelouch   France French
Portrait of Chieko Chieko-sho
Noboru Nakamura   Japan Japanese
War and Peace Voyna i mir
Война и мир
Sergei Bondarchuk   Soviet Union Russian
The Boys of Paul Street A Pál-utcai fiúk Zoltán Fábri   Hungary Hungarian
The Firemen's Ball Hoří, má panenko Miloš Forman   Czechoslovakia Czech
The Girl with the Pistol La ragazza con la pistola Mario Monicelli   Italy Italian
Stolen Kisses Baisers volés François Truffaut   France French
Z Costa-Gavras   Algeria French
Ådalen 31 Ådalen 31 Bo Widerberg   Sweden Swedish
Battle of Neretva Bitka na Neretvi
Битка на Неретви
Veljko Bulajić   Yugoslavia Serbo-Croatian
The Brothers Karamazov Bratya Karamazovy
Братья Карамазовы
{co-directed by}
Kirill Lavrov
Ivan Pyryev
Mikhail Ulyanov
  Soviet Union Russian
My Night with Maud [L] Ma nuit chez Maud Éric Rohmer   France French


Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country Language
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto Elio Petri   Italy Italian
First Love Erste Liebe Maximilian Schell   Switzerland German
Hoa-Binh Hoa-Binh Raoul Coutard   France French
Peace in the Fields Paix sur les champs Jacques Boigelot   Belgium
Tristana Tristana Luis Buñuel   Spain Spanish
The Garden of the Finzi Continis Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini Vittorio De Sica   Italy Italian
Dodes'ka-den Dodesukaden
Akira Kurosawa   Japan Japanese
The Emigrants Utvandrarna Jan Troell   Sweden Swedish
The Policeman Ha-Shoter Azulai
השוטר אזולאי
Ephraim Kishon   Israel Hebrew
Tchaikovsky Chaykovskiy
Igor Talankin   Soviet Union Russian
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie Luis Buñuel   France French
The Dawns Here Are Quiet A zori zdes tikhie
А зори здесь тихие
Stanislav Rostotsky   Soviet Union Russian
I Love You Rosa Ani Ohev Otach Rosa
אני אוהב אותך רוזה
Moshé Mizrahi   Israel Hebrew
My Dearest Señorita Mi querida señorita Jaime de Armiñán   Spain Spanish
The New Land Nybyggarna Jan Troell   Sweden Swedish
Day for Night La Nuit américaine François Truffaut   France French
The House on Chelouche Street Ha-Bayit Berechov Chelouche
הבית ברחוב שלוש
Moshé Mizrahi   Israel Hebrew
L'Invitation L'Invitation Claude Goretta   Switzerland French
The Pedestrian Der Fußgänger Maximilian Schell   West Germany German
Turkish Delight Turks Fruit Paul Verhoeven   Netherlands Dutch
Amarcord Federico Fellini   Italy Italian
Cats' Play Macskajáték Károly Makk   Hungary Hungarian
The Deluge Potop Jerzy Hoffman   Poland Polish
Lacombe, Lucien Lacombe Lucien Louis Malle   France French
The Truce La tregua Sergio Renán   Argentina Spanish
Dersu Uzala Дерсу Узала Akira Kurosawa   Soviet Union Russian
Letters from Marusia Actas de Marusia Miguel Littín   Mexico Spanish
The Promised Land Ziemia obiecana Andrzej Wajda   Poland Polish
Sandakan No. 8 Sandakan hachibanshokan bohkyo
サンダカン八番娼館 望郷
Kei Kumai   Japan Japanese
Scent of a Woman Profumo di donna Dino Risi   Italy Italian
Black and White in Color La Victoire en chantant [M] Jean-Jacques Annaud   Ivory Coast French
Cousin Cousine Cousin, cousine Jean-Charles Tacchella   France French
Jacob the Liar Jakob der Lügner Frank Beyer   East Germany German
Nights and Days Noce i dnie Jerzy Antczak   Poland Polish
Seven Beauties Pasqualino Settebellezze Lina Wertmüller   Italy Italian
Madame Rosa La Vie devant soi Moshé Mizrahi   France French
Iphigenia Ifigeneia
Michael Cacoyannis   Greece Greek
Operation Thunderbolt Mivtsa Yonatan
מבצע יונתן
Menahem Golan   Israel Hebrew
A Special Day Una giornata particolare Ettore Scola   Italy Italian
That Obscure Object of Desire French
Cet obscur objet du désir

Ese oscuro objeto del deseo
Luis Buñuel   Spain French
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs Préparez vos mouchoirs Bertrand Blier   France French
The Glass Cell Die gläserne Zelle Hans W. Geißendörfer   West Germany German
Hungarians Magyarok Zoltán Fábri   Hungary Hungarian
Viva Italia! I nuovi mostri {co-directed by}
Mario Monicelli
Dino Risi
Ettore Scola
  Italy Italian
White Bim Black Ear Belyy Bim - Chyornoe ukho
Белый Бим Чёрное ухо
Stanislav Rostotsky   Soviet Union Russian
The Tin Drum Die Blechtrommel Volker Schlöndorff   West Germany German
The Maids of Wilko Panny z Wilka Andrzej Wajda   Poland Polish
Mama Turns 100 Mamá cumple cien años Carlos Saura   Spain Spanish
A Simple Story Une histoire simple Claude Sautet   France French
To Forget Venice Dimenticare Venezia Franco Brusati   Italy Italian


Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country Language
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears Moskva slezam ne verit
Москва слезам не верит
Vladimir Menshov   Soviet Union Russian
Confidence Bizalom István Szabó   Hungary Hungarian
Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior) Kagemusha
Akira Kurosawa   Japan Japanese
The Last Metro Le Dernier Métro François Truffaut   France French
The Nest El nido Jaime de Armiñán   Spain Spanish
Mephisto István Szabó   Hungary Hungarian
The Boat Is Full Das Boot ist voll Markus Imhoof   Switzerland German
Man of Iron Człowiek z żelaza Andrzej Wajda   Poland Polish
Muddy River Doro no kawa
Kōhei Oguri   Japan Japanese
Three Brothers Tre fratelli Francesco Rosi   Italy Italian
To Begin Again Volver a empezar José Luis Garci   Spain Spanish
Alsino and the Condor Alsino y el cóndor Miguel Littín   Nicaragua Spanish
Coup de Torchon ('Clean Slate') Coup de torchon Bertrand Tavernier   France French
Flight of the Eagle Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd Jan Troell   Sweden Swedish
Private Life Chastnaya zhizn
Частная жизнь
Yuli Raizman   Soviet Union Russian
Fanny and Alexander Fanny och Alexander Ingmar Bergman   Sweden Swedish
Carmen Carmen Carlos Saura   Spain Spanish
Entre Nous Coup de foudre Diane Kurys   France French
The Revolt of Job Jób lázadása {co-directed by}
Imre Gyöngyössy
Barna Kabay
  Hungary Hungarian
Le Bal Le Bal Ettore Scola   Algeria No dialogue
Dangerous Moves La Diagonale du fou Richard Dembo   Switzerland French
Beyond the Walls Me'Ahorei Hasoragim
מאחורי הסורגים
Uri Barbash   Israel Hebrew
Camila Camila María Luisa Bemberg   Argentina Spanish
Double Feature Sesión continua José Luis Garci   Spain
Wartime Romance Voenno-polevoy roman
Военно-полевой роман
Pyotr Todorovsky   Soviet Union Russian
The Official Story La historia oficial Luis Puenzo   Argentina Spanish
Angry Harvest Bittere Ernte Agnieszka Holland   West Germany German
Colonel Redl Oberst Redl István Szabó   Hungary Hungarian
Three Men and a Cradle Trois Hommes et un couffin Coline Serreau   France French
When Father Was Away on Business Otac na službenom putu
Отац на службеном путу
Emir Kusturica   Yugoslavia Serbo-Croatian
The Assault De aanslag Fons Rademakers   Netherlands Dutch
'38' 38 – Auch das war Wien Wolfgang Glück   Austria German
Betty Blue 37°2 le matin Jean-Jacques Beineix   France French
The Decline of the American Empire Le Déclin de l'empire américain Denys Arcand   Canada
My Sweet Little Village Vesničko má středisková Jiří Menzel   Czechoslovakia Czech
Babette's Feast Babettes gæstebud Gabriel Axel   Denmark Danish
Au Revoir Les Enfants (Goodbye, Children) Au revoir les enfants Louis Malle   France French
Course Completed Asignatura aprobada José Luis Garci   Spain Spanish
The Family La famiglia Ettore Scola   Italy Italian
Pathfinder Sami

Nils Gaup   Norway Sami
Pelle the Conqueror Pelle Erobreren Bille August   Denmark Scanian
Hanussen Hanussen István Szabó   Hungary Hungarian
The Music Teacher Le maître de musique Gérard Corbiau   Belgium French
Salaam Bombay! Salaam Bombay!
सलाम बॉम्बे
Mira Nair   India Hindi
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios Pedro Almodóvar   Spain Spanish
Cinema Paradiso Nuovo cinema Paradiso Giuseppe Tornatore   Italy Italian
Camille Claudel Camille Claudel Bruno Nuytten   France French
Jesus of Montreal Jésus de Montréal Denys Arcand   Canada
Waltzing Regitze Dansen med Regitze Kaspar Rostrup   Denmark Danish
What Happened to Santiago Lo que le pasó a Santiago Jacobo Morales   Puerto Rico [N] Spanish


Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country Language
Journey of Hope Reise der Hoffnung Xavier Koller   Switzerland German
Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac Jean-Paul Rappeneau   France French
Ju Dou Jú Dòu
{co-directed by}
Zhang Yimou
Yang Fengliang
  China Mandarin
The Nasty Girl Das schreckliche Mädchen Michael Verhoeven   West Germany German
Open Doors Porte aperte Gianni Amelio   Italy Italian
Mediterraneo Gabriele Salvatores   Italy Italian
Children of Nature Börn náttúrunnar Friðrik Þór Friðriksson   Iceland Icelandic
The Elementary School Obecná škola Jan Svěrák   Czechoslovakia Czech
The Ox Oxen Sven Nykvist   Sweden Swedish
Raise the Red Lantern Dà Hóng Dēnglóng Gāogāo Guà
Zhang Yimou   Hong Kong Mandarin
Indochine Régis Wargnier   France French
Close to Eden Urga
Nikita Mikhalkov   Russia Russian
Daens Daens Stijn Coninx   Belgium Dutch
A Place in the World Un lugar en el mundo Adolfo Aristarain   Uruguay[O] Spanish
Schtonk! Schtonk! Helmut Dietl   Germany German
Belle Époque Fernando Trueba   Spain Spanish
Farewell My Concubine Bàwáng Bié Jī
Chen Kaige   Hong Kong Mandarin
Hedd Wyn Hedd Wyn Paul Turner   United Kingdom Welsh
The Scent of Green Papaya Mùi đu đủ xanh Trần Anh Hùng   Vietnam Vietnamese
The Wedding Banquet Xǐyàn
Ang Lee   Taiwan Mandarin
Burnt by the Sun Utomlyonnye solntsem
Утомлённые солнцем
Nikita Mikhalkov   Russia Russian
Before the Rain Pred dozhdot
Пред дождот
Milcho Manchevski   North Macedonia Macedonian
Eat Drink Man Woman yǐn shí nán nǚ
Ang Lee   Taiwan Mandarin
Farinelli: Il Castrato Farinelli Gérard Corbiau   Belgium Italian
Strawberry and Chocolate Fresa y chocolate {co-directed by}
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Juan Carlos Tabío
  Cuba Spanish
Antonia's Line Antonia Marleen Gorris   Netherlands Dutch
All Things Fair Lust och fägring stor Bo Widerberg   Sweden Swedish
Dust of Life Poussières de vie Rachid Bouchareb   Algeria French
O Quatrilho O Quatrilho Fábio Barreto   Brazil Portuguese
The Star Maker L'uomo delle stelle Giuseppe Tornatore   Italy Italian
Kolya Kolja Jan Svěrák   Czech Republic Czech
A Chef in Love Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti
შეყვარებული კულინარის 1001 რეცეპტი
Nana Jorjadze   Georgia French
The Other Side of Sunday Søndagsengler Berit Nesheim   Norway Norwegian
Prisoner of the Mountains Kavkazskiy plennik
Кавказский пленник
Sergei Bodrov   Russia Russian
Ridicule Ridicule Patrice Leconte   France French
Character Karakter Mike van Diem   Netherlands Dutch
Beyond Silence Jenseits der Stille Caroline Link   Germany German
Four Days in September O Que é Isso, Companheiro? Bruno Barreto   Brazil Portuguese
Secrets of the Heart Secretos del corazón Montxo Armendáriz   Spain Spanish
The Thief Vor
Pavel Chukhray   Russia Russian
Life Is Beautiful La vita è bella Roberto Benigni   Italy Italian
Central Station Central do Brasil Walter Salles   Brazil Portuguese
Children of Heaven Bacheha-Ye aseman
بچه های آسمان
Majid Majidi   Iran Persian
The Grandfather El abuelo José Luis Garci   Spain Spanish
Tango Tango, no me dejes nunca Carlos Saura   Argentina
All About My Mother Todo sobre mi madre Pedro Almodóvar   Spain Spanish
East-West Est-Ouest Régis Wargnier   France French
Himalaya Himalaya, l'enfance d'un chef Éric Valli   Nepal Dolpo
Solomon & Gaenor Solomon a Gaenor Paul Morrison   United Kingdom Welsh
Under the Sun Under solen Colin Nutley   Sweden Swedish


Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country Language
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Wòhǔ Cánglóng
Ang Lee   Taiwan Mandarin
Amores Perros Amores perros Alejandro González Iñárritu   Mexico Spanish
Divided We Fall Musíme si pomáhat Jan Hřebejk   Czech Republic Czech
Everybody's Famous! Iedereen beroemd! Dominique Deruddere   Belgium Dutch
The Taste of Others Le goût des autres Agnès Jaoui   France French
No Man's Land Ničija zemlja Danis Tanović   Bosnia & Herzegovina Bosnian
Amélie Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain Jean-Pierre Jeunet   France French
Elling Elling Petter Næss   Norway Norwegian
Lagaan Lagaan
Ashutosh Gowariker   India Hindi
Son of the Bride El hijo de la novia Juan José Campanella   Argentina Spanish
Nowhere in Africa Nirgendwo in Afrika Caroline Link   Germany German
The Crime of Father Amaro El crimen del padre Amaro Carlos Carrera   Mexico Spanish
Hero Yīng xióng
Zhang Yimou   China Mandarin
The Man Without a Past Mies vailla menneisyyttä Aki Kaurismäki   Finland Finnish
Zus & Zo Zus & zo Paula van der Oest   Netherlands Dutch
The Barbarian Invasions Les Invasions barbares Denys Arcand   Canada French
Evil Ondskan Mikael Håfström   Sweden Swedish
The Twilight Samurai Tasogare Seibei
Yoji Yamada   Japan Japanese
Twin Sisters De tweeling Ben Sombogaart   Netherlands Dutch
Želary Želary Ondřej Trojan   Czech Republic Czech
The Sea Inside Mar adentro Alejandro Amenábar   Spain Spanish
As It Is in Heaven Så som i himmelen Kay Pollak   Sweden Swedish
The Chorus Les choristes Christophe Barratier   France French
Downfall Der Untergang Oliver Hirschbiegel   Germany German
Yesterday Yesterday Darrell Roodt   South Africa Zulu
Tsotsi Gavin Hood   South Africa Zulu
The Beast in the Heart La bestia nel cuore Cristina Comencini   Italy Italian
Joyeux Noël Joyeux Noël Christian Carion   France French
Paradise Now Al-Jannah al'ān
الجنة الآن
Hany Abu-Assad   Palestine[P] Arabic
Sophie Scholl – The Final Days Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage Marc Rothemund   Germany German
The Lives of Others Das Leben der Anderen Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck   Germany German
After the Wedding Efter brylluppet Susanne Bier   Denmark Danish
Days of Glory Indigènes Rachid Bouchareb   Algeria Arabic
Pan's Labyrinth El laberinto del fauno Guillermo del Toro   Mexico Spanish
Water Water
Deepa Mehta   Canada Hindi
The Counterfeiters Die Fälscher Stefan Ruzowitzky   Austria German
Beaufort Beaufort
Joseph Cedar   Israel Hebrew
Katyń Katyń Andrzej Wajda   Poland Polish
Mongol Mongol
Sergei Bodrov   Kazakhstan Mongolian
12 12 Nikita Mikhalkov   Russia Russian
Departures Okuribito
Yōjirō Takita   Japan Japanese
The Baader Meinhof Complex Der Baader Meinhof Komplex Uli Edel   Germany German
The Class Entre les murs Laurent Cantet   France French
Revanche Revanche Götz Spielmann   Austria German
Waltz with Bashir Vals Im Bashir
ואלס עם באשיר
Ari Folman   Israel Hebrew
The Secret in Their Eyes El secreto de sus ojos Juan José Campanella   Argentina Spanish
Ajami Ajami
{co-directed by}
Scandar Copti
Yaron Shani
  Israel Arabic
The Milk of Sorrow La teta asustada Claudia Llosa   Peru Spanish
A Prophet Un prophète Jacques Audiard   France French
The White Ribbon Das weiße Band Michael Haneke   Germany German


Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country Language
In a Better World Hævnen Susanne Bier   Denmark Danish
Biutiful Alejandro González Iñárritu   Mexico Spanish
Dogtooth Kynodontas (Κυνόδοντας) Yorgos Lanthimos   Greece Greek
Incendies Incendies Denis Villeneuve   Canada French
Outside the Law Hors-la-loi Rachid Bouchareb   Algeria French / Arabic
A Separation Jodaei-ye Naader az Simin (جدایی نادر از سیمین) Asghar Farhadi   Iran Persian
Bullhead Rundskop Michaël R. Roskam   Belgium Dutch
Footnote He'arat Shulayim (הערת שוליים) Joseph Cedar   Israel Hebrew
In Darkness W ciemności Agnieszka Holland   Poland Polish
Monsieur Lazhar Monsieur Lazhar Philippe Falardeau   Canada French
Amour Michael Haneke   Austria French
Kon-Tiki Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg   Norway Norwegian
No Pablo Larraín   Chile Spanish
A Royal Affair En kongelig affære Nikolaj Arcel   Denmark Danish
War Witch Rebelle Kim Nguyen   Canada French / Lingala
The Great Beauty La grande bellezza Paolo Sorrentino   Italy Italian
The Broken Circle Breakdown Felix van Groeningen   Belgium Dutch
The Hunt Jagten Thomas Vinterberg   Denmark Danish
The Missing Picture L'image manquante Rithy Panh   Cambodia French
Omar Omar (عمر) Hany Abu-Assad   Palestine Arabic
Ida Paweł Pawlikowski   Poland Polish
Leviathan Левиафан Andrey Zvyagintsev   Russia Russian
Tangerines Mandariinid Zaza Urushadze   Estonia Estonian
Timbuktu Abderrahmane Sissako   Mauritania Tamasheq / Bambara / Arabic / French
Wild Tales Relatos Salvajes Damián Szifron   Argentina Spanish
Son of Saul Saul fia László Nemes   Hungary Hungarian
Embrace of the Serpent El abrazo de la serpiente Ciro Guerra   Colombia Spanish
Mustang Deniz Gamze Ergüven   France Turkish
Theeb Theeb (ذيب) Naji Abu Nowar   Jordan Arabic
A War Krigen Tobias Lindholm   Denmark Danish
The Salesman Forushandeh (فروشنده) Asghar Farhadi   Iran Persian
Land of Mine Under sandet Martin Zandvliet   Denmark German / Danish
A Man Called Ove En man som heter Ove Hannes Holm   Sweden Swedish
Tanna Martin Butler and Bentley Dean   Australia Nauvhal
Toni Erdmann Maren Ade   Germany German
A Fantastic Woman Una mujer fantástica Sebastián Lelio   Chile Spanish
The Insult ʼadiyye raʼam 23 (قضية رقم ٢٣) Ziad Doueiri   Lebanon Arabic (Lebanese)
Loveless Nelyubov (Нелюбовь) Andrey Zvyagintsev   Russia Russian
On Body and Soul Testről és lélekről Ildikó Enyedi   Hungary Hungarian
The Square Ruben Östlund   Sweden Swedish / Danish / English
Roma Alfonso Cuarón   Mexico
Capernaum Capharnaüm (کفرناحوم) Nadine Labaki   Lebanon Arabic (Lebanese)
Cold War Zimna wojna Paweł Pawlikowski   Poland Polish
Never Look Away Werk ohne Autor Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck   Germany German
  • Manbiki Kazoku (万引き家族)
Hirokazu Kore-eda   Japan Japanese
Parasite Gisaengchung (기생충) Bong Joon-ho   South Korea Korean / English
Corpus Christi Boże Ciało Jan Komasa   Poland
  • Polish
Honeyland Medena Zemja (Медена земја) Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov   North Macedonia Macedonian / Turkish / Bosnian
Les Misérables Ladj Ly   France French
Pain and Glory Dolor y Gloria Pedro Almodóvar   Spain Spanish


Year Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Submitting country Language
Another Round Druk Thomas Vinterberg   Denmark Danish / Swedish
Better Days Shàonián dě nǐ (少年的你) Derek Tsang   Hong Kong Mandarin / English
Collective Colectiv Alexander Nanau   Romania Romanian / English
The Man Who Sold His Skin Kaouther Ben Hania   Tunisia Arabic / English
French / Flemish
Quo Vadis, Aida? Jasmila Žbanić   Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnian / English
Serbian / Dutch

Shortlisted finalistsEdit

Since the 79th Academy Awards (2006),[6] a nine-film shortlist has been announced before the nominations, which then has been reduced to the five official nominees. The shortlist was expanded from nine to ten at the 92nd Academy Awards (2019), and from ten to fifteen at the 93rd Academy Awards (2020).

Year Finalists
2006 Avenue Montague (  France), Black Book (  Netherlands), Vitus (   Switzerland), Volver (  Spain)[6]
2007 Days of Darkness (  Canada), La sconosciuta (  Italy), The Trap (  Serbia), The Year My Parents Went On Vacation (  Brazil)[7]
2008 Everlasting Moments (  Sweden), The Necessities of Life (  Canada), Tear This Heart Out (  Mexico), Three Monkeys (  Turkey)[8]
2009 Kelin (  Kazakhstan), Samson & Delilah (  Australia), Winter in Wartime (  Netherlands), The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner (  Bulgaria)[9]
2010 Confessions (  Japan), Even the Rain (  Spain), Life, Above All (  South Africa), Simple Simon (  Sweden)[10]
2011 Omar Killed Me (  Morocco), Pina (  Germany), Seediq Bale (  Taiwan), SuperClásico (  Denmark)[11]
2012 Beyond the Hills (  Romania), The Deep (  Iceland), The Intouchables (  France), Sister (   Switzerland)[12]
2013 An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (  Bosnia and Herzegovina), The Grandmaster (  Hong Kong), The Notebook (  Hungary), Two Lives (  Germany)[13]
2014 Accused (  Netherlands), Corn Island (  Georgia), Force Majeure (  Sweden), The Liberator (  Venezuela)[14]
2015 Labyrinth of Lies (  Germany), The Brand New Testament (  Belgium), The Fencer (  Finland), Viva (  Ireland)[15]
2016 It's Only the End of the World (  Canada), The King's Choice (  Norway), My Life as a Zucchini (   Switzerland), Paradise (  Russia)[16]
2017 Félicité (  Senegal), Foxtrot (  Israel), In the Fade (  Germany), The Wound (  South Africa)[17]
2018 Ayka (  Kazakhstan), Birds of Passage (  Colombia), Burning (  South Korea), The Guilty (  Denmark)[18]
2019 Atlantics (  Senegal), Beanpole (  Russia), The Painted Bird (  Czech Republic), Those Who Remained (  Hungary), Truth and Justice (  Estonia)[19]
2020 Charlatan (  Czech Republic), Dear Comrades! (  Russia), Hope (  Norway), I'm No Longer Here (  Mexico), La Llorona (  Guatemala), The Mole Agent (  Chile), Night of the Kings (  Ivory Coast), A Sun (  Taiwan), Sun Children (  Iran), Two of Us (  France)[20]

See alsoEdit


A^ : Europe's tally includes three awards won by the Soviet Union and an award won by Russia. It also includes five Special/Honorary Awards: two won by Italy, two won by France and one shared between them for The Walls of Malapaga (1949).[21]
B^ : Japan's four-award tally includes three Honorary Awards.[21]
C^ : Shoe-Shine (1946) won a Special Award because "the high quality of this motion picture, brought to eloquent life in a country scarred by war, is proof to the world that the creative spirit can triumph over adversity".[22]
D^ : Monsieur Vincent (1947) won a Special Foreign Language Film Award. It was voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1948.[22]
E^ : Bicycle Thieves (1948) won a Special Foreign Language Film Award. It was voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1949.[22]
F^ : The Walls of Malapaga (1949) won an Honorary Foreign Language Film Award. It was voted by the Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States in 1950.[22]
G^ : Rashomon (1950) won an Honorary Foreign Language Film Award. It was voted by the Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1951.[22]
H^ : Forbidden Games (1952) won an Honorary Foreign Language Film Award. It was named Best Foreign Language Film first released in the United States during 1952.[22]
I^ : Gate of Hell (1953) won an Honorary Foreign Language Film Award. It was named Best Foreign Language Film first released in the United States during 1954.[22]
J^ : Samurai, The Legend of Musashi (1954) won an Honorary Foreign Language Film Award. It was named Best Foreign Language Film first released in the United States during 1955.[22]
K1 2 3 4 5 : For the 29th Academy Awards, the names of the producers were included in the nominations for the Foreign Language Film category. Dino De Laurentiis and Carlo Ponti won the award for La Strada (1954). Gyula Trebitsch and Walter Koppel were nominated for The Captain of Köpenick (1956), Annie Dorfmann for Gervaise (1956), Masayuki Takagi for Harp of Burma (1956), and O. Dalsgaard-Olsen for Qivitoq (1956).[23]
L^ : The film received its 1969 nomination under the title My Night with Maud. It had no U.S. distributor at the time. When it was released in Los Angeles on April 15, 1970, it became eligible for consideration for Academy Awards in other categories, and received a 1970 nomination for Writing under the title My Night at Maud's. Today, the latter title is the most commonly used when referring to the film in the English-speaking world.[23]
M^ : Originally released under the title La Victoire en chantant, the film was reissued in France under the title Noirs et Blancs en couleur (a literal French translation of its English title Black and White in Color) following its 1976 Academy Award win.[24]
N^ : Although films produced inside the United States are not eligible for consideration for the Best Foreign Language Film Award,[1] those produced in U.S. overseas possessions were eligible at the time. Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States, was thus able to receive a nomination for What Happened to Santiago (1989).[25] However, this rule was changed in 2011 barring Puerto Rican submissions.[26]
O^ : This is not an official nomination. After nominations were announced, information came to light that showed that A Place in the World (1992) was wholly produced in Argentina, and had insufficient Uruguayan artistic control. The film was declared ineligible and removed from the final ballot.[27]
P^ : Paradise Now (2005) was initially nominated as a submission from Palestine and presented as such on the "official Academy website". Archived from the original on April 9, 2006. Retrieved February 11, 2008.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link). However, following protests from pro-Israeli groups in the United States, the Academy decided to designate it as a submission from the Palestinian Authority, a move that was decried by the film's director Hany Abu-Assad. During the awards ceremony, the film was eventually announced by presenter Will Smith as a submission from the Palestinian Territories.


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