List of Argentine submissions for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film
Argentina has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 1961. The award is handed out annually by the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue. The award was not created until the 1956 Academy Awards, in which 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.
Previously, in 1948, Argentina participated with Luis César Amadori's Dios se lo pague for an Honorary Award to the best foreign-language film released in the United States, making it the first Argentine film to be presented in the Academy Awards. It lost to Monsieur Vincent. These awards were not competitive, as there were no nominees but simply a winner every year that was voted on by the Board of Governors of the Academy.
As of 2023[update], eight Argentine films have been nominated by the Academy for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Two of these, Luis Puenzo's The Official Story and Juan José Campanella's The Secret In Their Eyes, won the award.
Nine Argentine directors have had multiple films submitted to the Academy for review. Of these, Marcelo Piñeyro and Pablo Trapero have been selected a record three times, and only Juan José Campanella has managed multiple Oscar nominations. Since The Official Story took home the award at the 1986 Oscars, Argentina has never failed to submit a film to the competition.
Among all the countries that have received the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Argentina (with two awards) is one of four Spanish-speaking countries that have done so, the others being Chile (one award), Mexico (one award), and Spain (four awards).
The Argentina nominee is selected annually by the Academia de las Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas de la Argentina. The selection committee holds separate votes to decide which film goes to the Oscars and, in a separate vote, which film goes to the Spanish Goya Awards.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1956. The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. Following this, they vote via secret ballot to determine the five nominees for the award. Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Argentina for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony. All films are in Spanish.
|Film title used in nomination||Original title||Language(s)||Director||Result|
|Summer Skin||Piel de verano||Spanish||Leopoldo Torre Nilsson||Not nominated|
|The Sad Young Men||Los jóvenes viejos||Spanish||Rodolfo Kuhn||Not nominated|
|Pajarito Gómez||Pajarito Gómez||Spanish||Rodolfo Kuhn||Not nominated|
|The Truce||La tregua||Spanish||Sergio Renán||Nominated|
|Nazareno Cruz and the Wolf||Nazareno Cruz y el lobo, las palomas y los gritos||Spanish, Quechua||Leonardo Favio||Not nominated|
|Yesterday's Guys Used No Arsenic||Los muchachos de antes no usaban arsénico||Spanish||José A. Martínez Suárez||Not nominated|
|What Does Fall Mean?||¿Qué es el otoño?||Spanish||David José Kohon||Not nominated|
|The Island||La isla||Spanish||Alejandro Doria||Not nominated|
|The Underground Man||El hombre del subsuelo||Spanish||Nicolás Sarquís||Not nominated|
|Last Days of the Victim||Últimos días de la víctima||Spanish||Adolfo Aristarain||Not nominated|
|Camila||Camila||Spanish||María Luisa Bemberg||Nominated|
|The Official Story||La historia oficial||Spanish||Luis Puenzo||Won Academy Award|
|Tangos, the Exile of Gardel||Tangos, el exilio de Gardel||Spanish, French||Fernando Solanas||Not nominated|
|Man Facing Southeast||Hombre mirando al sudeste||Spanish||Eliseo Subiela||Not nominated|
|Verónico Cruz||La deuda interna||Spanish||Miguel Pereira||Not nominated|
|The Girlfriend||La amiga||Spanish, German||Jeanine Meerapfel||Not nominated|
|I, the Worst of All||Yo, la peor de todas||Spanish||María Luisa Bemberg||Not nominated|
|The Tombs||Las tumbas||Spanish||Javier Torre||Not nominated|
|The Dark Side of the Heart||El lado oscuro del corazón||Spanish||Eliseo Subiela||Not nominated[n. 1]|
|Gatica, el mono||Gatica, el mono||Spanish||Leonardo Favio||Not nominated|
|A Shadow You Soon Will Be||Una sombra ya pronto serás||Spanish||Héctor Olivera||Not nominated|
|Wild Horses||Caballos salvajes||Spanish||Marcelo Piñeyro||Not nominated|
|Eva Perón: The True Story||Eva Perón||Spanish||Juan Carlos Desanzo||Not nominated|
|Ashes of Paradise||Cenizas del paraíso||Spanish||Marcelo Piñeyro||Not nominated|
|Tango||Tango, no me dejes nunca||Spanish||Carlos Saura||Nominated|
|Manuelita||Manuelita||Spanish||Manuel García Ferré||Not nominated|
|Merry Christmas||Felicidades||Spanish, Hebrew||Lucho Bender||Not nominated|
|Son of the Bride||El hijo de la novia||Spanish||Juan José Campanella||Nominated|
|Kamchatka||Kamchatka||Spanish||Marcelo Piñeyro||Not nominated|
|Valentín ||Valentín||Spanish||Alejandro Agresti||Not nominated|
|Lost Embrace ||El abrazo partido||Spanish, Korean, Lithuanian, Yiddish||Daniel Burman||Not nominated|
|The Aura ||El Aura||Spanish||Fabián Bielinsky||Not nominated|
|Family Law ||Derecho de familia||Spanish||Daniel Burman||Not nominated|
|XXY ||XXY||Spanish||Lucía Puenzo||Not nominated|
|Lion's Den||Leonera||Spanish||Pablo Trapero||Not nominated|
|The Secret in Their Eyes||El secreto de sus ojos||Spanish||Juan José Campanella||Won Academy Award|
|Carancho||Carancho||Spanish||Pablo Trapero||Not nominated|
|Aballay||Aballay, el hombre sin miedo||Spanish||Fernando Spiner||Not nominated|
|Clandestine Childhood||Infancia clandestina||Spanish||Benjamín Ávila||Not nominated|
|The German Doctor||Wakolda||Spanish, German, Hebrew||Lucía Puenzo||Not nominated|
|Wild Tales||Relatos salvajes||Spanish||Damián Szifrón||Nominated|
|The Clan||El Clan||Spanish||Pablo Trapero||Not nominated|
|The Distinguished Citizen||El Ciudadano Ilustre||Spanish||Gastón Duprat & Mariano Cohn||Not nominated|
|Zama||Zama||Spanish||Lucrecia Martel||Not nominated|
|El Angel||El Ángel||Spanish||Luis Ortega||Not nominated|
|Heroic Losers||La odisea de los giles||Spanish||Sebastián Borensztein||Not nominated|
|The Sleepwalkers||Los sonámbulos||Spanish||Paula Hernández||Not nominated|
|The Intruder||El Prófugo||Spanish||Natalia Meta||Not nominated|
|Argentina, 1985||Argentina, 1985||Spanish||Santiago Mitre||Nominated|
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