List of French submissions for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film

Patrice Leconte's film, Ridicule, was nominated in 1996.

France has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since the conception of the award in 1956. France has been one of the most successful countries in the world in this category, and more than half of their Oscar submissions have achieved Oscar nominations. As of September 2019, France has submitted 64 films for consideration. Of these, 39 have achieved Oscar nominations and nine have won the award, not including Honorary Awards.

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.[3]

The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was not created until 1956; however, between 1947 and 1955, the Academy presented Honorary Awards to the best foreign language films released in the United States. 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.[4] Three French films received Honorary Awards during this period. 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.[5]

The French submission is decided annually by the Centre national de la cinématographie, affiliated with the French Ministry of Culture.[6]


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.[5] 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.[3] Before the award was created, the Board of Governors of the Academy voted on a film every year that was considered the best foreign-language film released in the United States, and there were no submissions.[4]

France is the only country that has submitted a film every year since the creation of the award in 1956 and also the only country which has been nominated at more than half of the occasions where the award was given.

Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by France for review by the Academy. All submissions were primarily in French, with the notable exceptions of the winning Portuguese-language Black Orpheus in 1959, which was a co-production with Brazil and Mustang in 2015, which was in Turkish.

Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
Monsieur Vincent Monsieur Vincent Maurice Cloche Won Honorary Award
The Walls of Malapaga Au-delà des grilles René Clément Won Honorary Award
Forbidden Games Jeux interdits René Clément Won Honorary Award
Gervaise Gervaise René Clément Nominated
Gates of Paris Porte des Lilas René Clair Nominated
My Uncle Mon Oncle Jacques Tati Won Academy Award
Black Orpheus Orfeu Negro Marcel Camus Won Academy Award
La Vérité La Vérité Henri-Georges Clouzot Nominated
Last Year at Marienbad L'année dernière à Marienbad Alain Resnais Not Nominated
Sundays and Cybele Les dimanches de ville d'Avray Serge Bourguignon Won Academy Award
The Fire Within Le feu follet Louis Malle Not Nominated
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Les Parapluies de Cherbourg Jacques Demy Nominated
Pierrot le Fou Pierrot le fou Jean-Luc Godard Not Nominated
A Man and a Woman Un homme et une femme Claude Lelouch Won Academy Award
Live for Life Vivre Pour Vivre Claude Lelouch Nominated
Stolen Kisses Baisers volés François Truffaut Nominated
My Night with Maud Ma nuit chez Maud Éric Rohmer Nominated
Hoa-Binh Hoa-Binh Raoul Coutard Nominated
Ramparts of Clay Remparts d'argile Jean-Louis Bertuccelli Not Nominated
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie Luis Buñuel Won Academy Award
Day for Night La Nuit américaine François Truffaut Won Academy Award
Lacombe, Lucien Lacombe Lucien Louis Malle Nominated
India Song India Song Marguerite Duras Not Nominated
Cousin, cousine Cousin, cousine Jean-Charles Tacchella Nominated
Madame Rosa La Vie devant soi Moshé Mizrahi Won Academy Award
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs Préparez vos mouchoirs Bertrand Blier Won Academy Award
A Simple Story Une histoire simple Claude Sautet Nominated
The Last Metro Le Dernier Métro François Truffaut Nominated
Diva Diva Jean-Jacques Beineix Not Nominated
Coup de Torchon Coup de torchon Bertrand Tavernier Nominated
Entre Nous Coup de foudre Diane Kurys Nominated
So Long, Stooge Tchao Pantin Claude Berri Not Nominated
Three Men and a Cradle Trois hommes et un couffin Coline Serreau Nominated
Betty Blue 37°2 le matin Jean-Jacques Beineix Nominated
Au revoir les enfants Au revoir les enfants Louis Malle Nominated
The Reader La Lectrice Michel Deville Not Nominated
Camille Claudel Camille Claudel Bruno Nuytten Nominated
Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac Jean-Paul Rappeneau Nominated
Van Gogh Van Gogh Maurice Pialat Not Nominated
Indochine Indochine Régis Wargnier Won Academy Award
Germinal Germinal Claude Berri Not Nominated
Wild Reeds Les roseaux sauvages André Téchiné Not Nominated
French Twist Gazon maudit Josiane Balasko Not Nominated
Ridicule Ridicule Patrice Leconte Nominated
Western Western Manuel Poirier Not Nominated
The Dreamlife of Angels La vie rêvée des anges Erick Zonca Not Nominated
East/West Est-Ouest [A] Régis Wargnier Nominated
The Taste of Others Le goût des autres Agnès Jaoui Nominated
Amélie Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain Jean-Pierre Jeunet Nominated
8 Women 8 femmes François Ozon Not Nominated
Bon Voyage Bon voyage Jean-Paul Rappeneau Not Nominated
The Chorus Les Choristes Christophe Barratier Nominated
Joyeux Noël Joyeux Noël Christian Carion Nominated
Avenue Montaigne Fauteuils d'orchestre Danièle Thompson Made January Shortlist
Persepolis Persepolis* Vincent Paronnaud
Marjane Satrapi
Not Nominated
The Class Entre les murs Laurent Cantet Nominated
A Prophet Un prophète Jacques Audiard Nominated
Of Gods and Men[7] Des hommes et des dieux Xavier Beauvois Not Nominated[8]
Declaration of War[9] La Guerre est déclarée Valérie Donzelli Not Nominated
The Intouchables[10] Intouchables Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache Made January Shortlist[11]
Renoir[12] Renoir Gilles Bourdos Not Nominated
Saint Laurent[13] Saint Laurent Bertrand Bonello Not Nominated
Mustang[14] Mustang Deniz Gamze Ergüven Nominated[15]
Elle[16] Elle Paul Verhoeven Not Nominated
BPM (Beats per Minute)[17] 120 battements par minute Robin Campillo Not Nominated
Memoir of War[18] La douleur Emmanuel Finkiel Not Nominated
Les Misérables[19] Les Misérables Ladj Ly Nominated[20]


  • A Russian title: Восток-Запад
  1. ^ The category was previously named the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but this was changed to the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in April 2019, after the Academy deemed the word "Foreign" to be outdated.[1][2]


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