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

José Luis Garci directed Spain's first film to win the award, Begin the Beguine.

Spain has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since the conception of the award. 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 award was created for the 1956 Academy Awards, succeeding the non-competitive Honorary Academy Awards which were presented between 1947 and 1955 to the best foreign language films released in the United States.[4]

As of 2018, nineteen Spanish films have been nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, four of which have won the award: Begin the Beguine in 1982, Belle Époque in 1993, All About My Mother in 1999 and The Sea Inside in 2004.[5] Among all countries that have submitted films for the award, Spain ranks third in terms of films that have won the award, behind Italy (ten awards) and France (nine awards) and tied with Japan (four awards), and third in terms of nominees, behind France (thirty-four nominations) and Italy (twenty-seven nominations).[6]

Since the 1980s, the Spanish submission has been decided annually by the Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España (known in English as the Spanish Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences or AACCE). Beginning in 2001, the Academy has announced a three-film shortlist before announcing the winning Spanish film.

Pedro Almodóvar has represented Spain in the competition seven times, and has achieved two Oscar nominations, including one win (with the result of his latest submission pending). José Luis Garci has represented Spain six times, achieving four nominations and one win. Carlos Saura has represented Spain five times.

All submissions were primarily in Spanish language, with the notable exceptions of That Obscure Object of Desire (French and Spanish), Black Bread (Catalan), Flowers (Basque) and Summer 1993 (Catalan).

SubmissionsEdit

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.[7] 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] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Spain for review by the Academy for the award since its first entry in 1959.

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
1956
(29th)
Afternoon of the Bulls Tarde de toros Ladislao Vajda Not Nominated
1957
(30th)
High Street Calle Mayor Juan Antonio Bardem Not Nominated
1958
(31st)
La Venganza La venganza Juan Antonio Bardem Nominated[8]
1960
(33rd)
At Five O'Clock in the Afternoon A las cinco de la tarde Juan Antonio Bardem Not Nominated
1961
(34th)
Plácido Plácido Luis García Berlanga Nominated[9]
1962
(35th)
Dulcinea Dulcinea Vicente Escrivá Not Nominated
1963
(36th)
Los Tarantos Los Tarantos Francisco Rovira Beleta Nominated[10]
1964
(37th)
The Girl in Mourning La niña de luto Manuel Summers Not Nominated
1965
(38th)
La Tía Tula La tía Tula Miguel Picazo Not Nominated
1967
(40th)
El amor brujo El amor brujo Francisco Rovira Beleta Nominated[11]
1968
(41st)
Spain Again España otra vez Jaime Camino Not Nominated
1969
(42nd)
La Celestina La Celestina César Fernández Ardavín Not Nominated
1970
(43rd)
Tristana Tristana Luis Buñuel Nominated[12]
1971
(44th)
Marta Marta José Antonio Nieves Conde Not Nominated
1972
(45th)
My Dearest Senorita Mi querida señorita Jaime de Armiñán Nominated[13]
1973
(46th)
Habla, mudita Habla, mudita Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón Not Nominated
1974
(47th)
La prima Angélica La prima Angélica Carlos Saura Not Nominated
1975
(48th)
Poachers Furtivos José Luis Borau Not Nominated
1976
(49th)
Raise Ravens Cría cuervos Carlos Saura Not Nominated
1977
(50th)
That Obscure Object of Desire Cet obscur objet du désir (in French)
Ese oscuro objeto del deseo (in Spanish)
Luis Buñuel Nominated[14]
1978
(51st)
Somnambulists Sonámbulos Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón Not Nominated
1979
(52nd)
Mama Turns a Hundred Mamá cumple cien años Carlos Saura Nominated[15]
1980
(53rd)
The Nest El nido Jaime de Armiñán Nominated[16]
1981
(54th)
Patrimonio nacional Patrimonio nacional Luis García Berlanga Not Nominated
1982
(55th)
Begin the Beguine Volver a empezar José Luis Garci Won Academy Award[17]
1983
(56th)
Carmen Carmen Carlos Saura Nominated[18]
1984
(57th)
Double Feature Sesión continua José Luis Garci Nominated[19]
1985
(58th)
The Witching Hour La hora bruja Jaime de Armiñán Not Nominated
1986
(59th)
Half of Heaven La mitad del cielo Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón Not Nominated
1987
(60th)
Course Completed Asignatura aprobada José Luis Garci Nominated[20]
1988
(61st)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios Pedro Almodóvar Nominated[21]
1989
(62nd)
Love, Hate and Death Montoyas y Tarantos Vicente Escrivá Not Nominated
1990
(63rd)
Ay, Carmela! ¡Ay, Carmela! Carlos Saura Not Nominated
1991
(64th)
High Heels Tacones lejanos Pedro Almodóvar Not Nominated
1992
(65th)
The Fencing Master El maestro de esgrima Pedro Olea Not Nominated
1993
(66th)
Belle Époque Belle Époque Fernando Trueba Won Academy Award[22]
1994
(67th)
Cradle Song Canción de cuna José Luis Garci Not Nominated
1995
(68th)
The Flower of My Secret La flor de mi secreto Pedro Almodóvar Not Nominated
1996
(69th)
Bwana Bwana Imanol Uribe Not Nominated
1997
(70th)
Secrets of the Heart Secretos del corazón Montxo Armendáriz Nominated[23]
1998
(71st)
The Grandfather El abuelo José Luis Garci Nominated[24]
1999
(72nd)
All About My Mother Todo sobre mi madre Pedro Almodóvar Won Academy Award[25]
2000
(73rd)
You're the One You're the One: Una historia de entonces José Luis Garci Not Nominated
2001
(74th)
Mad Love [9] Juana la Loca Vicente Aranda Not Nominated
2002
(75th)
Mondays in the Sun [8] Los lunes al sol Fernando León de Aranoa Not Nominated
2003
(76th)
Soldiers of Salamis [7] Soldados de Salamina David Trueba Not Nominated
2004
(77th)
The Sea Inside [6] Mar adentro Alejandro Amenábar Won Academy Award[26]
2005
(78th)
Obaba [5] Obaba Montxo Armendáriz Not Nominated
2006
(79th)
Volver [4] Volver Pedro Almodóvar Made January Shortlist[27]
2007
(80th)
The Orphanage [3] El orfanato Juan Antonio Bayona Not Nominated
2008
(81st)
The Blind Sunflowers [2] Los girasoles ciegos José Luis Cuerda Not Nominated
2009
(82nd)
The Dancer and the Thief [1] El baile de la Victoria Fernando Trueba Not Nominated
2010
(83rd)
Even the Rain[28] También la lluvia Icíar Bollaín Made January Shortlist[29]
2011
(84th)
Black Bread[30] Pa negre Agustí Villaronga Not Nominated[31]
2012
(85th)
Blancanieves[32] Blancanieves Pablo Berger Not Nominated
2013
(86th)
15 Years and One Day[33] 15 años y un día Gracia Querejeta Not Nominated
2014
(87th)
Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed[34] Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados David Trueba Not Nominated
2015
(88th)
Flowers[35] Loreak Jon Garaño, Jose Mari Goenaga Not Nominated
2016
(89th)
Julieta[36] Julieta Pedro Almodóvar Not Nominated
2017
(90th)
Summer 1993[37] Estiu 1993 Carla Simón Not Nominated
2018
(91st)
Champions[38] Campeones Javier Fesser Not Nominated
2019
(92nd)
Pain and Glory[39] Dolor y gloria Pedro Almodóvar
TBD

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

NotesEdit

  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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