List of actors nominated for Academy Awards for non-English performances
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has given Academy Awards to actors and actresses for non-English performances in films, with the first award given in 1961. For an actor or actress to be eligible for any of the Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, or Best Supporting Actress for a foreign language performance in a film produced outside the United States, the film must have been commercially released in Los Angeles County and have English subtitles with the theatrical release.
As of 2019[update], 36 actors and actresses have been nominated for Academy Awards for non-English language performances. Eight of these actors and actresses have received Academy Awards for their performances. Six actors have won for a performance that was mostly or solely spoken in a language other than English: Sophia Loren for Two Women (Italian), Robert De Niro for The Godfather Part II (Italian), Marlee Matlin for Children of a Lesser God (American Sign Language), Roberto Benigni for Life Is Beautiful (Italian), Benicio del Toro for Traffic (Spanish), and Marion Cotillard for La Vie en Rose (French). Two actors have won for performances mostly spoken in English (Penélope Cruz for her English and Spanish-language performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds (English, German, French and Italian).
Six actors have had multiple Academy Award nominations for foreign-language performances: Marcello Mastroianni (three Best Actor nominations for Italian-language performances), Sophia Loren (one Academy Award for Best Actress for Two Women and another Best Actress nomination for Marriage Italian-Style, both for Italian-language performances), Liv Ullmann (two Best Actress nominations for Swedish-language performances), Isabelle Adjani (two Best Actress nominations for French-language performances), Javier Bardem (two Best Actor nominations for Spanish-language performances), and Marion Cotillard (one Academy Award for Best Actress for La Vie en Rose and another Best Actress nomination for Two Days, One Night, both for French-language performances).
Sophia Loren and Marion Cotillard are the only actresses to win an Academy Award for Best Actress for foreign language performances, Italian and French, respectively. Cotillard is the only actor to receive two Oscar nominations for foreign films without having her films nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. She is also the only actor to be nominated for a Belgian film ("Two Days, One Night").
Roberto Benigni is the only actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for a foreign language performance.
- A The film was produced in the United States and/or contains primarily English dialogue.
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