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ASGHAR FARHADI WINS AGAIN FOR IRAN WITH "THE SALESMAN"

THE NOMINEES WERE...

 GERMANY
19 noms | 3 wins
Toni Erdmann 
DENMARK
14 noms | 3 wins
Land of Mine
IRAN
3RD NOM | 2ND WIN
Salesman 
SWEDEN
15 noms | 3 wins
A Man Called Ove
AUSTRALIA
1st nomination!
Tanna

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HOW'D IT GET NOMINATED
         
WHICH FILM WILL WIN?
The Foreign Film category can often hold surprises. Germany may have an early lead but can it hold? Sweden's film is popular, and Denmark and Iran's films are about to open and could gain new heat. It might be a tight race.
WHO WAS LEFT OUT?
The finalists that didn't make the cut were Canada's "It's Only The End of the World," Russia's "Paradise," Norway's "The King's Choice" and Switzerland's "My Life as a Zucchini". But the finalists were an unexpected lot and many were surprised (including me) that France's "Elle" and Spain's "Julieta" were eliminated early.
THE SUBMISSION LIST - THERE WERE 85 OFFICIAL CONTENDERS THIS YEAR
(THAT'S A RECORD)

There were 85 Official Contenders
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Submissions Pt 1: Albania to Estonian
Submissions Pt 2: Finland to The Netherlands
Submissions Pt 3: New Zealand to Yemen 

 the first time directors | the female directors

 

Statistics for the Foreign Film Race

21st Century Top Dozen Countries (2000-2015)
In terms of Foreign Film Oscar play thus far.

Top 20 All Time Leaders (1947-2015)
Category officially started in 1956 but 8 honoraries were presented beforehand

 

1. GERMANY - 5 noms / 2 wins
2. AUSTRIA - 3 noms / 2 wins
3. FRANCE - 7 noms / 0 wins
4. DENMARK - 5 noms | 1 win
5. CANADA - 4 noms / 1 win
6. [tie] ARGENTINA / POLAND - 3 nominations / 1 win
8. [tie] MEXICO / ISRAEL - 4 nominations / 0 wins
10. [tie] SOUTH AFRICA / JAPAN / ITALY - 2 noms / 1 win
 

Runner up is BELGIUM - 3 nominations but no wins

OSCAR IS RESISTANT TO...
Asian cinema. China, Japan, Hong Kong and India, for example, are prolific strong film industries but they are rarely nominated for Foreign Language Oscars though most of the Asian countries submit regularly. Taiwan has the best record among Asian film industries with 3 nominations and a win but every one of those is an Ang Lee picture (!!!). Japan was once popular with Oscar but that had more to do with Akira Kurosawa than with his country's cinema.

The countries that have received the most nominations without a win to date are

  1. Israel (10 noms)
  2. Mexico (8 nom)
  3. Belgium (7 noms)
  4. [TIE] Norway and Greece (with 5 each)

Never Nominated
The countries that have submitted the most w/out receiving a single nomination are Portugal (33 times), Egypt and Romania (31), The Philippines and South Korea (28), Bulgaria (27), Venezuela (26), Croatia (25), Serbia, Turkey (23) and Thailand (22 times). Good luck to them all...and quickly!

CURRENT ARTICLES ON FOREIGN FILM ARE LOCATED HERE.

  1. ITALY - 28 noms / 11 wins / 3 honoraries
  2. FRANCE - 37 noms / 9 wins / 3 honoraries
  3. SPAIN - 19 noms / 4 wins
  4. GERMANY (+ EAST/WEST) - 18 noms / 3 wins
  5. JAPAN - 15 noms / 1 win / 3 honoraries
  6. RUSSIA (+ Russian films submitted by USSR) - 14 noms / 4 wins
  7. SWEDEN - 14 noms / 3 wins
  8. DENMARK - 14 noms / 3 wins
  9. CZECH REPUBLIC (+ CZECHOSLOVOKIA's stats) - 8 noms / 3 wins
  10. THE NETHERLANDS - 7 noms / 3 wins
  11. POLAND - 10 noms / 1 win
  12. ISRAEL - 10 noms / 0 wins
  13. HUNGARY - 9 noms / 2 wins
  14. ARGENTINA - 7 noms / 2 wins
  15. CANADA - 7 noms / 1 win
  16. MEXICO -8 noms / 0 wins
  17. SWITZERLAND - 5 noms / 2 wins
  18. BELGIUM - 7 noms / 0 wins
  19. AUSTRIA - 4 noms / 2 wins
  20. ALGERIA - 5 noms / 1 win
    Honorable Mention goes to...
    YUGOSLAVIA - 6 noms
    Yugoslavia no longer exists but unlike the Former Soviet Union it's nearly impossible to attribute their nominees to any of the current countries since the separations which began in the early 90s were unusually painful / confusing / name-change / war laden - Current countries that were once part of Yugoslavia that now submit are: Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Slovenia, and Montenegro.
 
WINNERS THIS CENTURY
         
2019
TBA
 
2018
TBA
2017
TBA
2016
TBA

2015
Son of Saul
Hungary
  

2014
Ida
Poland

1 additional nomination
(Cinematography) 

2013
The Great Beauty
Italy

2012
Amour
Austria 

4 additional noms
(including Best Picture) 

2011
A Separation
Iran

1 additional nomination (Screenplay)

2010
In a Better World
Denmark
2009
Secret In Their Eyes
Argentina
2008
Departures
Japan 
2007
The Counterfeiters
Austria 
2006
The Lives of Others
Germany 
2005
Tsotsi
South Africa 

2004
The Sea Inside
Spain 

1 additional nomination (Makeup)

2003
Barbarian Invasions
Canada 

1 additional nomination
(Screenplay) 

2002
Nowhere in Africa
Germany 
2001
No Man's Land
Bosnia & Herzegovina 

2000
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Taiwan 

9 additional noms (including Best Picture)