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OFFICIAL SUBMISSION LIST - 93 Countries

 

TIER 1 - SEPTEMBER 20TH PREDICTIONS
SOUTH KOREA
never nominated
PARASITE
official submission

 

Though Oscar has shown an historic bias against Asian cinema, we think Parasite is strong enough to break their resistance. Go Bong Joon-ho! 

FRANCE
37 nominations | 9 wins (plus 3 Honoraries)
LES MISERABLES
official submission

A critically raved politically charged drama about citizens and police in France. 

BRAZIL
4 nominations | 0 wins
THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF...
official submission

The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmau won raves and prizes at Cannes. Can Brazil finally come back to the Oscars with this period melodrama about sisters?

NORWAY
5 nominations | 0 wins
OUT STEALING HORSES
official submission

 

Out Stealing Horses has major Scandinavian stars and is based on a World War II related best-seller. Its cinematography was honored at Berlinale.

SPAIN
19 nominations | 4 wins
PAIN & GLORY
official submission

Almodovar previously won this category for All About My Mother (1999). Twenty years later he's made a fictionalized autobiographical film about an aging director

TIER 2 - OTHER COMPETITORS THAT WE THINK HAVE A STRONG CHANCE AT THE FINALIST LIST

ESTONIA
1 nomination
TRUTH OR JUSTICE
official submission

The director has already been up for the short film Oscar and for his feature debut he's made a three hour drama about a farmer. We'll see.

SWEDEN
noms | wins
AND THEN WE DANCED
official submission

This marvelous Georgia-set movie is a gay drama about male dancers who fall for each other while auditioning for the one open spot in the national dance team.

POLAND
10 noms | 1 win
CORPUS CHRISTI
official submission 

Strong reviews and a buzzy leading man / emerging star could help it.

 

COLOMBIA
1 nomination
MONOS
official submission 

Strong reviews and a familiar US actress could go a long way.

 

NORTH MACEDONIA
1 nomination
HONEYLAND
official submission 

This beekeeping documentary is already a sleeper hit in arthouses. But only two docs have ever been nominated here (Waltz With Bashir and The Missing Picture)

To qualify for submission a film must have opened in its home country between October 1st, 2018 and September 30th 2019. Each country can only select one film and each country has a different process for selecting that film. That part is up to the country themselves.

 

CANADA
7 noms | 1 win
ANTIGONE
official submission
BULGARIA
never nominated
AGA
official submission 

 

NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS IN RECENT YEARS

  • 2019 - 93 (the new all time record!)
  • 2018 - 87 films
  • 2017 - 92 films 
  • 2016 - 85 films
  • 2015 - 85 films
  • 2014 - 84 films
  • 2013 - 76 films
  • 2012 - 71 films
  • 2011 - 63 films
  • 2010 - 65 films
  • 2009 - 67 films

COUNTRIES THAT REPORTED SUBMISSIONS BUT THEY DIDN'T MAKE THE FINAL LIST FOR SOME REASON
Afghanistan, Uganda

COUNTRIES THAT DID NOT SUBMIT THIS YEAR
Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Chad, Guatemaala,  Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Malawi, Mauritania, Moldovia, Paraguay, Syria
 

 

OSCAR STATS & FUN TRIVIA ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR CATEGORY
Most wins for a foreign film

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (Taiwan 2000) tied Fanny & Alexander's (Sweden 1983) previous solo record of 4 Oscar wins in almost all of the same categories: they both won cinematography, art direction, and foreign film while Crouching Tiger also took home score and Fanny & Alexander took costumes.

Most nominations for a foreign film

Roma (2018) just tied Crouching Tiger's previous solo record of 10 nominations

 

Most competitive wins in the category by director

Federico Fellini won 4 Oscars for Italy: La Strada (1956), Nights of Cabiria (1957), 8 1/2 (1963) and Amarcord (1974). In fact, he won every time he was nominated witin this category. Italy submitted his work three other times but Satyricon, Roma, and And the Ship Sails On were not nominated.

Most competitive wins & nominations w/out winning this category

Pan's Labyrinth (2006) won 3 awards from 6 nominations but lost its own category to The Lives of Others.

Most nominated country

France leads with 37 nominees (they were also given 3 honoraries before nominations began proper in 1956). Their most recent win was a long time ago now though: Indochine (1992) starring Catherine Deneuve. MORE ON FRANCE & OSCAR HERE

Most winning country

Italy leads with 14 wins (3 of which were honoraries). Some of the most famous films among their winners are The Bicycle Thief (1949), 8 1/2 (1963), The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1971), Cinema Paradiso (1989), and Life is Beautiful (1998)

 

Most popular country with Oscar at this very moment

That would be Denmark which has been nominated 50% of the time in the last ten years -- most recently Land of Mine in 2016 -- winning once this past decade (A Better World). In addition to their 5 films nominees this past decade, they've had 2 additional finalists.

First foreign language film nominated for Best Picture

Grand Illusion (1938). But Oscar didn't start giving statues to foreign films until 11 years later and foreign films didn't get their own competitive category until 1956

Most influential snub of the past two decades

You have the horror of the snubbing of Romania's Palme d'or winner 4 Weeks, 3 Months and 2 Days (2007) to thank for the creation of the Academy's Executive Committee. Nominations have been so much better ever since!

First foreign language film to win an acting Oscar

Italy's Two Women (1961) won Best Actress for Sophia Loren who was, not unimportantly, already a major star in the US. But Italy did not submit her vehicle for Foreign Film, choosing Michelangelo Antonioni's La Notte instead (which was not nominatd)

First country to break through Oscar's midcentury France/Italy/Japan obsession

For the first 12 years of foreign film Oscars only France, Italy, or Japan were ever honored. Sweden was the first country to break up that strangehold with back to back Ingmar Bergman wins for The Virgin Spring (1960) and Through a Glass Darkly (1961)

First foreign language film to win any Oscar

Switzerland's Marie-Louise (1944) won Best Screenplay, years before the foreign film category began.

First foreign language film winner to win more than one Oscar

Japan's Gate of Hell (1954) won the Honorary for Foreign Film and also took home Costume Design. Costume Design is the category with the most wins for foreign-language films (7 in total)... runners up being a three way tie between Original Screenplay, Cinematography, and Score (with 5 wins in each)

Only directors of foreign film nominees to go on to direct a Best Picture winner

Czech director Milos Forman for Loves of a Blonde (1965)/ Fireman's Ball (1967) + One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)/ Amadeus (1984) was the first to do it. Two Mexican filmmakers have followed suit: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Amores Perros (2000)/Biutiful (2010) + Birdman (2014) and Guillermo del Toro for Pan's Labyrinth (2006) + Shape of Water (2017)

Curiously no director has ever directed both a foreign film winner AND a Best Picture winner.

Only foreign film winner to also win Best Director

Alfonso Cuarón is the only person to ever win the Best Director Oscar for directing a foreign language film. Like another famous foreign director, Ang Lee, he has now won Best Director twice without winning Best Picture either time.