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List of Argentine submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Argentina has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1961. 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.[1] The award was not created until the 1956 Academy Awards, in which 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.[2]

Previously, in 1948, Argentina participated with Luis César Amadori's Dios se lo pague for an Honorary Award to the best foreign language film released in the United States, making it the first Argentine film to be presented in the Academy Awards.[3] It lost with The Bicycle Thief. 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.

As of 2010, six Argentine films have been nominated by the Academy for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Two of these, Luis Puenzo's The Official Story and Juan José Campanella's The Secret In Their Eyes, won the award.[4][5] Argentina is the only Latin American country ever to win an Oscar.

Nine Argentine directors have had multiple films submitted to the Academy for review. Of these, only Marcelo Piñeyro has been selected a record three times, and only Juan José Campanella has managed multiple Oscar nominations. Since The Official Story took home the award at the 1986 Oscars, Argentina has never failed to submit a film to the competition.

Since 2001, a majority of the selected films (five out of nine) have starred Ricardo Darín in a leading role.

Among all the countries that have received the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Argentina (with two awards) is one of two Spanish-speaking countries that have done so, the other being Spain (four awards).[4]

The Argentina nominee is selected annually by the Academia de las Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas de la Argentina. The selection committee holds separate votes to decide which film goes to the Oscars and, in a separate vote, which film goes to the Spanish Goya Awards.[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.[2] 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.[1] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Argentina for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

All films are in Spanish.

Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
Summer Skin Piel de verano Torre Nilsson, LeopoldoLeopoldo Torre Nilsson Not Nominated
The Sad Young Men Los jóvenes viejos Kuhn, RodolfoRodolfo Kuhn Not Nominated
Pajarito Gómez Pajarito Gómez Kuhn, RodolfoRodolfo Kuhn Not Nominated
The Truce La tregua Renán, SergioSergio Renán Nominated
Nazareno Cruz and the Wolf Nazareno Cruz y el lobo Favio, LeonardoLeonardo Favio Not Nominated
Yesterday's Guys Used No Arsenic Los muchachos de antes no usaban arsénico Suárez, José A. MartínezJosé A. Martínez Suárez Not Nominated
What Does Fall Mean? ¿Qué es el otoño? Kohon, David JoséDavid José Kohon Not Nominated
The Island La isla Doria, AlejandroAlejandro Doria Not Nominated
The Underground Man El hombre del subsuelo Sarquís, NicolásNicolás Sarquís Not Nominated
Last Days of the Victim Últimos días de la víctima Aristarain, AdolfoAdolfo Aristarain Not Nominated
Camila Camila Bemberg, María LuisaMaría Luisa Bemberg Nominated
The Official Story La historia oficial Puenzo, LuisLuis Puenzo Won Academy Award
Tangos, the Exile of Gardel Tangos, el exilio de Gardel Solanas, FernandoFernando Solanas Not Nominated
Man Facing Southeast Hombre mirando al sudeste Subiela, EliseoEliseo Subiela Not Nominated
Verónico Cruz La deuda interna Pereira, MiguelMiguel Pereira Not Nominated
The Girlfriend La amiga Meerapfel, JeanineJeanine Meerapfel Not Nominated
I, the Worst of All Yo, la peor de todas Bemberg, María LuisaMaría Luisa Bemberg Not Nominated
The Tombs Las tumbas Torre, JavierJavier Torre Not Nominated
Dark Side of the Heart El lado oscuro del corazón Subiela, EliseoEliseo Subiela Not Nominated[7]
Gatica Gatica, el Mono Favio, LeonardoLeonardo Favio Not Nominated
A Shadow You Soon Will Be Una sombra ya pronto serás Olivera, HéctorHéctor Olivera Not Nominated
Wild Horses Caballos salvajes Piñeyro, MarceloMarcelo Piñeyro Not Nominated
Eva Perón: The True Story Eva Perón Desanzo, Juan CarlosJuan Carlos Desanzo Not Nominated
Ashes of Paradise Cenizas del paraíso Piñeyro, MarceloMarcelo Piñeyro Not Nominated
Tango Tango, no me dejes nunca Saura, CarlosCarlos Saura Nominated
Manuelita Manuelita Ferré, Manuel GarcíaManuel García Ferré Not Nominated
Merry Christmas Felicidades Bender, LuchoLucho Bender Not Nominated
Son of the Bride El hijo de la novia Campanella, Juan JoséJuan José Campanella Nominated
Kamchatka Kamchatka Piñeyro, MarceloMarcelo Piñeyro Not Nominated
Valentín [8] Valentín Agresti, AlejandroAlejandro Agresti Not Nominated
Lost Embrace [9] El abrazo partido Burman, DanielDaniel Burman Not Nominated
The Aura [10] El aura Bielinsky, FabiánFabián Bielinsky Not Nominated
Family Law [11] Derecho de familia Burman, DanielDaniel Burman Not Nominated
XXY [12] XXY Puenzo, LucíaLucía Puenzo Not Nominated
Lion's Den[13] Leonera Trapero, PabloPablo Trapero Not Nominated
The Secret in Their Eyes[14] El secreto de sus ojos Campanella, Juan JoséJuan José Campanella Won Academy Award
Carancho[15] Carancho Trapero, PabloPablo Trapero Not Nominated[16]
Aballay Aballay, el hombre sin miedo Spiner, FernandoFernando Spiner Not Nominated[17]
Clandestine Childhood[18] Infancia clandestina Ávila, BenjamínBenjamín Ávila Not Nominated
The German Doctor[19] Wakolda Puenzo, LucíaLucía Puenzo Not Nominated
Wild Tales[20] Relatos salvajes Szifrón, DamiánDamián Szifrón

See also


  1. ^ a b "Rule Thirteen: Special Rules for the Foreign Language Film Award". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  
  2. ^ a b "History of the Academy Awards - Page 2".  
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b "Foreign Language Film Facts".  
  5. ^ "Luis Puenzo - Awards".  
  6. ^
  7. ^ In the same year the Adolfo Aristarain film A Place in the World (1992) obtained a nomination like an Uruguayan film. But after nominations were announced, information came to light that showed that the film was wholly produced in Argentina, and had insufficient Uruguayan artistic control. The film was declared ineligible and removed from the final ballot.
  8. ^ Runner-up: Cleopatra, directed by Eduardo Mignogna. Source:
  9. ^ Runner-up: Luna de Avellaneda, directed by Juan José Campanella. Source:
  10. ^ Runner-up: Iluminados por el fuego, directed by Tristán Bauer. Source:
  11. ^ Runner-up: Las manos, directed by Alejandro Doria. Source:
  12. ^ Runner-up: La señal, directed by Ricardo Darín and Martín Hodara. Source:
  13. ^ Runner-up: Aniceto, directed by Leonardo Favio. Source:
  14. ^ Runner-up: La viuda de los jueves, directed by Marcelo Piñeyro. Source:
  15. ^ "Defending Champ Argentina Submits 'Carancho' to Oscars". Retrieved 2010-10-01. 
  16. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar® Race". Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  17. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  18. ^ "INFANCIA CLANDESTINA VA AL OSCAR". Terra Argentina (Terra Argentina). 28 September 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  19. ^ "Oscars: Argentina Nominates 'Wakolda' for Foreign Language Oscar". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  20. ^ "Oscars: Argentina Picks 'Wild Tales' for Foreign Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 

External links

  • The Official Academy Awards Database
  • The Motion Picture Credits Database
  • IMDb Academy Awards Page
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