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List of countries by number of Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

National origin of Academy Award winners and nominees for Best Foreign Language Film.
  Won the award or one of its Special/Honorary predecessors
  Nominated for the award
  United States (ineligible for competition)

This is a list of countries by number of Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. This table shows the total number of nominations and awards received by each country. It follows Academy convention by not grouping the tally of extinct countries with that of their successor state(s).

Contents

  • Awards tally by country 1
    • Notes 1.1
  • Submissions by year 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

Awards tally by country

Submitting country Number of
winning films
Number of
nominated films
Number of
submitted films
Reference
Italy[a] &&&&&&&&+14 &&&&&&&&+31 &&&&&&&&+64 [1]
France[b] &&&&&&&&+12 &&&&&&&&+39 &&&&&&&&+64 [2]
Spain &&&&&&&&&+4 &&&&&&&&+19 &&&&&&&&+57 [3]
Japan[c] &&&&&&&&&+4 &&&&&&&&+12 &&&&&&&&+60 [4]
Sweden &&&&&&&&&+3 &&&&&&&&+14 &&&&&&&&+52 [5]
Denmark &&&&&&&&&+3 &&&&&&&&+10 &&&&&&&&+51 [6]
Soviet Union[d] &&&&&&&&&+3 &&&&&&&&&+9 &&&&&&&&+24 [7]
Netherlands &&&&&&&&&+3 &&&&&&&&&+7 &&&&&&&&+46 [8]
Germany[e] &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&&+9 &&&&&&&&+23 [9]
Czechoslovakia[f] &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&&+6 &&&&&&&&+23 [10]
Argentina &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&&+6 &&&&&&&&+40 [11]
Switzerland &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&&+5 &&&&&&&&+41 [12]
Austria &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&&+4 &&&&&&&&+37 [13]
West Germany[e] &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+8 &&&&&&&&+29 [14]
Hungary &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+8 &&&&&&&&+49 [15]
Canada &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+7 &&&&&&&&+39 [16]
Russia[d] &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+5 &&&&&&&&+20 [17]
Algeria &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+5 &&&&&&&&+16 [18]
Czech Republic[f] &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+3 &&&&&&&&+20 [19]
Taiwan &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+3 &&&&&&&&+39 [20]
South Africa &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&+10 [21]
Iran &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&+19 [22]
Bosnia & Herzegovina[g] &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+13 [23]
Ivory Coast &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+1 [24]
Israel &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+10 &&&&&&&&+46 [25]
Poland &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+9 &&&&&&&&+45 [26]
Mexico &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+8 &&&&&&&&+46 [27]
Belgium &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+7 &&&&&&&&+38 [28]
Yugoslavia[g] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+6 &&&&&&&&+29 [29]
Greece &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+5 &&&&&&&&+33 [30]
Norway &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+5 &&&&&&&&+35 [31]
Brazil &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+4 &&&&&&&&+41 [32]
India[j] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+3 &&&&&&&&+46 [33]
China &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&+27 [34]
Hong Kong &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&+32 [35]
Palestine[i] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&&+6 [36]
United Kingdom[h] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2 &&&&&&&&+11 [37]
Cambodia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+3
Chile &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+18 [38]
Cuba &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+17 [39]
Finland &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+27 [40]
[d] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+12 [41]
East Germany[e] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+5 [42]
Iceland &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+34 [43]
Kazakhstan[d] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+9 [44]
Macedonia[g] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+11 [45]
Nepal &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+5 [46]
Nicaragua &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&&+3 [47]
Peru &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+20 [48]
Puerto Rico[j] &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+12 [49]
Vietnam &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1 &&&&&&&&+10 [50]
Afghanistan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+8
Albania &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+8
Armenia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+4
Australia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+7
Azerbaijan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+5
Bangladesh &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+9
Belarus &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2
Bhutan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Bolivia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+6
Bulgaria &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+25
Burkina Faso &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Cameroon &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Chad &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2
Colombia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+23
Congo (DR) &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Costa Rica &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2
Croatia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+22
Dominican Republic &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+6
Ecuador &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+3
Egypt &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+29
Estonia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+11
Ethiopia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Fiji &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Greenland &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2
Guatemala &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Indonesia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+16
Iraq &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+4
Ireland &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2
Jordan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Kenya &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
South Korea &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+25
Kosovo &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Kuwait &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2
Kyrgyzstan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+6
Latvia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+5
Lebanon &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+10
Lithuania &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+6
Luxembourg &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+10
Malaysia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2
Malta &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Mauritania &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Moldova &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Mongolia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2
Montenegro &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Morocco &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+9
New Zealand &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2
Pakistan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+3
Panama &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Philippines &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+25
Portugal &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+30
Romania &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+29
Saudi Arabia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Serbia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+20
Singapore &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+7
Slovakia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+17
Slovenia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+17
Sri Lanka &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Tajikistan &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2
Tanzania &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1
Thailand &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+20
Tunisia &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+2
Turkey &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+20
Ukraine &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+7
Uruguay &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+1[k] &&&&&&&&+13 [51]
Venezuela &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&&+0 &&&&&&&&+23

Notes

a^ : Italy's tally includes two Special Awards for Shoe-Shine (1946) and The Bicycle Thief (1948), as well as an Honorary Award shared with France for The Walls of Malapaga (1949).
b^ : France's tally includes a Special Award for Monsieur Vincent (1947) as well as two Honorary Awards: one for Forbidden Games (1952) and one shared with Italy for The Walls of Malapaga (1949).
c^ : Japan's four-award tally includes three Honorary Awards.
d1 2 3 4 : The Kazakhstan are the only post-Soviet states to have been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Award.
e1 2 3 : East Germany received its only nomination in 1976, and West Germany was nominated for the last time in 1985. The two countries formally reunited on October 3, 1990. Reunified Germany has received seven nominations since then, two of which have resulted in a successful win.
f1 2 : Czechoslovakia was nominated for the first time in 1965 for a Slovak-language film. Its five other nominations, the last of which occurred in 1991, were received for Czech-language films. The formerly Communist country formally split into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic on January 1, 1993. Since then, only the Czech Republic has been able to get nominated in the Foreign Language Film category.
g1 2 3 : Yugoslavia was nominated for the first time in 1958 for an Italian-language film. Its five other nominations, the last of which occurred in 1985, were received for Serbo-Croatian-language films. The formerly Communist country gradually disintegrated at the beginning of the 1990s. Macedonia and Bosnia & Herzegovina are the only post-Yugoslav states to have been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Award.
h^ : The United Kingdom has a very small tally even though it has a prolific film industry. This is due to the fact that the overwhelming majority of British films are in English and are thus ineligible for competition in the Foreign Language Film category. The only British films nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Award have been Welsh-language films.
i^ : Paradise Now (2005) was initially nominated as a submission from "Palestine" and presented as such on the official Academy website. However, following protests from pro-Israeli groups in the United States, the Academy decided to designate it as a submission from the Palestinian Authority, a move that was decried by the film's director Hany Abu-Assad. During the awards ceremony, the film was eventually announced by presenter Will Smith as a submission from the Palestinian Territories.
j^ : Although films produced inside the United States are not eligible for consideration for the Best Foreign Language Film Award, those produced in U.S. overseas possessions are. Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States, was thus able to receive a nomination for What Happened to Santiago (1989).[52] However, this rule was changed in 2011 barring Puerto Rican submissions.[53]
k^ : This is not an official nomination. After nominations were announced, information came to light that showed that A Place in the World (1992) was wholly produced in Argentina, and had insufficient Uruguayan artistic control. The film was declared ineligible and removed from the final ballot.
j^ : Indians have been awarded Oscars on separate occasions. For example: Bhanu Athaiya won India's first Oscar in 1983 for Gandhi, Satyajit Ray was given an Honorary Oscar in 1992, and A.R. Rahman won two Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire in 2009. No Indian film has yet claimed the achievement.[54]

Submissions by year

Year Ceremony Submitted films Countries submitting for the first time
1956 29th 8  Denmark,  France,  West Germany,  Italy,  Japan,  Philippines,  Spain,  Sweden
1957 30th 12  Greece,  India,  Mexico,  Norway,  Taiwan
1958 31st 10  Egypt,  Yugoslavia
1959 32nd 13  Hong Kong,  Netherlands,  Pakistan,  Singapore
1960 33rd 12  Brazil
1961 34th 13  Argentina,  Austria,   Switzerland
1962 35th 13  South Korea
1963 36th 14  Poland,  Soviet Union
1964 37th 18  Czechoslovakia,  Israel,  Turkey
1965 38th 15  Hungary
1966 39th 19  Romania
1967 40th 16  Belgium,  Peru
1968 41st 18
1969 42nd 24  Algeria
1970 43rd 13
1971 44th 20  Bulgaria,  Canada
1972 45th 22  Kuwait
1973 46th 20  East Germany,  Finland
1974 47th 19
1975 48th 21
1976 49th 23  Ivory Coast
1977 50th 24  Iran,  Morocco,  Venezuela
1978 51st 19  Cuba,  Lebanon
1979 52nd 23  China
1980 53rd 26  Cameroon,  Colombia,  Iceland,  Portugal
1981 54th 25
1982 55th 25  Nicaragua
1983 56th 26  Dominican Republic
1984 57th 32  Thailand
1985 58th 30
1986 59th 32  Puerto Rico
1987 60th 30  Indonesia
1988 61st 31
1989 62nd 37  South Africa
1990 63rd 37  Chile,  Germany
1991 64th 34  United Kingdom
1992 65th 33  Croatia,  Estonia,  Kazakhstan,  Latvia,  Russia,  Uruguay
1993 66th 35  Slovakia,  Slovenia,  Vietnam
1994 67th 46  Belarus,  Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Cambodia,  Czech Republic,  Guatemala,  Macedonia,  Serbia
1995 68th 41  Bolivia,  Tunisia
1996 69th 39  Georgia
1997 70th 44  Democratic Republic of the Congo,  Luxembourg,  Ukraine
1998 71st 45  Kyrgyzstan
1999 72nd 47  Bhutan,    Nepal,  Tajikistan
2000 73rd 46  Ecuador
2001 74th 51  Armenia,  Tanzania
2002 75th 54  Afghanistan,  Bangladesh,  Chad
2003 76th 56  Mongolia,  Palestine,  Sri Lanka
2004 77th 51  Malaysia
2005 78th 63  Costa Rica,  Iraq,  Fiji
2006 79th 63  Lithuania
2007 80th 63  Azerbaijan,  Ireland
2008 81st 67  Jordan
2009 82nd 67
2010 83rd 66  Greenland,  Ethiopia
2011 84th 63  New Zealand
2012 85th 71  Kenya
2013 86th 76  Moldova,  Montenegro,  Saudi Arabia
2014 87th 83  Kosovo,  Malta,  Mauritania,  Panama

See also

References

General
  • "Foreign Language Film Facts". Academy Awards Database.  
Specific
  1. ^ "Nominations for Italy". Academy Awards Database.  
  2. ^ "Nominations for France". Academy Awards Database.  
  3. ^ "Nominations for Spain". Academy Awards Database.  
  4. ^ "Nominations for Japan". Academy Awards Database.  
  5. ^ "Nominations for Sweden". Academy Awards Database.  
  6. ^ "Nominations for Denmark". Academy Awards Database.  
  7. ^ "Nominations for the Soviet Union". Academy Awards Database.  
  8. ^ "Nominations for the Netherlands". Academy Awards Database.  
  9. ^ "Nominations for Germany". Academy Awards Database.  
  10. ^ "Nominations for Czechoslovakia". Academy Awards Database.  
  11. ^ "Nominations for Argentina". Academy Awards Database.  
  12. ^ "Nominations for Switzerland". Academy Awards Database.  
  13. ^ "Nominations for Austria". Academy Awards Database.  
  14. ^ "Nominations for West Germany". Academy Awards Database.  
  15. ^ "Nominations for Hungary". Academy Awards Database.  
  16. ^ "Nominations for Canada". Academy Awards Database.  
  17. ^ "Nominations for Russia". Academy Awards Database.  
  18. ^ "Nominations for Algeria". Academy Awards Database.  
  19. ^ "Nominations for the Czech Republic". Academy Awards Database.  
  20. ^ "Nominations for Taiwan". Academy Awards Database.  
  21. ^ "Nominations for South Africa". Academy Awards Database.  
  22. ^ "Nominations for Iran". Academy Awards Database.  
  23. ^ "Nominations for Bosnia & Herzegovina". Academy Awards Database.  
  24. ^ "Nominations for Ivory Coast". Academy Awards Database.  
  25. ^ "Nominations for Israel". Academy Awards Database.  
  26. ^ "Nominations for Poland". Academy Awards Database.  
  27. ^ "Nominations for Mexico". Academy Awards Database.  
  28. ^ "Nominations for Belgium". Academy Awards Database.  
  29. ^ "Nominations for Yugoslavia". Academy Awards Database.  
  30. ^ "Nominations for Greece". Academy Awards Database.  
  31. ^ "Nominations for Norway". Academy Awards Database.  
  32. ^ "Nominations for Brazil". Academy Awards Database.  
  33. ^ "Nominations for India". Academy Awards Database.  
  34. ^ "Nominations for the People's Republic of China". Academy Awards Database.  
  35. ^ "Nominations for Hong Kong". Academy Awards Database.  
  36. ^ "Nominations for Palestine". Academy Awards Database.  
  37. ^ "Nominations for the United Kingdom". Academy Awards Database.  
  38. ^ "Nominations for Chile". Academy Awards Database.  
  39. ^ "Nominations for Cuba". Academy Awards Database.  
  40. ^ "Nominations for Finland". Academy Awards Database.  
  41. ^ "Nominations for Georgia". Academy Awards Database.  
  42. ^ "Nominations for East Germany". Academy Awards Database.  
  43. ^ "Nominations for Iceland". Academy Awards Database.  
  44. ^ "Nominations for Kazakhstan". Academy Awards Database.  
  45. ^ "Nominations for the Former Yugoslavic Republic of Macedonia". Academy Awards Database.  
  46. ^ "Nominations for Nepal". Academy Awards Database.  
  47. ^ "Nominations for Nicaragua". Academy Awards Database.  
  48. ^ "Nominations for Peru". Academy Awards Database.  
  49. ^ "Nominations for Puerto Rico". Academy Awards Database.  
  50. ^ "Nominations for Vietnam". Academy Awards Database.  
  51. ^ "Nominations for Uruguay". Academy Awards Database.  
  52. ^ (1989) - Awards"Lo Que Le Paso a Santiago".  
  53. ^ Puerto Rico queda excluido de la carrera por el Oscar; El Nuevo Día (October 5, 2011)
  54. ^ "Indians in Oscars".  
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