Dec 08
THE OSCAR’S BEST LANGUAGE FILMS IN THE 21ST CENTURY by Jose N. Carreon  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Tue, Dec 8, 2015

The top dozen countries that figured prominently in the foreign language film category of the Oscar Awards during the first 15 years of the 21st century have been compiled in statistics and here are the ranking in achievements.

1. Germany with five nominations and 2 best foreign language film wins. These were the 2002 winner Nowhere in Africa by Caroline Link and the 2006 winner The Lives of Others by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. The nominations were Downfall by Oliver Hirschbiegel (2004); Sophie Scholl—The Final Days by Marc Rothemund (2005); and Thhe Baader Meinhof Complex by Uli Edel (2008).

2. Austria with 3 nominations ad 2 best foreign language film wins. These were the 2007 winner The Counterfeiters by Stefan Ruzowitzky and the 2012 winner Amour by Michael haneke. The other nomination was Revanche by Gotz Spielman (2008).
3. France with six nominations but now winners. The nominations were for The Taste of Others by Agnes Jaoui (2000); Amelie by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2001); The Chorus by Christophe Barratier(2004); Joyeux Noel by Christian Carion (2005)and the Class by Laurent Cantet (2008).

4. Tie between Canada and Denmark with four nominations and one best foreign language film Oscar each. Canada won in 2003 with The Barbarian Invasions by Denys Arcand. The nominations included Water by Deepa Mehta (2006), Incendies by Denis Villeneuve (2010) and Monsieur Lazhar by Philippe Falardeau (2011). Denmark won in 2010 for In a Better World by Susanne Bier. The nominations included After the Wedding by Susanne Bier (2006), A Royal Affair by Nikolaj Arcel (2012) and The Hunt by Thomas Vinterberg (2013).

5. Tie between Argentina and Poland with three nominations and one best foeign language film Oscar each. Argentina won in 2009 for The Secret in their Eyes by Juan Jose Campanella. The nominations included Son of the Bride by Juan J. Campanella (2002) and Wild Tales by Damian Szifron (2014). Poland won in 2014 for Ida by Pawel Pawilowski. The nominations included Katyn by Andrzej Wajda (2007) and In Dakness by Agbuieska Holland (2011).

6. Tie between Mexico and Israel with four nominations each but no winner. Mexico’s nominations included Amores Perros by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarriti (2000), The Crime of Father Amaro by Carlos Carrera (2002), Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro (2006) and Biutiful by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (2010). Israel’s nominations included Beaufort by Joseph Cedar (2007), Waltz with Bashir by Ari Folman (2008), Ajami by Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani (2009).

7. Tie among South Africa, Japan and Italy with two nominations and one best foeign language film Oscar each. South Africa won in 2005 for Tsotsi by Gavin Hood and nominated for Yesterday by Darrell Roodt (2004). Japan won in 2008 for Departures by Yojiro Takita and nominated for The Twilight Samuria by Yoji Yamada (2003). Italy won in 2013 for The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino and nominated for Don’t Tell by Cristina Comencini (2005)


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