INDUSTRY: Foreign Film, Global Lens, and the Academy Awards

We take a look at global film on the world stage…

It’s a historic year for Chilean film. This year marks the country’s first ever Academy-Award nomination. While the Andean nation has submitted 17 titles to the “Best Foreign Language Film” competition since 1990, it has never made the final list of nominees…until now. Having awarded numerous grants to Chile’s filmmakers, and distributed some of the country’s best films, we’re excited to watch the Chilean film continue to succeed on the world stage. (If you haven’t already, make sure to catch a screening of Sebastían Silva’s, Life Kills Me now touring in the Global Lens 2013 tour.) But first, some Oscar trivia…

- Italy holds the record with the most Oscar wins (13)

- Argentina is the only Latin American country to have won the award.

- Iran became the first and only Middle-Eastern country to win the award in 2011.

- Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, and Ivory Coast are the only countries to have won on their first and only nomination.   

Best Foreign Language Film Wins by Country

This map shows  foreign film wins by country. Italy tops with 13 awards, followed by France with 12. Spain, Japan, and Russia tie with 4. This map includes “Honorary Award” from 1947-1955.
Best Foreign Language Film

Via chartsbin.com. Data source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A note about total wins: Czech Republic includes Czechoslovakia (2) awards. Germany includes West Germany (1) awards. Russia includes Soviet Union (3) awards.

 

Nominated, But No Award

This map looks at countries that have received a nomination, but no award. Israel tops with 10 nominations, followed by Mexico and Belgium with 9. 

Nominated but No Award
Via chartsbin.com. Data source:  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Global Lens Academy Award Submissions

From Cuba to Croatia, over the past ten years, the Global Lens series distributed 16 official Academy Award submissions. You can browse these honored titles in the GFI film catalogue, or watch them instantly on Hulu or Vimeo.  

The Kite (Le Cerf-Volant)

Lebannon’s official submission to the 2003 Academy Awards

Global Lens 2008 Series

Global Lens 2008 Series

Street Days (Quchis Dgeebi)

Georgia’s official submission to the 2004 Academy Awards

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Global Lens 2011

Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus)

Brazil’s official submission to the 2006 Academy Awards

Global Lens 2006

Global Lens 2006

I am from Titov Veles (Jas Sum Od Titov Veles)

Macedonia’s official submission to the 2009 Academy Awards

Global Lens 2009

Global Lens 2009

The Light Thief (Svet-Ake)

Kyrgyzstan’s official submission to the 2010 Academy Awards

Global Lens 2011

Global Lens 2011

Masquerades (Mascarades)

Algeria’s official submission to the 2009 Academy Awards

Masquerades

Global Lens 2010

A Wonderful Night in Split (Ta Divna Splitska Noc)

Croatia’s official submission to the 2005 Academy Awards

Global Lens 2007

Global Lens 2007

Nothing More (Nada+)

Cuba’s official submission to the 2002 Academy Awards

Global Lens 2004

Global Lens 2004

Whisky

Uruguay’s official submission to the 2004 Academy Awards

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Global Lens 2005

Fine Dead Girls (Fine Mertve Djevojke)

Croatia’s official submission to the 2002 Academy Awards

Global Lens 2007

Global Lens 2007

Buffalo Boy (Mua Len Trau)

Vietman’s official submission to the 2006 Academy Awards

Global Lens 2005

Global Lens 2005

A Useful Life (La Vida Útil)

Uruguay’s official submission to the 2010 Academy Awards

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Global Lens 2011

Border Cafe (Café Transit)

Iran’s official submission to the 2006 Academy Awards

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Global Lens 2006

Belvedere

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s official submission to the 2012 Academy Awards

Global Lens 2011

Global Lens 2011

Rachida

Algeria’s official submission to the 2002 Academy Awards
Global Lens 2004

Global Lens 2004

Amnesty (Amnistia)

Albania’s official submission to the 2012 Academy Awards

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Global Lens 2012

 

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