And the nominations are out!
The Oscar nominations have been announced, and this year the five films going for Best Foreign Film are:
A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
The Insult (Lebanon)
On Body and Soul (Hungary)
The Square (Sweden).
Every year films from across the world are invited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to submit an entry for the Best Foreign Film award. This year 92 countries submitted a film for judging, with 6 of these countries submitting for the first time. At the end of 2017 the 92 films were shortlisted into 9, and now the official nominations have been released.
Best Foreign Film might not be the most popular of the awards on the night. It’s no Best Actress or Best Picture for example, but this award allows the spotlight to shine on language and on various cultures you wouldn’t necessarily find in blockbusters. This allows directors, actresses and actors to shine.
The films that have been nominated for the Oscar are already quite known in foreign film circles. The Square won the Palme d’Or, and Loveless won at the London Film Festival, but being nominated for an Oscar means a lot more. This will allow more people to hear about the films, and the crew behind them.
Since the creation of ‘Best Foreign Film’, Italy has won the award more than any other country, with 14 wins, followed by France with 12 then Spain with 4. Normally the award goes to European films – Out of 68 awards since 1947, 56 have gone to Europe, 6 to Asia, 3 to Africa and 3 to the Americas.
The greats of Foreign Film
Many films have experienced success from the Oscars, though with some the success merely increased. Some great foreign films have won outside of ‘Best Foreign Film’, such as La Dolce Vita (1961 – Best Costume Design), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000- Art Direction, Cinematography and Music), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006 – Art Direction, Cinematography, Make up), La Vie en Rose (2007 – Actress in a Leading Role, Make up) to name a few.
Hopefully this year, the winner and the nominated will experience such success from being a part of the Oscars. This award can introduce more people around the world to Foreign Language Cinema.
We at Lingua Translations wish all the nominated films the best of success!