Director Ang Lee has had three films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and one of these films, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, is the only Taiwanese film to have won the award.
Director Ang Lee has had three films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and one of these films, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, is the only Taiwanese film to have won the award.

The Republic of China (Taiwan) has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 1957, and regularly since 1980. 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.[3] It 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.[4]

For the purposes of Oscar submissions, AMPAS recognizes Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong as separate entities, and each one regularly submits a film to the competition. Taiwan became the first of the three ethnic Chinese entities to enter the competition in 1957.

To date, Taiwan has submitted forty-seven films for Oscar consideration. Three Taiwanese films have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and all three nominated films were directed by Ang Lee: The Wedding Banquet, Eat Drink Man Woman, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which is the only Taiwanese film to have won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[5][6] Taiwan initially selected Ang Lee's Lust, Caution in 2007, but AMPAS did not accept the film saying that was not a majority-Taiwanese production. Directors Chen Kunhou and Hou Hsiao-hsien have each had three films selected to represent Taiwan, but none received an Oscar nomination.

Submissions

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.[4] 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.[3] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Taiwan for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Original title Language Director Result
1957
(30th)
Amina Āměinà (阿美娜) Mandarin Yuan Congmei Not Nominated
1964
(37th)
Lovers' Rock Qíngrén shí (情人石) Mandarin Pan Lei Not Nominated
1966
(39th)
The Silent Wife Yǎnǚ qíngxīn (啞女情深) Mandarin Lee Hsing Not Nominated
1972
(45th)
Execution in Autumn Qiūjué (秋決) Mandarin Lee Hsing Not Nominated
1976
(49th)
Eight Hundred Heroes Bābǎi zhuàngshì (八百壯士) Mandarin Ting Shan-hsi Not Nominated
1980
(53rd)
The Legend of the Six Dynasty Liùcháo guàitán (六朝怪談) Mandarin Wong Guk-gam Not Nominated
1981
(54th)
If I Were for Real Jiǎrú wǒshì zhēnde (假如我是真的) Mandarin Wang Toon Not Nominated
1982
(55th)
The Battle for the Republic of China Xīnhài shuāngshí (辛亥雙十) Mandarin Ting Shan-hsi Not Nominated
1983
(56th)
Growing Up Xiǎo Bì de gùshì (小畢的故事) Mandarin Chen Kunhou Not Nominated
1984
(55th)
Old Mao's Second Spring Lǎo Mò de dì èr ge chūntiān (老莫的第二個春天) Mandarin Lee You-ning Not Nominated
1985
(58th)
Kuei-Mei, a Woman Wǒ zhèyàng guòle yìshēng (我這樣過了一生) Mandarin Chang Yi Not Nominated
1986
(59th)
The Heroic Pioneers Tángshān guò Táiwān (唐山過台灣) Mandarin Lee Shing Not Nominated
1987
(60th)
Osmanthus Alley Guìhuā xiàng (桂花巷) Mandarin Chen Kunhou Not Nominated
1988
(61st)
My Mother's Teahouse Chūnqiū cháshì (春秋茶室) Mandarin Chen Kunhou Not Nominated
1989
(62nd)
A City of Sadness Bēiqíng chéngshì (悲情城市) Mandarin Hou Hsiao-hsien Not Nominated
1990
(63rd)
Song of the Exile Kètú qiūhèn (客途秋恨) Cantonese, Japanese, Mandarin, English Ann Hui Not Nominated
1991
(64th)
A Brighter Summer Day Gúlǐngjiē shàonián shārén shìjiàn (牯嶺街少年殺人事件) Mandarin, Shanghainese, Taiwanese Hokkien Edward Yang Not Nominated
1992
(65th)
Secret Love for the Peach Blossom Spring Ànliàn táohuāyuán (暗戀桃花源) Mandarin Stan Lai Not Nominated
1993
(66th)
The Wedding Banquet Xǐyàn (喜宴) Mandarin, English Ang Lee Nominated
1994
(67th)
Eat Drink Man Woman Yǐnshí nánnǚ (飲食男女) Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien, Japanese, Cantonese, Shanghainese Ang Lee Nominated
1995
(68th)
Super Citizen Ko Chāojí dàguómín (超級大國民) Taiwanese Hokkien Wan Jen Not Nominated
1996
(69th)
Tonight Nobody Goes Home Jīntiān bùhuíjiā (今天不回家) Mandarin Sylvia Chang Not Nominated
1997
(70th)
Yours and Mine Wǒde shénjīngbìng (我的神經病) Mandarin Wang Siu-di Not Nominated
1998
(71st)
Flowers of Shanghai Hāi shàng huā (海上花) Cantonese, Shanghainese Hou Hsiao-hsien Not Nominated
1999
(72nd)
March of Happiness Tiānmǎ cháfáng (天馬茶房) Taiwanese Hokkien, Japanese, Mandarin, Shanghainese Lin Cheng-sheng Not Nominated
2000
(73rd)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Wòhǔ cánglóng (臥虎藏龍) Mandarin Ang Lee Won Academy Award
2001
(74th)
The Cabbie Yùnzhuǎnshǒu zhī liàn (運轉手之戀) Mandarin Chen Yiwen, Huakun Zhang Not Nominated
2002
(75th)
The Best of Times Měilì shíguāng (美麗時光) Mandarin, Hakka, Taiwanese Hokkien Chang Tso-chi Not Nominated
2003
(76th)
Goodbye, Dragon Inn Búsàn (不散) Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien Tsai Ming-Liang Not Nominated
2004
(77th)
20 30 40 20 30 40 Mandarin Sylvia Chang Not Nominated
2005
(78th)
The Wayward Cloud Tiānbiān yìduǒyún (天邊一朵雲) Mandarin Tsai Ming-Liang Not Nominated
2006
(79th)
Blue Cha Cha Shēnhǎi (深海) Mandarin Chen Wen-Tang Not Nominated
2007
(80th)
Island Etude [7] Liànxíqǔ (練習曲) Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien, English, Lithuanian Chen Hwai-en Not Nominated
2008
(81st)
Cape No. 7 Háijiǎo qīhào (海角七號) Taiwanese Hokkien, Mandarin, Japanese Wei Te-sheng Not Nominated
2009
(82nd)
Cannot Live Without You Bùnéng méiyǒu nǐ (不能沒有你) Hakka, Taiwanese Hokkien, Mandarin Leon Dai Not Nominated
2010
(83rd)
Monga Báng-kah (艋舺) Taiwanese Hokkien, Mandarin Doze Niu Not Nominated[8]
2011
(84th)
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale Sài Dé Kè.Ba Lái (賽德克‧巴萊) Seediq, Japanese, Taiwanese Hokkien Wei Te-sheng Made Shortlist[9]
2012
(85th)
Touch of the Light[10] 逆光飛翔 (Nìguāng fēixiáng) Mandarin Chang Rong-ji Not Nominated
2013
(86th)
Soul[11] 失魂 Mandarin Chung Mong-Hong Not Nominated
2014
(87th)
Ice Poison[12] 冰毒 Southwestern Mandarin, Burmese Midi Z Not Nominated
2015
(88th)
The Assassin[13] 刺客聶隱娘 Mandarin Hou Hsiao-hsien Not Nominated
2016
(89th)
Hang in There, Kids![14] 只要我長大 Mandarin, Atayal Laha Mebow Not Nominated
2017
(90th)
Small Talk[15] 日常對話 Taiwanese Hokkien Huang Hui-chen Not Nominated
2018
(91st)
The Great Buddha+[16] 大佛普拉斯 Taiwanese Hokkien, Mandarin, English Huang Hsin-yao Not Nominated
2019
(92nd)
Dear Ex[17] 誰先愛上他的 Mandarin Mag Hsu, Hsu Chih-yen Not Nominated
2020
(93rd)
A Sun[18] 陽光普照 Mandarin Chung Mong-hong Made Shortlist[19]
2021
(94th)
The Falls[20] 瀑布 Mandarin Chung Mong-hong
TBD

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The category was previously named the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but this was changed to the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in April 2019, after the Academy deemed the word "Foreign" to be outdated.[1][2]

References

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