Uruguay has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] regularly since 2001. 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]

Uruguay, represented by Cinemateca Uruguaya, submitted drama A Place in the World to AMPAS in the fall of 1992. On 3 December 1992, AMPAS included the film on its list of official submissions [4] and it was screened alongside 32 other films for AMPAS' Foreign Language Film Committee. On 17 February 1993, it was announced that the film had been nominated for an Oscar, representing Uruguay. A controversy quickly began when stories began circulating that the film had minimal Uruguayan artistic input- the film was shot by an Argentine writer/director in Argentina, the plot was set in Argentina, and the cast and crew were primarily from Argentina. The film was in the running (and finished in second place) to represent Argentina in the Oscar race, it represented Argentina at the Golden Globe Awards and eventually went on to win Best Picture at the Argentinian National Film Awards (the Asociación de Críticos Cinematográficos de Argentina) [5] Ultimately, AMPAS disqualified the film and removed it from the Oscar ballot.[citation needed] Uruguay rejoined the Oscar competition in 2001.[citation needed]


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. 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 Uruguay for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

All films were produced in Spanish. Their 2005 submission was announced but was not on the official AMPAS list, and did not screen for the Academy. Although most Foreign Film submissions in this category have historically been dramas, Uruguay chose comedies four years in a row, from 2001–2004, and again in 2009-2010.

Film title used in nomination Spanish title Language(s) Director Result
A Place in the World [6] Un lugar en el mundo Spanish Adolfo Aristarain Nominated But Disqualified
In This Tricky Life En la puta vida Spanish Beatriz Flores Silva Not nominated
Corazón de Fuego El Último tren Spanish Diego Arsuaga Not nominated
Seawards Journey El Viaje hacia el mar Spanish Guillermo Casanova Not nominated
Whisky Whisky Spanish Juan Pablo Rebella & Pablo Stoll Not nominated
Alma Mater [7] Alma Mater Spanish Álvaro Buela Not On Official List[8]
The Pope's Toilet El Baño del Papa Spanish Cesar Charlone & Enrique Fernandez Not nominated
Kill Them All [es] Matar a Todos Spanish Esteban Schroeder Not nominated
Bad Day to Go Fishing Mal día para pescar Spanish Álvaro Brechner Not nominated
A Useful Life La vida útil Spanish Federico Veiroj Not nominated[9]
The Silent House[10] La casa muda Spanish Gustavo Hernández Not nominated
The Delay[11] La demora Spanish Rodrigo Plá Not nominated
Anina[12] Anina Spanish Alfredo Soderguit Not nominated
Mr. Kaplan[13] Mr. Kaplan Spanish Álvaro Brechner Not nominated
A Moonless Night[14] Una noche sin luna Spanish Germán Tejeira Not nominated
Breadcrumbs[15] Migas de pan Spanish Manane Rodriguez Not nominated
Another Story of the World[16] Otra historia del mundo Spanish Guillermo Casanova Not nominated
A Twelve-Year Night[17] La noche de 12 años Spanish Álvaro Brechner Not nominated
The Moneychanger[18] Así habló el cambista Spanish Federico Veiroj Not nominated
Alelí[19] Alelí Spanish Leticia Jorge Not nominated
The Broken Glass Theory[20] La teoría de los vidrios rotos Spanish Diego Fernández Not nominated

Five of Uruguay's ten accepted submissions co-starred Uruguayan actor César Troncoso, included those selected from 2007-2009.

Because of the small size of Uruguay's domestic film industry, most of Uruguay's major recent films have been selected for the Oscars. Notable exceptions include 2001's 25 Watts, which lost to In This Tricky Life, Berlin Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner Gigante, which lost to Bad Day to Go Fishing in 2009 and Berlinale 2013 Panorama competitor So Much Water, which lost to animated film Anina.

See also


  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]


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  5. ^ Marx, Andy (23 February 1993). "AMPAS in hard 'Place'". Variety.
  6. ^ Disqualified after Oscar nominations were announced
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 June 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2013.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Did not appear on the AMPAS official list http://www.altfg.com/blog/awards/58-foreign-language-oscar-submissions/
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  16. ^ "Uruguay eligió a su candidata para los premios Oscar y Goya". El Observador. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  17. ^ Mango, Agustin (27 September 2018). "Oscars: Uruguay Selects 'A Twelve-Year Night' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  18. ^ Mango, Agustin (4 September 2019). "Oscars: Uruguay Picks 'The Moneychanger' for International Film Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  19. ^ ""Alelí", de Leticia Jorge, seleccionada para representar a Uruguay en los Óscar". Panttalazo. 26 November 2020. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  20. ^ "Preselección por Uruguay al Oscar". Dirección del Cine y Audiovisual Nacional. 22 October 2021.