In 1956, the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) asked individual countries to submit their best films of the year for the inaugural Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. In previous years, the Foreign Language Oscar was not a regular award, and there were no nominees – a winner was simply announced at the Oscar ceremony.

Eight countries from Western Europe and East Asia submitted films for consideration for the first award, and five of these were selected as Oscar nominees.

The inaugural winner, Italy's La Strada, was announced at the Oscar ceremony, which took place on March 27, 1957.[1]


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Original title Language(s) Director(s) Result
 Denmark Qivitoq Qivitoq Danish Erik Balling Nominated
 France Gervaise Gervaise French René Clément Nominated
 West Germany The Captain of Köpenick Der Hauptmann von Köpenick German Helmut Käutner Nominated
 Italy La Strada La strada Italian Federico Fellini Won Academy Award
 Japan The Burmese Harp ビルマの竪琴 (Biruma no tategoto) Japanese Kon Ichikawa Nominated
 Philippines Anak dalita Anak dalita Tagalog Lamberto V. Avellana Not nominated
 Spain Afternoon of the Bulls Tarde de toros Spanish Ladislao Vajda Not nominated
 Sweden The Staffan Stolle Story Ratataa Swedish Hasse Ekman Not nominated


  1. ^ "The 29th Academy Awards (1957) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-10-24.