The following 24 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 49th Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film which took place in 1977.

Notable entries

The highlighted titles were the five nominated films, which came from Côte d'Ivoire, East Germany, France, Italy and Poland. The Côte d'Ivoire became the first sub-Saharan African country to submit a film to the competition, and it ended up winning the Oscar for the dark comedy Black and White in Color.[1] It is likely the film would not have even been accepted under today's rules, since the director was French and the film was a majority French production. The Ivorians have submitted just one film for the Foreign Language Oscar since, Run, which was submitted for the 88th Academy Awards but was not nominated.

Japan failed to submit a film, for the first and only time while East Germany received its only nomination ever for Jacob the Liar.


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Language(s) Original title Director(s) Result
 Argentina Yesterday's Guys Used No Arsenic Spanish Los muchachos de antes no usaban arsénico José A. Martínez Suárez Not nominated
 Belgium High Street French Rue Haute André Ernotte Not nominated
 Brazil Xica da Silva Portuguese Xica Carlos Diegues Not nominated
 Czechoslovakia One Silver Piece Czech Jeden Stříbrný Jaroslav Balík Not nominated
 Denmark The Olsen Gang Sees Red Danish Olsen-banden ser rødt Erik Balling Not nominated
 Egypt Whom Should We Shoot? Arabic على من نطلق الرصاص Kamal El Sheikh Not nominated
 France Cousin, cousine French Cousin, Cousine Jean-Charles Tacchella Nominated
 East Germany Jacob the Liar German Jakob der Lügner Frank Beyer Nominated
 West Germany The Clown German Ansichten eines Clowns Vojtěch Jasný Not nominated
 Hong Kong The Last Tempest Mandarin 瀛台泣血 Han Hsiang Li Not nominated
 Hungary The Fifth Seal Hungarian Az Ötödik pecsét Zoltán Fábri Not nominated
 Italy Seven Beauties Italian Pasqualino Settebellezze Lina Wertmüller Nominated
 Ivory Coast Black and White in Color French Noirs et blancs en couleur Jean-Jacques Annaud Won Academy Award
 Mexico Length of War Spanish Longitud de guerra Gonzalo Martínez Ortega Not nominated
 Netherlands Max Havelaar Dutch Max Havelaar of de koffieveilingen der Nederlandsche handelsmaatschappij Fons Rademakers Not nominated
 Philippines Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon Tagalog Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon Eddie Romero Not nominated
 Poland Nights and Days Polish Noce i dnie Jerzy Antczak Nominated
 Romania The Doom Romanian Osânda Sergiu Nicolaescu Not nominated
 Soviet Union They Fought For Their Motherland Russian Они сражались за родину Sergei Bondarchuk Not nominated
 Spain Raise Ravens Spanish Cría cuervos Carlos Saura Not nominated
 Sweden City of My Dreams Swedish Mina drömmars stad Ingvar Skogsberg Not nominated
  Switzerland Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 French Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l'an 2000 Alain Tanner Not nominated
 Taiwan Eight Hundred Heroes Mandarin 八百壮士 Ting Shan-hsi Not nominated
 Yugoslavia The Rat Savior Serbo-Croatian Izbavitelj Krsto Papić Not nominated


  1. ^ "The 49th Academy Awards (1977) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 25 March 2012.