Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar accepted the Academy Award won by his film All About My Mother
Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar accepted the Academy Award won by his film All About My Mother

The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was created in 1956 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to honour non-English-speaking films produced outside the United States.[1] The award is handed out annually, and is accepted by the winning film's director, although it is considered an award for the submitting country as a whole.[2] Countries are invited by the Academy to submit their best films for competition according to strict rules, with only one film being accepted from each country.[2]

For the 72nd Academy Awards, the Academy invited 75 countries to submit films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[3] The submission deadline was set on November 1, 1999.[4] Forty-seven countries submitted films to the Academy, surpassing the record set in 1994.[5] The Asian nations of Bhutan, Nepal and Tajikistan submitted films for the first time ever.[5] The nominations were announced on February 15, 2000, and the winner was revealed during the awards presentation held on March 26, 2000.[6] Belgium's submission Rosetta was not nominated, even though it had received the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival the previous year.[7] Nepal received its first and so far only nomination for Caravan, a film made in the Tibetan language, which is spoken in parts of Nepal, about the country's now disappearing salt-trade system.[8] The four other nominated films came from France, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.[9] The latter received its nomination for Solomon and Gaenor, the first film made entirely in Welsh and Yiddish.[10] Spain eventually won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for Pedro Almodóvar's All About My Mother.[9] It was the country's third win after Volver a Empezar (To Begin Again) in 1982 and Belle Époque in 1993.[11] Almodóvar dedicated the award to the Spanish people and to Spain, and had to be dragged from the stage after an overlong speech in which he thanked numerous saints and relatives.[12]


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Original title Language(s) Director(s) Result
 Argentina Manuelita Manuelita Spanish Manuel García Ferré Not nominated
 Austria Northern Skirts Nordrand German Barbara Albert Not nominated
 Belgium Rosetta Rosetta French Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne Not nominated
 Bhutan The Cup Phörpa Tibetan Khyentse Norbu Not nominated
 Brazil Orfeu Orfeu Portuguese Carlos Diegues Not nominated
 Canada Set Me Free Emporte-moi French Léa Pool Not nominated
 China Lover's Grief over the Yellow River Huanghe juelian (黄河绝恋) Mandarin Feng Xiaoning Not nominated
 Colombia Time Out Golpe de estadio Spanish Sergio Cabrera Not nominated
 Croatia Red Dust Crvena prašina Croatian Zrinko Ogresta Not nominated
 Czech Republic The Idiot Returns Návrat idiota Czech Saša Gedeon Not nominated
 Denmark Mifune Mifunes sidste sang Danish Søren Kragh-Jacobsen Not nominated
 Finland The Tough Ones Häjyt Finnish Aleksi Mäkelä Not nominated
 France East-West Est-Ouest French, Russian Régis Wargnier Nominated
 Georgia Here Comes the Dawn Ak tendeba (აქ თენდება) Georgian Zaza Urushadze Not nominated
 Germany Aimée & Jaguar Aimée und Jaguar German Max Färberböck Not nominated
 Greece From the Edge of the City Apo tin akri tis polis (Από την άκρη της πόλης) Greek, Russian Constantinos Giannaris Not nominated
 Hong Kong Ordinary Heroes Qian yan wan yu (千言萬語) Cantonese Ann Hui Not nominated
 Hungary The Lord's Lantern in Budapest Nekem lámpást adott kezembe az Úr Pesten Hungarian Miklós Jancsó Not nominated
 Iceland The Honour of the House Ungfrúin góða og húsið Icelandic Guðný Halldórsdóttir Not nominated
 India Earth Earth (अर्थ) Hindi, English, Parsee, Punjabi, Urdu Deepa Mehta Not nominated
 Indonesia Sri Sri Indonesian Marselli Sumarno Not nominated
 Iran The Colours of Paradise Rang-e khoda (رنگ خدا) Persian Majid Majidi Not nominated
 Israel Yana's Friends Ha-Chaverim Shel Yana (החברים של יאנה) Hebrew, Russian, English Arik Kaplun Not nominated
 Italy Not of this World Fuori dal mondo Italian Giuseppe Piccioni Not nominated
 Japan Railroad Man Poppoya (鉄道員) Japanese Yasuo Furuhata Not nominated
 Lebanon Around the Pink House Autour de la maison rose (البيت الزهري) French, Arabic Joana Hadjithomas
Khalil Joreige
Not nominated
 Mexico El Coronel no tiene quien le escriba El coronel no tiene quien le escriba Spanish Arturo Ripstein Not nominated
   Nepal Caravan Himalaya (हिमालय) Tibetan Éric Valli Nominated
 Netherlands Scratches in the Table Madelief, krassen in het tafelblad Dutch Ineke Houtman Not nominated
 Norway The Prompter Suffløsen Norwegian Hilde Heier Not nominated
 Peru Captain Pantoja and the Special Services Pantaleón y las visitadoras Spanish Francisco J. Lombardi Not nominated
 Philippines The Kite Saranggola Filipino, Tagalog Gil Portes Not nominated
 Poland Pan Tadeusz Pan Tadeusz Polish Andrzej Wajda Not nominated
 Portugal The Mutants Os Mutantes Portuguese Teresa Villaverde Not nominated
 Romania The Famous Paparazzo Faimosul paparazzo Romanian Nicolae Margineanu Not nominated
 Russia Moloch Molokh (Молох) German Alexander Sokurov Not nominated
 Serbia The White Suit Belo odelo (Бело одело) Serbian Lazar Ristovski Not nominated
 Slovakia All My Loved Ones Vsichni moji blízcí Czech Matej Mináč Not nominated
 Spain All About My Mother Todo sobre mi madre Spanish Pedro Almodóvar Won Academy Award
 Sweden Under the Sun Under solen Swedish Colin Nutley Nominated
  Switzerland Beresina, or The Last Days of Switzerland Beresina oder Die letzten Tage der Schweiz German Daniel Schmid Not nominated
 Tajikistan Luna Papa Luna Papa (Лунный папа) Russian Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov Not nominated
 Taiwan March of Happiness Tian ma cha fang (天馬茶房) Mandarin Lin Cheng-sheng Not nominated
 Turkey Mrs. Salkim's Diamonds Salkım Hanımın Taneleri Turkish Tomris Giritlioğlu Not nominated
 United Kingdom Solomon and Gaenor Solomon a Gaenor Welsh, Yiddish Paul Morrison Nominated
 Venezuela Glue Sniffer Huelepega: Ley de la calle Spanish Elia Schneider Not nominated
 Vietnam Three Seasons Ba mùa English, Vietnamese Tony Bui Not nominated

See also


  1. ^ "History of the Academy Awards - Page 2". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on June 22, 2008. Retrieved June 23, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Special Rules for the Best Foreign Language Film Award". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on August 9, 2008. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
  3. ^ "Academy Invites 75 Countries to Submit Their Best Pictures for Foreign Language Film Oscar" (Press release). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 1999-08-02. Retrieved August 20, 2008.
  4. ^ "Nov 1 is Oscar Entry Deadline for Foreign Language and Short Films" (Press release). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 1999-10-22. Retrieved August 20, 2008.
  5. ^ a b Feiwell, Jill (November 22, 1999). "Record 47 foreign pix vie for Oscar". Variety. PMC. Retrieved November 8, 2013.
  6. ^ "Voting Schedule Set for 72nd Academy Awards" (Press release). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 1999-07-28. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
  7. ^ "Rosetta wins Cannes prize". BBC News. BBC. May 23, 1999. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
  8. ^ "Nepal's first ever Oscar nomination". BBC News. BBC. 2000-02-16. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
  9. ^ a b "2000 Academy Award winners and nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 1, 2008. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
  10. ^ Thomas, Rebecca (2000-03-17). "Wising up to Solomon". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
  11. ^ Nichols 2011, p. 42
  12. ^ "What the winners said". BBC News. BBC. March 28, 2000. Retrieved August 20, 2008.


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