Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for his film The Counterfeiters

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 every year since the award was created in 1956.[1] The award is handed out annually by the Academy to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.[1][2] The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films.[2]

For the 80th Academy Awards, which were held on February 24, 2008, the Academy invited 95 countries to submit films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[3] Sixty-three countries submitted films to the Academy, the highest number of submissions in the history of the award, including Azerbaijan and Ireland, which submitted films for the first time.[4][5] Several of the submissions were subject to controversy. The Academy determined that initial submissions from Israel and Taiwan did not meet Academy requirements,[6][7] and both countries submitted new films as replacements.[8][9] The British Academy of Film and Television Arts was subject to criticism for not submitting the Scottish Gaelic Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle or the Welsh Calon Gaeth.[10] Bolivia's official submission, Los Andes no creen en Dios, did not appear on the Academy's list of accepted submissions.[11]

Due to a change in the rules made for the 79th Academy Awards,[12] the Academy published a shortlist of nine films on January 15, 2008, prior to the selection of the final five nominees.[13] The Academy engendered controversy with its selections, notably the omission of Romania's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, which had won the Palme d'Or at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, and France's Persepolis, the winner of the Jury Prize at the same Cannes Film Festival.[14][15][16][17][18] After revealing the shortlist, the Academy released a list of nominees on January 22, 2008.[19] The winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was Austria's The Counterfeiters, which was directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky.[20]


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Original title Language(s) Director(s) Result
 Argentina XXY XXY Spanish Lucía Puenzo Not nominated
 Australia The Home Song Stories The Home Song Stories Cantonese, English, Mandarin Tony Ayres Not nominated
 Austria The Counterfeiters Die Fälscher German Stefan Ruzowitzky Won Academy Award
 Azerbaijan Caucasia Qafqaz Azerbaijani, Russian Farid Gumbatov Not nominated
 Bangladesh On the Wings of Dreams স্বপ্নডানায় (Swopnodanay) Bengali Golam Rabbany Biplob Not nominated
 Belgium Ben X Ben X Dutch Nic Balthazar Not nominated
 Bolivia Los Andes no creen en Dios[A] Los Andes no creen en Dios Spanish Antonio Eguino Disqualified
 Bosnia and Herzegovina It's Hard to be Nice Teško je biti fin Serbo-Croatian Srdan Vuletic Not nominated
 Brazil The Year My Parents Went On Vacation O Ano em que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias Portuguese Cao Hamburger Made shortlist
 Bulgaria Warden of the Dead Пазачът на мъртвите (Pazachyt na myrtvite) Bulgarian Ilian Simeonov Not nominated
 Canada Days of Darkness L'Âge des ténèbres French Denys Arcand Made shortlist
 Chile Padre Nuestro Padre nuestro Spanish Rodrigo Sepúlveda Not nominated
 China The Knot 云水谣 (Yun shui yao) Mandarin Yin Li Not nominated
 Colombia Satanás Satanás Spanish Andi Baiz Not nominated
 Croatia Armin Armin Serbo-Croatian Ognjen Sviličić Not nominated
 Cuba The Silly Age La Edad de la peseta Spanish Pavel Giroud Not nominated
 Czech Republic I Served the King of England Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále Czech Jiri Menzel Not nominated
 Denmark The Art of Crying Kunsten at græde i kor Danish Peter Schønau Fog Not nominated
 Egypt In the Heliopolis Flat في شقة مصر الجديدة (Fi shaket masr el Gedeeda) Arabic Mohamed Khan Not nominated
 Estonia The Class Klass Estonian Ilmar Raag Not nominated
 Finland A Man's Job Miehen työ Finnish Aleksi Salmenperä Not nominated
 France Persepolis Persepolis French Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi Not nominated
 Georgia The Russian Triangle რუსული სამკუთხედი (Rusuli samkudhedi) Russian Aleko Tsabadze Not nominated
 Germany The Edge of Heaven Auf der anderen Seite German, Turkish Fatih Akin Not nominated
 Greece Eduart Eduart Albanian, German, Greek Angeliki Antoniou Not nominated
 Hong Kong Exiled 放逐 (Fong juk) Cantonese Johnnie To Not nominated
 Hungary Taxidermia Taxidermia Hungarian György Pálfi Not nominated
 Iceland Jar City Mýrin Icelandic Baltasar Kormakur Not nominated
 India Eklavya: The Royal Guard[B] एकलव्य (Eklavya: The Royal Guard) Hindi Vidhu Vinod Chopra Not nominated
 Indonesia Denias, Singing on the Cloud Denias Senandung Di Atas Awan Indonesian John De Rantau Not nominated
 Iran M for Mother میم مثل مادر (Mim Mesle Madar) Persian Rasul Mollagholipour Not nominated
 Iraq Jani Gal Jani Gal Kurdish Jamil Rostami Not nominated
 Ireland Kings Kings Irish, English Tommy Collins Not nominated
 Israel Beaufort[C] בופור (Beaufort) Hebrew Joseph Cedar Nominated
 Italy La sconosciuta La sconosciuta Italian Giuseppe Tornatore Made shortlist
 Japan I Just Didn't Do It それでもボクはやってない (Soredemo boku wa yatte nai) Japanese Masayuki Suo Not nominated
 Kazakhstan Mongol Монгол (Mongol) Mongolian Sergei Bodrov Nominated
 Lebanon Caramel سكر بنات (Sukkar banat) Arabic, French Nadine Labaki Not nominated
 Luxembourg Little Secrets Perl oder Pica Luxembourgish Pol Cruchten Not nominated
North Macedonia Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Shadows Сенки (Senki) Macedonian Milčo Mančevski Not nominated
 Mexico Silent Light Stellet licht Plautdietsch Carlos Reygadas Not nominated
 Netherlands Duska Duska Dutch Jos Stelling Not nominated
 Norway Gone with the Woman Tatt av Kvinnen Norwegian Petter Naess Not nominated
 Peru Crossing a Shadow Una sombra al frente Spanish Augusto Tamayo Not nominated
 Philippines Donsol Donsol Bikol, Tagalog Adolfo Alix, Jr. Not nominated
 Poland Katyń Katyń Polish Andrzej Wajda Nominated
 Portugal Belle Toujours Belle Toujours French Manoel de Oliveira Not nominated
 Puerto Rico Love Sickness Maldeamores Spanish Mariem Perez, Carlitos Ruiz Not nominated
 Romania 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile Romanian Cristian Mungiu Not nominated
 Russia 12 12 Russian, Chechen Nikita Mikhalkov Nominated
 Serbia The Trap Klopka (Клопка) Serbo-Croatian Srdan Golubović Made shortlist
 Singapore 881 881 Mandarin, Hokkien Royston Tan Not nominated
 Slovakia Return of the Storks Návrat bocianov German, Slovak Martin Repka Not nominated
 Slovenia Short Circuits Kratki stiki Slovene Janez Lapajne Not nominated
 South Korea Secret Sunshine 밀양 (Milyang) Korean Lee Chang-dong Not nominated
 Spain The Orphanage El orfanato Spanish Juan Antonio Bayona Not nominated
 Sweden You, the Living Du levande Swedish Roy Andersson Not nominated
  Switzerland Late Bloomers Die Herbstzeitlosen Swiss German Bettina Oberli Not nominated
 Taiwan Island Etude[D] 練習曲 (Liànxí Qǔ) Mandarin, Taiwanese Chen Huai-En Not nominated
 Thailand King of Fire ตำนานสมเด็จพระนเรศวรมหาราช (Tamnan Somdej Phra Naresuan) Thai Chatrichalerm Yukol Not nominated
 Turkey A Man's Fear of God Takva Turkish Özer Kızıltan Not nominated
 Uruguay The Pope's Toilet El Baño del Papa Spanish Cesar Charlone, Enrique Fernandez Not nominated
 Venezuela Postcards from Leningrad Postales de Leningrado Spanish Mariana Rondon Not nominated
 Vietnam The White Silk Dress Áo lụa Hà Đông Vietnamese Luu Huynh Not nominated

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