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Best Foreign Language Film

'Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film' is given to a feature-length motion picture, produced outside the United States of America, mainly with a non-English dialogue track. In the initial days of the Academy Awards function, there was no separate category of award for foreign language films.
 
Between 1947 and 1955, the Academy presented only a Special/Honorary Award to the best foreign language film released in the United States. The award was not given on a regular basis (no award was given in 1953). The selection was a simple procedure and the element of competition was not much prevalent.
 
There were no nominees in the category, simply one winning film per year. However, it was from 1956 (29th Academy Awards) that a competitive award, known as the Best Foreign Language Film Award, was created for non-English speaking films. Since then, it has been awarded annually. Read on to explore a list of films winning 'Academy Award For Best Foreign Language Film'.
 
Oscar Award for Best Foreign Language Film
 
Year
Winner (Film Title Used In Nomination)
Original Title
Submitting Country
Directors
Languages
2009
Departures
 
Japan
Yojiro Takita
Japanese
2008
The Counterfeiters
Die Fälscher 
Austria
Stefan Ruzowitzky
German
2007
The Lives of Others
Das Leben der Anderen 
Germany
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
German
2006
Tsotsi
Tsotsi
South Africa
Gavin Hood
Tsotsitaal
2005
The Sea Inside
Mar adentro
Spain
Alejandro Amenábar
Spanish
2004
The Barbarian Invasions
Les Invasions barbares 
Canada
Denys Arcand
French
2003
Nowhere in Africa
Nirgendwo in Afrika 
Germany
Caroline Link
German
2002
No Man's Land
Ničija zemlja 
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Danis Tanović
Bosnian
 
2001
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Wòhǔ Cánglóng
Taiwan
Ang Lee
Mandarin
2000
All About My Mother
Todo sobre mi madre 
Spain
Pedro Almodóvar
Spanish
1999
Life Is Beautiful
La vita è bella  
Italy
Roberto Benigni
Italian
1998
Character
Karakter
Netherlands
Mike van Diem
Dutch
1997 
Kolya
Kolja
Czech Republic
Jan Svěrák
Czech
1996
Antonia's Line
Antonia
Netherlands
Marleen Gorris
Dutch
1995
Burnt by the Sun
Utomlyonnye solntsem
Утомлённые солнцем 
Russia
Nikita Mikhalkov
Russian
1994
Belle Époque
Belle Époque 
Spain
Fernando Trueba
Spanish
1993
Indochine
Indochine
France
Régis Wargnier
French
1992
Mediterraneo
Mediterraneo
Italy
Gabriele Salvatores
Italian
1991
Journey of Hope
Reise der Hoffnung 
Switzerland
Xavier Koller
German
 
 

  
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